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EVGA 01G-P3-1526-KR GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap, dual link DVI, supports 2560x1600 resolutions, It can be made to work.

Cons: Poor documentation, Drivers on disk would not install on XP, Downloaded drivers caused blue screen on XP when dual link DVI monitor was plugged into single link DVI port. Has 3 outputs, can only drive two monitors at a time. does not come with a mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because the company provided monitors & video cards do not have enough resolution to propely display a schematic or PDF data sheet. I bought a 2560x1440 monitor from *elsewhere* to go with it. Nowhere in the documentation, or labeling on the board itself does it mention which port supports dual link DVI. This is a problem since the monitor I bought only works with dual link DVI, and the video card driver bluescreens XP if you plug the monitor in the wrong port. Also nowhere in the manual does it state that this video card only supports 3 DVI links. I think it may support 3 monitors if none of them is using dual link DVI but I could not test this as I only had two single link DVI monitors. In any case with a dual link DVI 2560x1440 monitor, and two single link 1920x1200 monitors connected, only two of these monitors could be enabled at a time.
When installing the drivers, the drivers on the disk failed to install.
The downloaded drivers installed but bluescreend windows. It took me a while to figure out that I needed to move the dual link DVI cable from the middle DVI connector to the end DVI connector to avoid the bluescreen. I also had to keep the original video card installed to be able to drive all three monitors.

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OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast & quiet. 411 MB/s read with cheap single lane PCIe SATA III card.

Cons: Did not come with working firmware.
Can only update firmware on Windows.
Tech support ignored my questions.
Can't find a cheap multi lane PCIe SATA III card, it would be cheaper to replace the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I'm not allowed to edit my old reviews, so this review is to replace my previous one egg review (which moderators may now delete).
The drive arrived with version 2.02 of the firmware. This does not work. The new firmware, 2.06, claims to fix a "corner case" that prevents the installation of windows 7. If OCZ had tested with Linux, they would have found that this is not a corner case, it prevents Linux from booting, and prevents other drives on the same controller from booting.
With 2.06 installed I ran into a bug in the Linux installer that causes grub to be installed on a random drive, not the drive you are installing Linux on, and not the drive that the bios is set to boot from.
When I finally figured out these bugs (without the help of OCZ even though I requested help on their forms), I got the drive to work.
My motherboard does not have SATA III, I got about 193 MB/sec on the two Marvel controllers on the MB, 280 MB/sec on the chipset controller, and 411 MB/sec on a SATA III ca

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OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: None so far.

Cons: Won't talk to Linux.

Other Thoughts: System: Asus P6T Delux running Ubuntu 11.04. This system has been absolutely stable for the last two years. I did a clean install of 11.94 on a 250GB drive before this drive arrived, and that went smoothly. This drive gets all the way through the install process, then boots to a blank screen. When rebooted, shows the grub screen, and when selecting the OS to boot aborts to Busybox after flashing a bunch of "softreset failed (1st FIS failed)" messages.
If I boot from my old drive, either I cannot see the OCZ drive after booting, or it dumps me back to Busybox. Removing the OCZ drive returns my system to stability.
I don't know the firmware version of this drive since I must first be able to see the drive in Linux to read the firmware, but worse, the only options for updating the firmware run in Windows. I'm not buying Windows just to use this drive.
The likely problem is OCZ doing something screwy in the interface, and the linux guys haven't figured out a workaround for it yet.

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Display Name: Douglas P.

Date Joined: 04/30/05

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 12/02/09
  • Last Review: 04/27/13
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