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ASUS GeForce GTX 980 POSEIDON-GTX980-P-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

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.

StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great adapter, highly recommended 01/04/2015

This review is from: StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP

Pros: This USB3 / SATA-3 adapter is great for quickly attaching any 2.5" SSD/HDD drive to your PC. I did benchmark testing of four different SSDs and a HGST Travelstar 7200 RPM 1TB drive. The SSDs got up to 400MB/s read speeds and the HGST clocked in around 125MB/s. This adapter is able to saturate the USB3 bus speed so its as fast as you can get. I liked it so much that I bought another one to stuff the HGST drive in my laptop cooler for a permanent backup drive. There is also an activity LED to show you when it is working. This thing works much better than most USB3 drive enclosures and docks that I have.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For the money you can't beat this adapter. The fact that they were able to stuff all that bandwidth into the cable is amazing to me. This is a must-have for techs or anyone who needs to clone 2.5" drives or for quicky backups. You could even slap a USB3 PCIE card in your PC and run this adapter if you are short on SATA3 ports.


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Display Name: Timothy H.

Date Joined: 03/24/13

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 11/11/13
  • Last Review: 03/27/15
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