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Pros: The Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB SATA III Internal SSD Single Unit Version is sell-your-soul-to-the-devil fast and aesthetically pleasing to the post-modern enthusiast. The m.2 format leaves little to be desired, delivering high rates of data delivery in a small, lightweight, and convenient package. Featuring a 5 year warranty and a lovely bouquet, it has a soft and round mouth-feel but in a leaner style with balanced acidity. Interesting hints of espresso in the long finish. Great as a food accompaniment or just to enjoy for its own sake. Simply put, the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB SATA III Internal SSD Single Unit Version is the best m.2 SSD for your hard-earned money.
Cons: It is unfortunate that one should be forced to find negativity in such a magnificent creature. That being said, the particular hue stands out on most common high-performance canvases featuring an m.2 slot, it would be utterly euphoric had the designer chosen not the phthalo green, but instead closer to a happy little midnight black that might mask the drive from overly-curious onlookers.
Other Thoughts: In relative seriousness, I currently have this drive attached to an MSI z97a gaming 7 motherboard paired to an i5-4690, complimented by 8gb of questionable yet stable Avexir ddr3 clocked at 1866mhz. After enabling both the MSI rapid boot feature and Samsung rapid mode, this particular conglomeration of parts is able to present me with a Windows 10 desktop within fewer than 7 seconds of pressing the power button. This seems outrageous, but time after time it never ceases to impress friends and loved ones. I might also mention that due to the advancements in technology that allow m.2 to be possible, there is nary a data cable in sight. In addition, the modular power supply has only a 24 pin, 8-pin atx, and 6-pin graphics power attached. I have been building personal computing machines from as far back as the 8086 era, and never before have I seen so few wires in a system- utterly astounding! M.2 is the future of simplifying the hardware experience.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) AM3+ AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Solid Capacitors, great price, onboard HDMI, sata3, great OEM replacement
Cons: HDMI Jumper, only 2 slots for ram, no USB3 bracket, 3-pin fan always runs at 100% (pretty common thing on AMD boards i've noticed, they adjust fans using PWM not voltage.. seems to me anyway?) either way, nothing that was a deal breaker, it was a great price for a pretty solid looking board... time will tell!
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a board on a commonly-failing HP desktop model that came with an Athlon II x4. Everything runs so quick now, much quicker than when the HP was new! The only drawbacks are minor, you can either use HDMI or DVI at a time, but can switch between the two with a jumper on the board. And I did have to replace the fan on the heatsink with a 4-pin (PWM) one because no amount of adjusting the BIOS seemed to make a difference, but the 4-pin worked perfectly.
I have had nothing buy success with MSI products and this is right in line with my previous experiences.
Pros: seriously? the fact that 8gb cost me 30$. that is the only pro i need!- however, in addition, it worked flawlessly right out of the box (in a dell no less!), timings were spot on, and this stuff never seems to get quite hot. Did i mention you can catch it on sale for very cheap? I've never bought DDR3 before, and it's amazing what you can get for so little money.
Cons: I cannot comment on overclocking, because the dell bios really, really, really hates when you mess with anything except boot order. but for OEM use, this stuff is way above par. so... no cons for my use.
Other Thoughts: I work in a computer store and see problems with RAM all the time. I have never had any issue with crucial, but anything with heat spreaders (aka not the cheapest stuff) seems to work particularly well with immediately setting the right timings etc. without any input on my behalf.
I have a 4gb set of 800mhz DDR2 tracers in an old c2q 780i build, and i bought that stuff 3-4 years ago, it has run solid at 850mhz+, 4-4-4-12 1t, on stock 2.2v, and it never fails me. I know that's not much of an OC, but the timings are tight and it's been going for 3 YEARS like that. plus it's the 1-sided kind, which was supposed to be worse, and still... rock solid stuff.
btw if you could see the computer this was going in, you'd be surprised anything works in it- qx9650, 12gb ddr3, dell x48 BTX (that's right) mobo out of an xps 430 which has een stuffed in a gateway Pentium D BTX box from like 2006 with dremel mods for fitment, XPS BTX heatsink, 2x used sata 160gb drives in RAID0, and a killer 512mb GeForce 7900gs... this machine was built on a budget from used parts i had laying around (excpet ddr3, hence the review), and halfway as a homage to the obviously superior design of BTX, and buddy it's stupid fast. too bad they axed BTX, it had serious potential in home PC usage. /ramble