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Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good deal for the space, quiet and quick, ran great for awhile. Used as both an OS / boot and storage drive and performed well. I liked having my entire Steam library on one place!

Cons: Died last week with no warning or symptoms. Replacing power and data cable, trying another SATA port on another motherboard and an external drive dock all failed to get the drive to detect in BIOS / OS. Every other part in the surge protected / UPS'd system (Z170 mobo, i5-6600, 16GB DDR4, GeForce 970, Samsung 950 M.2 SSD) is working fine. Note: I never had top speed performance on this drive as compared to the 240GB model, but this wasn't a concern for me as I wanted the quiet / cool capacity over the pure speed.

Other Thoughts: Thus far, Mushkin support has been great and drives do fail from time to time. I had my data backed up, so I'm not miffed or anything. Every other time I've had a HDD / SSD go bad, there was either a warning sign or something like a power surge around the same time; in this case it was fine one moment and then an ineffective door stop / paperweight the next. I have no idea what happened. YMMV and I certainly wouldn't say not to buy it, just have your data backed up (which you should anyway given how cheap disk space is). Knocked off one egg for speed and one for failure. Given Mushkin's US-based top-notch service, I'd buy the drive again if I needed another one.

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ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has all the ports I wanted and AsRock solid quality in M-ITX package. Looks great with G.SKILL Tridenz DDR4 and BIOS is a snap. Win10 install to M.2 SSD was painless and it's running cool and quiet. Bluetooth and 3 fan headers onboard (one is the CPU header). Some people have complained about the BIOS, but it worked fine out of the box for me.

Cons: At first, I had difficulty getting it to recognize both G.SKILL 8GB DIMMs, but after wiggling and forcing them into the slots, they run great w/XMP 2.0. I got no POST / no beep codes with my initial graphics adapter until I resolved a PSU issue, which caused some initial panic, but it's running great now. Strange that Win 10 fresh install didn't see the onboard Intel NIC, but a few updates via the wireless and all is good.

Other Thoughts: One of the easiest installs I've ever had, popped in the Win10 USB stick the Microsoft tool created, booted and 20 minutes later was running the OS. This was my second build with AsRock (coming form a Z99 board) and I continue to be impressed. System: i5-6600, 2x8GB PC3200 DDR4, GeForce 970, Samsung 950 512GB M.2 SSD. It boots from completely off to the desktop in under 4 seconds and is super snappy.

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G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZB
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great price, well built, solid. Great looks too. Standard high quality from G. SKILL.

Cons: Minor gripe, but I had to use a LOT of force / wiggling to seat these all the way. They work fine and it could have been the mobo slots, so no ding against them.

Other Thoughts: Runs at 3200 @ XMP 2.0 on Z170 mobo w/i5-6600 no problems. Dual channel 16GB DDR4, what else to say?

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Display Name: Joshua H.

Date Joined: 12/15/04

  • Reviews: 55
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 08/14/09
  • Last Review: 12/18/15
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