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Pros: FAST, and faster. low power usage. no wires. upgrade from even the BEST SATA3 SSD.
It makes spider solitaire load supah fast! Kappa
IMO best upgrade path bang for buck for my system.
Cons: Not one yet from me, maybe price. The 170$ coupon code sucked me in. cost about same amount I paid for a 1TB sata3ssd when they first hit that size for quality name brand that you don't see ton of refurbished units always on sale...
Other Thoughts: Make sure your system is capable and compatible, before you buy and cry. Bios of the drive I got off Newegg (
my cousin ordered it for me so it won't show me as a verified owner) shows being a Lenovo drive in BIOS/UEFI. Brown boxed with Intel blue box inside. Intel drivers from there site all installed fine. speeds are as expected before and after firmware update. Firmware update tool is a not needed if you use the latest intel ssd toolbox. (it is much easier way of flashing the firmware of the drive) benches show 2800MB/sec my Samsung 840 1TB sata3 SSD does about 540 ~ 550MB/sec same test.
Pretty sure it takes me longer to put in my PIN to log in win 10 pro 64bit than it does to boot the OS. Gone are the days of power on pc then get cup of coffee. Nowadays if you power on pc then get a cup of coffee, pc is already in sleep mode. HDspeed.exe simple little disk drive test. able to test any storage drive with a drive letter. block size adjustable and also shows positionof heads (for mechanical).
fwiw system using this drive
Asus Px79le mainboard
Intel 4930k liquid cooled
pair of hybrid 980ti's liquid cooled
64 gigs (8x8) crucial 1866 CAS 9 ddr3
floptical blueish ray drive
yadda yadda yadda
bunch of other stuff that has nothing to do with this review of drive.
all testing was done with freshly rebooted speakers. Cable company tech told me that helped.
Pros: price was not bad with rebate.
easy install. socket 2011 no backplate needed, stock is used. same as other cooler I replaces (cm hyper 212)
pretty decent cooling, the cm hyper212 and T4 does really good unless you want to overclock far. Tubing was a little stiff, but rotating the water pump assembly made it lay down nice. seems quiet in system. using pwm fan that came with the unit. turned it on silent in efi/bios and it staying nice and cool. pump is 3pin and runs 12v all the time no pulse width modulation control on it. it runs @ about 4200rpm. I have my own monitoring software running the temps @ idle are about 100f and loaded 120f (prime 95 tft all cpu) on a 4930k 6core cpu.
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: The models up from this one have corsair link and some nicer features. May upgrade this sometime to dual fan thicker radiator model, I am on 130watt cpu. Ran for 3 days on bench checked for noise/ leaks/issues before installing into PC. The price I got this for made it worth trying , I have two units in my pc now on the GPU's they work great. figured got room for third radiator.... I guess I better use it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: easy setup
cold running gpu
cooler master EVO HB lan box held two of these fine
GPU temps holding under 50c under load fans 22% (squirrel cage blower fans on cards) silent
Cons: stock 120mm fans that come with the cards are two wire and not temperature controlled and run wide open always. even if not needed (idle gpu) so they can be noisy. replaced stock 120mm fans with some quieter units that are controlled by gpu temps. Now they are close to silent SLI setup.
Other Thoughts: Good cards for running cool under load. great if motherboard spacing is close together. Make sure you have room for two radiators in your case. even though stock 120mm fans are 2 wire noisy units, easily remedied. after installing the two factory 120 mm fans on radiators were loudest noises coming from PC. not bad enough to take eggs away. you can run the 120's @ 12 or 7 or 5VDC with any atx PSU. and make these cards almost silent and still run cool under heavy load. My mainboard has slot spacing close (to fit 4 GPU) I had a few cards in SLI in this system (2x 780TI and 2x 980) 780Ti would get very warm in my case because of space between cards and a ceton infinity 4 cablecard tuner PCIe card block fans. so now these water cooled cards run chilling. happy camper would buy again and recommendREAD FULL REVIEW