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Pros: As fast as Intel's 750-series SSDs, but more reliable. This is the enterprise version, which has 219 TBW write endurance and end-to-end data protection.
Cons: Uses 4W at idle; 12W peak. Needs x4 (or bigger) PCIe slot.
Other Thoughts: If you look carefully, there's a full-height bracket tucked into the end of the inner flap of the OEM box. It's easy to miss, so take your time.
Good alternative to M.2 SSDs, if you've got a spare PCIe slot.
Pros: Update: regarding two recent reviews...
First, there's no class action involving this card. That was a mistake on Newegg's part. Instead, it covered the GTX 970 that you're praising. If your performance doesn't match what others are seeing, there's either something wrong with your system or maybe your GPU's cooler came loose. I recommend visiting a forum where people can help you troubleshoot. Oh, and this thing kicks the stuffing out of any GTX 970, BTW.
Secondly, buying a cheap PSU and then blaming its death on this card is pretty dubious. If you'd bought a reputable, upper-end 750 W unit, then you'd probably have nothing to complain about. Trying to save money on your power supply is a false economy.
Upgraded from a Radeon HD 7870. This was much faster than expected. I figured about 2x, but it was more like 3x to even 9x, in some extreme cases. It's less power-efficient but otherwise pretty comparable to a GTX 1070, according to the benchmarks.
What surprised me is how well-mannered it is. Under load, the fans spin up gradually. Even at 2.1 kRPM, they're quite sedate, which is all the more impressive, when you consider it's a factory-overclocked 2-fan card.
Build quality appears quite high. The backplate adds bulk and squeezed the USB cable on my motherboard, but it adds rigidity and looks classy.
Finally, I experienced no perceivable coil whine. Even while running benchmarks. I have a 860 W Seasonic Platinum PSU, so maybe that helps. I was really worried about this, as I've seen about 5% of the reviews of this card complaining about it, which is a little bit less than other 980 Ti's.
Cons: Power-hungry, but what did you expect? Make sure to have a sufficient PSU and decent airflow, in your case.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to remove ALL the plastic film. There are like 7 different pieces. If you leave any of it on, it'll hurt the thermal performance and maybe smell bad. And perhaps the bits on the fan hubs will induce more vibration.
I was initially worried about the LEDs, but they're not bright enough that I've seen them shining out any cracks or vents of the case, so I've not bothered to disable them.
This review is from: Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X40B
Pros: Worked like I hoped & expected. Not a bad deal, considering the performance benefit.
Cons: Dirty contacts. In dozens of memory upgrades, I've never seen this before. I don't know if it would have caused memory errors, but I didn't want to risk it. Deducting one star for that.
Other Thoughts: I bought two of these. When removing from the package, I noticed a dirty spot on the contacts on the back side of one DIMM. I was able to wipe off the dirt with a few passes of a cloth dipped in 91% isopropyl alcohol.
After that, I ran memtest86 overnight. All tests passed.
BTW, the max rated speed in my laptop is DDR333. However, the benefit of using DDR400 is that my laptop run it at CAS 2.5 instead of the rated CAS 3.
I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 on a 90 nm Pentium M (Dothan). Won't run on the earlier generation, due to lack of PAE.
I also installed a Transcend PATA/EIDE SSD. Lots of RAM is key if you're running Linux on a laptop with a SSD. To minimize writes, I have /tmp/, /var/tmp/, /var/log/, and /var/spool/ mounted on tmpfs (essentially a variable-sized RAMDISK). This puts even greater demands on memory capacity. With only 1 GB, I was swapping before I'd hardly run anything.