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Pros: More than enough ports to charge devices simultaneously.
Cons: None. It just works.
Other Thoughts: At any given time I'll have my Asus memopad, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a Mophie Juicebox attached and they'll charge fast with no issues. I didn't use the included wall plug connector (I'm using a AC cable so I can keep the charger on my night stand).
Regarding the comment from another owner about the constant disconnects; I've seen that before and it's not the charger. It's one the devices you're charging.
I have a Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth headset that will constantly do that on my Mophie that has two 2A charging ports, causing any device hooked up to the second port to disconnect/reconnect constantly. I haven't charged my headset with this charger, but I'd be willing to bet it'd do the same thing. It's not the charger's fault but rather how a given device works with the charger. In other words; if the device internally disconnects the power charging source when the battery is charged instead of regulating the power to a trickle, it'll cause the charger to reset.
I can't speak for if this adapter is putting out a full 2.4A and 1A on the given ports, but I can say that I can charge my phone on a 1A port, my Mophie on a 2.4A port, and my Asus memopad tablet on the other 2.4A port, and the tablet charges even when I'm using it at the same time. If you have one of these tablets you'll know what I mean by that.
Pros: When I say "insanity", I don't mean it in a bad way. I mean it as this card is insanely fast! Worked flawlessly from the get-go on my Gigabyte x79-UP4 (rev 1.0) based workstation that's configured in the BIOS to boot only UEFI devices. Crystal Disk Mark gives me ~720MB/s read and ~600MB/s write speeds! Compared to my old Sandforce based drive it's not even a contest; 214MB/s & 162MB/s respectively.
The heatsink looks great and although I didn't need to use it on my system, having the SATA power connector on the card shows that Plextor thought of every situation.
If you have a window on your case the status LED's on the card are easy to see too.
Cons: None! I'm extremely impressed with this card!
Other Thoughts: Although this is marketed more towards gamers, I purchased it to use in my professional photo editing workstation since my old ADATA SP900 was getting full and was getting a bit long in the tooth compared what's out there now. I played it safe and installed the card and then booted with my old SSD to give Windows a chance to pick it up. Turns out I didn't even really need to do that; windows just picked it up as another drive and didn't even bother asking for a driver.
I used the 2013 version of Acronis to clone my old SSD over to the Plextor drive. Everything copied over without a single problem.
Application wise, in Lightroom things went from peppy to just plain stupid fast on this drive. Switching between photo sets is insanely fast with almost no delay. Opening Lightroom itself or opening Photoshop through Lightroom is ridiculously fast. I didn't even install the Plexturbo software since it's already blindingly fast and Plexturbo isn't going to be able to accelerate my workflow any more since my RAW data files are stored on a network server.
Oddly enough; Windows doesn't boot any faster on this SSD than it did on my old ADATA drive. That's more to do with my motherboard though I believe and not the card's fault; it's initializing 64GB of RAM (or which 32GB is configured as a RAMdisk).
At first I was a little hesitant to spend the money on this; now I wish I could add one to my mini-ITX system (can't because it doesn't have an M.2 connector on the board)! I went with the black version of the card over the standard one because of the accelerated write speeds. I'm so glad I spent the extra money!
Major kudos to Newegg and UPS too! I placed my order on the afternoon of Feb 11 and got it in my hands the next day (and I picked standard shipping!). The added 64GB M3 drive was a nice extra too!
Pros: Got it on a Shell Shocker deal for $99. The memory timings are impressive for the capacity too.
Other Thoughts: I've been using G.Skill RAM for my systems for a few years now. Great value for the money. This particular set was to upgrade my mini-itx gaming system that had 8GB of G.Skill RipjawsX memory to 16GB. The speeds are almost identical between the two, except now I've got double the memory. In practice I can't tell the difference between the RipjawsX and the Ares modules (except when I've been memory constrained).
Unlike some other people I've never had a memory module fail on me. I *HAVE* had some initial issues getting the memory working occasionally, but in all cases it was either the memory needed to be re-seated or I forgot to reset the memory timings and had to clear my CMOS.
As it stands I've got G.Skill memory in five of my computers, two of which being servers, and they've been working flawlessly for over four years in one case.
Display Name: Manny R.
Date Joined: 08/01/04
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