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OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great drive for an HP Laptop 07/09/2015

This review is from: OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G

Pros: Fast, affordable, reliable, 3 year manufacture warranty with actually support follow through (from my experience with other OCZ products).

I have two of these that I replaced HDDs in laptops - a HP Dv6-1259dx and an HP g6 series. After running these on relatively high use they still test 100% with no sector failures and mine actually beat their reported speeds.

Cons: Not quite as fast as the SSDs that cost 50%-100% more, but what can one expect?

Does not come with migration software,

Other Thoughts: The free cloning/migration software is good enough for most use cases. If you are doing this with win 8.1 though, make sure you make a recovery cd/usb first!

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL
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5 out of 5 eggs This memory rocks, and with this capacity you can set up a RAM drive 02/09/2014

This review is from: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL

Pros: This memory is top quality. To be honest, i am surprised. I went with G. Skill rather then other name brands to save a little on 32GB of 1866 memory and these modules have run fast, cool and maintained their capacities.

Cons: If you know what you are doing, nothing.

As a note, however, especially with AMD motherboards with East-West mounted CPU coolers you may have a size problem with some coolers. Make sure you install the memory first and have the clearance.

Other Thoughts: This was installed on BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX with AMD FX-8350 and ARCTIC Freezer A30 Extreme CPU Cooler.

On this system some changes needed to be made in the bios to get it stable at 1866 (rather then simply changing the speed). It ran fine with the default 1600 speed.

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)
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1 out of 5 eggs Classic example of Microsoft jumping before walking. 02/09/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)

Pros: It runs, boots faster, has multiple devices supported.

Cons: Hard to know where to start:
Does not allow use of multiple drives for os vs application. It benefits the system in multiple way. By using a small ssd for the os and a large hhd for applications this allows the computer to run fast across the ssd yielding a smoother and faster user experience while having plenty of space on a cheaper hhd. Also, this set up hardens your os as basic root .exe files and attachments are unable to write to the os or driver frame. I cannot understand why Microsoft insists on making sup par products and trying to muscle control of the market.

This is not game time ready. They did not backward test the drivers effectively so it is unable to run many add ons and devices that run great under every other os out there, but crash in a windows 8 environment.

Security? what security? This os will not allow direct access for restriction and closing of port 80 and other ip ports. They have written paths in the os to allow it to over-ride user setting and open up vulnerabilities.

Customer support is non-existent and rude. When/if you make the mistake of calling them they try to tell you your network is compromised and you need to buy $200 of tech support to get it working - seriously. This was having given no information outside of asking if and how I can purchase an end user boot disk to distribute with a machine. The oversea's call center guy actually started yelling at me even though I had not elevated my voice. So, if you have a problem, you are probably on your own or dependent on the open source community.

The start menu application registry is different then the desktop application registry, seriously. I could not believe it tell I had to work with it, but applications through the start registry are not in the desktop registry and vise versa. They give options of linking a start application to the desk top and vise versa, but this is not a new entry. What this means is that updates must be made in the correct instance, you can have two instances of the same application running at the same time that are blind to each other and other conflict issues. This seems the type of error a first year programming student would not make, but leave it to Microsoft.

Other Thoughts: If you have to use a windows environment, I would highly recommend going with Windows 7 PRO over this garbage.

If you can move away from a windows environment Mint is a much more stable and user friendly environment. The Mac os is also a good option and Apple actually understands what it means to "support" a product.


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Display Name: Kevin C.

Date Joined: 11/30/10

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