Joined on 04/25/04
No longer writes properly
Pros: Was moderately fast when it worked.
Cons: Several files corrupted every other restart or so when chkdsk is run. My Windows 7 install on it is corrupted enough that it can't remember things that were installed 1 minute ago or open programs properly. Every installation change is reverted instantly, including driver installs. The Windows 7 properties dialog no longer functions. I've never seen any form of storage corrupt an install this badly or this quickly.
Overall Review: Avoid. My only options are replacement for this drive but considering it's only a matter of time before the replacement fails I don't see the point.
Pros: Very cheap for the features (when I bought it at 60) USB3/SATA6/ESATA Lots of PCIE slots Firewire (not many boards have this anymore) Debug/POST 7 segment LCD Dual GigE Supports overclocking
Cons: Not Ivy Bridge compatible Picky about power supplies
Overall Review: This board is great if you know what you're looking for. I coupled this with a 2700k so I have no need for Ivy. I got lucky and my Corsair CX500 psu booted this board right up. I did hit a post code 45 when I put the thing together, but I discovered I was using a bad memory module and a different one booted the system up perfectly.
Extremely fast SSD
Pros: Extremely fast, works well after getting around some quirks.
Cons: Windows 7 refused to install to it initially. Putting it onto my internal AMD sata controller and setting it to IDE resolved the issue. I then moved it back to my Marvell sata3 controller.
Overall Review: I got this drive knowing there could be problems but the price was right and most of the problems seemed to be related to earlier hardware revisions and firmwares. As soon as I put the drive in I updated it to firmware 1.3 and other than the picky Windows installation it has been working great.
Pros: Extremely quiet Cools effectively Easy installation (AMD)
Cons: Levers to tighten heatsink down were just a tad difficult due to their proximity to the upper heatsink fins.
Overall Review: This is a great heatsink for a powerhouse HTPC where the noise of the heatsink is important but so it the cooling ability. I have this in a Lanbox Lite case on a Phenom II 560 BE currently overclocked to 3.6. The heatsink is somewhat more effective than the stock heatsink when it comes to cooling, but the best thing is that it is quieter while running prime95 full stress than the stock AMD heatsink at idle. Never saw the temp go over 48C and saw it as low as 25C (used AS 5 instead of provided thermal paste.) Overall an excellent heatsink.