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Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW160G3K5 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * reasonably fast I guess
* supposedly gets better mobile battery life
* boots Windows 7x64 Pro in about 20 seconds
* comes with a desktop conversion kit
* goes on sale for a halfway reasonable price about once a month w/ MIR

Cons: * makes a faint squealing noise when reading/writing ....???
* not noticeably faster than an Dell/OEM Toshiba 7200rpm drive
* only moves "large" files faster
* Made in China

Other Thoughts: Why does it make a squealing noise when reading or writing? It's not loud, but I can head it over the hum of the fan. Makes me glad I have a 5 year warranty and external backup drive because it may be a short-lived item.

SATA-2 limits usefulness of SSD's...I included an Intel 510 120GB SATA-3 in a new desktop build in 2011 that installed Windows 7 Pro in <10 seconds and boots it in ~5 seconds. The 320 series is *nowhere* near as fast.

Verify with Intel SSD Tools web page that you have the newest firmware so you don't get the 8MB wipeout.

Dell Latitude e6400
Intel Centrino 2: Montevina
4GB OCZ DDR2
Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD
Windows 7 Pro-64b / Windows XP Pro-32b

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Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012 3 User
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs as bas as a virus 10/16/2011

This review is from: Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012 3 User

Pros: ...
+ "best" virus and malware protection
+ comprehensive solution to internet protection
+ comes preprogrammed (could be useful if you don't know what you're doing and don't care what speed your computer runs at)

Cons: ...
- takes over your computer & slows it down...a lot.
- can develop internal errors which cause your computer to stop responding
- the same errors also prevent laptop from entering sleep, restarting, or shutting down.

Other Thoughts: This Norton product was a free upgrade to my existing NIS security subscription via my ISP. I held off at first and then finally caved and allowed the "upgrade" to continue. With previous versions of NIS, you could put the software into "silent mode" once a day (but NOT permanently) to reduce the unnecessary average workload on your CPU (important for laptops on battery). The new version did not decrease the running processes or load when put into "silent mode."

I am running a Latitude e6400 with Centrino 2 P8700, 4GB RAM, and Win XPP_SP3. Plugging into A/C, docking it, closing all programs, etc. nothing fixed the failure to sleep/restart/shutdown issue unless the computer was opened in Safe mode (w/out NIS running) and then again after Norton was uninstalled. After uninstall, my system instantly became twice as fast.

This product from Symantec is junk and you should avoid it until they re-enable access to settings and make it a less CPU-intensive, more stable/ reliable product.

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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Very Fast
- Easy to install
- Works at speed advertized once you correct the BIOS
- Doesn't overheat
- Fits on ASRock P67 Extreme6 m/b w/ Xigmatek HDT-SD1283 120mm CPU heatsink (2-4mm clearance)
- Corsair quality

Cons: - Didn't POST on first try
- Had to remove one stick and configure correctly in BIOS, turn off, install 2nd DIMM, turn on and verify settings stuck.

Other Thoughts: Excellent DDR3 RAM. Black or chrome would have looked better, but oh well. PC boots to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit in 5 seconds. Yes, I said 5.

Intel Core i7 2600K
ASRock P67 Extreme6 motherboard
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz
eVGA 550 Ti FPB
Intel 510-series SATA-6 SSD <---simply amazing
Xigmatek HDT-SD1283 Gaia (cut 3/4" off of 3 fins for fit)
LiteOn SATA-3 Blu-ray & DVD burners
Corsair TX750 power supply
CoolerMaster 534+ (broke out the tool-less junk & did it right)

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Joseph V.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph V.

Date Joined: 06/02/08

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 11/25/08
  • Last Review: 01/25/12
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