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This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: From POST to Windows (8.1) login prompt is about 7 seconds. We used the previous gen Samsung SSD's in our laptops at work and these are FANTASTIC drives. Get a 240gb or larger for the best speeds, but don't let the IOP specs scare you away from the 120gb if all you need is a boot disk.
Other Thoughts: One of the most effective upgrades you can do if you're looking for a snappier PC and you've already got a semi-modern rig.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Stuck these on a gigabyte AM3+ board with a an AMD 8320 CPU. Just works.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Has a gui-like mouse-enabled UEFI "bios" but it can still be navigated with the keyboard as if it were one of the old ASCII interfaces.
Cons: None so far. Seems very stable. Have owned plenty of gigabyte products over the years and I've always been pretty happy with them.
Other Thoughts: My win8 disc wouldn't boot in UEFI mode and subsequent boots wouldn't even find the BDROM drive at all. Had to power off and back on each time. Setting it to BIOS/Legacy mode booted it up just fine.READ FULL REVIEW