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Plextor M6e PX-G256M6e M.2 2280 256GB PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic Drive but Questions 04/21/2015

This review is from: Plextor M6e PX-G256M6e M.2 2280 256GB PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast
Small
Does the job as a boot Drive

Cons: Questions regarding compatibility and Drivers/Firmware

Other Thoughts: I just did a new build with a ASUS X99 3.1 Deluxe MB. I had no problem installing Win7 64bit to this drive. However, as soon as windows starts its updating the system will hang at Windows splash. I have been building systems >20 years and nothing I tried fixed this. I did not have a problem using a older Vertex 4 drive. Out of frustration I tried installing latest TP of Win 10. Runs like a champ. No issues at all. Therefore I suspect a driver/firmware issue with drive and the ASUS x99 Deluxe under Win7 64bit. Not sure where the fault is. Since the hardware on both sides is so new could be either but Win 10 obviously fixes issues. Still, I wish it would work under Win 7 as ASUS lists this drive as compatible with the X99X Deluxe. Otherwise, Fantastic drive.

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ASUS X99-DELUXE/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Loaded with features
Excellent for Overclocking
ASUS reliability

Cons: Driver and Software support lacking

Other Thoughts: First, I did not purchase this from Newegg (Hanging Head Low). I had a gift certificate for another store that I needed to use. Otherwise I use Newegg.

Great Motherboard with all the features of x99 chipset and then some. Used this for build of a system with a I7-5820k CPU. 16gb of Gskill DDR4-2400 memory, Plextor 256gb m.2 drive, 850w Seasonic PS. I had one issue with build that I could not get resolved:

I was able to install Win7 64bit no problem. I installed all supplied drivers. The first time Win7 does any updates the system hangs every time at windows splash screen. Tried multiple solutions and never could solve issue. Highly suspect some sort of driver issue. I tried every trick in my bag and I have been building my own systems since the days of the 286 processors. No luck. This may be a problem with the driver for the Plextor M.2 drive.

As an act of frustration I installed Win10 TP 64bit that I have been playing with on my laptop. Installed, did updates, and it runs like a champ. I have OC the CPU to 4.4mhz at 1.195 volts and rock stable. With these readings I am sure I can push the CPU to probably 4.6mhz but really no need to stress the CPU or the components as it runs any game or program I need with no problems. The only reason I give four stars is the driver issue and when I try and run AI Suite 3 on separate monitor while I am playing skyrim the system runs like it is stuck in mud. This is probably due to sampling frequency of all the sensors on the board. If I run a different software monitoring solution this does not happen. So four stars due to the driver and software issue.

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HP ZR30w Black 30
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Big Picture. Good response time. Looked fantastic at factory setting and after a little calibration it will blow you away. I have a 7970 6gb Radeon that drives monitor with no issues at highest settings.

Cons: Puts out some heat. No OSD but I calibrated with Catalyst driver.

Other Thoughts: I use the monitor for general use, surfing, word processing, and spread sheets. My game of choice is EVE on line. Th graphics at 2560 x 1600 are stunning. I cannot notice any lag at the 7ms rated refresh rate. No ghosting that I can notice. One proble though. I use to run the game with three 1920 x 1080p monitors. Now my main monitor is the ZR30 at 2560x1600. I ma having promblems in that the client will not run at different resolutions. Looks great on new monitor but I cannot run two more instances of client on the other two monitors at their native resolution of 1920x1080p. There has to be a work around for this but I have not found it yet. Other than that I love the monitor though. I have been watching this monitor for about a year. BTW, it is being discontinued for a new model...it is no longer available on the HP website. There are probably few of these left in circulation and they will be gone. Mine had no problems. No dead pixels, no banding or bleed. Color calibration was pretty darn good right out of box. Get one while you can.

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Display Name: Jeffery B.

Date Joined: 11/14/01

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  • First Review: 05/29/12
  • Last Review: 09/30/13
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