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This review is from: PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: System recognized right away and installed windows 7 with no problems. The windows 7 WEI gives a max rating of 7.9, didn't run any offical benchmarks but from the instant the bios screen appears its roughly 15-17 seconds to get to a full usable desktop. This includes bitdefender anti-virus and AMD's CCC. May not technically be Samsung fast but honestly i don't care at all.
Cons: No extra software included. Didn't need a drive transfer program but it would have been nice. Maybe toss in a sata cable. Again i didn't need one but for a $99 it would suck to find out you don't have a cable to use.
Other Thoughts: Will update in future if drive experiences any troubles or has a shorter than expected life span but early impressions are very good. As of now highly recommended.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: Easy to install and the drives attached to it was immediately detected in the bios. Windows OS"s automatically installed drivers with no fuss. Its bootable and allows pretty good speeds. Loading windows 10 on a ssd was only a few seconds slower then an on board sata III port. Great considering the card is plugged into a pcie 1.1 slot.
Cons: While drives are visable in the bios the controller doesn't appear to be. Which means i can't changer any functionality of the ports. The drives don't appear with a sata port number. Not dropping an egg cause this is the first controller I had to buy and i don't know if this is normal.
Other Thoughts: I have three ssd's, two 2tb storage drives and a dvd drive. One of my sata ports malfunctioned and causes bsod rendering system unbootable until drive is disconnected from it. Didn't matter if it was a storage drive or if the port was disabled in the bios. Having a drive connected was enough. This left me one port short so i'm using it for my dvd drive. I did test with an ssd and only saw a relatively minor increase in boot time. Also worth mentioning when I first power on the cards info displays over the bios boot screen. It competely blocks it. However it still responds to key commands (F12, delete...etc) even though the options aren't displayed anymore. Just pointing it out in case anyone worries that their bios functions are gone with the card connected not so. Also the card was quickly picked up and drivers auto installed by windows 7, 8.1u1 & 10 preview. The install disc shouldn't be necessary. Perhaps on older versions maybe. Haven't tried it on XP or Vista so can't say. Overall if you have a bad port you need replaced (like me) or just an unnecessary about of drives (also like me) this card is an inexpensive way to get more capacity at solid performance.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i CW-9060008-WW/RF Water Cooler
Pros: Got this refurb on sale for only $50. I have it on a Fx 6300 overclocked to 4.5ghz at 1.4v and idle temps are in the low 30's. While gaming the average high is 54c with prim95 hitting 64c after awhile. I set it on quiet mode and don't ever bother to adjust it. On quiet mode noise isn't a problem and temp are great so no need to put up with higher fan noise.
Cons: At max speed setting it is noticeably loud. You can tune it out while gaming but it would be annoying if you left it that way all the time. I've had the stripped thread issue others have had on the bottom left hole. However I knew of the problem before buying. Also i don't feel that one it effects performance in anyway. Finally the software can be a bit twitchy in getting it to detect the cooler but once it does your fine for good.
Other Thoughts: None of the issues were enough to drop an egg for me, especially since its much easier to install then the cooler master seidon is. The radiator is big but i've managed to install it in micro atx cases. Just make sure the psu is bottom mounted. Also it adds a fair amount of wires to your case and is a challenge to manage.READ FULL REVIEW