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ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-60GM-C 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good Drive but buyer be informed first 08/03/2011

This review is from: ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-60GM-C 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I ordered two of these drives a little over a month ago and they are extremely fast and responsive. Running two of these drives in a RAID 0 array. The computer boots up in about 10-20 seconds max. Running applications is great. I wish I had moved to SSDs years ago.

Cons: The downside is one drive apparently likes to fail at random intervals. Sometimes twice in a day sometimes it will last as long as three days between failures. The computer will throw out a plethora of error messages and then return to POST where the raid array will be unable to detect the same drive and the array is listed as "failed."

I wanted to make sure the problem wasn't due to something on my end (being new to SSDs and non-server RAID arrays) before declaring the drive as bad. Hopefully ADATA will be able to replace the drive without too much hassle.

Other Thoughts: I read the reviews on this drive as well as others devices before I purchased. Based on the reviews out there on SSD products I have to wonder if random failures\DOA drives is just a potential problem with them. I have never had any problem with typical HDDs but almost every SSD out there includes reviews of drives that occasionally fail during normal use from the start. Maybe the technology isn't mature enough yet as other people I know seem to have the same hit/miss rate using SSDs.

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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Case for Mid\Entuisiast 08/24/2010

This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: -Good looking
-Quality Design/Construction
-Good Airflow
-Bottom Mount PSU

This is a well designed case. No sharp edges or shoddy quality here. I personally have had no problems with the 200mm top fan, but I also was very careful about where I mounted the fan speed adjusters. Even with the stock fans my system ran cool and gave me no problems. Adding in additional cooling, including the side panel fan only improved matters. Air cooler setup runs well below 100 degrees while under max load. Antec put a lot of thought into the design of this case including the bottom mount for the PSU. All airflow is moved from the front to back and from the bottom to the top.

Cons: -Bottom Mount PSU
-Cable Management

Both cons are the same really... and I blame myself for not putting in additional research when I bought the case. Most PC components are designed with a standard layout in mind. Normally the PSU is at the top and the CPU is a few inches below it so the power cords are shorter. For this case that is a problem. My recommendation is to either buy a PSU designed for a bottom mount or power supply with modular cables.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this case a little over two years ago and I still get compliments on how cool looking my computer is.

I'd love to give this case 5 stars but the bottom power supply mount "feature" has been as much of a headache as it has been helpful. In the end I was able to route and mount everything I wanted but adding or moving devices requires extra time and effort to undo and redo the internal wiring. That said, I would buy this case again knowing what I know today.

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Display Name: John M.

Date Joined: 08/28/05

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  • First Review: 08/24/10
  • Last Review: 08/03/11
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