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Pros: These drives have decent read/write speeds at their respective price points, great for backups and expanded RAID5 storage.
Cons: Newegg did not ship these with individual packaging, they were ripped out of a porcelain crate and shipped, with the procelain, wrapped in bubble wrap (most of which was popped). One drive arrived DOA, likely to shipping damage. Hard drives HAVE to be individuall wrapped when shipped, and come in their own box. This is absolutely mandatory. All future transactions for me will go through retail for these types of items.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: If you have programs which demand high I/O speed, this is the drive for any performance enthusiast. But, as I said, this drive is for enthusiasts only. There is no practical use for such a fast drive at its current cost. Side note: I bought it when it was new and over $800. All complaints regarding compatibility, crashes, losing data, is all coming from generic consumers. This card of for hobbyists who are ready to spend an entire day running optimizations within Windows, regedit, re-aligning the RAID on the drives. This is NOT a device you plug in, let Windows find a driver, and start enjoying blazing performance.
Cons: Much of the performance claims are based on uncompressable data. 80-90% of data on your computer is compressible so real time performance will not be as impressive as 700mbps read speeds. You HAVE to optimize Windows settings around this drive. I won't go into the details but if you are looking through my review for a guide, chances are you would have been much happier with a basic SATA or USB3.0 SSD drive for consumers. Running benchmarks such as WEI or PCAdvantage will give varied results based on different computer builds. This is likely due to the most unsupported feature of this drive, a bootable PCIE device.
Other Thoughts: Cannot get my WEI to 7.9, feeling quite stupid for this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The Sandy Bridge is a strong processor making multitasking a snap. You will feel a real difference in computing power, especially high resource algorithm computations such as those in Excel SumIfs. This processor is overkill to satisfy your business essential needs.
Cons: Intel is still a long road away from AMD in the GPU market. It is impressive that the Sandy Bridge can dedicate graphics processing and seamlessly transition between the needs of the virtual GPU and CPU, however, this is not versitile. The emulation is incapable of producing an analog output (digital only) so forget multimonitor support if you have older (analog) LCD monitors around. There is no triple-monitor support which is almost industry standard for business professionals today. The virtual GPU is a cost lowering solution for those who do not want to spend the extra $100 on a dedicated graphics card which will outperform the chipset in every way. If you are thinking about gaming, forget it, there will be way too many allocation conflicts (memory and CPU) and drivers are not designed to handle a large variation of games. It's essentially a coinflip. An egg is lost for lack of GPU optimizations/control.
Other Thoughts: The way the heatsink attaches to the motherboard is standard for all Sandy Bridge processors (LGA1155) and is not secured at all. I've had the pins pop out from minimal exertion. Is it that difficult to just include a physical clamp?READ FULL REVIEW