Date Joined: 06/08/11
Pros: 2 years old and this drive is still going strong with consistently fast speeds.
It's a great little device I can always carry with me.
Cons: The finish was extremely quick to start getting scratched and appear visibly used.
This is just cosmetic though, so assuming you're like me and only care about raw performance it's not an issue.
Pros: I upgraded from an 850 PRO. The difference in terms of raw throughput are not noticeable in my use-cases, the real benefit for me is that this uses NVMe (instead of AHCI over SATA) which allows me to multitask multiple "large" file operations without them causing each other to slow down, or sometimes even completely halt, until the previous task completes.
This alone greatly improves my productivity as it eliminates a system bottleneck. Note however, this could be solved by much less expensive PCIe SSDs.
That said, I specifically chose this SSD because it's the only (non-enterprise) device left using MLC. This is important to me because it means I can rely on sustained and consistent performance when I need to move hundreds of GB worth of data around, which is common in my workloads. For the average person I would say this is not needed and in fact provides negligible performance for the majority of consumer workloads.
Being my first time installing an M.2 card, this was super easy to install. Like, installing RAM level of easy.
Samsung's software made it very quick and painless to clone/transfer all my data. It's literally just a few mouse clicks, a small bit of waiting, and you're done.
Cons: Although sequential speeds are through the roof, in day to day usage it isn't really useful to me.
Random speeds and latency are still dominated by Intel Optane, but I couldn't justify the price of getting the 905P.
For "older" systems like mine that were on the forefront and just on the verge of M.2 slots becoming mainstream, you might have a bit of a hassle getting your motherboard to accept this as a boot drive. I had to physically disconnect all my other drives before it finally gave me the option and then it tried to revert back when I reconnected them.
For modern systems you shouldn't have any problems, though results will likely vary per board/manufacturer.
Overall Review: If you're looking for an SSD for gaming or general office use, I would just get the cheapest PCIe NVM SSD and call it a day, you likely won't notice any performance difference in day-to-day use. This device and most others are a waste of money unless you have a real use that justifies the massive price difference (for me it's work related to photo/videography, and sometimes SQL databases)
Pros: Lots of storage in a single drive without having to resort to hardware RAID or software "RAID-like" storage pools.
Cons: Like all HDDs, that unavoidable clicky sound.
Overall Review: In the future I plan to accelerate this drive with Intel Optane when the prices drop; Since it serves as mostly "warm storage" with a backup sync to my "cold storage" NAS it isn't critical and can wait.
Pros: I was skeptical but am blown away (bad pun alert) with how well it works. A lot more powerful than I expected it to be.
Can use for an extended period of time without it overheating. I took 2 hours and cleaned out every computer in the office. Obviously that's a lot of off and on though, so your mileage may vary if you want to use it continuously without short pauses.
Cons: Maybe I'm missing something simple but I haven't figured out how to use the other 2 attachments. Doesn't affect my rating though because I feel the main nozzle works well for all my use-cases.
Ironically the case of the unit itself seems to attract dust like a magnet, especially the bottom foam area that pulls in the air. Not a big enough deal to lower my rating though.
Overall Review: I'd prefer a longer power cord that self-retracts.
I read some people complaining about an electrical smell but I didn't notice anything. Note that I wore an N95 grade dust mask while using this and was cleaning the computer towers at our warehouse truck dock. I haven't used this in non-ventilated areas.
The air that is blown tends to be warm to medium hot. The heat is immediately noticeable (I expected it to be cool like a fan or carpet air mover) but prolonged direct exposure to skin doesn't seem to be a problem and never gets to the point of being painful.
Pros: Paired with the 5960X overclocked to 4.4GHz.
Silent, I don't hear a thing even under load. Hovers around 35C
Cons: The instructions this came with are wrong, they are for a different version of this cooler.
Pros: My first SSD. Huuuge difference coming from a HDD.
Pros: Silent fan.
Handles 5960X & GTX 980 in 2-way SLI with plenty of room for upgrades. Since everyone is focused on power efficiency I'm assuming this will last me many years/builds, don't think I'll ever need more power than this.
Overall Review: Corsair Link isn't really useful to me.
Pros: Gets the job done without being needlessly big and bulky.
Pros: DxO Optics Pro takes advantage of all 8 cores for RAW image processing which is speeding up my photography workflow significantly.
For everything else I do I never see more than 20% usage in the task manager at stock 3.0GHz.
Overclocks to 4.4GHz easy. I could probably push it further but right now there's no need.
Cons: No noticeable difference for gaming compared to quad core but I'm not pushing crazy high resolutions.
Overall Review: Paired it with Corsair H110 for cooling. Hovers around 34C after 4.4GHz overclock
Pros: First time system builder here. Corsair made cable management on this thing child's play.
Fans are pretty much silent unless you ramp them up for heavy overclocks.
Cons: Would have been nice to have extra fan filters instead of only providing one for the front.
Don't understand why the bottom has large gaps exposed to the floor without a mesh plate or filter to prevent bugs.
Pros: The software bundled with the install disk made getting the 5960X from 3.0GHz factory to 4.4GHz overclocked very quick and easy with more or less the click of a button.
The included WiFi adapter is working way better than expected. Pushing a steady 17Mbps stream. Just sort of annoying that I have to find a place for the adapter to sit, I keep it on top of my case for lack of a better place.
Cons: System wouldn't boot at first, had to go into the BIOS safe mode to get started.
Can't use the ethernet port because the intel drivers bundled with the install disk don't work. Since the backport LEDs light up as normal I'm guessing there's nothing wrong with the board and it's just a compatibility problem with the Windows 10 Tech Preview.
Overall Review: By default the network stack in BIOS was disabled.
This also ships with an older BIOS so be sure to flash the new one after downloading online.
Pros: Solid build construction with metal backplate.
Silent fans, even under load! Seriously, my case fans make more noise when nothing is even happening.
Cons: Huge and expensive, but that's to be expected. Make sure your case is big enough, not just for the card but so make sure random wires don't get in the way.
Overall Review: I'm usually not a fan of LEDs inside my case, luckily this is configurable in NVIDIA's control panel.
Considering how much you pay for these it would be nice for them to include something, like an extra DP or HDMI cable.
Pros: Reliable, quiet, customizable with a user-friendly web interface. Works as advertised.
Overall Review: The option to use a second unit as a backup is cool but not sure it's worth the cost of second + more drives. NAS in combination with cloud storage seems a better failsafe option in case of physical damage/theft.
Pros: No distortion with high volume.
Good frequency range.
Many options to configure to your preferred listening experience for various music genres, movies and games.
Cons: The remote is wired to the back of the unit with a relatively short cord, which sort of defeats the purpose of having a remote in the first place.
Overall Review: I would have preferred the settings to be configurable from software instead of limiting it to the remote but I guess it's to maximize compatibility since it eliminates the need for drivers entirely.
Pros: Solid built quality, drivers and software.
The power cord is thick and has a weave pattern similar to carbon fiber. Makes it very flexible unlike most standard rubber cords.
The dual USB cord confused me at first. Quickly found out one powers the keyboard and the other powers the USB port on the keyboard for peripherals.
Cons: Would be nice if I could customize the backlighting in software instead of being limited to a few built-in hardware options.
Overall Review: Keyboard is super sensitive. You only need to tap the key a bit for the press the register. Whether that's what you're looking for is up to you.
Can't figure out what the lock button the keyboard does.
Pros: Adjustable sensitivity on the fly
Solid build quality. Looks and feels heavy duty with a thick metal plate at the bottom.
Interesting power cord that doesn't gets tangled up or bent a certain way. Comes with a little strap you can use to shorten the cord if it's too long for you.
Cons: The matte finish on the sides prevent fingerprints but collects sweat. A small trade-off for increased grip I guess.
Overall Review: The satin finish on top prevents fingerprints, sweat and other dirt but leaves a sort faint smudge mark around where your finger rests. Not noticeable unless looking directly down on the mouse.
Comes with good drivers and lots of customization I'll probably never use but would be really useful for a lot of hardcore gamers.
Pros: Large capacity
Cons: Read speeds don't seem any faster than my previous class 6 SD card. Hovers around the 30MB/s mark.
exFAT filesystem causes more trouble than FAT32 but I guess that's unavoidable with larger SD cards.
Because of said filesystem I cannot write to the card using Windows 7, so I cannot (directly) delete files from my pc, only from my camera. I also could not import camera settings from my previous SD card.
Overall Review: Usable Capacity: 119GB
Unless you're filming very long continuous video with a camera that supports filesizes larger than 4GB, it may be better get multiple SD cards of a smaller capacity.
Pros: Seriously? Just read the specs on this beast.
Expected a low quality touchpad but was surprised to enjoy this one with no complaints. I occasionally press on it by mistake while typing or scrolling (which acts as a 'Left Click') but there are options in the software to enable/disable this logic.
The secondary function keys have come in handy quite often already.
Cons: Comes with a bunch of bloatware preinstalled but hey, what OEM system doesn't? Nothing I couldn't easily fix myself.
No backlit keys.
Listening to music with a lot of bass (think dubstep) is simply torture... Sucks for me since that's most of what I currently listen to :(
When I'm at my desk I plug in my stereo to compensate. Sub-woofer F.T.W.!
Speaking of sound, what's with the speakers on this laptop being so loud? 40% volume and I can watch videos no problem. Plug in my stereo and suddenly I can't hear anything so I either have to crank the volume knob on the stereo insanely high or adjust the system volume which will screw me over after I unplug the stereo later on...
Overall Review: The battery adapter is HUGE. Really. As soon as I opened the box I was just like, wow.
This thing drains power like crazy. I'm not putting this in the 'Cons' area because this is probably just be me since I'd consider myself a 'power user', at least compared to the mainstream who simply check email and facebook. I guess it's reasonable that power goes fast when watching 1080p vids while browsing with 20+ tabs open and a bunch of background processes running all sorts of things. Not to mention I keep my screen bright, not dim.
All things considered, 5 eggs minus 1 for wasting my time removing unwanted applications.