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Rosewill RCR-IM5001 - 75-in-1 Internal Card Reader Hub - 3 x USB 2.0 Ports / eSATA Port / Extra Silver Face Plate / Molex Power Cable - Fits 3.5” Drive Slot
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well, it was cheap

Cons: Screw hole alignment made mounting difficult, but the bigger problem for me is that it just stopped working entirely. As in, I plugged in a USB thumb drive, windows made it's 'disconnected device' sound and it was dead. And yes, the thumb drive works fine in other hubs.
But it wasn't just the USB, all the drives stopped working.

Skip this one. Not even worth the cost to send it back.

Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just installed one of these in a client's Dell Inspiron 17 notebook. Before the upgrade the boot time for Windows 7 was about 1 min. After, about 20 seconds. Nice!
Trim utility works as a scheduled task so I should be hands-off from this point forward.

Didn't measure how much less power the drive uses but I'm assuming he'll get a few more minutes out of his battery.
Performance on battery compared to spindle-based drive is very nice, especially with reading data. Good example of this is going thru photos with Picasa; read thru several gigabytes of photos in far less time than the previous drive.

Cons: Size is obviously less, and price is more... but c'mon. It's a laptop- who cares! 80GB is plenty, and you can use the old drive as a backup drive with a $10 external enclosure.

Other Thoughts: Can't speak to durability or anything like that just yet, but I'm assuming with Trim enabled the client will be better off long term.

OCZ Gold 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV12GS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Heat spreaders are fairly effective, especially in a case like my cooler master with the 120mm fan right above the RAM.
Mild Overclocking possible (though I can't say recommended just yet)
Admirable community support forum that OCZ participates in quite actively- they really do seem to care about their product

Cons: I feel bad about rating this RAM because I'm not sure my problems were because of the RAM but rather a finicky first-generation motherboard.
I have an ASUS P6T Deluxe (v1) with i7 920 (tried latest and last 3 BIOS revs)
The problem is that I'd boot the board and only 8 GB was seen. Oddly enough it tested okay, which was puzzling. It took about 3 hours to finally see the issue.
Sometimes the board would see a timing of 7-7-7-26, other times 9-9-9-24. I can't really tell if this is a problem with the RAM or the MoBo but once I put in the manual timings of 8-8-8-24 it snapped to attention and I was able to see all 12 GB. I haven't really done a lot to overclock the RAM itself but I have finally been able to OC my i7 to 3.2 GHz.
Windows 7 x64 with 12GB RAM with an i7... I'm at 7.9 across the board now and this thing is FAST (I also have two 15K SAS drives in RAID 0)

Other Thoughts: I see a lot of comments about not buying in a set because of warranty issues- don't buy into this, it's actually really important with DDR3 RAM to have the RAM come from the same production run, or you may have issues.

Time and again I see advice to go with the Platinum series instead of the gold, and I honestly wish I would have. If it wouldn't have been $50 to return the RAM, I would have done so.

So- my advice is to CHECK THE BOARDS for both the RAM and the MoBo you are considering before you pony up the cash. Though DDR3 has gotten much cheaper, I bought at $340 which is still pretty substantial!


Dustin E.'s Profile

Display Name: Dustin E.

Date Joined: 01/23/06

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 03/09/07
  • Last Review: 03/25/13
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