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Pros: A few dollars less than a non refurb, absolutely not worth the risk because its guaranteed to die.
Cons: Tried two of these, several months apart, both died suddenly and for no reason whatsover. No warranty coverage after 90days means you WILL be out however much you paid, in less than 4 months because the drive WILL die prematurely.
Other Thoughts: Its obvious, to me, the sellers are completely aware of the fact these drives are guaranteed to die, otherwise they wouldn't refuse to offer an extended warranty for a fee. Extended warranties are USUALLY a guaranteed win for the retailer, except in cases where the product is guaranteed to fail....Very telling that refurb SSD's are pretty much the only product where there is universally no extended warranty options available for purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheaper than a fully warranted drive.
Cons: Essentially, NO WARRANTY.
I bought a refurb SSD thinking it shouldn't be much of a risk since there are no moving parts. It failed totally and completely at the 6 month mark. Since it was past the 90day warranty period, my money was flushed down the toilet.
Other Thoughts: Seriously, don't waste your money on something that NEEDS at least a 3 year warranty, they were returned for a reason, and your chances of getting a "good" one are slim to none.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very nice form factor. Its not only a small card in height, but very short as well. It will fit into cases that won't accommodate any other video card, let alone a slightly higher end card like this. Used mainly for HTPC duties, it performs very well when it works.
Cons: Received an example that worked well via DVI, but after using it via DVI for months, went to use it VIA HDMI and the card crashed Win7 every time the HDMI audio "kicked in". I contacted Sapphire Tech support and they were completely without any desire to stand behind their product claiming any RMA was out of their hands. The third party they use in Canada demands shipping cost of the card to CHINA, AND RETURN SHIPPING COST OF THE REPLACEMENT CARD UP FRONT. So, essentially they demand more than the cost to purchase a whole new card FROM ANOTHER MANUFACTURER, just to RMA a defective card.
This is unacceptable and constitutes effectively that the card has NO WARRANTY WHATSOEVER if you're outside of the time frame allowed for return to Newegg.
I will in the future purchase from manufacturers who actually provide real warranty coverage.
Other Thoughts: Too bad Sapphire is such a terrible company to deal with for warranty support. I have in the past bought several of their products, but was simply fortunate to not have had to deal with this ridiculously terrible "support" situation. Never again, and its too bad because they always seem to offer innovative products.READ FULL REVIEW