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Pros: Fast, beyond anything I've ever experienced. This is my first build in 8 years and I decided to go pretty much all the way this time and lean seriously forward. All I can say about the Corsair is that it installed flawlessly and before I knew what was happening I had installed Win 7 Pro 64 and was up and running. Never before have I so painlessly installed a new hard drive and OS. It went so fast that I thought I must have forgotten some critical step. But no, everything was fine. Running great now for 2 weeks.
Other Thoughts: InWin Mana 136
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
Intel Core i7 3820
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL(XMP) 16GB ( 4x 4GB )
Intel RTS2011LC (barely fit into case with a biz card width btw radiator and DIMM_A1 cooling fin)
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050 (RS-A50-SPHA-D3)
2 x EVGA GT430 2-DVI
Corsair Performance Pro CSSD-P256GBP
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB WD20EARX
LG Electronics UH12LS28K
LG Electronics WH12LS39K
Win 7 Pro 64
3 Monitor Trading Machine setup: (L)ASUS VW228TLB/(M)NEC Multisync EA191M/(R)ASUS VW228TLB
Pros: Installed easily using the driver CD in XP. Has a fan. Video, pics and web pages load faster and more smoothly. This is not a huge jump forward gear-wise, just something to keep a P4 2.8 (Asus P4P800-DX MB) system somewhat current. Temps stay around the 54-55C range per the Nvidia control panel in Win2K with a few web pages and files open. This is in a cool, well-ventilated room. My best guess is the XP temps are a few degrees higher. Noise level is about the same as my FX 5200. I mean I don't notice any difference, nothing worth commenting on, and I can't say I notice ANY noise from it at all above the typical processor fan and other fan/HD noise.
Cons: None for me so far.
Other Thoughts: I dual boot Win2K and WinXP, nothing fancy, no gaming, just a biz/music machine. I installed the XP side with the CD that came with the card but I had to use the Nvidia 94.24 Forceware from Nvidia site in Win2K. The card functioned with the supplied CD drivers in 2K but it wouldn't install the Nvidia control panel. I have to say that Nvidia has a far superior driver and support area to any of the other guys, especially XFX, in my opinion. It also appears that Nvidia has just updated the driver package for this card for Win XP: 197.13 WHQL Release Date: 2010.03.25. I'll have to see how those drivers compare to the CD ones, probably a nice improvement. For now though, in both of my boots, 2K and XP, I am an extremely happy camper. And it's rare that I make that statement.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: One of the easiest installs I have done with my PC. I have an Asus P4P800-DX MB w/latest 2004 BIOS. Dual boot Win2K SP4/XP SP3, 2GB RAM. It easily went into an available PCI slot and I had no trouble hooking up an e-sata connection using the supplied e-sata cable that came with my external HD. The PC booted up, BIOS saw the card, when the new hardware install came up, pointed it to the CDROM that came with the card and it installed the drivers. Same procedure in 2K and XP. Smooth and hiccup free. I quiclky connected my external HD (Aluratek ACUES3501000F - 1TB) and I was transferring files immediately. Also hooked up an older sata drive to the internal connector-no problem there either. Running with 3 internal drives and 2 external with no issues.
Cons: Minor quibble that may affect some-the external female e-sata connector on the card is at the far side of the external side of the card. It was a snug but not at all difficult connection to the e-sata cable to external HD for me. Slight chance that others with different MB's might have difficulty if the frame openings on the case to the PCI expansion slots are of a tighter geometry. You'll probably be OK though.
Other Thoughts: e-sata is fast! 3 times as fast than USB 2.0 and a very noticeable difference. On another note, I discovered that my Aluratek ACUES3501000F 1TB external drive sports a WD-10EADS Western Digital Caviar Green Power 1TB 32MB Cache Hard Disk Drive although it is advertised as Generic drive. WD Diagnostics recognized it as one of its own. Been a good performer too and got it on the cheap from another vendor for a little over 100 bucks.READ FULL REVIEW