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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Less of a headache than expected 02/18/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: As probably menioned in most reviews for this product, really fast. I did a clean install of Win 7 Pro and installation went very smoothly. I can't provide a review in regards to mirroring your old HDD so you don't have to start from scratch but if that's the installation method that t you want to use there are some good videos on youtube to show how to do that.

Cons: I will be the first to say that I didn't read the small manual/instructions that came with the SSD drive. My eyesight is too poor to read the microscopic text, however, it did include a quick install sheet. YOU NEED TO INSTALL THIS IN AHCI MODE. If you select AHCI after you install, you will get the blue screen of death. AHCI should be selectable in your system bios under the hardware section. I didn't do this, and was about to just perform a re-install and start over, but it's not necessary. If you forget, like I did, just youtube "AHCI settings in Windows". You just have to change one setting in your system registry and it's very simple to do if you follow the video then select AHCI in your bios. You don't get the full potential of the drive if AHCI mode isn't utilized.

The 2.5" adapter is not included that allows you to place it in a 3.5" drive bay. I really didn't expect it to have one but it would be nice if they would state in the description that you may need one when installing it in a desktop.

The specified READ times aren't registering really close to what Samsung has stated it is capable of, however, I may need to tweak the settings some more.

Other Thoughts: After installation, use the Samsung software. There are a few more settings that you need to adjust for performance and reliability issues in the software. In the software, I have RAPID mode selected. This is also where you can test your new speed.

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ZOTAC AMP! SUPERCLOCKED ZT-70402-10P GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installation was very simple and video quality/performance seems to be solid. Like others here, this is my first Zotac item purchased and no regrets yet. I could see SLI in my future using this card if I continue to stay satisfied.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card to replace my GTX 660 that I believe had a memory issue which caused my display to blink on and off at certain times. Since my old card was out of warranty I opted for the Zotac. It was definitely not a "WOW!" noticable difference in performance but my problem has been fixed and am happy with every game I've tried out so far.

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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W ATX 12V v2.3 & SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I have to say that this is probably the highest quality power supply that I've ever purchased. It couldn't have been packaged any better in my opinion. I replaced my 650W Corsair with this model and I have no regrets. No installation issues and all cables are clearly marked along with the connections on the power supply itself. Very easy install and computer powered up with zero issues.

Cons: Had to use a magnifying glass when reading the manual but my eyesight is going.

Other Thoughts: I haven't had this power supply for too long and if something does happen I will edit my post, however, I am very satisfied so far.

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Date Joined: 04/21/05

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  • Last Review: 02/18/14
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