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This review is from: OCZ Solid 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC SLD3-25SAT3-120G
Pros: -Fast when they work (other thoughts)
-SATA II max r/w 285 MB/s
These will reach speeds of up to 500 MB/S read and 450 MB/s write with SATAIII connections on the motherboard. Also the Random IOPS will beat out any traditional hard drive, SCSI or SATA.
- Hardy, no moving parts means you can now throw your laptop around with no fear of damaging the hard drive.
- quiet, no moving parts.
Cons: - They come broken (read other thoughts)
- 2.5 inch form factor. Not really a con, but need to plan for it. I am sure Newegg sells the adapters for it, I would guess there around 15.
- Make sure that defragging is turned off, Windows 7 is smart and knows the difference in the hard drives now. It will turn it off automatically but I would check just to make sure. If you leave it on, you will see degraded performance in the hard drive and premature death of the hard drive.
Other Thoughts: This is the third SSD I have bought of this specific brand and line (OCZ Solid). This is the second hard drive I have gotten DOA. The one SSD that worked, I had to get straight from the manufacturer.
I would not recommend this series from OCZ. Their agility series works a lot better, (still running a SATA II version at work and in my home computer). Their solid series sucks donkey though.
Then throw in the fact that I got screwdrivered over on my RMA costing me 40 dollars.....yeah that sucked.
Oh well, again I would save you money and not buy this piece.
Pros: Overclocks easily, went from 3 to 3.6ghz no problem.
Easy to install ( except for the bent pin because of Newegg's cr*ppy shipping)
Best AM2+ CPU for the price
Awesome upgrade from a AMD Phenom 9600
With proper cooling can stay relatively cool
7.4 WEI score!
Cons: Not the cpu's fault but my mobo will not let me under-volt the CPU to 125w. The thing is constantly running at 140W of power. But with the proper cooling ( had to use a 120mm fan pulling 92mm fan pushing through an ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64, extremely rigged) I can keep the temps around 48C/65 load. I figured since i was going to OC it i didn't need to lower the wattage. And yes you can under-clock it but you have to AMD overdrive to do it if your board will not let you.
Other Thoughts: Newegg got an "F" on shipping this time. 50 dollar box of parts came to my house without a dent, 200 dollar box of parts (CPU and new harddrive) looked like a refrigerator was stored on top of it and then the box was punted across the parking lot to my doorstep. Other than that I was extremely happy with this purchase. This will be my last upgrade for this computer.
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-DS4 Motherboard AM2+ (2008)
7.5- AMD Phenom II 940 @ 3.6GHz (2010)
7.4- 6GB of DDR2 800 MHZ running @ 4-4-4-12 (2009)
7.4- HIS IceQ 5570 (OC) (2010)
5.9- (only ssd get higher than 5.9)
4 X 160GB WD Blue RAID 0 (2009)
1TB WD Black Backup (2010)
Windows 7 Home Prem (2009)
2 years of building all from newegg.com, always a satisfactory buy.
Pros: It is fast! (remember to boot into the BIOS and turn off CPU throttling, it will throttle you CPU to 800Mhz when on battery if you don't.)
Already comes with 2GB of memory
No OS ( no preloaded stuff)
Works with Ubuntu Remix
Can run Ubuntu and Windows Xp at the same time! (VirtualBox of Winxp)
Plays movies smoothly full screen, Hulu (not full screen at least for Ubuntu) and Netflix.
I like the keyboard feels responsive.
Battery will last for about an hour or more with me running movies, unpacking games, running music, and a virtual OS of XP.
Really light even with the battery, can hold with one hand and type with the other.
Cons: In Ubuntu I cant seem to get the function key options to work. This causes issues with disabling the track-pad and being able to quickly turn the volume up and down.
The case scratches real easy and seems to look dirty real quick. But thats just aesthetics.
If you grab it by the LCD monitor part you can potentially screw up your monitor (it's really tempting to do.)
Sound is not going to blow you away with quality.
Other Thoughts: I decided to go with a quality computer over a really cheap 15.6 laptop. I was not disappointed. If you are not good with installing your own OS's and such there is a version of this computer with Windows 7 already installed. I am really pleased with my purchase and if need be would buy another one.
Last few thoughts, Screen quality is really nice, comes with a web-cam and wireless N built in.