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Pros: - Runs games great even with basic AA (45fps w AA and medium/high settings in Meridian during prime time)
- Great stats and solid performance
- Love that you can run fans full speed whenever you please and the fans seem to scale pretty well automatically
- Great shipping from Newegg as always
Cons: - Keyboard is not sturdy at all and you can feel it. My comma key was broken upon shipping and the P key is a little sketchy already.
- Turbo button didn't appear to have much performance effect on Rift
- Gets pretty hot (which is expected), do NOT rest it on your lap (unless you want to burn your buys)
- The area under the screen (where the Turbo, Fan, Wireless On/Off, etc..) scratches easily
Other Thoughts: Very happy with the purchase as I travel weekly for work and need something to do in remote locations. The Pros faaaaaarrrr outweigh the cons (the only one that matters is the cheapness of the keyboard). It is a solid performing laptop that I would purchase again if given the choice to buy or get another similarly priced model on.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2BAA
Pros: - Boot time is noticeably faster than normal for Windows7 64-bit.
- Would be more useful if using intensive programs or if you have significant programs loading on startup.
Cons: - Performance increase in boot was noticeable, but in other applications the increase was not as apparent.
- Games didn't load much faster than previously on my system (as an example, in BF3 loading in before most people off of a 7200RPM HDD), it's a little faster, but not spectacular.
Other Thoughts: - O/S and game loaded directly onto the SSD
- Z68 board, but not using caching since OS is on the SSD
- O/S & programs were all on a non-RAID 1TB 7200RPM HDD previously
- I keep my O/S clean on its installs and programs on start up so the difference wasn't as noticeable once I was past the Windows loading screen
2x4GB G. Skill DDR3 1866
128GB Corsair M4 SSD + 3x1TB HDD
MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB GTX560 Ti
ASUS z68 Mobo
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2
Pros: With EUFI BIOS and the SSD, the start up to Windows is pretty quick. However, it's nothing spectacular coming from a 7200RPM 1TB HDD since I always kept my programs on start up to a minimum.
To be honest, for someone like me it wasn't quite worth the money as my primary uses are internet, movies and gaming. Games are saved on the SSD and have no noticeable loading difference in games or their loading times.
Cons: To be honest, for someone like me it wasn't quite worth the money as my primary uses are internet, movies and gaming. Games are saved on the SSD and have no noticeable loading difference in games or their loading times over my Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM HDD.
I could see it being more useful for someone who has quite a bit of "crud" (for lack of a better word) starting up with their PC (fixable through msconfig) or running intensive programs like video editing/animation/3D rendering/CAD.
Other Thoughts: i5 2500k
8GB DDR3 1800
Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti