Joined on 03/04/07
Runs great in Windows 7 64 bit Pro
Pros: Incredibly fast, very small form factor, and a wonderful piece of new technology.
Cons: The boot up in Windows 7 can be a bit slow, to load the NVMe drivers, compared to a regular AHCI hard drive. Windows 10 might be faster on boot.
Overall Review: Here are the steps I used to get this new SAMSUNG 950 pro SSD to work on my new ASUS X99 Pro Motherboard. Keep in mind, your own results may vary. 1. Install Windows 7 OS on a "regular" HD first, (SSD, Platter, etc.). and get the system up and going, with updates, and how you want it set up. Make a back up of this new install, (just in case). 2. Physically install the SAMSUNG 950 Pro on your Motherboard, either in M.2 slot, or with a PCIe X 4 add in card. Make sure the M.2 slot is for PCIe X 4, or you will not get the speeds out of this SSD. 3. Go to the SAMSUNG SSD website, and locate the SAMSUNG Windows Driver for the 950 Pro. This Windows driver works for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, but I can only reference Windows 7 from experience. 4. Download the SAMSUNG 950 Pro SSD Driver into your computer, and run the install for the driver. It is self installing. After the driver install, Windows 7 should now see the SAMSUNG 950 pro. 5. Download the SAMSUNG Migration Software (off of the SAMSUNG website) to your Computer. Run the Migration software, from your present "C" drive, to the new target, the SAMSUNG 950 Pro. The data should start to flow between your "C" drive, and begin to load onto your new SAMSUNG 950 Pro, making it the "new" "C" drive. 6. The computer will need to shut down after the data has been transferred. 7. Remove the "old" "C" drive from the Computer. 8. Restart the computer, and enjoy your new SAMSUNG 950 Pro. This is how I accomplished the install, and all of the performance is there. I did not need a Windows Hotfix, and I did not need EaseUs software, or anything else. This is what worked for the ASUS X99 Pro Motherboard, running Windows 7 64 bit Pro. WORKS LIKE A CHARM..!! Enjoy..!!
Great Drive if you get one that works
Pros: Very fast and Capable drives. 5 Year Warranty. Very cost competitive for the performance.
Cons: I had to order 4 drives to get 2 that actually worked. The first two (ordered together) were both bad. One had SMART errors from minute one. The second one began to have problems on day 3, with SMART errors and bad sectors. Had to re-load everything onto a new drive. Fortunately nothing significant was lost.
Overall Review: As a few others have written here, do yourself a very big favor, and download and use the WD Lifeguard application to check any new drives. It will save you a ton of headaches. It can be found on the WD website. These were the first WD drives I purchased that were bad, but it seems you do need to check them out when you get them and before you put them in service.
Pleasant Surprise. Solid Motherboard
Pros: The Taichi is very feature packed for a reasonable price. The most recent BIOS update automatically set the board for TPM 2.0 and Windows 11. Asrock BIOS is not as bad as some have made it out to be and actually decent. Initial boot and start up was flawless with no issues. Everything just worked, including decent RAM overclocking and PBO for CPU. Love the RGB LED option in the BIOS to circumvent all the buggy RGB bloatware most other companies offer. The board is well laid out, with lots of 4 pin fan headers and looks great. The metal backplate was a nice addition as well.
Cons: Yes, the heat sink motherboard cover is a pain to fully remove to M.2 SSD additions or subtractions. Has the PCH fan which may or may not last, and not in the best location.
Overall Review: I have been building computers for quite a few years, and this was my first Asrock motherboard purchase. To be fair, the unit was on sale at Newegg and I knew this board to have a lot of features that I was looking for, so I decided to go for it. The outcome was a nice surprise, in that I had absolutely no issues at all and the board is working fine. The PBO works great and the overclocked RAM seems rock solid. I would buy this again if needed.
Can they make these Video Cards any bigger?
Pros: Hard to express how nice the card looks in your hands. Very neat design, if large. I have always liked the ASUS Strix cards. Nvidia has discounted all of their top end cards. Woo Hoo! Out of the box, this card ran a 12,073 in Superposition Benchmark in 1080p Extreme and averaging about 90 Fpm. Stayed cool at 70 degrees C, and 1930 Mhz GPU and 9501 on Memory speed. I did not hear any coil whine when the card was maxed out. Card is very solid with no sag. With current discounts and 12 Gb of RAM, not sure I would opt for the 3080 Ti. Shipping was fast and free via UPS. It's a Winner.
Cons: You really do need to see if this card will fit in your case. Really. You also need to have a well ventilated case, as when this card is pulling 350 to 400 watts, it does give off a LOT of heat. Not sure I can stay with an air cooled CPU anymore. Also, this is a low hash-rate card, so if you plan to mine, this is not the card. Using the Fractal Design R6 Case.
Overall Review: Very happy with this card and purchase. With the pricing and availability crisis finally over for this "cycle", it is not a bad time to finally make a purchase if you need or want a new card. Pricing may yet come down further, but it also may not. As for this ASUS RTX 3080 12 Gb video card, I have no complaints. UPDATE on 09/03/22. Just to make everyone aware, this bad boy really can draw some power. Running up the Power envelop to overclock resulted in my Computer dropping games, and other anomalies. Set back to stock power draw and no issues. There is nothing wrong with my Seasonic 850 Watt Titanium Power supply and nothing wrong with the Strix Video card, but if you are going to overclock this Video card you many need to consider a 1000 Watt power supply. Mine is an AMD system, but if you are running a recent "hot" Intel system with this Video Card, I do not think 850 Watts will cut it.
This is a mediocre Motherboard that has the basics and not much more.
Pros: It's Cheap. Everything non RGB works fine. Board has some weight to it, which was a nice surprise. Runs 3800X CPU on newest BIOS
Cons: It's Cheap Very few USB ports in back. (Plan well). Do not go crazy with VRMs. The RGB - ARGB implementation is pure junk courtesy of Gigabyte.
Overall Review: I "had" to purchase this Motherboard as a part of a Video Card purchase that I wanted to make courtesy of the Newegg Shuffle. Video card was outstanding. The board was just needed as a paperweight for a while. Finally had a use for this, with a new build for a friend. Usually I buy a higher end board, but this was "free". This was all OK until I began working with the RGB implementation, and as I reflected above, it is pure "JUNK". Re-Flash the BIOS to get it to work? Re-Load the RGB 2.0 Software a dozen times? You are kidding me, right? If you are truly interested in a great Motherboard with RGB, stay away from Gigabyte. Sorry, I guess I have been spoiled by other Manufacturers who's hardware and software just works like it should. I am tempted to just junk this board for the aggravation.
This is a great card, purchased before things got nuts.
Pros: Compact and powerful for it's size, and makes quick work of graphics transitions, (converting a large file of JPG to PDF, etc.) and 1080 Gaming. Does not use a lot of power.
Cons: No real cons here. This is a decent card for 1080 gaming, and basic video editing. It may be a Strix, but do not expect a lot in the RGB department.
Overall Review: Purchased this for a new build for a Friend almost 2 years ago. Card continues to run well with no issues, and does the job it was purchased for. No complaints.