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Pros: I purchased one of these drives from Newegg on 4/4/10. Did a lot of research and this drive looked like the best deal. Plan was to rebuild an old P4 into a gamer only PC to buy some time before having to spend big money on a new PC. Thought was to reuse the SSD for the new build in the future. PC rebuilt first week in May. Ran great, hard to believe it was a P4 3ghz ht box with 4GB ram.
Cons: Ran great - for all of about five months of limited game use. Drive failed on a reboot last week in September. RMA'd it and bought a 500GB 7200rpm WD Black to replace it. Got the replacement drive and put it into my desk drawer until I got all the parts for my i7 980x build this past Friday. i7 build went smooth, no problems, insane speed Win7 Ultimate (64), w/ 24GB Ram, ASUS Rampage III mobo and two EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked cards (SLI) and this SSD as the system drive.
What a screamer, for exactly freakin’ three days until the SSD failed again on a reboot... Needless to say the second RMA has been requested and a 600GB Velociraptor is on its way to my house. Not a happy camper at all...
Other Thoughts: Purchased this drive for $330 in April 2010, worst PC investment I have ever made. Great performance but don't get too attached to it or the data you have on it for that matter.
For the money it should ship with a free external backup drive of equal size...
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Pros: While preparing to replace my very long in the tooth P4 (8 years old) I decided on an Antec Nine Hundred Two case but by the time I had a final list of components the case was discontinued. After some "quick" research on an equivalent replacement mid tower I decided this was the case. $3k later this monster arrives and well let’s just say I should have checked the dimensions before ordering it...
This thing is huge but has a very good layout, easy to use tooless mounting options, open grillwork everywhere and lots and lots of fans! If this thing can't keep my i7 980x cool I don't know what can.
Fit and finish is top notch. The controls and ports on the top are well positioned.
I considered returning it for a smaller case for all of about .5 seconds; this thing is way too sweet to part with considering the other options. Since this will not fit in my tower cabinet in my desk at least it will look sexy as hell out in the open.
Cons: It is HUGE!
It would have been nice to have the fan space on bottom filled with a fan.
Other than that it is hard to find anything to complain about.
Did I mention the thing is HUGE?
Other Thoughts: System specs:
ASUS Rampage III Extreme
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz
KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular power supply
Kingston HyperX 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
2x EVGA 01G-P3-1467-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 graphics cards
HP Black Blu-ray Burner SATA bd340i
Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA II SSD (system/boot partition)
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA hard drive (data partitions)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit