Joined on 08/27/01
1 year update
Pros: I have now owned this drive for over a year, my first review is here dated 4/13/2008, and you can read both of the previous reviews here. When I bought this drive it had just dropped under $1,000.00 and I do not regret my purchase. My laptop still boots very fast and shuts down in no time.
Cons: None, not a single one. Yes they are still expensive, they have limited storage capacity.
Overall Review: These drives are not the ultimate expansion for every computer use. But when it comes to laptops they are perfectly suited for the job and increase battery life, shorten bootup times and really shorten shutdown times. Buy them for what they are made for and you won't be dissappointed.
Darn fine card
Pros: No problems with the install, the drivers work great, the card is powerful, quiet, and easy on the electricity bill.
Cons: I have found no cons to date.
Overall Review: At 1080P this card is functioning perfectly running two monitors and games maxed out. I bought the card to run a primary monitor at 3440 x 1440 but as I don't have the monitor yet I can not tell you how well the card will perform at that resolution. But I can't wait to find out.
Excellent RAID card
Pros: Flawless operation to date. Extremely fast, basic setup was easy even though I am not overly familiar with RAID cards.
Cons: I'd like to turn off/quieten the beep at bootup and I'd like a setting to bypass the 5 sec pause during boot once your passed the initial post. Both of these are minor and do not effect the actuall performance of the card.
Overall Review: Installed this card on an ABit IP35Pro XE mobo with two WD Velociraptor HDs in RAID0. Yes, I am a gamer as only a gamer would generally do this. The only thing I should have done different is buy four Velociraptor HDs instead of two. If you are going to jump, jump all the way right :)
Love this board
Pros: Solid, clean, and well designed. It is a rock solid board so farand I'll push the overclocking soon.
Cons: Not one that is specific to this board, explained below.
Overall Review: I wanted to buy the IP35P which is the least feature added board in the lineup. On board extras never perform as well as dedicated cards so why pay for them. But the IP35P isn't made as well as the IP35 Pro XE. In other words, the IP35P is cheaply made with poor Quality Control. Q6600, 2GB OCZ Reaper 1066, 2 X Velociraptors in RAID0 on a Areca 1210 Controller, ASUS GTX 2600, HT Omega Stryker sound card.
Pros: Feels like it's a rock so far, still playing with it but it just feels like it's going to be very dependable ram.
Cons: Non so far.
Overall Review: For users who have had problems. If your mobo doesn't read the Memory's PLL properly it's the BIOS problem, not the RAM. Manually adjust your settings in the BIOS. Next, understand the hype, 1066Mhz RAM has a true frequency of 266Mhz but is marketed at 4x this value because of DDR and Duel Channeling. If you set the BIOS correct and see a reported speed of 266, 533, or 1066 then you are fine.
Review Part 2
Pros: After a couple of weeks use I can comment better about this drive. 1st, it is noticably faster then the 54K RPM drive that came with my ASUS G1S. Reading performance outshines writing. load times for apps and games as well as boot times all improved. Defrag is very fast.
Cons: This drive is not for everyone or every laptop. Think of it as a Mercedes SLR. It's expensive, only seats two, and only wows the kind of people who dig this stuff. Motherboards with ICH8 and ICH9 shouthbridge chipset limit SSD speeds. ICH7 and others like NVIDIA do better. This includes "Santa Rosa" MACBOOKs as well.
Overall Review: Last thought, data protection. If you have extremely valuable data that you can't risk loosing this is your drive for today. This SSD has a significantly better chance of surviving drops, harsh climates (Iraq), and other laptop/hardrive catastrophies.