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Pros: Speed: Seems to have a snappy response, though I don't do a lot of processor intensive tasks (mostly gaming, where just about any quad core will do the trick), bought an 8 core due to the small price difference, and to try future proofing my rig a bit (I don't really want to buy "more" computer for a while, and certainly don't want the hassle of plugging in a new processor)
Price: Pretty sure you can't do better than AMD at price in any given bracket of performance. I paid about 125 for a quad core 925 almost 3 years ago, so 200 for an 8 core that has a 4.2 clock vs 2.8 is definitely nice.
Cons: Nothing so far, I didn't use the stock cooling in the box, so I wouldn't know if it "runs hot".READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Just about the right size for a drive dedicated to running an OS on
Ran more or less out of the box, didn't have to jump through many hoops to get this up and going.
Cons: Was a little wary about buying from this company, wasn't familiar with them, or their products. The "speed" of this drive does not seem nearly as dramatic as the corsair drive I bought, and the corsair drive has a better gigabyte to price ratio (2 dollars for 2.5 gigs, where this you are paying more than a dollar per gigabyte)
Other Thoughts: If you are using this for Windows 7, be sure to turn page file off, or move it to another drive. I had failed to do this, and Windows managed to gobble up everything on the drive, and started to slow down dramatically. What Windows could possibly be doing with a 15-18 gig page file when nothing is open, is anyone's guess. (This is WITH 16 gigs of ram available for Windows to use)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast: I'm really doubting that I /can/ throw too much at this card. Going from an overclocked 5850(Which was a darn good workhorse for the ~130 I bought it for), to this was not /dramatic/, but the performance is definitely recognizable, and I don't need to worry about settings in some of the newer games at all.
Cons: Not much, would have probably liked to catch it with the price a little bit lower, but I'll live.READ FULL REVIEW