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Pros: Fairly decent boot times (1 min). Write speeds approx 250 Mbs. Very quiet, relatively cool. Has worked with no problems after 3 yrs use.
Cons: Scores only a 5.9 on Windows rating, weakest piece of hardware in my PC. Not as fast as SSD's, but much faster than standard HD's 7200rpm (sata III).
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am satisfied with HD. If I were to replace this drive, I would definately go with SSD. If you are looking for a good primary drive (C Drive)? Go with SSD.
Lost 1 egg for Windows rating and lost 1 egg for read speeds.
Pros: Much, much Faster than a standard 7200 rpm (sata III) disc. Boot time from power on to actual use is still less than 60 secs. Write (copy) over 360 Mbs, My old standard 7200 rpm drive was 130 Mbs (copy). After 4 years of use as my primary drive it is still very fast, quiet and keeps cool. I will not replace with a solid state drive until this one gives out. By then I think they (ssd's) will be even cheaper. Also perfect size (GB's) for a primary HD. Like they say... If it ain't broke, then don't fix it! Overall I'm still very happy with the WD Velocraptor.
Cons: It's not a solid state drive. Not as fast, or quiet, not sure about heat on ssd's. Average ssd (sata III) boasts 480 Mbs write speed. So, my WD velociraptor has very good bench marks, much higher than a a standard 7200 and not far behind a ssd.
My unit was a bit more expensive at the time I bought it ($160.00, 4 yrs ago).
Other Thoughts: If I were to build a new PC today, I would definitely go with a SSD. As you would be able to buy a 120-180 GB ssd drive for the same price or a few more bucks.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Pretty useful BIOS, very user friendly, lots of fan connections, sata II and sata III ports (4 each).
Does what I need it to do (within reason).
Cons: Lots of cons, Asus Utility does not read CPU temps correctly, it is about 10 deg off, even after I updated. Defeats the whole purpose of utility if info is not correct! Board gets flaky when it comes out of hibernate, causes cpu to max out. You cannot use 1600 ram unless you use all 4 slots, reads 1333 even though I have tried to set it at 1600, it wil revert back to 1333 after some research I found this out. Windows score is 5.9 because of HD's no matter what type of HD is installed, if you install more than 1 HD. Take storage drives out and only leave primary (OS) in and score goes up to 6.9. Have not tried any raid yet, but have read other reviews and they were not good. Lots of other cons, but too many and/or not important enough to mention. Nvidia drivers and Intel drivers are constantly in conflict.
Other Thoughts: My build; i5 2500k, 8gb ram (1600), 150 gb WD Velociraptor 10,000 rpm (primary HD), 2TB secondary HD, 550 ti GPU. 550 watt PSU (mod). I totally see why Asus has discontinued this board. According to reviews, the next board (Z77) is way better, sounds like Asus may have "ironed out the wrinkles" on Z77. My next build will definately NOT be Asus. Maybe go with MSI or GigibyteREAD FULL REVIEW