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Crucial M4 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice SSD for Asus EP121 Tablet 04/17/2013

This review is from: Crucial M4 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD3

Pros: Very fast drive, easy to install, fit right into my Asus EP121 to replace the 32 GB SSD it came with.

Cons: Required some finesse to get the EP121 stable, had to find a modded BIOS version 704 and flash, but has been stable ever since (1 week)

Other Thoughts: Crucial advertises this drive as Guaranteed Compatible with the ASUS EP121 tablet PC. It fits nicely and is easy to replace. Easily load windows 7 via the ASUS recovery disks, do not need to preformat the drive or anything - just pop it in and start loading software. However, Windows will BSOD anytime I wake from sleep or hibernate. Did some searching through the Tablet PC Review forums, some opinions that this is related to some kind of timing issue related to the speed of the drive being much faster than the original SanDisk 32GB SSD that it came with.

There is a Modded BIOS available from CF77, be sure to flash this BIOS before installing this SSD! Will work perfectly only with that BIOS - None of the ASUS BIOS versions will work!

Sweet having 256GB on what is my favorite Windows Tablet ever!

ASUS EP121-1A004M Intel Core i5 2 GB Memory 32GB SSD 12.1
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This tablet is awesome, plain and simple. It is all solid-state, so it doesn't need to be taken out at the airline. It is FAST for a tablet PC. Low power Core i5 will allow you to do just about anything - paired with windows and the integrated graphics, the productivity is great! The touch input is flawless in OneNote and in artsy apps. In past years, tablets from Lenovo and HP have horrible touch input (lags, not very pressure sensitive), but the ASUS EP121 is FLAWLESS! I absolutely love it - so nice to have as it will replace every paper and notebook you have been lugging around! Combined with digital textbooks, newspapers, magazines- you will never carry paper or ink ever again! AND it can have all the office productivity comfort of your standard laptop. GREAT PRODUCT!!

Cons: Battery life, obviously - gets about 5 hours using OneNote or Office, as short as 2 hours watching videos.

Other Thoughts: Don't confuse "Tablets" with "Tablet PCs". This is not a iPad tablet, it is a full fledged computer in a tablet form factor - much more powerful than an iPad or Xoom. Trade off is battery life.

PowerColor Radeon HD 4870 DirectX 10.1 AX4870 512MD5 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent crossfired setup for the value. Significantly quieter than my old MSI Radeon 3870. Cannot get much better performance @ this price range. Cards run pretty cool even under high loads.

Cons: Didn't come with MW2. Lost sleep playing COD4 and COD5 while admiring pretty graphics. For real though, just make sure you have your own xfire bridge as these cards do not come with them.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these and crossfired them on an MSI X58 platinum motherboard, with Core i7 920 @ stock speeds & 6 GB DDR3 ram @ 1600 MHz. Fits easily in my Antec 900 case. Plays COD4/5, and WoW great at max settings. Hands down best value for the money (as of end of October 2009) as the $250 xfired performance rivals a single $350+ Radeon 5870. Would not replace these cards until the next gen 68xx Radeons are released and the 5870s are as cheap as these 4870s are now.

Only had these cards a couple of weeks, have not failed yet. I will be sure to post if they die, but so far so good.


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Display Name: Brian H.

Date Joined: 07/27/07

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  • First Review: 11/09/09
  • Last Review: 04/17/13
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