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Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH250A2K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive is very fast and works great - while it lasts. I like the SSD toolbox software that lets you run optimizer and diagnostics. Drive doesn't require periodic firmware updates (or updates at all) - just works.

Cons: The drive is failing after just 9 months of use (just like the reviewer before me). Mine did not die outright but I'm getting random freezes (requiring forced shutdown/restart) and it sometimes fails to boot. I'm lucky that it was functioning well enough that I was able to image the drive and transfer the data to a new SSD.

9 months is ridiculous for how much this drive costs. The price premium Intel charges is unjustified.

Other Thoughts: I understand that drives fail and SSD is relatively new technology even now after a few years. But Intel charges a huge price premium because of their brand and reputation for reliability. And yet this drive died after just 9 months like any of the other much cheaper brands. The sole reason I went with Intel is because I didn't want to worry about the drive dying after a year. Well, it didn't even last that long. The only other drive I've ever had fail was an old hard drive that lasted 9 YEARS.

The fact that the 510 has a 3yr warranty vs the 320 with 5yr warranty should say something about how much faith Intel has in 3rd party controllers (Marvell in this case).

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Popped all 4 sticks into a ASUS P8Z68-V Pro without issues. First boot went fine, the sticks were recognized. Went into BIOS and set it to the XMP profile at 1600 and was done! Works great! I also like that these aren't super high with giant heat spreaders on them.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I know sometimes people have issues with this amount of ram where they have to put in 1-2 sticks first to boot and then put in the rest later. No such issues with these on my aforementioned motherboard.

Running this with an Intel i7 2600k on Win 7 64-bit. Runs great!

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EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This will handle pretty much anything you throw at it. So far I've played Dead Island, Deus Ex, and Rage on this thing all at max settings at 1920x1200 this card handles them no problem. This card should handle what you need for a few years.

Rebate and free Batman Arkham City - sweet.

Cons: Not really any cons other than that this thing gets really hot, but it is to be expected.

Other Thoughts: At full load, it puts out a LOT of heat and when the fan ramps up it's easily the loudest thing in my case.

The side of my case near the back was very warm to the touch. Literally the heat from the back vent spread outward to the side of the case. The back vent is hot to the touch and the air blown out is very warm too. To the point where I wonder if it's good for the cables hanging in front the vent. Nice room-heater in the winter though.

It was hitting 88c before I downloaded EVGA Precision and applied a slightly more aggressive fan profile and it never gets beyond 77c now. I only apply the profile when gaming because it does make the fans louder.

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Philip H.'s Profile

Display Name: Philip H.

Date Joined: 08/25/04

  • Reviews: 24
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  • First Review: 06/08/06
  • Last Review: 07/27/12
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