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Sandforce? What Sandforce?! 11/21/2011
Dang! This hot little drive is FAST! Bought it elsewhere for my brothers new Skyrim Core i5 rig and it was an absolute pleasure installing Windows 7 and all the software because every single install was like watching lightning strike. Drivers, programs, games, it was all completely pain-free. Windows updater installed 55 updates in under a minute, no joke! Probably could have done quicker if some of the updates didn't require me to accept agreements.
Boot times are crazy; the process is actually slowed down by the UEFI BIOS on the P67 mobo! POST'ing is frustrating because once that's done and it boots the SSD, it takes under 5 seconds to be completely ready to use (a little longer once my bro set a password). Need faster BIOS!
Skyrim loads so fast I can't read the texts on the loading screens; maybe the first word before game-time.
Comes with a free Batman: Arkham City download as a sweet bonus. That PC will be loaded with 2 possible Game of the Year titles once Batman is rele
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The physical drive looks so awesome and smexy. The pictures just don't do it justice. The packaging is top-notch too.
Based on previous experience with both last-gen Samsung SSD's and current-gen Sandforce drives, I predict that this is going to be THE next-gen SATA-6Gbps SSD to get for High-End rigs. Sandforce may be a little faster but Samsung has a much better reliability record than SF. What good is blazing performance if it only lasts about a month anyway? Reinstalling Windows at regular intervals isn't my idea of High-End enthusiast hardware. I personally thought last-gen Samsungs were comparable if not better than Intel SSD's so if this new drive is anything like the last, then Samsung is the SSD to beat.
Decent price for what you're getting, especially with HDD prices climbing anyways.
Haven't done any official benchmarks but it does max out the Windows Experience Index, with straight across-the-board 7.9 scores thanks to this drive, a heavily OC'ed Core i5 2500k, Corsair RAM and GTX 560 2GB SLI setup.
I'm quite jealous that this PC is for my bro and not me but I will definitely get this exact SSD for my own future build. It is the *perfect* compliment to any High-End rig...
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