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OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: +Fast
+Very Fast
+Linux Support (fw updater)
+TRIM
+Fits in a laptop
+RMA Process

I was able to get 500/550

Cons: -Had to RMA after updating to 2.06 firmware
-Issues with lockups

I was able to resolve my lockup issues by consulting OCZ's tech support forums. There is an issue between this drive and Intel's RST drivers which is fairly easy to solve.

Other Thoughts: Do not upgrade your firmware to the 2.06 firmware without doing extensive research.

While I despise forums as a support tool, OCZ's tech support forum was very helpful.

Newegg was good about replacing my defective unit. OCZ is good about it too, but I figured that the service would be faster going though Newegg on this one.

While everything is working now, it is a bit disconcerting having the issues that I had.

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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I'm rather happy with this board. It has all of the features that I wanted and came with a few more. I didn't know about their On/Off Charge technology. I ended up reading about it on their download site, it essentially will allow charging while the computer is in G0-G2. Sometimes charging it faster, however I have not noticed that. The layout of the board is nice, but (see other thoughts). The BIOS isn't my favorite style, but offers more options. XMP support so my RAM runs at 1333MHz.

Cons: The built in AHCI controller takes a while to detect, longer than my P55 chipset computer. Not sure why, or if it is my imagination.
The 2 extra SATA ports and the IDE uses a built in add in card. This takes an extra step at post. I knew this buying the board and it isn't a back breaker, just know that it is just another step at boot.

Other Thoughts: The layout of the motherboard is beautiful for the most part. I can't really put this under cons as it isn't a con just a preference. First, the audio header is in an odd spot. The location works out for me, but could be an issue for others. The IEEE 1394 header location is also odd, between a PCI-e and a PCI port (v2 board).

There are 2 versions of this board, both X58A-UD3R. On Newegg the photos are of the v1 board. I received the v2 board.

I would recommend this board. It has the legacy support I need, and features for the future.

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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH160G2R5 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Crazy fast, I benchmarked it once and blew my friend's RAID Raptors out of the water. Takes longer to post than to boot windows, although I set my BIOS to run extended tests. Office 2010 doesn't even show the splash page, it just opens!

Cons: Slows down over time. It slows down like any other computer, yet it is still faster. Size is something I knew when I bought it. I have 10 games on the drive with space for more, but I'd rather not fill it yet. You can always install other games to another conventional hard drive.

Other Thoughts: Windows enabled TRIM by default so I didn't have to do anything. Read up online about optimization and what not. Intel gives you info on if you need to use the SSD Tool Box or just for updates. I've had the drive for ~4 months now, it is wonderful. If you note slow small write speeds, it is not the SSD's fault, windows must allocate and notate each file that is created. Get an SSD it does wonders for performance.

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Travis L.'s Profile

Display Name: Travis L.

Date Joined: 12/16/09

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/26/09
  • Last Review: 06/19/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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