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Pros: -This thing is fricken fast.
-Boots Windows 8.1 in 14 seconds flat
-403.3MB/s read and 389.5MB/s write sequentially with three runs of 500MB on CrystalDiskMark
-Structurally sound (the pcb isn't jiggling around in it's housing)
Cons: Had some issues with Windows 8 detecting the drive, but a quick Google search and some messing around with the boot order in the bios cleared up any issues I had.
Not sure if what I consider a con would actually be a fault to the product so I just put everything else in other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: It's a completely bare drive, so no Acronis cloning software (I recommend Macrium Reflect), no mounting brackets or velcro fasteners, just the drive, but for the price and the speed, that's definitely okay with me.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: You will see a HUGE jump in performance from 2GB of ram to 4GB, make sure to get 4GB 1600MHz minimum if you're using the integrated graphics on the CPU if you really want to see the maximum potential of this chip.
Plays DayZ (poorly optimized Real Virtuality 3) at 15-35 fps depending on if you're near a town or not on normal settings.
GTA 4 (RAGE and Euphoria) 25-75 fps normal-high settings
Maxes out all games that run on the Source engine (Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead 1&2, etc.) at 55-120 fps
Chivalry Medieval Warfare (Unreal Engine 3) maxes out 25-60 fps
Vanilla Arma 2: OA (Real Virtuality 3) normal-high 20-55 fps
Cons: 50c-75c on stock cooler.
If you're looking to buy a dedicated GPU with this I'd advise stepping up to a Phenom II or an FX series chip.
Other Thoughts: With 2GB of RAM
DayZ 2-10 fps on lowest possible settings
GTA 4 5-20 fps normal-high settings
Still maxes out all Source games but has some micro-stutter
Chivalry normal-high 25-45 fps
Vanilla A2:OA Normal settings 15-30 fps
Motherboard: FM2A75M-DGS (discontinued and replaced with R2.0)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
RAM: Kingston HyperX Genisis 2x2GB 1600MHz
PSU: Raidmax RX-530SS 530w
HDD: 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM hard drive
HDD2: 200GB Maxtor 7200RPM hard drive
Pros: If it's an improvement of R1.0 then it's great.
Seriously it's worth the purchase, you get exactly what it says you get for cheap.
Cons: R1.0 was discontinued right after I bought it. (other thoughts)
There is always a chance of getting a DOA part no matter where you look. (seriously I read a review of a guy getting DOA zip-ties)
Also make sure you get decent cooling because the north bridge can get kind of warm.
Other Thoughts: I was kind of concerned that the motherboard I bought was discontinued a week after I bought it and replaced with this, but it's not having any issues thus far, so I guess they just wanted to upgrade. If you want to see other reviews for the discontinued version here's the item number. N82E16813157331READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Peggy W.
Date Joined: 07/12/12
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