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Pros: The price is great. When it works it is the fastest of the 4 ssd's that I have in my system.
Cons: It is very unstable. Even updated to the latest firmware this drive will blue screen randomly, if left idle it will basically vanish from the system. It even drops from the bios completely. It shows up again after a few start up attempts, but nothing I have tried has solved the blue screening or strange system drop off of this ssd.
Other Thoughts: It's a good price for such a large capacity ssd, but the fact that it is so unstable makes it not worth the money. I tried reinstalling the OS multiple times and updated firmware anytime it was available, but nothing fixes drive. Save yourself the head ache and pass on this ssd.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great performing card. The jump in performance from my 9800gtx was very noticeable, especially in BF Bad Company 2. The card runs cool and quiet so far.
Cons: I took one egg off because the plastic shroud covering the heatsink feels flimsy and cheap.
Other Thoughts: This card is big. I believe it's bigger than other 5850's. I have a cooler master scout and I had to alter the hard drive cage in my case in order to get the pci-e power plugged into the card. I've seen pics and videos online that show the reference 5850's fitting into the scout with room to spare. Since the power connections come out the back of the card I'd say you need at least 11 inches of clearance in your case for this version of the card.
q6600 @ 3ghz
Xigmatek Dark Knight
8gb Giel DDR2 ram
Pros: Was a very good card for a budget non gaming build. Cheap
Cons: 35 days after purchase the vga port on the card died. Switched to the dvi port and card worked fine again until recently. The computer turns on and runs but the display won't turn on. Swaped out video cards and everything works fine.
Other Thoughts: Experiences like this put a major damper on the building your own vs buying prebuilt argument. It's a shame that the card started having problems so soon after the build was complete. Through previous experience with an XFX motherboard dieing with less than a year under it's belt. I know that the XFX warranty support is pretty bad and really not worth dealing with. I would deffinetly pass over any XFX product.READ FULL REVIEW