Joined on 01/10/09
Impressed with the Speed
Pros: Really Fast Quiet 5 Year Warranty
Cons: Slightly Higher Priced 1 of the 2 drives I ordered had slightly more vibration that the other. This still was completely within spec.
Overall Review: I got two of these and used them in Raid 0 on an Intel ICH10R. For reads, I was able to get 240MB/s down to 190MB/s at the end of the array/disk. While the random read can't match SSD, the throughput of the drives matched with the storage capacity along with the significantly lower price beats solid state for me. Windows 7 Experience Index limits the HDD to 5.9, but looking at the results xml file directly, these drive scores 7.4 and 6.9 on many of the tests except random read (for SSDs).
Fast with potential firmware problems
Pros: Very fast drive, 7.9 WEI with a SATA 6G Intel controller.
Cons: Firmware (2.06-2.09) issues that cause the drive to internally freeze causing pauses or crashes for the computer. This require a power cycle of the drive and computer. Unrefined Firmware update process. Newer firmware attempts to fix the lockup/crash problem by slowing the drive down (it's still fast, but not as fast).
Overall Review: My first drive (FW: 2.02) had issues and I updated to 2.06 and had the drive crash and freeze since the update. Performance was also slightly lower. OCZ forums became flooded with all sorts of users with the same issue (firmware update causes problems). After an RMA, my new drive has 2.02 and high performance (compared to those who have updated to 2.06, 2.09, or 2.11) with no drive crashes/lockups. My system runs perfectly 24/7 with 2.02.
Pros: Faster USB3 (with software), faster USB charging (with software), and USB 3 ports for the front panel. Plenty of SATA III (6G) ports and cables + SLI bridge Easy presets for overclocking with stable power options PCI slots for legacy devices Diagnostic LED, Power, and Reset on board. Manual included does have a table of the BIOS diagnostic codes. Plenty of FAN headers. Clear CMOS at the rear (automatic safe bios recovery after 3 failed boots). Coax and Digital audio out + THX Studio Pro (software driver enhancement), 7.1 Audio out. Still has PS/2 slots for older mouse/keyboard VT-d appears available in BIOS UEFI allows for booting to GPT disks over 2TB in size.
Cons: Intel reference spec moves the CPU socket slightly closer to the PCIe 1x slot so extra large coolers (Noctua NH-D14) will block the slot. Chipset heatsink close to the CPU has a cover that will block the installation of a PCIe 1x card unless you remove the cover (held on by adhesive) No IDE connectors for legacy CD/DVD drives USB 3 front panel cable should be a little longer. Using a PCIe 1x card in the middle of the board limits the 3rd PCIe 16x slot to 2x speed instead of 4x. Some compatibility issues with Intel's integrated memory controller(CPU) and some specific modules, but a BIOS update could patch that. Marvel SATA III controller is lower in performance than the 2 built-in Intel ports.
Overall Review: Do not use Windows Update to download/install the Accusys-6xxx driver as it will break the PCIe bridge that controls internal motherboard devices like the network controller. I had to lower the RAM timings from 7-8-7-20 or else the system would randomly crash or lockup even when idling or using very few resources. Chipset heatsink close to the CPU has a cover that will block the installation of a PCIe 1x card unless you remove the cover (held on by adhesive) UEFI BIOS is no different from the old text based BIOS. While you can use your mouse, you would expect a newer design or layout. GPT Booting works. Marvel SATA III controller is lower in performance than the 2 built-in Intel ports. AsRock P67 Extreme6 Antec TruePower New 750 A.PFC 80+ Bronze + APC Smart-UPS 1500 Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.8Ghz g.Skill RipJaws 2x 4GB + Mushkin Blackline 2x 2GB @ 1866Mhz 8-9-9-27-1T (12GB Total) nVidia GeForce GTX 470 LSI Logic 8408E PCIe 8x RAID Host Bus Adapter Auzentech X-Fi For
Pros: Cheaper than the rest and loaded with features most people need. ICH10R(aid) + eSATA Diagnostic Boot LED + external CMOS Reset Easy Overclocking Presets and manual overclocking controls TPM support Extra spacing for the PCIe x16 slots Up to 24 GB of RAM
Cons: Not meant for triple SLI as the 3rd PCIe x16 slot works at 4x speed. On My board with the latest BIOS to date (1.90) and latest drivers, the RealTek LAN connectivity drops randomly when some network traffic passes through the NIC. I have not tested disabling features on the NIC yet but restoration of connectivity requires disabling and re-enabling the NIC in Windows.
Overall Review: Antec TP-750 PSU Core i7 920 D0 @ 4Ghz - Air Stock Cooler! - 50/80 degrees idle/load (chip max is 100) 6 GB of Mushkin RAM PC-12800 DDR3-1600Mhz (3x2GB) 7-8-7-20-1T running at 1800Mhz (8-8-8-20-1T) - Tested working with 12 GB (6x2GB) too. X-FI Titanium PCIe x1 Sound XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB (G80 A3, PCIe 1.x) LSI 8404E PCIe v1 x8 SAS Raid Controller
Great card but...
Pros: Great features and abilities on the card. Everything works for audio processing DTS/Dolby Digital. ASIO (2-4ms stable for me), OpenAL, and EAX5 support for if/when you need it.
Cons: Drivers are the downfall. Using features like CMSS or the Crystalizer, or EAX may cause memory leaks and sound problems even with the latest drivers available (as of Feb 2010).
Overall Review: If you want a stable system while using this card, you will need to disable some of Creative's added sound processing features. Then normal playback of multi-channel audio through SPDIF or analog speakers is rock solid.