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PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This drive is fast! The rebate processed quickly, and after rebate the price was right. An 840 EVO with120GB was more than I paid for this 240GB drive.

Cons: Where to begin? It's a luck of the draw as far as the controller and NAND type you will get. My firmware version is N0530A, so I'm pretty sure I got a Silicon Motion controller with MLC NAND. But no way to tell without opening the drive. No SSD tools on the PNY website, and the smart data is limited. There is no wear indicator (no E9 in the smart data), but there are the F1 (total LBAs written) and F2 (total LBAs read) indicators. Also, the website to register the drive for the 3yr warranty was broken for days, I had to call the tech support line to register.

Other Thoughts: Like I stated, the drive I received is really fast. I'm pretty sure I got lucky and didn't get the Sandforce controller version. Time will tell if this drive holds up, but in the couple of months I've had it, performance hasn't degraded at all. I'm right at about 1TB total reads and 1TB total writes (pretty heavy use), and it's still as fast as it was when new.

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Intel 730 Series SSDSC2BP240G4R5 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Enterprise class controller and MLC-HET NAND. Intel 5yr warranty. Got it on Black Friday for 98 clams at my local Fries (sic) B&M. Also the Intel SSD Toolbox is available on the Intel web site.

Cons: Not the fastest SSD on the market. Read speeds great - 475 Mbps, write speeds are unremarkable - 295 Mbps. Slower write speeds are due to the lack of interleaving between the 8 channel controller and the 8 NAND chips. 1 to 1 ratio.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 SSDs, but notably I have the PNY Optima 240 GB (in a laptop), which benchmarks faster than the Intel 730 240GB (in a desktop). The PNY is really fast, but in real world use, I don't notice the difference. Hopefully the Intel 730's endurance will be better than the PNY's. The 730 is replacing a Corsair Force 3, that drives performance degraded pretty quickly due to Sandforce trim issues. I had to do several secure erases and OS re-installs on that drive over the past 2 years. I did a clean install of Win 8.1 on the 730, hopefully I'm good for a long time :)

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MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid AM1 Board 10/25/2014

This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Lowest priced AM1 board. Mini PCIe slot. MSI processed my rebate quickly.

Cons: The AM1 platform is limited to 2 sata connections and single channel memory.

Other Thoughts: Using this in an HTPC with an Athlon 5350, 4GB ADATA XPG DDR3 1600 memory, and an Intel Centrino 6235 mini pcie Wifi/Bluetooth card. Running Ubuntu 14.04 and XMBC. Using HDMI to push video and sound to my LCD TV. NOTE: I'm using the open source Gallium 3D drivers. Everything works flawlessly.

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Gordon I.'s Profile

Display Name: Gordon I.

Date Joined: 03/01/04

  • Reviews: 42
  • Helpfulness: 27
  • First Review: 03/31/06
  • Last Review: 12/07/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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