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Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB-DX 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have two of these running two identical computers and they are awesome. 7.7 WEI. No hesitation, just smooth reliable performance. This size is big enough to hold everything I need after moving my libraries (documents, music, photos) and temp folders to my secondary 1TB 7200rmp drive so I can use this drive for my OS, Office, and games.
I have read about hesitations and low performance issues from different manufacturers. The Mushkins just work.

Cons: Price.

Other Thoughts: The first of my two drives has been running solid for three months and the other for two months. Booting into Windows and being able to immediately start using my computer has been a godsend.
Also, on every computer I've ever used, fast or slow (at work or at home), MS Word takes 30 seconds to open up. On this drive it takes 2 seconds the first time and less than a second after that. Outlook is also just as fast. The Sims 3 used to take over six seconds to load all of the textures in a scene, now it's down to fractions of a second.
This makes it hard going to work and remembering to be patient with the computers there.
Highly recommended.

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HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8G
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A good price for 8GB. Runs fast. Great when it works.

Cons: Only two of the three pairs I've tried have worked at 1600. The defective one only worked at 1333.

Other Thoughts: I have put together two identical computers in the last two and half months. The very first thing I do with a new PC is set the memory timing (1600 9-9-9-27) and run memtest86+ These are recognized as 1333, so you have to set the speed and the timing in the bios manually.

The first computer has run flawlessly and been solid for over two months. The second computer locked up memtest86+ on test 5.

Setting the memory down to 1333 made it stable, but that's not what I paid for. So, RMA'd the faulty pair for a new pair and they ran perfectly at 1600 9-9-9-27.

So, always test before tring to install your OS, and though this memory is great when it works, I had to knock it down to 3 eggs for poor quality control.

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Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet
Cool
Reliable

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I'm running six of these in enclosures connected via eSATA to my server. They have performed flawlessly. They make no noise and they run cool.
I have no complaints. At six successes and no failures I have to give it five eggs.

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Wayne D.'s Profile

Display Name: Wayne D.

Date Joined: 07/12/03

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 03/19/11
  • Last Review: 07/17/11
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