Joined on 08/15/06
It's Pretty Fast
Pros: It's about Corsair Force LX fast. Faster than PNY Optima. Not as fast as Crucial MX100 or Samsung 840 EVO. Those are the SSDs I own and can compare it to. The specs are: Read: 560MB/s Write: 460MB/s, Read/Write: 75000 IOPS, and uses Synchronous MLC flash. I got it for $75 so it was a great deal for me.
Cons: Ugly logo doesn't look good on a tray in an NZXT S340, will probably just plastidip it white.
Overall Review: Easy to install OS on.
An Absolutely Must Have
Pros: - Goes on sale for $23 - 85% Efficiency for conversion (yielding 10,200 mAh of true battery power) - Quick charge is here to stay and won't be replaced by something better in the near future - Nice texture, won't easily scratch - LED proves to be more useful than not - High amp input - Charges Moto X Pure from zero to full in 55 minutes
Cons: I have another 12,000 mAh charger that weighs more and is smaller so maybe there is wasted space here? Though the regulating chips and circuitry could be the culprit.
Pros: 1 - Great overclocker, currently have it stable at 1.5GHz core and 8GHz memory 2 - Quiet, it DOES have a 0db mode out of the box which I was unaware of 3- Cool, doesn't get past 67 degrees running Valley 4 - No coil whine 5 - Most affordable aftermarket cooled Ti - $625 after selling Batman 6 - Performance numbers nearly identical to SLI'd 970s 7 - Backplate
Cons: 1 - No LED 2 - Only 6 + 8 pin PCI-E (I've read less overclockability because of that?)
Overall Review: I recently switched from desktop gaming to laptop and opted for the Alienware 17 R2 with the Graphics Amplifier. Since the box does not allow for an SLI configuration, I wanted a beast of a single card and so far this has proven to be a great buy. I kind of wish it had an LED logo but seeing as I would never see it in the graphics amplifier, this is no big deal for me. The Witcher 3 is much more enjoyable now than with a single 970.
Pros: -Easily overclocked to 1550 MHz without raising voltage. -4GB RAM, all graphic intensive future games will utilize this. -NO coil whine (buy a reputable PSU guys...) Even a 650W Rosewill Hive suffices. 40 bucks. -Silent up to 60°C, but can easily be changed with Afterburner. Nice for Dota, great for Far Cry 4. -I've thrown Ultra settings at the card with all the latest games and there may be some stutters, but the performance you get at this price, it's going to be unbeatable for awhile.
Cons: I got it the week it came out and it's still the same price so no regrets. I'm becoming more and more MSI inclined with every computer I build and sell.
Overall Review: Rig: Silverstone TJ08-E w/ window i-5 4690k MSI Z97M Gaming 16GB CORSAIR Vengeance 1600 CAS 8 Corsair H80i CPU coooler 500GB Samsung 840 Evo SSD 256GB Corsair Force LX SSD 256GB Crucial MX100 SSD 1TB WD Black HD Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W MSI GTX 970 Gaming CORSAIR Vengeance Airflow Memory cooling fan Corsair Air Series SP 120 ENERMAX UCTA18A-R 180mm Red LED Case Fan NZXT Hue Keep calm and Micro ATX on.
No reason to not buy
Pros: Moves a ton of air. No vibration. Pleasant swift sound.
Cons: Price? But there's usually a rebate/discount every other week. Custom PC builder here and so far I've bought nearly 20 of these for around $5 a pop.
Overall Review: Compared to Coolermaster and XIGMATEK 4 packs, just wait for deals on these and you can get them for around 5 bucks a pop. Not only do they blow what I feel to be at least twice as much air, they have sleeved cords, rubber mounts, and orange just works. Two of theses in a push/pull setup on a radiator = win for me.
Perfect for my needs
Pros: - Quiet - Low power consumption - Doesn't need external power connection - Dual Link DVI port - Able to Hybrid Crossfire with AMD's A10-5800k 7660D internal card (it CAN be done using display driver 12.104, not the newest beta drivers) - Can play LFD 2 on 1920 x 1200 maxed out - FarCry 3 - 1920 x 1200 on medium to high settings gets about 30 fps
Cons: - Wish the VGA port was either another HDMI or DVI. Running triple monitors one will be lower quality - Might be a con for some people but takes 2 slots. No big deal for my as I'm running a mini ATX MB with only one PCI-E slot
Overall Review: If you're trying to Hybrid Crossfire this with one of AMD's newer APUs, make sure dual graphics is enable in your bios and you remove ALL ATI and AMD display drivers/folders/registries and get the 5/29/2013 version of Catalyst software Suite with the 12.104 drivers. You should then see the option for dual graphics in the Catalyst Vision Center. It took me 2 days to figure this out so I hope this helps someone. You should get about a 30% increase with this Crossfire. My setup is used for medium to moderate gaming. I don't ever expect to max out settings on newer games. Rig: - W8 Pro 64 bit - Antec VSK-3000 Case - AMD A10-5800k OC'd to 4.2 GHz - MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 FM2 Motherboard - 1 x 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600 - XFX Radeon HD 7750 (this is the Core Edition) - COOLER MASTER Elite 460 PSU - Vantec Thermoflow 92mm intake fan Entire build was under $400 after rebates.