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Acer S241HLbmid  Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Still working after 6 months and no dead pixels yet.

Cons: No con. But it does use an external power supply (120v to 6v?). You are better off buying a power stip to connect Monitor, PC Chassis and the Sound-system and use the single power switch to cut off power to everything (of course after doing a graceful shutdown)!

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Still working fine after 6 months with Win 7-64bit on a 4.5 GHz FX6300 cpu but a lower speed SB710 south-bridge ASUS motherboard. Does not see much use though.

I bought the same a year and a half back from A... book seller and that is also working great with Win-8 on 4.25GHz FX6300 with 16GB 2133 MHz DDR3 ... on an Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. This PC sees a lot of use everyday.

At any rate it is a very fast SSD.

Cons: It is difficult to find information about the behavior of this drive when there is a sudden power failure. However, SSD manufacturers have reported only a 1.5% RMA rate compared to 5% RMA for rotating disks.
Some Crucial and Intel SSDs claim fail-safe feature under sudden power loss.

Samsung has SM843T that claims to survive power failures but it is expensive and so are Intel SSDs.

Wish the SSD manufacturers made this information available to the public.

Other Thoughts: For a future build in a place with unstable power I am considering the Crucial M500 for $120 (240 GB drive).

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GIGABYTE GV-R645-1GI Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The HDMI connection works flawlessly. There is little to complain for this card in its class of gpu once you eliminate the nasty screen flicker problem.

Cons: The F20 BIOS it came with needed to be updated to F22 version. I was ready to return the card when I came across a post in this product review that said how to eliminate the screen flicker problem by updating the BIOS of the GPU.

Well, it is one of the most difficult type of updates I had ever done. You need to download the proper BIOS and one app, that app will want to change the GPU setting to XP instead of Win-7 and then half of the info in its window will become semi-readable... along with the gpu doing its normal flicker as usual! One mistake and you might lose the gpu altogether on the next boot up.

Anyone contemplating buying this card should find that post which explains how to update the BIOS ... from F20 to F22 (or from F18 to F20, or similar) and understand how to do it.

Other Thoughts: I would have given it 5 eggs had it not been for the bad quality control on the part of Gigabyte. Didn't they test production batches before putting them out to distribution channels?

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Pradip M.'s Profile

Display Name: Pradip M.

Date Joined: 04/23/06

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/28/10
  • Last Review: 05/24/14
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