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SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast read and write operations, resulting in fast file transfers and fast system boot-up. Used one of these for a new desktop PC build, and I get to a fully usable desktop in my OS in about 20 seconds. Liked it so well I bought a second one for a laptop I was refurbishing. With the original 5400RPM HDD it was booting up in about two minutes with a fresh OS load, with the new SSD it boots up in about thirty seconds. Runs cooler than the hard drive that came with it too, which is nice since there isn't a lot of air circulation in the drive bay of a laptop.

Cons: The TRIM functionality doesn't seem to run as often as it should, resulting in occasional slowdowns and decreases in performance. Not sure if that's a problem with my OS not liking to run TRIM on a drive this new, or a problem with the drive itself though. The Samsung Magician software has a functionality for running TRIM manually under the "Performance Optimization" tab, but it doesn't really seem to do anything on my PC when I tell it to run the optimization that actually affects the performance of the drive.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend this to other customers, and actually did (the person I was refurbishing a laptop for).

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Seems to work well for the most part in my Z97 PC. Gives good Copy, Read, and Write speeds in benchmarks and has low latency on my PC.

Cons: Couldn't get them to run at stock speed and timings in my PC. It's either a problem with the RAM or my Memory Controller. Wasn't stable at 1866MHz with stock timings and voltage. Been building PC's for 10+ years but couldn't get this memory stable at its rated speed. I clocked it down to 1600-1800MHz to keep the system stable. Sometimes at 1600MHz (8-9-8-22 1T), and sometimes at 1800MHz (9-10-9-26 1T/2T). Might be that that memory controller in my Haswell CPU doesn't like going above 1800MHz, but not fully certain as I've not tried running any other memory above 1800MHz in this system.

Other Thoughts: Yes, I would recommend this RAM to others.

Knowing what I know now though, if I had this purchase to do-over I would probably buy a 1600MHz 16GB kit with tighter timings instead, as my PC seems to be unable to utilize the higher frequency memory anyway but might benefit more from tighter timings.

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Prolimatech PRO-PK2-30G Nano Aluminum High-Grade Thermal Compound in 30 Gram
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works well when applied properly 06/14/2016

This review is from: Prolimatech PRO-PK2-30G Nano Aluminum High-Grade Thermal Compound in 30 Gram

Pros: Large capacity, decent price when I bought it. Performs better on GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) cores on graphics cards/video cards than the paste I was using previously, which dried up much more quickly than this paste. Seems to perform slightly better than the MX-2 and MX-4 that I also use, maybe by 1-2°C. Much better than silver pastes, as it isn't conductive or capacitive.

Cons: The liquid and solid parts in the paste tend to separate, causing a watery substance to come out of the tube sometimes if the paste has been sitting unused for a while (multiple days/weeks/months).

Other Thoughts: Would recommend this to other people if they need a good thermal paste.

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Evan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan B.

Date Joined: 04/02/11

  • Reviews: 32
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 04/26/11
  • Last Review: 06/16/16
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