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Michael C.

Michael C.

Joined on 04/20/07

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Most Favorable Review

A round cable is a mid-tower's friend

Rosewill 19.7" Blue Round Serial ATA III Cable with Locking Latch - Supports 6 Gbps, 3 Gbps, and 1.5 Gbps Transfer Rates (RCA-RU-19-SA3-90-BL)
Rosewill 19.7" Blue Round Serial ATA III Cable with Locking Latch - Supports 6 Gbps, 3 Gbps, and 1.5 Gbps Transfer Rates (RCA-RU-19-SA3-90-BL)

Pros: Less lateral stress on SATA inputs. Helps if you have a small case and have a lot of cables. I've been using these about 3 weeks without any issue running two RAID-0 SSD's.

Cons: My only issue is that I had to rearrange my HDD's. I had two 2.5" SSD's above a 3.5" HDD. I had to move one of the SSD's because the 90 degree end wouldn't plug into the 2.5" when it was directly above the 3.5".

Overall Review: I will definitely purchase more of these. I've had several flat SATA cables that would loose a connection whenever I touched anything in my chasis. These have stayed connected consistenly because they can have some lateral force on the cables without unseating the ends.

Most Critical Review

UPDATE FIRMWARE

Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBGT-BK
Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBGT-BK

Pros: Very fast. I'd have to say that a nice SSD significantly improves your user experience more than a CPU upgrade. I'm only running a SATA II controller and it's very impressive. Quiet and stays relatively cool. Corsair's firmware update is very easy to use and can be done through the OS (as long as no OS files are on the SSD). I am running 2 of these RAID-0 and performance is great.

Cons: Shipped with a rubbish firmware. I am very disappointed that Corsair even released the drives with this firmware (v1.3). I spent 2 weeks troubleshooting every other piece of hardware in my computer and was getting multiple BSOD per day (running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit). A couple errors were INPAGE ERRORs, and the rest couldn't get dumped because the drive would simply power off for no reason. Finally found a forum on Corsair's site (not directly within the support for this drive) and updated my firmware to 1.3.3. This solved all of my problems and my system has been stable for 2 weeks.

Overall Review: If you're questioning a CPU upgrade because you want things to run a little faster, consider purchasing an SSD first. If you are still not satisfied with the speed improvement, then purchase the CPU. If this drive had shipped with the 1.3.3 firmware and I never had to see the 1.3 firmware, I would have given this drive 5 eggs.

Loudest fan I've ever had

PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)
PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)

Pros: Fully modular. Had more than enough connections for me running SLI.

Cons: The fan seemed to have 2 modes. Even when the computer was turned on cold, it would be at slower quieter RPM's for about 2 minutes, then it would kick in to full LOUDER RPM's for the rest of the time the computer was on. There were not temperature issues in the case. In a quiet room, it's almost as loud ad a vacuum cleaner. Had to RMA after 2 weeks.

Overall Review: I liked the design and product other than the loud fan, so I purchase the 850 model, it has been running quiet for 2 weeks now. Would recommend OCZ's 850 modular model. It's possible that the unit I had may have had a faulty temperature gauge and was an anomaly, but I wasn't willing to risk receiving another one that made as much noise.

Works just fine

ASUS P5QL/EPU LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5QL/EPU LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Replaced a failed MSI motherboard. This board worked flawlessly from first boot-up. Very configurable bios. No problems running Windows 7 64-bit, included disc had all necessary drivers.

Cons: No eSata or Firewire. If you use Mac's and PC's for work, your stuck with a slower USB 2.0 connection.

Overall Review: Not sure why another review knocked the Audio drivers? I've had no problems with included drivers and SPDIF out has worked great connected to my stereo receiver.