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OCZ Agility 3 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Nice drive, but one failed after only four months 12/21/2012

This review is from: OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-90G

Pros: Very fast.
Boot up is fast.
Loading programs is fast.
Fast game play.
WEI of 7.9!!
RAID 0 with these is screaming fast.
With two of these in RAID 0, I've never seen a computer run faster in my life.
I love SSD's.

Cons: Failed after 4 months.
Customer service not horrible, but not that great either.
Really an 80GB drive once the system recognizes it, but this should be expected.
See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I've been buying OCZ drives for a while now and in the beginning of August 2012, I purchased two of these SSD's. I configured them both in a RAID 0 configuration. Everything was super lightning quick for three solid months. Then, out of nowhere, I boot up my computer like I always do, and the RAID array reports "Error Occurred (0)" on one of the SSD's and Windows will not boot. I get to the login screen and once I put my password in, it freezes instantly. It will boot into safe mode, but after about 10 minutes (max), the whole system freezes and I have to do a hard reset. Luckily, within that ~10min window of time, I was able to backup my data to an external drive. I'm thinking that it is a defective SSD. I figured OCZ would have some type of warranty so I put in an RMA ticket on their website. Well for the last few days, I've been getting emails from OCZ with people who have been posting comments trying to help me troubleshoot the device. Apparently my RMA request turned into a discussion topic?? The SSD is defective and I already did some preliminary troubleshooting, but I am done troubleshooting and I just want a replacement. It doesn't look like I'll be getting a replacement with the way they are trying to troubleshoot it instead of just sending me a new drive. One of OCZ associates even said, "It is not recommended to format an SSD, but in this situation, it would be a good test." So you are telling me to do something to the drive that isn't recommended? I'm sure that won't work anyway, but even if it did and suddenly the drive started working, I would then have a degraded SSD because of your suggestion to do something that is not recommended to do. Yes, I understand that RAID 0 is not fault tolerant at all and I knew what I was getting myself into when I created the array. IMO, there is no reason why a hard drive should fail after only 4 months, let alone a solid state drive! I don't know if this will affect my future purchases of SSD's in which brand to buy, but I gave up on the RMA request and I purchased a Kingston Hyper X SSD. If one of the drives did not fail, this review would have been 5 eggs without question. Would I recommend this drive to someone? I'd say yes and to give it a chance, but just know that it may fail on you so be sure to back up your data and if I were you, I'd create images periodically so if the drive does fail, you don't have to waste a lot of time reinstalling everything all over again like I'm going to have to do.

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Not DOA
Adequate storage

Cons: BSOD'd once on me, but after a reboot, it was fine. I have faith that this won't happen again.
The 3.5" adapter's holes do not line up with the brackets that have to be attached to it in order for it to fit in my case.
Only 90GB, but you are paying for speed, not capacity with SSD's.

Other Thoughts: I wish the adapter bracket that it comes with would be longer or something because the drive bay brackets that I have to use to be able to fit in my case go past the length of the adapter and pretty far past it. I have to use a rubber band to secure the drive bay brackets to the adapter plate on this drive. I got this drive when it was on sale, so I am very happy with the price/performance ratio. There are a lot of negative reviews on this SSD, so I was pretty hesitant about buying it, but I am glad I took the chance because it turned out to be a fantastic drive.

GIGABYTE GA-A75M-S2V FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Worst layout, but functional board 07/16/2012

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-S2V FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheap
Good budget/beginner board in terms of functionality
Socket FM1
Dual PCIe Slots
USB 3.0 Ports
SATA 3.0 Ports
DX11 Compatible
DDR3 Ram Slots

Cons: One of the worst layouts I've ever seen. Case fan power pins are on the opposite right corner of the board. Why??
Only 1 front USB connector. I have two of them so I won't be able to use 1 of them.
Front switch connectors are located under the main power connector so make sure you attach those before putting your HDD in or you won't be able to reach or see them.
Board does not come with foam to protect the circuitry on the bottom of the board.
Only 2 RAM slots. (I knew this already though)

Other Thoughts: This is one of the worst mobo layouts I've ever seen. Why on earth is the case fan power connector on the opposite side top right corner of the board? I don't even think they make case fans with that long of a power cord! All the pins for the front USB and switches and leds are enclosed in a module type thing with walls so it makes it even harder to connect the connectors. The front LEDs and Switch connectors are located under the main 24 pin power connector instead of on the bottom side of the board. Why did they feel the need to put this here? You have to connect those before adding your HDD's or you'll have to take it out again. If you need a basic mobo and don't mind a couple of head scratching moments/headaches, get this board. I bought this for a pc that is going to run an ongoing powerpoint slideshow and will be on 24/7.


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Display Name: Margaret B.

Date Joined: 11/22/11

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