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Pros: Improved times for everything; even if you have an older computer without SATA3
Other Thoughts: I have an older computer. I7,950 running on a ASUS Sabertooth X58. It's plenty fast for me. But what isn't fast, has been the drive. After years of accumulating software and updates to windows, booting take ages. And whenever the games go to the drive for data, the hesitation is noticable.
Note that the X58 has SATA2 ports. There are Sata3, but they go through another chip and run slower than the Sata2 ports -- not happy about that Asus... But even with the "slow" Sata2 ports, replacing the drive with this instantly turned the computer into a speed champion again. Boot times are now single digits of seconds. Access to the drive is so quick, I can no longer get a beer waiting for the world to load in. And in music production, the effects and instruments are so fast to summon you'd think they were already running.
Even those without the SATA3 ports can use this drive to supercharge their pc. This staves off the day you have to buy another monster computer. And when you do, the drive here will be even faster in the new machine as well -- no moving parts means it'll last longer as well as run faster.
Pros: Good boot times after it learns what files are read most frequently
Cons: Terrible Life expectancy -- died within 6 months
Other Thoughts: I have no idea what to do with this thing. It simply died one day. I'm praying I can recover the code I've written the past few months. I expected the drive to last far longer than this, and I have NO plans to put another hybrid in until I'm sure Seagate has their quality back to normal again.
And since I swapped the main computer drive to a hybrid, based on the 5 month success of this, I have to UNupgrade that machine as well, and soon.
Hybrid should be simple and should last as long as a regular drive. It's not even coming close. I will go back to my WD drives; they at least function.
Pros: easily setup and installed
Other Thoughts: I was hesitant to go with this because I've never used GSkill before. I tend to go with parts I know and have used before. But the fears were unfounded. put them into the motherboard and told the Bios to setup with the XMP settings, and all the speeds and voltages were set. I've never had an upgrade go so fast and easy.READ FULL REVIEW