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Pros: Plenty of space for a boot drive.
Packaged as new - If you didn't know it was refurbished, you could not tell it was refurbished.
Cons: Not the newest, fastest drive out there.
Other Thoughts: The price/capacity was so good on this SSD I just had to buy it! Using it to boot Win7 on a home HTPC/server that runs 24/7. Much of the time there is no server activity, and this configuration allows the larger 2 TB drive to spin down. This saves money and prolongs the spinning drive lifetime.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: A fair price, with decent performance, with enough space!
TRIM, MLC, ACHI, SMART, SATA III
Cons: Performance is middle of the pack
Performance will deteriorate as the drive fills up
Other Thoughts: WOW - I am loving this SSD. Put it in a new build hooked up to an MSI G45 GAMING MB on a 6 GB/sec SATA III port and WOW! Win7 boots in under 10 seconds. ATTO maximum read/write throughput of 539 MB/sec and 489 MB/sec respectively.
This drive consists of old and new technology. The four flash modules are new Sandisk technology,,each fronted with a cache. The controller is older Marvell technology. Together, they provide a nice balance of price, performance, and disk space.
This review is from: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Warning - this board is drop-dead gorgeous! I took it to work and we engineers could not stop fondling it. You have been warned - this board is a siren.
I'll add that the "Do Not Disturb - Busy gaming" door hanger is now a permanent office fixture. Presentation - a perfect 10!
EOU is high. The click-able BIOS is easy to navigate - now you can screw things up with point and click - this is certainly progress :)
OC could not be easier. It could be faster, but it can't be easier because it's one click and a reboot. Done and your i5-3750K has jumped from 3.4 Ghz to 4.2 Ghz @ 1.23V, and is prime95 stable with temps under 70c on air.
Pair the SATA3 ports with an SSD and you're looking at less than 10 second Win7 boot times - and that includes the time it takes to slap your password in the box. This thing smokes with the very affordable SanDisk Utlra Plus SDSSDHP-256G. Read/write times maxing out at 527 / 476 MBs respectively, according to ATTO.
The board has two USB 3.0 ports. I hooked one up to an older 5400 RPM 2.5" laptop drive in a Patriot enclosure. Wasn't expecting much given this setup, but switching between USB 2.0 and 3.0 showed that 3.0 was about 35% faster.
Graphics/Gaming: 6.9 (older GPU)
Primary Hard Disk: 7.9
Cons: Had some issues getting started where the board would boot first time, wait for F1, go through BIOS setup, and then not boot again. Had to clear CMOS a few times until I got a bootable configuration. Once achieved, never had a problem unitl... I enabled OC Genie. Then more boot problems, resulting in grub. Since it was complaining about a missing partition, I guessed that the USB drives were causing the problem (why on OCG mode and not default mode?). So I unplugged them and the board booted fine, and was OC'd to 4.2 Ghz. OK, I expect some issues when OCing, but this board does not seem to be testing for the existence of bootable device as well as the Gigabyte, ASUS, and even ASRock boards I've used. Room for improvement here.
Never thought I'd say this, but the boot menu goes by too fast. It can't be read. <F11> does something... not sure what. Boot order???
This could be my issue, but the CPU phase lights flicker constantly. Since the board was operating fine, I turned them off in the BIOS, but they flickered anyway. I say this could my issues because I only have a 4 pin ATX power plug for the CPU from my PSU. The manual says an 8 pin plug is required. Since I wasn't using the i5-3750K GPU, I figured power-wise it would be OK. Not recommending this configuration, but it works fine for me and my Antec 900 case/PSU (500W).
Pin outs on the front panel connector did not match the documentation. Once I quit reading the documentation and started looking at the board pin markings, power, reset, and HDD, were fine. So, the most impressive thing I can say about the doc, is that it covers many, many languages. Hopefully, those better than in English. Not much doc on the utilities disk, or the website, either. Sure the chipset drivers are easy enough, but what do the "Other" utilities do? A couple of sentences would be a big help. How about: Before using the USB 3.0 ports, be sure to install the Intel USB 3.0 drivers from the Utilities disk in the "Others" section. Now how hard is that?!
There is a fair amount of 3rd party software to install to fully utilize all the MB features. You'll need Chrome to configure killer networking. And some other programs too, to do some other things (winki ???). Chrome is not a big deal, but then, it is not my default browser. Some of the other programs, never heard of them and did not install them since I could not determine the benefit of doing so.
In total, taking off a star as this board did give me more trouble to get going than I'm used to.
Other Thoughts: Haven't built a MSI board in about 5 years and this was a pleasant surprise. It's a basic board, which I have gravitated to over the years (never did use Firewire, although I will miss the short-lived soeedy eSATA). There are no IDE or PCI ports either. Which is fine... but then why the D-SUB and mouse port connectors?
Looks like the main difference between this board and the G65 is only a single CMOS bank, no debug read-out, and no OC/PWR buttons.
Installed a large fanless GPU that is quite long. I had no problem plugging in a locking SATA cable in the SATAIII connector. Suggest plugging the cable in before installing the GPU, but nothing that unusual here... just a little tight... certainly not blocking.
Hat's off to those who are pushing the envelope - I used to be right there with you. But I have less time now to eek out that last ounce of system performance. For one and a quarter, and one second of your time, you can have a stable, cool running OC'd system. That is the gamers bargain: less time tweaking, more time playing!
Older System reBuild
MSI MB Z77A G45 GAMING
Intel CPU i5-3750K
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro CPU cooler
GSkill Sniper F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 (2X4GB)
SanDisk Utlra Plus SDSSDHP-256G SSD
NVIDIA 9800 GT
Antec 900 w/500W PSU (4 pin ATX power)