Joined on 08/23/10
As fast as the reviews say
Pros: Installation was fast and simple. It's a lot faster installing a component into a PCI-E slot than a drive bay. Not needing an interface cable is icing on the cake. I disable disk sleep timers in my builds anyway so never experienced mentioned sleep issues. OS install took minutes and everything screams. Most apps are finished launching by the time I'm done clicking. The exception are huge photo and graphic apps that still fire up about 3 to 4 times faster than they did from spinning disks. As a beyond practical use test I ran a Security Essentials, Malware Bytes, and Spybot S&D full scans simultaneously and was still able to use a variety of programs with no evident lag.
Cons: No documentation I've found points to a drive activity LED jumper on the card. While the card does have access indication lights on the PCB, I'd like to be able to see that indication on my machine case. Oh - Certainly not a fault with this product but - it makes my other machine with a striped pair of WD Velociraptors seem kind of "laggy"
Overall Review: If you don't know what "F6 driver installation" means then you should probably seek assistance. Anyone with 2 cents worth of IT experience can talk you through this in minutes. Folks complaining about the lack of installation media - well people that use the drivers that ship with hardware instead of downloading current versions from the manufacturers are noobs. Also - For those complaining about Win7 Installation sizes and SSD drive costs - I have Win7 64 Bit SP1, Office Pro 2010, Adobe CS5 Design Premium, and a few other substantial programs installed and only taking up about 28 Gig. Plenty of spare room on this 160 Gig drive. Tips - Turn off hibernation (powercfg.exe -h off), Get enough RAM to allow you bring the page file down to about 1 gig, after SP1 run the image cleanup utility (dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded) to remove the pre SP1 backup files.