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Pros: Read speeds are fast! Not quite as fast as Samsung would claim, but there are other factors involved, I'm sure.
The device looks slick and clean. Not that anyone cares what a drive is going to look like, since it will be safely hidden inside your computer, but still, props for making the think look nice and clean.
Also, as you would expect, putting this SSD in my laptop has spared me a noticeable amount of battery life.
There is really not much else to say. The device performs exactly how one would expect it to.
Cons: I was a little disappointed when I didn't find a USB to SATA adapter included with the drive. The instructions imply that one is included, as the graphics in the manual display such a device, and a drive migration obviously cannot be completed without, but one is not included.
There were no screws included either. This is probably not a big deal, because most people purchasing this device will be swapping out a HDD that already has the screws needed. Still, the inclusion of a few cheap spare screws should be a given when you are forking out $100+ on any drive. Again, overall, not a big deal, but a slight disappointment.
Other Thoughts: This is a "first impressions" review of sorts. I've only been using the device for a week. I certainly haven't used it long enough to test its durability.
I am very pleased with my purchase as of now and have always been happy with Samsung products in the past. I built my first gaming rig with a 200 GB Samsung hard drive back in 2006, and the thing is still ticking today. I'll be surprised if I don't get similar longevity from this drive.
Pros: Great airflow and cooling
Tons of space
Awesome cable management
Great aesthetic design
USB 2 and 3 on front panel
Tons of drive bays
Cool looking air vent on top that opens and closes
Other Thoughts: I have bought my last two cases from Rosewill now. I bought the first one because it was a cheap alternative to the expensive cases and it still looked pretty cool. When the case arrived, it had a defected part, so I contacted Rosewill. Their customer support was better than any other electronic customer support I have ever experienced. They got the part shipped the next day and received it in a few days. Because of that experience and because of how much I liked my first case, I decided to look strictly at Rosewill cases to start with. This time I decided to get a full-tower. The Thor is awesome. I would recommend this case to anyone wanted a quality, full-tower case. You will not regret it.
The ONLY drawback that might occur for some people is, like all the other reviews state, that the case is extremely large. I'm always in and out of my case tinkering with all sorts of things, so this is a plus for me. Make sure you compare the dimensions of this case with where you are going to put it!
This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N600PCE - Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 2 High Power Dual Band Antennas
Pros: The device works really well. Has a strong and consistent signal.
Cons: Installation can be a nightmare (See "Other thoughts" below).
Other Thoughts: This card does not play nice with Windows 8.1!
Here's what I learned from using this card in two separate computers.
If your computer is already running Windows 8.1 and you install this card, your computer will likely start crashing frequently. This is an easy fix. Before you physically install the card in the PCI-E slot, install the drivers first. If you already installed the card, take it out and install the drivers first. Once the drivers are installed, the card can be physically installed an should work fine.
If your computer is running Windows 8, this card will work fine, but trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 while this card is installed in your computer will likely cause the upgrade to fail every time. Here's what I had to do. First, I downloaded Windows 8.1 through the app store like normal, using this card for internet access. When the computer first went to restart as part of the Windows 8.1 installation, I powered off the computer, removed the card, powered on the computer, let the Windows 8.1 installation finish, installed the driver for this card (which I had pre-downloaded), and then physically installed the card. Works like a charm.
This should go without saying, but make sure the computer is powered off whenever you add or remove this card.
As other reviewers have mentioned, I will confirm that a certain Asus driver works with this card. The link to the driver is below. Make sure you computer has a program that can open .rar files before you start either of the above processes.