Date Joined: 03/08/03
Overall Review: Very fast for everyday use. I have a 512GB for a scratch drive and 1TB for Steam games. It's definitely quicker than a standard SSD.
Pros: It just works.
Overall Review: This is the 2nd pair purchased for another Shuttle XPC Slim DH310S build using a Pentium G5400. Runs great with zero issues.
Pros: - Tool-free setup
- Customizable RGB lighting with option to turn it all off including the power button light.
- 120 Hz maximum refresh rate at native resolution.
- G-Sync for smooth game play.
- Excellent colors once calibrated.
Cons: - Thinner bezels would be nice.
- No "white" color in the RGB control panel.
- No brightness option in the RGB control panel.
- Some IPS backlight bleed in the corners.
- Corners slightly dimmer than the rest of the display.
Overall Review: - Maximum 100 Hz default; 105 Hz with overclock enabled; Maxes out at 120 Hz with overclock enabled.
- Zero dead pixels out of the box
- G-Sync relatively easy to setup. Enabled by default once plugged in. Make sure in-game VSYNC is disabled.
- Pairs up nicely with the 2080 Ti. Even at lower frame rates game play is very smooth.
Pros: -Speeds work as advertised even with the XMP profile.
-Memtest passed flawlessly out of the box after running over 7 hours.
Cons: -The plastic packaging.
Overall Review: - Motherboard Used: Asus Z170-A
- Board might default SPD to 2133 MHz in AUTO even with XMP profile loaded, but manually setting SPD was fine.
- Always run Memtest86 or HCI Design MemTest for Windows to inspect the memory sticks (needs to run with 0 errors).
Pros: Upgraded from 660Ti for 1080p HTPC gaming. Not only am I able to run existing games much more smoothly with all the eye candy maxed out, I am able to take advantage of some of the antialiasing and upscaling features without sacrificing performance.
I still have the i7-870, and the CPU is [obviously] not bottlenecking this card at 1080p.
Cons: Wish the back plate came pre-installed out of the box.
Pros: It's a PWM fan that fits with the Scythe Ninja Mini Rev B. heat sink.
Cons: Annoying "buzz" at maximum speed. At 50%, I can still hear the slight "buzz" from the fan. Cooling performance is decent.
Pros: Night and day difference over slow as molasses 250GB laptop hard drive. The laptop actually feels as fast as a desktop now.
Overall Review: I have U330 with super slow 5400 RPM hard drive. It takes almost 5 minutes for the laptop to completely boot up Vista (preloaded) and get to the desktop before being ready for me to click on anything. It takes awhile to load up Firefox, and the hard drive spinning is louder than the fan at idle. It felt like a 10 year old laptop choking under XP with 128MB RAM.
With this SSD and fresh installation of Win7, the laptop is snappy!
Pros: This uATX board has plenty of "USEFUL" features at a great price, and it fits the application perfectly: HTPC. It's nice to disable unneeded devices like IDE, 1394, COM, LPT, etc. Even for a "budget" uATX P55 board, it has overclocking features and the ability to adjust memory clock ratio (no need to be stuck with synchonized clocks when overclocking the CPU). So for HTPC, this board is perfect and runs great out of the box with 4x2GB DDR3 memory loaded and paired with i5 750.
Cons: With the OrigenAE s14v case, the right angle SATA ports are blocked by the drive cage. With a 9.5" dual slot graphics card like the HD 5850, the card covers over the SATA ports. So the card needs to be pulled when changing SATA connections. Also, the ports are a bit weak so it is easy to tug and pull the SATA cables without pressing down the clip.
Pros: Bought two sets for an HTPC. MSI P55M-GD4 with i5 750 had no complaints, and Win7 reported 8GB.
Cons: Initial hiccup with Win7 installer (BSoD - Memory Management). I had a hunch it was the memory. After a couple of hours troubleshooting with HCI Design's MemTest (personal favorite over MemTest86), I narrowed it down to at least 1 stick, so I RMA'd the pair. The other pair was tested for at least an hour with no problems.
Overall Review: - Needed economical DDR3 memory with 8GB system memory targeted for new HTPC build (casual FPS gaming, quiet media system). This one fits the bill.
- Height limitation (optical drive sitting over the memory sticks) prevented use of memory heat sinks.
- Currently running stock clocks and settings.
Specs: OrigenAE s14v, HX650, MSI P55M-GD45, i5 750, X-25M, RaptorX, & Auzentech Prelude.
Pros: [Re]installed XP twice, applied service pack, defrag, etc., during 3-4 hours of initial testing with no fatal faults, signs of corruption, device drop out, controller errors, etc.
During installation, the SSD felt like an average 7200 RPM hard disk. Once everything settled (completed installations and updates), computer response was very snappy. It was even quicker after installing the proper motherboard drivers. So far I've loaded up FF3, and application load was quite immediate.
During normal usage, the SSD felt snappy compared to my 150GB Raptor X. The access and read times made a big difference.
For the price and performance (albeit capacity), I would definitely consider using this SSD in low power ultra compact silent HTPCs without breaking the bank.
Cons: Intensive single drive R/W operations (major software installation and updates that use the SSD as temp, defrag, etc.) will exploit the weaknesses of this particular SSD. It is better to redirect temp to another drive to minimize SSD usage especially when the SSD purpose is for OS only.
Although the drive is mechanically silent, my ears can pick up faint high pitched sounds during heavy access. It was not a big deal because it was almost 2 AM and everyone was asleep. ;-)
Overall Review: MOBO: EVGA 680i SLI
CPU: C2D E6750 @ 2.66GHz
MEM: 4x1GB Corsair DDR2-800
~28 GB formatted capacity. Within a few hours of usage, I managed to test XP SP2 on an 8GB partition. I only had time to briefly optimize the system by disabling page file, indexing, and System Restore. The entire suite of post installation patches was not downloaded. Vista 64-bit is next for the secondary partition.
I would not recommend using this SSD for anything too intensive other than to load an OS or two. Although this SSD essentially replaces my Raptor X for XP/Vista installations, the Raptor X will be responsible for all of my applications, temp directory, swap file, cache, etc.
Someday an Intel/Micron uber-fast SSD will replace this SSD for O/S chores, and it'll be used for internal storage. For fast mass storage for applications and games, a VelociRaptor will do just fine.
Pros: Single rail 12V@60A CONTINUOUS operation provides "ample" headroom for future upgrades. It's the graphics card that consumes the most power off the 12V rail.
Cons: 80mm fan is not completely silent, so it is about as noisy as the 8800GTS blower at 35%. My previous PSU has near silent fan. At least it doesn't make a chattering ball bearing sound.
Overall Review: After months of dealing with lock ups with my 8800GT KO card, stepping up to the 8800GTS made things worse. My previous power supply was current limited at 18A (max) for a single graphics card.. The first 750W PSU arrived DOA, and it looked like it was tampered. The new one arrived perfect, and it worked immediately and performed as advertised.