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EVGA 03G-P4-3668-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW+ 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this because my entry level 650 couldn't keep up on those epic Starcraft II battles (you know, the level where you are having a Protoss flashback and are annihilated by the Zerg). Once I swapped this in I have never had even the slightest hiccup from the most graphically intensive games. I run everything on the highest settings and this can handle anything I throw at it.

Cons: It's the most expensive 650 out there, but it's also the best (or at least it was when I bought it 6 months ago).

Other Thoughts: I have a 3rd gen i5 with 16 GB of RAM and SSDs. According to benchmarking software my processor is my bottleneck at this point. This card even looks sweet, it makes me sad that my case is under my desk so I don't get to look at it all the time...

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Put it in my gaming PC and it would boot up windows in about 10 seconds. Programs were instantly available. The specs are right up there with the Samsungs and OCZs that cost significantly more. I absolutely loved it.

Cons: It's been about 5 months after I bought it and it has quit working. The computer I have it in is a gaming PC and I primarily use my laptop for day to day work, so I use the desktop a few times a week. Two weeks ago I turned the computer on and it couldn't find a bootable disk. I went into BIOS and it did not see the drive. I restarted the computer, went into BIOS and the drive was there... weird. Yesterday I started my computer and no bootable drive was found. I restarted and still no drive. I swapped cables, ports, etc and no drive. I put it in another computer, no drive. I'm pretty sure it's dead.

Other Thoughts: I have requested an RMA and am well within the three year limited warranty span so hopefully I get a replacement that is more reliable. I have two other Mushkin SSDs as well - a 60 GB asynchronous Chronos that holds my VMs on that same desktop and a 120 GB Chronos Deluxe that is in my laptop. The laptop is used every day and I have yet to experience any hard drive problems with it, so maybe the Deluxe models are more resilient. I would characterize my hard drive usage on the model that failed as extremely low, since I only have the OS and progams/games on it - all my other data is stored on a network drive, so the writes should be very minimal on the SSD. It should not have failed. I will revisit this rating depending on my experience with the RMA process.

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BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy to setup. Great value. Excellent speed for the price. Works well for backups and distributing files between multiple computers.

Cons: Tries to install software that you don't need. Like any network device, you will be limited by the speed of your network. If you are trying to backup your entire media collection over b/g wireless, watching Netflix, and playing a game on Xbox Live it's going to be slow.

Other Thoughts: You're getting a 3TB drive plus a built in NAS for about the price of a 3TB drive, so keep that in mind as you pile on expectations. I have this plugged directly into my wireless router (dual band N, gigabit ethernet ports) using an ethernet cable. On my desktop (1 Gbps wired) it is much quicker than on my laptop (theoretical 300 + 300 Mbps wireless, shared with other laptop, cell phones, Xbox, TV, etc), but I wouldn't consider it slow on either. Of course a USB 3.0 drive will be quicker, that's simple math (5 Gbps > 1 Gbps). It's not upgradable so I may upgrade to a terastation in the future to take advantage of RAID.

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Display Name: Matthew B.

Date Joined: 01/03/02

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 04/06/12
  • Last Review: 06/02/13
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