Joined on 06/21/07
Surprisingly fast and DEFINITELY worth the money
Pros: Replaced a Mushkin ECO2 120GB drive with this for extra primary drive storage, and the benchmark improvements were great. I'm able to reach 564 MB/sec read and 530 MB/sec write speeds in ATTO using a queue depth of 10 and the AS-SSD benchmark outperforms the ECO2 series by quite a lot. Considering the 240GB is only $64.99 at the time of this review, I would say that it's probably one of the best budget SSDs currently on the market and right on par with the Zotac 240GB Premium SSD which has received numerous accolades from websites like TweakTown and such.
Cons: No cons to speak of...the package is simplistic and doesn't come with any software, but you don't really need any with this drive. I would use AOMEI Backupper Standard (freeware) to clone your drive over to the new SSD if you prefer not to reinstall your OS, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about the drive.
Lasted one month - but CS is friendly and helpful.
Pros: The power supply looks sleek in it's black shell, and has a nice weight to it. The cables were more than long enough to connect all of my hardware to the PSU.
Cons: My first unit only lasted a month before it died. Fortunately I RMA'd the unit back to Thermaltake and they sent me a prepaid label to ship the old hard drive back to their warehouse and I received a brand new unit as a replacement (not refurbished). All in all it wasn't a bad experience and I appreciate Thermaltake's customer service.
Almost as amazing as the 850 EVO!
Pros: The drive in my rig (Core i7 4760K, 16GB DDR3-2133, Radeon R9 270 GPU) benchmarked at 564 MB/sec of read speed and 535 MB/sec of write speed which is right on par with my Samsung 850 EVO that I usually use in this computer. I purchased this drive so that I could have an emergency SSD on hand in case I ever needed one - and had some Newegg credit that needed to be spent - and I must say that the price for this drive is crazy considering it's as reliable and fast as an 850 EVO drive. Some people might complain that it has a Phison controller instead of Samsung's proprietary SATA controller but in my benchmarking I'm only seeing about a 2% difference in speed across the board (using Cinebench, CrystalDiskMark, ATTO, etc) and is probably going to be one of the best drives you can buy for the money. At this point the drive is saturating the SATA III channel completely to the point that the only way you'd get any more performance is if you moved to NVMe storage which is a pretty big chunk of change. All in all I'll say that I'd trust this drive in any of my rigs, and I've been running the Zotac 240GB Premium SSD in my laptop now for about 6 months and it too has been as reliable as can be. The only difference between this drive and the premium is that the Premium has MLC NAND and this drive has TLC NAND which makes no real difference to the end user other than to make the drive cheaper to manufacture.
Cons: Drive doesn't come with any software to clone your exisitng drive on to the new drive, but when installing new drives it's usually a good idea to reformat and reinstall in the first place unless you have some time-sensitive project you need to take care of or have a failing SSD that's still working long enough to recover your data from. Other than that I can find no fault in the drive.
Overall Review: The drive is ultra-slim meaning it will fit in literally any laptop on the market that uses 2.5' SATA III drives and has a spacer that will make the drive a little thicker if you want extra support inside of your laptop or desktop when installing but most people won't ever use the spacer.
EXCELLENT product at a value price you can afford!
Pros: Power supply has an excellent build quality, has a very quiet and large fan inside of the unit for cooling, is built with top-shelf components and not hardware you'd find in the bargain bin and is a power supply that I would put right up against any Corsair or OCZ/FirePower power supply out there. If you have the choice of choosing between a Corsair CX series (which are all built by Channel Well Technology) and this power supply which is built by FSP themselves, you would be a fool not to choose this one. Lastly, but certainly not the least, all of my rails are easily within 98% of the specification with the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails all being within around 0.1v of the actual voltage. Even though the PSU has dual rails, it's not always the sign of having a top tiered power supply and this is the exception that proves the rule. I have several OCZ power supplies (now owned by FirePower) that have single rails that still fall within spec but don't provide nearly the amount of voltage accuracy this unit does.
Cons: No real cons to speak of except for maybe the packaging. The box has extra space inside where the power supply can slide around inside during shipment, but the PSU itself is covered with bubble wrap which helps pad any hits to the actual box itself but the PSU could definitely use some reinforcements inside of the box. Aside from packaging, this is the perfect power supply for anybody looking to either replace the PSU in an OEM computer or soembody building their own machine.
Overall Review: Fortron has been making PSUs for ages, and they've always provided great customer service with me when needed. I consider them to be even better than Corsair when it comes to technical support and customer service as they make RMA-ing parts a breeze and you can have an expedited replacement on the way with just a quick phone call and a 60 second wait time tops. It's very rare you find that with Corsair or any of the other high end brands. P.S. The ONLY thing that would make this power supply above and beyond the competition is individual rail potentiometers that allow you to manually adjust the voltage on all of the rails so that the unit is perfectly on the dot across the board.
Horrible video card, poor quality, missing standoffs!
Pros: I purchased this card because of how cheap it was after rebate. As things turn out the card does not work at all, and assuming my rebate arrives I'll end up being out of pocket $10. The card I received had the VGA connector hanging off of the card and only one standoff for securing the VGA connector to the card was found inside of the antistatic bag. Even though the VGA connector was dangling off of the card without proper standoffs, I connected one of them to attempt to secure to the card, and I tried both the DVI and the HDMI connectors on the card. Out of the 3 computers I've tried the card in, none booted or showed any signs of life. I would NEVER recommend this card to anybody and frankly I'm ashamed to have purchased this card.
Cons: See above. Their quality assurance is non-existent and it's not even worth shipping back to Newegg just so I can get a $10 refund. Stay away from this card at all costs, because you will literally be wasting your money.
Overall Review: How does a supposed reputable company ship a card that arrives with a missing standoff and a danging VGA connector? I understand that some products do arrive DOA and it's just a part of the business, but I fail to understand how PowerColor could put their name on a card of this quality. I will be contacting them to see if there's anything I can do about this situation and possibly get either a refund or a properly working video card. In the mean time, I'm left without a functioning video card and have to resort to other methods just to get proper video output.
Great SSD for the money...thanks Mushkin!
Pros: I purchased this SSD when it was a Daily Deal, and for the price it looked to be the best deal for a 120GB SSD that I could find - and I was right. Installed in my brand new Dell Core i5 laptop, I get ATTO benchmark speeds of 548 MB/sec read speed and 519 MB/sec write speed which rivals the 840 EVO SSD in my desktop PC. I was quite a bit nervous about using a Sandforce chipset-based SSD because of all of the SATA III problems that Sandforce SSDs ran into when the standard was first adopted (BSODs from computers entering lower-powered standby modes and drives dropping out completely) but it seems that Sandforce has ironed out those kinks. I'm sure Mushkin has also done a great job on the firmware as well, because they've been highly regarded as a top contender for many years now. Overall for the price it's hard to go wrong with this drive.
Cons: I received my SSD and upon opening the packaging for the first time immediately saw a very heavy scratch on the housing of my drive. This doesn't affect the drive's functionality at all nor can you even see the drive once it's installed, but I did have hopes of soon moving this drive to another desktop computer - and I can't do that now because the gash would be easily seen by anybody that looked into my PC case. The 2 inch deep gash had to have been done at the factory because it was not tampered and there wasn't even a crease in the plastic packaging. It looks like somebody just took a knife and tried to slice it open like a fish. I have to count one egg off for that.