Joined on 12/17/05
Great drive but know the limitations
Pros: A very fast SSD for reads and initial at writes. Trim works great on ICH9M and ATTO only looses 3 MB/s over advertised speeds so well within tolerances. CMD with aligned 00 or FF data shows 4k Q32 at over 50,000 IOPS, again very fast drive at advertised values. See warning below but over 30,000 IOPS with randomized data. Real World boot up, apps and just about everything just flies at the click of the mouse. As an OS and program drive this does not disappoint at all. You will never want a standard HDD again after using this. Having the desktop ready and usable at its extremely quick appearance is very addictive. Clicking open a program is not much slower than the second time opening it when it is cached to ram.
Cons: Do not list price as a con, you purchased a SSD and knew what you were purchasing! SandForce SF-1200's have an issue with compressed data. For this reason it loses an egg. If you do allot of writes with picture, video or music files that are already compressed the controller slows the NAND to preserve it. On a fresh drive you will get 140 MB/s write but on a well used drive it auto cripples down to 80 MB/s or lower while ATTO with aligned data stays constant and up to speed both in read and write. The cure is to wait an impossibly long time, I waited 60 hours logged off with no improvement, or do a secure erase and reimage from backup. You then get the full speed writes back. Mushkin said this is all controlled in firmware so maybe there is hope in the future for SF-1200's
Overall Review: If this is your only drive SandForce may not be the way to go. That is if you plan to store and work on pictures video or music in the drive space. This can over time severely cripple the drive with current firmware. If you have to secure erase PartMagic CD image is the easiest way to go. Less than a minute after boot it was done, reloaded the image and good to go. DO NOT RUN CMD with default random data or AS SSD as a benchmark on these drives. The highly uncompressible data will kick the NAND slowdown algorithm in very quickly. Be wary of any benchmark that uses uncompressible data as you will be asking for a premature slowdown. Remember 80 MB/s or even 60MB/s is still not that slow but it isn't what you expect from a SSD. So take this with the grain of salt it is written with. Lastly, this is a drive I would put in a machine for my mom to use. Everything works including TRIM. So I do have a bit of confidence in it and Mushkin.
Pros: It has four outlets.
Cons: The wire is cheap, do not expect to pump high power like that of a thermo electric cooler. This goes to say as the internals are cheap too. Lastly other 12v plugs wobble a lot inside as the external tube is too wide and extremely short. beware of these.
Asrock Taichi will do no more than 2133 at first.
Pros: Was cheap and delivered fast. This is an edit to my first 1 egg review.
Cons: Will not run past stock clocks on the x399 at first. Turned out it was a bad stick why it gets only 4 stars. I took a lot of 2 stick only boot to find the bad one. Once found after several reseats in various slots, sometimes not even posting, I eventually got it in a good spot.
Overall Review: for now I no longer RMA it. 3466 and quad channel 1T timings as advertised. had to knock it down to 3 Egg's. The memory posts at 3466 but is not prime95 stable, it takes 3200 to make it stable.
Pros: This is being used as a slot car track computer at home. The primary criteria was a legacy LPT port. This it has and is more than enough machine to handle the tasks needed. Any system with Windows 7 will take a while to update but once done it is a pretty responsive machine. As another user pointed out a small USB wireless dongle is a must.
Cons: this does not have speakers, so be sure if you need them to order them too.
Overall Review: If you have a device to interface to a legacy LPT, this is the machine. Then your only issue will be software compatibility.