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SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E500B/AM 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Space and cost (at the time of purchase). The speed of this drive is excellent and it works well. Almost identical speed to the Samsung 840 Pro @ 256 GB I replaced this with. It also scores a 7.9 WEI for windows 7 x64 Ultimate in case anyone is wondering.

Cons: My computer takes longer to POST after installing this, but that might be due to a power cable I damaged on my secondary storage drive when performing the installation. It could also be that my BIOS might need an update to recognize this faster. Regardless I was expecting a noticeable performance difference over the 256GB 840 Pro it was replacing. If anything this drive might be a hair slower but the difference is really not that noticeable and I needed the space.

Other Thoughts: Glad I picked this up a couple weeks ago when it was $30 cheaper!

G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Booted up right away on my motherboard without doing anything fancy except resetting to default CMOS settings.
Set it to XMP #2 and it immediately OC'd to 2400 MHz without a hiccup giving it a 7.9 WEI, now it's just my CPU that's stuck at 7.7 the rest of the system is max Windows 7 score.
Using the Newegg's Will Call function my order was ready in less than 3 hours!!! Great job on that and I love the new side office rather than the back factory room.
This is only the second RAM kit I've ever bought online that didn't have some kind of problem and sent back. Obviously quality control has gotten better as of late. (Thankfully) Needless to say I was quite pleased as I was sure I would have to RMA them for a proper working set but that was a chance I was willing to take and quite glad/lucky it worked out this time around.
My CPU was able to OC 100 MHz higher than in the past comfortably, which isn't much, but it's still an improvement with these chips.

Cons: I'm glad I bought the item when it was $20 cheaper a few days ago than it is now. Most people don't realize that faster RAM generally won't improve your noticeable system performance for Overclocking. I laugh at some of the prices out there, especially for certain DDR4 kits and won't be going to that platform any time soon hence this investment. At the time of purchase, less than a week ago, this kit was the best bang for the buck in my humble opinion.

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased this RAM kit in November of 2013 and wrote a review on it then which was less favourable than this one. Before making this purchase Gskill posted a guide on their forum that might have helped me should I have had any issues getting the rated settings on the RAM which probably was the deal maker. That and the fact I was ready to RMA the kit to the Gskill factory and not Newegg this time around. (Glad I didn't have to and these chips were perfect right out of the package) I love Gskill's lifetime warranty and customer support. It's not hard to see why they are considered the number one RAM vendor out there.

EVGA 04G-P4-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Due to the video card in my son's computer breaking, I'm coming from a 6990 to this one. Tom's lists them in the same tier but for my rig this is slightly better because I'm finally able to utilize the PCI express 3.0 bus on my Motherboard. Every benchmark I've run is on max settings and this card is butter smooth every time, no noticeable hiccups or slowdowns. Any Directx 11 game will run on max settings no problems.

Cons: Due to high demand for the 970 card, price has increased since launch and will only get worse probably, before Christmas.

Other Thoughts: I couldn't justify shelling out the extra hundreds of dollars for the 980 when this card seems to do everything I need it for at a much lower price.

This "coil whine" issue people are mentioning is non-existent. I can't even hear the fan on this card most times, and when it's maxed out, it's far quieter than my previous card.


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Display Name: Dan L.

Date Joined: 09/27/09

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 10/31/09
  • Last Review: 03/11/15
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