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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs high performance, extreme bargain 02/01/2013

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This is a great deal at this price, with speeds that nearly saturate the Sata III bus. Also has very good IOPS in most scenarios. This means that currently you can't really get much more performance from a single ssd for most applications.

I have used about 6-8 different SSDs on builds and upgrades for myself and family members. Some favorites included the Corsair Force GT, the Samsung 830 and a Chronos Deluxe, which is similar to this drive but with synchronous memory.

Power draw is very good, it has increased battery life by about 80% on my Sony Tap 20 battery powered all-in-one touch pc.

Also noticeably lightened the weight on the computer. This is significant in this case as the Tap 20 is almost too heavy to be comfortable on your lap at about 11 lbs. I ordered a Tap 20 with the standard HD, saving the $400 bucks(!) Sony wanted for an SSD upgrade. Then I popped in the Mushkin which gives me the spinning drive as a backup for free as well, in the unlikely event that I have any problems down the line. Shrinking the partition and transferring the factory Windows 8 install was all done with free and/or trial software programs. They were even able to grab the factory restore partitions.

Unlike spinning hard drives, I have yet to have an SSD fail on me for no reason. Perhaps there were glitches early on in the technology, but failure is far less common with current SSD drives than with spinning drives in my experience. People who still complain or worry about SSD durability appear somewhat paranoid IMHO. I am not a true expert on SSD manufacturing, but I do have a degree in Electrical Engineering. Also I keep an eye on some busy SSDs in servers at work so I think I can evaluate the general durability of the technology fairly well.

Cons: The only real room for improvement for this drive that I can see would be synchronous memory which can increase performance on highly compressed data. So perhaps this isn't the ideal choice for a video editing RAID array, but outside of that it is a very compelling option.

KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is a steal for what you get. I have had this power supply for 2 years and no problems. Have been running trifire with 3x overclocked 6970s for the last 8 months or so. 3820 cpu overclocked to 4.7 Ghz also. Do not hesitate on this power supply. This is the only part which has survived my upgrades over the last 2 years. Every other part has been replaced over that timespan but no need to even consider a new psu.

Cons: Can't think of one.

Other Thoughts: I see no reason to spend more on a 1000w psu.

Current rig this powers:

Asrock x79 extreme 6
i 7-3820 @ 4.7 Ghz
16 GB ddr 3 1866
3x Radeon 6970 trifire @ 925 Mhz
3x 23" 1080p monitors
240 GB Corsair force gt
2 7200 rpm drives
Corsair 600t white
Ducky Shine II mech keyboard

Rosewill Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard RK-9100BR with Cherry MX Brown Switch - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Follow up after comparing to ducky shine2 with mx reds... The rosewill is the more solid feeling of the two boards. Also much better for typing due to the feel of the spacebar and other larger keys, which is FAR superior. Not sure why, since they both use the same stabilizers but it is very noticeable. Overall a great board.

Cons: Made me keep two mechanical keyboards when I was only in the market for one... it types so nice I had to keep it somewhere even though it didn't quite make the cut on my gaming rig.

Other Thoughts: This board is so nice I ended up keeping it for the kitchen computer. The ducky shine 2 ended up being a little better choice for me for my gaming pc because I liked the feel of the mx reds a little better as far as fps gaming and it has more lighting features like memory of led setting after reboot and available in white which matches my gaming rig. The rosewill is clearly much better for typing though. Overall if I had to pick the better of the two on feel and build quality I would pick the rosewill.


Matthew W.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew W.

Date Joined: 12/11/04

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  • First Review: 09/25/08
  • Last Review: 02/01/13
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