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Michael C.

Michael C.

Joined on 08/28/02

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Most Favorable Review

Smokin'...

OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX

Pros: Amazingly fast.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Win 7 64 bit clean install, no problems. Flash latest firmware, use IDE SATA mode (per OCZ). Have Win 7, Open Office, Firefox, Adobe and Office 2010 on drive. 8 GB left open. All other programs and all data on HHD.

Most Critical Review

CHEAP! (Cheaply made that is)

5.25" Drive Bay Kits - Fan Controller w/ LED Light
5.25" Drive Bay Kits - Fan Controller w/ LED Light

Pros: Looks good in case. Lights light up w/ pretty colors. It will run the fans.

Cons: Cannot run even one 120mm fan at full RPM. Main Molex connector to controller embrittled and falling apart (need to tape or replace) - might be cause of power problem. No rating for power supplied to the fans (Uh oh... that's a tip...)

Overall Review: Perhaps I'll try and see what's wrong, but will likely RMA. Tees me off that visibly unacceptable components can get used let alone leave the factory. Not sure why TT would have their good rep associated with this product...let's see if any TT reps are awake out there...

11/25/2009

Important Considerations

OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX60G
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX60G

Pros: It worked initially well (purchased from NE 5/27/2010) as "D" drive for files. Rebate, no problem if you follow the instructions. Did domino upgrade as follows: Imaged this 60G Vertex "D" (w/ Casper 6.0) to new 120G Vertex "D". Imaged my 30G Vertex Win 7 64 boot (again w/Casper) to this 60G D. win 7 boot image to Upgraded

Cons: Had no problem imaging from previous HDD boot to 30G SSD. Image from 30G SSD to 60G SSD did not go well. Many and various errors (no Post, no SSD in Bios, no SSD in Windows, BOSD, "bad disk - you name it). Really had to hunt OCZ forums for possible fixes (tried them all - fresh install, sanitary erase, destructive "reset", alignment, clear CMOS - sequentially swap out of memory, CPU, PS, etc. tried everything!) Requiring many fresh W7 installs. No joy. Finally went back to original HDD boot. No problems there. Tried Corsiar 64 SSD. Imaged Corsair SSD from HDD - no problems and its working fine so far. I'll be RMAing to OCZ as I'm sure it's pretty much bricked.

Overall Review: After careful consideration, I came to the following personnel conclusions regarding OCZ drives: Many differing OZC models likely mean they source differing components at differing specifications. Within each model (based on forums instructing to to ID the particular NAND within each model) there appears to be variability of manufacturing quality among component suppliers and assemblers. As a end user (I'm fairly capable) I shouldn't have to go thru that amount of trouble shooting and digging for information that should be supplied with the SSD. Or at least consolidated, readily and easily available from OCZ (as others noted their web site and "forums" are a informational obstacle course. Based on the number and extent of problems noted on the OCZ forums, I believe reliability and longevity of their SSD's is questionable at best. Seems like luck of the draw. Case in point my tiny 30G Vertex is still AOK and I may recycle that to an aging Netbook....

11/11/2010

Smokin' Review of 2/12 Follow-up

OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX

Pros: This drive exceeded all expectations so far. Flashed to 1.5 Firmware and there has been no degradation of performance, and no issues with anything. It continues to be wicked fast.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Follow the OZC recs and forum advice when installing and you should not have any issues. Use Win 7 (XP is dead - let it go) and keep this as a boot drive and core programs drive and there is practically nothing to "tweak". In fact "tweaking" will not get you more than couple percent faster - maybe. Unnoticeable either way. Rebates take time - my process took just over 5 weeks. Win 7 (64), Firefox, AVG, Open Office, Office 2007, Casper and a few others on boot drive - ~ 10 GB left. Phenom x4, 4gb DDR2, Gigabyte 785, Geforce 9600

Awsome Case

NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Nice cable routing, solid and well made. Looks sharp, but no sharp edges! Tons of room, many fan/ventilation/flow combos possible. Super easy drive installation. Nice extra bits and pieces (MB standoffs, washers, screws, cable ties etc.). Make an old Enlight case (although well nigh indestructible) seem downright primitive.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Great value w/free shipping. Had Combo deal w/Logisys PS480 PSU. Exchanged that with a Cooler Master RP 650W PSU from another build. The CM was twice as heavy and clearly twice as better made.

11/25/2009

CHEAP! (Inexpensive that is)

AMD Sempron 140 - Sempron Sargas Single-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM3 45W Processor - SDX140HBGQBOX
AMD Sempron 140 - Sempron Sargas Single-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM3 45W Processor - SDX140HBGQBOX

Pros: See title. It's single core (sort of), but good size cache. Was able to unlock it into a dual core Athlon II x-2 with the GA-MA785GM-US2H (Egg Combo Deal for under $100!). Have a Athlon x2 5000 that I also unlocked (on different machine), but cores not stable.

Cons: Onboard video is nearly useless in Win 7, but nice to have when starting up (less to possibly trouble shoot). Still has some OC headroom...haven't played with that yet (minus one egg for AMD providing a just marginal fan and heat sink).

Overall Review: Realize it is a single core, you may get 2, or not! Still has some OC headroom...haven't played with that yet.

11/25/2009