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OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0110 PCI-E 110GB 4 x PCI-Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Fast drive, not supported by every operating system 10/21/2013

This review is from: OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0110 PCI-E 110GB 4 x PCI-Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This drive is very fast and it's just a card (it doesn't take up an HDD bay)

Cons: It doesn't appear as a standard SATA drive or SATA controller (it appears as two SATA controllers that use a non-standard driver). Not supported by every operating system. It works fine under Linux (no driver needed) and Windows (with the included driver), but other operating systems usually see only the two halves of the drive (not as a RAID device, which prevents booting, although it will work as a non-boot drive if you configure the RAID manually), or nothing at all.

Other Thoughts: If all you are using is Linux and/or Windows, this drive will work fine. If you use any other operating systems, you're pretty much out of luck. Maybe I'm being picky, but I strongly believe that hardware should be standard and not designed with only Windows / Linux in mind. I'm not sure if any data recovery companies could handle this drive, so back up any important files.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good CPU cooler for Core i7 02/21/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: I have the Core i7 920, which was the first Core i7 CPU and is known to run hot. It uses socket LGA1366. On the stock heatsink I was getting temperatures of over 90 Celsius under full load, which is almost at the maximum temperature that this CPU can withstand. With this heatsink I am getting 65 under full load.

Cons: Several times the size of the stock heatsink, but that's what makes it effective. Required removing the motherboard for installation of the backplate, but that's true for many different heatsinks so not really much of a con. Fan is somewhat noisy but not excessively so.

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SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a great computer for both basic web browsing with Chrome OS, as well as more advanced work with Ubuntu. Installing Ubuntu was very easy. This computer has a very high performance to power consumption ratio since it uses an ARM processor instead of Intel. I saw a benchmark test where this computer was more than twice as fast as an Intel Atom-based netbook. Unlike other reviewers, I have not had any issues with the display. Sure it's not as good as some of the more expensive laptops, but it is good enough for watching videos.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I installed Ubuntu to a 32GB flash drive, not to the internal memory, so I can dual-boot Chrome OS and Ubuntu. Note that under Ubuntu on this computer, third-party apps that require an Intel CPU will not work (eg. Flash Player, Skype, Wine, several others). Flash player, however, does work on Chrome OS. Also, Netflix does not work on this computer under either Ubuntu or Chrome OS, although I knew about these issues when I bought it so I don't consider them cons.

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Display Name: Alexander J.

Date Joined: 06/02/09

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/21/09
  • Last Review: 10/21/13
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