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BRADLY D.

BRADLY D.

Joined on 05/03/06

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GREAT SSD for the money!

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-60G
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-60G

Pros: Small form factor is both a plus and a con, make sure you get a 2.5" to 3.5" or 2.5" to 5.25" adapter for your drives to mount them in a desktop computer. On the contrary to what others are saying here, updating the firmware is a BREEZE if you know where to look. http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?89670-Tools-for-OCZ-SandForce-Driven-SSD-s To update Firmware You download the .iso file, and either burn it to a CD. Then reboot your computer and boot from the CD, follow the instructions on the thread. very simple. you can update the drive(s) in less than 10 minutes. and anyone who can read will be able to follow it. I have Two of the Agility 3's in Raid-0. i'm getting about ~700-800MB/s read/write due to slower on-board raid. Another Note: These drives are incredibly faster than a mechanical hard drive. Its NOT just about sequential read/write speed. Random read/writes are CONSIDERABLY faster than a mechanical array. up to 100X faster or more! Seriousl

Cons: It is a little bit of a hassle to get the drives set up exactly right. Read my review, and do your homework. DO's Set your BIOS to AHCI mode for maximum performance. Run the Windows Experience Index test After install !! *** Ensure Windows Defragmentation is OFF (WEI should do this) Turn off indexing on your SSD (WEI should do this as well) DO NOTS: Defragment your SSD Run other benchmarks than ones specified by OCZ Excessively run benchmarks. Use them sparingly. Fill the drive completely full (it will reduce performance) ***Windows Experience Index will set some of the parameters up for SSD optimization for you. It is good practice to do this. Now REAL Cons: None really, compared to other SSD drives All SSD Cons are really: They require more knowledge to utilize their full performance. They require a very fast computer and Sata 6GB/second interface to fully utilize their speed. They have limited writes cycles.

Overall Review: Here is another MUST READ thread if you want to really learn about a proper SSD hard drive implementation. http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?79848-THE-BASIC-GUIDE-amp-FAQ-ABC-for-OCZ-SSD Bottom line is: This SSD is FAST for the money. they are in the order of many magnatute faster than even the fastest mechanical drive arrays, including raid arrays. You can beat 4 disk SAS raid arrays in performance with a single SSD easily. Perhaps i should have done a video review. In Short: Love these drives, and i would buy them again. If you get a DOA drive, that is no good, they should fix that. and the rebate thing? You guys should know rebates are a waste they almost never work right. Don't count on them.

ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme 7970 VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 3 Quiet 92mm PWM Fans, CrossFire
ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme 7970 VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 3 Quiet 92mm PWM Fans, CrossFire

Pros: Keeps Video Card Very Cool, and unit is very quiet, even on nearly full speed.

Cons: Very large, it can be challenging to fit inside your case, make sure it will fit! Installation is not very straightforward, you have may have to modify the kit slightly if you have a non reference card.

Overall Review: The VRM Thermal glue is designed to be removable. This means that it cures into more of a "thermal tape" type consistency. it will not get rock hard. just be aware of this. Make sure to let the card fully cure before you re-install. You don't want VRM heatsinks falling off into your machine, and frying your very expensive video card/ setup.

ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme+ II VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 3 Quiet 92mm PWM Fans, SLI/CrossFire
ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme+ II VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 3 Quiet 92mm PWM Fans, SLI/CrossFire

Pros: Extremely High Cooling capacity. Overclocked XFX Radeon 6950 Furmark Temps Before: GPU:87:VRM:112 Furmark Temps After: GPU:69C: VRM:95 Extremely quiet. Inaudible under 60-70% fanspeed. 100% Fanspeed is Quiet, and pleasing, but you most likely will never hear the fan that high, unless you're running furmark :)

Cons: LARGE!! I have a huge case, and it barely fits. It extends a fair bit past the edge of the card, you will need lots of room. The mounting hardware did not fully fit my Non-Reference XFX 6950, (specifically the spacers) but i made it work just fine. Thermal glue can be tricky, make sure you let the glue dry for the recommended time, longer in cold temperatures. The glue is not permanent. It CAN be removed, it seems to have a similar consistency as Thermal tape once cured, so still be careful with it.

Overall Review: Be very patient when performing this mod, do not rush the epoxy set up time, you will be sorry. Make sure that you ground yourself before touching any electronic part, and ground yourself again any time you leave your workstation!!

Very quiet

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: Smoking Price, 140MB/sec in RAID-0 for a considerable portion of the drive SATA 3.0GB/sec Very quiet in my system. (Quieter than Hitachi Deskstar 250GB)

Cons: Not one so far

Overall Review: Many people have had failed drives, i think perhaps seagate had problems with some of the inital drives, perhaps these bugs are worked out? Mine seem perfect.

Excellent

AMD Opteron 175 - Opteron Denmark Dual-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 110W Processor - OSA175DAA6CD
AMD Opteron 175 - Opteron Denmark Dual-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 110W Processor - OSA175DAA6CD

Pros: 128X128 L1 1MBX1MB L2 High quality silicone. Very overclocker friendly. 38*C idle 42 Under load.

Cons: None, Excellent Product, Excellent Price!! Make sure you have really good cooling, otherwise you could possibly overheat it, 110W !!

Overall Review: 259 X 11 MHZ Right out of the Packaging !! Thats 2.825 GHZ FIRST TRY!! I bet i can hit 3 ghz with this thing, Definately get this processor, there is nothing better for the 939 for the money!