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Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Devalued by half-baked, poorly tested Intel SSD RST drivers and SSD Toolkit 02/18/2012

This review is from: Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: They're as fast as SATA III SSDs costing $200 less, as long as you avoid using Intel's AHCI/RAID drivers and SSD Toolkit. The many review houses that gushed about the performance and software features of the new Intel 520 shortly after it was released also stated that the Intel SSD Toolkit and "solid" Intel driver support were valuable advantages that smaller SSD companies couldn't provide, and that's why they cost more. Because I needed 400GB+, I went with two of these (just had to order them separately from Newegg), thinking that I could RAID them just as the review houses said that they had easily done. I knew that TRIM isn't currently available on a RAID array, but the other problems I've experienced were unreported by the well known review houses.

Cons: The following was experienced on an Asus Rampage IV Extreme mobo with the latest BIOS and posted Intel RST driver and SSD Toolkit. I first tried to do a Win7x64 install on just one Intel 520 SSD. After loading Intel RST AHCI drivers, the Intel SSD Toolkit grayed out and few features were available. Googled around and turns out that others were experiencing the same problem, even with SSDs of other makes. I then attempted to set up Win7x64 RAID0 on both 520s, and the RST driver would not even load. Turns out that this particular problem—again it's on the Asus R4E—is a nightmare as documented on OC sites such as HardForum (who needs video games when you have the tortuous workarounds discussed on the HardForum thread to play with—funny how the review houses never report such problems). Because newegg doesn't allow returns, the only hope is that Intel's upcoming RST 11.5 drivers (they're months away) will finally resolve the problems.

Other Thoughts: After reading several Intel 520 SSD reviews, including for RAID0, I was not expecting the problems noted above. It was only after actually experiencing specific problems, and then googling around to find a resolution that I found that others were also experiencing extreme difficulty with Intel's SSD drivers on an R4E— even with other SSDs. You would think that Intel's drivers would work for their own products, but forget the review houses and go read the problem forums. Bottom line is that until Intel gets their RST drivers and SSD Toolkit stable—the $150-$200 premium that the Intel 520 SSD costs over similarly performing SSDs such as the Corsair Force GT (they're really is no discernible performance advantage) is unjustified (that's why only 2 eggs). Also, RAID configurations for SATA III SSDs will continue to be uncertain. Even with the release of Intel RST 11.5, which is suppose to finally provide support TRIM in RAID, the above problems may still not be resolved.

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ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Fooled by its good looks 12/17/2011

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler

Pros: None-- unusable because of its seriously flawed design.

Cons: Tried on Asus Rampage IV. The CNPS12X is way too low to clear even low-profile RAM. What was Zalman thinking? All they had to do is raise it up a few mm's so it would've cleared the RAM (and it still would've fit in most cases). Bottom line: the Zalman CNPS12X will work with so few motherboards without touching the RAM, it shouldn't even be on the market.

Other Thoughts: Irritating to have to fork out $30 for return shipping and restocking. Tried a Corsair H100 earlier, only to have the pump go out after three days. You gotta love risking a $1,000 Sandy Bridge E processor and other equally expensive components on cheap coolers. There's just not that much available in the cooler market right now that's workable and reliable for LGA 2011.

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Mionix NAOS 5000 7 Buttons USB Laser 5040 dpi Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Experienced x64 driver problems with Mionix NAOS 5000 10/17/2010

This review is from: Mionix NAOS 5000 7 Buttons USB Laser 5040 dpi Mouse

Pros: Looks good, nice ergonomics, glides well on SteelSeries pads. Good performance...when it is not crashing my system.

Cons: Experienced random BSODs in Win7 x64, and after rebooting, Mionix mouse would not initialize (its lights were dead, no mouse movement). Tried unplugging, tried different USB ports, then mysteriously it would start working again. Contacted Mionix Tech Support, and did everything they suggested, including disabling support for legacy USB devices. I checked all USB ports and ran general diagnostics on my rig, with no indications of hardware problems. Nothing worked, so I requested a refund from Newegg.

Other Thoughts: My biggest surprise is how Newegg handled this. After giving up on Mionix Tech Support, I figured this mouse is just not going to work with my rig, so I requested a refund from Newegg. Newegg instead decided I should get a replacement. Tried the replacement, and--no surprise--same problem. I tried to again request a refund from Newegg, and, this time, "Not Eligible." So now the mouse is in the trash, and I'm out the cost of one expensive mouse, plus twice the shipping charges.

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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 03/06/09

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  • Last Review: 02/18/12
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