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Pros: This is good, low-profile and relatively no-frills RAM at an affordable price. I opted for the 2666Mhz option in black. (It was on sale.) I dropped it into an EVGA motherboard with a 6600K. All four sticks were detected and the XMP profile loaded the right frequency, voltage and timings. I like the minimalistic design this RAM has. It's not ostentatious with giant head spreaders or unnecessary RGB/LED. It's just solid RAM with a nice aluminum shell.
Cons: I honestly can't say anything bad about this stuff (yet). It's all working as intended and it's completely stable at the advertised speed.
Other Thoughts: Corsair hasn't let me down with any of their stuff yet. They put out good quality components at an affordable price and good customer service to back it all up. I haven't tried to clock this RAM any faster than the 2666Mhz it ships as but wouldn't be surprised if it could be clocked faster without any difficulty.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is my first SSD and I don't know why I waited so long. I knew when I freshened up my gaming rig I was going to reinstall on an SSD and just needed to decide which one to go with. The overwhelming majority of reviews and suggestions seemed to recommend the Samsung EVO 850 so I gave it a go. It's astonishing how quickly my system boots, loads background processes and is ready-to-go. No more waiting on Chrome's bloated processes to load up before I can open a browser. No more waiting to open resource intensive programs like Photoshop or Lightroom. This thing is ridiculously fast. Even installing programs is blazing quick now. This is one of the best computer-related quality-of-life improvements I've made.
Cons: I can't think of a single thing I dislike about this drive. Well, maybe one thing. All storage drive manufacturers do it, but the advertised capacity and the usable capacity are not the same. I got the 500GB model and only 465GB are usable for storage. It's not a big deal to me but it's just a thing that the industry does.
Other Thoughts: If you're even remotely thinking about an SSD and have the money to spend on one I'd recommend you do it. Get enough storage for your OS and your frequently used and resource-heavy programs. Keep your mechanical drive for storage (like games/movies/pcitures/whatnot) and enjoy the blistering load times.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I really liked (past tense, I returned it) this board. It has a really nice black and white scheme that I think looks fantastic. It has a good amount of features for the price point. The I/O cover looks classy and hides the otherwise ugly ports. It has a decent amount of SATA connectors and enough fan headers for most builds. There's a three-position switch on the board that automatically sets some predetermined overclocks. Some people may love the convenience of that, but I bet most enthusiasts will want to manually control their overclock. The BIOS is pretty nice but I wish it was more condensed. Some settings pages scroll for a great long time before you find the setting you want.
Cons: I wish it had a CMOS clear button instead of relying on jumper pins. The I/O shield (that pushes into the case, not the plastic cover) is pretty terrible. It's a small thing to gripe about it really shows that virtually no thought or care went into making the backside of the case/shield look decent.
Other Thoughts: So, back to the first part. I returned this board despite liking it so much. Two days after building my system I had a blue screen, got stuck in a boot loop and eventually the system would not POST. I assumed the board went bad so I RMA'd it with Newegg (awesome service by the way) and replaced it with an EVGA board. It wouldn't POST either so it turns out the CPU was at fault, NOT THE ASUS BOARD. However, what I don't know is what caused the CPU to fail. I have a small suspicion (but can in no way confirm) that using the ASUS boards built-in overclock function (TPU) may have over-volted my CPU and killed it. Either that or it died of it's on accord in 2 days time. Either way, I'm slightly leery that this board toasted my CPU. I might be the one-in-a-million that got a bad Intel chip, but if I did than I regret sending this board back because it's a great board and I paid more for the replacement board.READ FULL REVIEW