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SAMSUNG 850 EVO-Series MZ-75E250B/AM 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Fast
2. Stable
3. special pricing with free shipping

Cons: It only works under AHCI. The Bios detects it in RAID mode but Windows 7 will not install nor boot. This is the reason for the minus one egg. I wanted to have a hybrid disk system. The OS on the Samsung 850 EVO with two seagate HDD's in raid 0 (GPT) for storage only. I keep getting this error during win7 installation "no drives detected" despite loading the AMD raid drivers during installation. I also tried this trick by booting and installing the RAID drivers from the eSATA controller while the internal controller is configured to Raid 0 with the array activated, after the Raid drivers are installed, I switched all drives to the internal controller. It crashes shortly after the Microsoft logo appears in a Raid environment. This tricks works perfectly with Scandisk SSD. I had the same issue with Crucial M500 SSD. I have read that some SSD's don't fully support AMD 990FX chipset. I guess I will never be able to set up RAID in my new system until AMD releases improved drivers. Despite all that, I'm happy with my purchase because it is performing super well in AHCI mode.

Other Thoughts: My system:
1. Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, rev.4 Mobo
2 AMD FX8350
3. Samsung EVO 850 (250gb) x1
4. G-Skill Ripsaw 4 x4gb, 1600mhz
5. Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 GPU
6. Corsair CX750M PSU
7. Rosewill Armor-EVO gaming mid tower case
8. Cool Master Hyper 212 EVO
9. Seagate 2g HDD x 2, SATA 3
10. Seagate 1.5g HDD, SATA 2

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SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I upgraded from a Sapphire HD 6870 to this beast. I have had no issues at this point. It is quiet and stable. I have only played two games, Dragon Age Inquisition and Left-4-Dead2, on ultra settings @1920 X 1080, and it runs them very well without flinching. I'm very satisfied with my purchase thus far!!

Cons: No issues yet!! I guess you could say the price is a tad high for some people...

Other Thoughts: My system:
1. Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, rev.4
2 AMD FX8350
3. Samsung EVO 850 (250gb) x1
4. G-Skill Ripsaw 4 x4gb, 1600mhz
5. this GPU
6. Corsair CX750M PSU
7. Rosewill Armor-EVO gaming mid tower case
8. Cool Master Hyper 212 EVO
9. Seagate 2g HD x 2
This GPU runs flawlessly. I have not experienced any of the issues reported here on this forum. Initially, I was a bit hesitant after reading all these bad reviews, but I'm glad I didn't let those bad reviews influence my decision because I have been using Sapphire graphics for years without any problems.

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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: These drives are great for storage. I recently added two of these drives to my collection after owning one for almost a year. I use them for storage only because they are somewhat slow to be as primary drives. I got them on special. I couldn't resist the low price. On one computer, two Seagate drives are configured as raid-0 (GPT) and combined with one SSD, which has the OS. The other computer has two SSD's in raid-0 and a Seagate and a Toshiba (3 tb) as storage in GPT mode. They have been flawless, thus far!

Cons: Relatively slow as primary drives---non-raid load time averages 4 minutes to load Win7 64 vs less than 30 seconds compared to SSD's--other than that, no other issue, thus far!!

Other Thoughts: Great for storage!!

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Display Name: Louis L.

Date Joined: 02/08/09

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  • First Review: 03/24/09
  • Last Review: 02/20/15
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