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5 out of 5 eggs Best Bang for Your Buck, and It Is Smoking Fast 12/20/2015

This review is from: SanDisk Extreme Pro 2.5" 960GB SATA 6.0Gb/s MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDXPS-960G-G25

Pros: This is an unbelievable value at the current prices and I wish I had some extra cash to get some more right now. Speed-wise, these Extreme Pros are right up there with the Samsung 850 PRO. Most drive reviews have these two drives as #1 and #2 in this class and while the 850 PRO usually comes out on top, your mileage may vary. In straight up CONTINUOUS and sustained data transfers, these Extreme PROs will outperform just about any other drive out there in the 2.5" SATA III form factor. With a 10 year warranty, I feel my investment and data is safe for the long haul. The included Sandisk SSD Dashboard software is really nice and can independently see each drive, monitor their health, speed test, and update their firmware even when they are in a RAID array. This makes me comfortable in using these in a RAID 0 array.

Cons: The only negative for these drives is that they lack the built-in hardware encryption that the Samsung drives have. So if you were to use these in an application, such as a laptop, that really needs encryption then you will have to utilize Windows' ability to software encrypt on the fly using CPU clock cycles. This is no problem with a modern i7, but if you're running a single or dual core CPU then you may notice a slowdown in overall system performance.

Other Thoughts: I have one 960GB and two 480GB Extreme Pros and would really like to add to that collection while they are still this cheap. I read that Sandisk is preparing to come out with a newly upgraded model that will likely have built-in hardware encryption, but they will cost you more. These drives are a hidden secret of SSDs right now in terms of price to performance ratio compared to the competition. If you are using software that requires high sustained rate data transfer, such as video editing or CAD and/or scientific applications, then these drives are great both as-is and in RAID 0 arrays. I recommend that if you are thinking about getting one or two, you better do it sooner than later. The current prices won't stay this low once SanDisk ramps down the production line of this model in favor of the next one.

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ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 980 POSEIDON-GTX980-P-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Gaming Video Card
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Pros: Poseidons have beautifully designed integrated waterblocks. They work about as good as any other GTX980 on air so you can game straight out of the box. This gives you the time to design your water cooling strategy once the card(s) is/are in place which limits mistakes down the road. Runs the Heaven benchmark at 1920 x 1080 on maximum settings for everything at an average of 160+ FPS. SLI working great so far and plays nicely with NVIDIA 3D vision on an ASUS 144Hz 24".

Cons: ROG logos don't pulsate synchronously while in SLI mode. The top card's logo is somewhat covered by SLI cables.

Other Thoughts: As an engineer, I just love well engineered products. Heat kills silicon and less heat = more life = more available power. I fell in love with the ROG Poseidon when 970s and 980s came out and the price for the 780 versions dropped to ~$340. I'm still kicking myself for not getting two of those at the time. This time I bought two of this version for SLI. I haven't had a chance to really thrash these yet so I will have to update my review later on. So far I am really happy with my two supercomputer GPUs. Make sure you buy two while you can.

MSI Z97 GD65 Gaming
i7-4790K at 4.5GHz stock & locked, water cooled, shaken not stirred
GSkill Ripjaws X Series 4 x 8 GB 2133
Sandisk Extreme Pro 1 GB + Samsung 850 PRO 1 GB and others
EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR 80 PLUS GOLD 1000 W (using 4 GPU cables, one for each connector = less voltage droop.)
Corsair Carbide Series 200R, packaged like a pro
(2) ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms

FYI peeps - NVIDIA goes with Intel and AMD goes with AMD. Mix them at your own peril because you're doing it wrong if you do. It only takes one review to complain about it if you cheapened out on your CPU.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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Pros: Fast when new.

Cons: There is a flaw in the TLC nand flash memory on these drives that causes the read speeds of old data to degrade to HDD levels after 8-12 weeks. People don't realize it because when you run a normal benchmark, most benchmarking programs create a fresh set of files to test against. So everything looks hunky dory. Problem is, your Windows or other OS files are written once when you install it, and as that old data ages the flash memory cell voltage drifts. The onboard controller cannot read the older data accurately and it causes it to slow way down. Do a search for a program that can read and benchmark older data, or all of the data on the drive and you will see what I mean. The manufacturer did a firmware update in October to correct this but it didn't work for a LOT of people. They are promising another update soon but people suspect it will be a bandaid to a flawed hardware design. I have two of these 250s and several other sizes with the problem. This manufacturer is trying to sweep this under the rug. The TLC memory in these drives is the problem. I would not recommend these.

Other Thoughts: Don't plan on using these in any kind of RAID either. Their magician software does not recognize drives in RAID so you're out of luck when trying the firmware updates that these drives will constantly need. You have to break and rebuild arrays to constantly refresh old data. Their is a petition to have these drives recalled.

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Display Name: Timothy H.

Date Joined: 03/24/13

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