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Pros: great performance boost on boot up
clear install and OS transfer instructions
good included utility to transfer existing OS: Ghost
Cons: A bit difficult to setup & transfer of Win7 x64 (An MS issue, not the drives, as Win7 remembers the detailed drive configuration, and doesn't like the initial copied SSD image)
lasted 18 months then developed bad sectors in key OS files. Windows can't repair and I have lost partial OS functionality.
Only solution is a full OS reinstall on non SSD as I cannot restore.
Not sure if I can trust the SSD anymore.
Other Thoughts: I'm disappointed that it has developed errors in only 18 months on a drive used mostly as OS boot and read-only plus OS cache on my. If this as been my primary business laptop, I would be hosed.
The drive firmware is supposed to track usage and auto correct for these kind of errors. Maybe not.
Transfer of the Win 7 OS requires 2x windows system repairs to work correctly (blame MS). this step needs much clearer documentation.
I had specifically setup this drive to minimize the re-write cycles due to the inherent SSD weaknesses, and still had a problem. makes me sad.
20 seconds from boot to stable was great. But was the cost and total effort really worth it?
Oh well, a least I can recover my data from my regular HDD's.
maybe I got unlucky.
I'm not sure I trust this SSD anymore (or SSD's in general), and question the cost/benefit.
Pros: General system response is noticeably faster.
My system now boots to the idle desktop in 20 seconds. And I have a lot of system level drivers and apps loading on startup. (could be a little faster if I disabled all the MB notifications)
Word/excel launches in 1 second or less.
Win-updates happen in half the time.
comes with 3.5 mounting kit
comes with Ghost, to upgrade an existing boot system (a major selling point for me)
Cons: there are special instructions included on the install disk on how to transfer an existing OS to the SSD, but they are incomplete for a Windows 7 setup due to Win7 remembering the specific HDD's and the boot order (XP just used MB boot order). It took me additional research to find a website that described that final step correctly. (This may not be possible on some OEM equipment/licenses as it requires 3 sequential system repair reboots off the win7 install DVD, and MS 'MIGHT' consider this a OEM license violation)
Other Thoughts: Took 1 egg off, for the incomplete Win7 instructions, which cost me and extra 4+ hours to resolve on my own. I had almost given up on the install. very frustrating...
This is more of a Win7 issue; but the instructions were still incomplete by Samsung.
overall, very pleased.
Asus P68 deluxe, I7-2600K with 40% OC
This review is from: Rage PC Game
Pros: ID5 engine, decent graphics (if they work)
it starts out okay (not fantastic), but then you are forced to into car racing.
Cons: Its not really a shooter. Its not a role-play. what is it?
Well its not so good at anything is what it is..
if you don't like driving games; (as I don't) this game annoys you, You MUST drive and must race to play the game. (1-2 hours in, and you are forced to race to continue. no options. PC driving controls are horrible.
The controls for racing ASSUME a game-pad controller. You need 3 hands to play effectively on a KB+Mouse combo.
ID didn't even test current against PC hardware, as its only playable with the latest AMD and NV video drivers. just barely.
Shooting a enemy if they're stumbling/stunned; does zero damage. you're just wasting ammo. if they're on their knees; you can walk up to them with a shot gun - point bank; and empty a clip - no effect
It looks like an open world, but its not. its clearly defined roads within a broader map. You cant even jump over a tire into the non playable areas
Other Thoughts: Carmac has admitted they paid ZERO attention to PC users. and it shows.
RAGE is what you feel playing this game on a PC in its current form.
Maybe with a major patch, the KB+Mouse controls it will get better; but how will they fix the stupid racing elements. (other wise its 1-2 eggs)
As usual, ID makes the engine.. Wait for someone else to make a good game with it.
Rage == borderlands minus originality, and bad console port.
another supposed AAA title let down this year...