Joined on 01/19/05
175mb/s average read speed in HDTune Pro
Pros: Other than the minor hassle of buying a 2.5" to 3.5" drive adapter to fit it into my case, this drive has been great. I installed Windows7 x64 Ultimate RTM to get native support for the TRIM function as well as Windows 7's built-in SSD optimizations. Drive was recognized in BIOS and took an installation of Windows 7 with no problems whatsoever. HDTune Pro showed average read speed 175Mb/s, 0.1ms access time, 186Mb/s burst rate, and less than 1% CPU usage. These are stats I am not going to complain about, and Windows 7 boots in roughly 30 seconds from power on to desktop accessibility. I may purchase a second one of these and run in RAID 0 for increased speed and capacity. So far I am very happy with the drive, mine came with the latest 1571 firmware, so no firmware flashing was needed before I installed an OS to it. I emailed Super Talent with a question and got a prompt and helpful response which was nice.
Cons: None other than the over $100 cost.
Pros: Excellent bass and dynamic range for small earbud style headphones, comfortable and stay put on ears once u get them on tight. Clear sound even with volume jacked up, inline volume control works well, and I wore them snowboarding for 2 straight days in cold and wind and had no issues with failure or ear pain even with hat and goggles on.
Cons: None, except for cost, but in this case I think you get what you pay for.
Pros: Good sound quality, good menu feature set, EQ Jazz/Rock settings sound good to me, small, 2GB is plenty of space for an mp3/wma player
Cons: For some reason it is displaying song titles in Mandarin or some other Asian language even though I have the language set as English in the settings menu? Weird...
Overall Review: I'll report back if I fix the title display language problem
Pros: Stock fan is not loud at all, and its small/compact, not a behemoth. Idles in the low 30s C in an Antec Mini-P180 microATX case with top and rear fans running on low. Likely to be very overclockable and the possibility exists to unlock cores 3 and 4, though I have not gotten around to tinkering yet. Scored 6.5 out of 7.9 on Windows Experience Index under Windows 7 x64 Ultimate RTM. Subjectively it feels incredibly fast when paired to 4gb DDR-1333 and an SSD system drive under Windows 7. With the large L3 cache, I see no compelling reason to spend more on an Intel processor that gets the same or maybe even slightly less performance.