Joined on 01/27/06
Pros: Read speeds pushing the 270 [mb/s] mark on my standalone drive. Trim is now in firmware. Photoshop opens in 2 seconds. I took the leap and glad I did.
Cons: Not really a con, but price is high for the casual user.
Overall Review: As this posting, Intel has not yet implemented Trim in drivers for raid arrays. If you just use your system to surf the web or email, this isn't a must have. Win7 & Vista detect and support proper alignment on ssds. If you are using this as a boot drive for XP, you need to jump thru some hoops, as XP doesn't align correctly to ssds. Just google "xp ssd alignment" and this will direct you to the proper procedure for installing xp on a ssd.
Pros: Used to replace the TIM on my GTX 470. Temps dropped 5c more. Compound is safer for gpu applications.
Overall Review: Now I know there is great debate concerning TIM application. Concerning Fermi is where I'll focus this statement. I tried 3 methods, pea, X and thin layer with credit card. After each application, I ran my system for 1 day, then removed heatsink. Which one gave the best coverage? Credit card, due to the contact surface of the default 470 heatsink. If used with a WB consult your supplier for best application.
Does the job
Pros: 1000W SLI ready Textured black unit (simple and classy) Very generous cable lengths Japanese Cappys Silicon noise dampening ends Enough juice and then some for my OC i7 and 470s.
Overall Review: Some other insights of note, the unit uses proprietary flat modular inputs on the psu itself. The 6 pin PCIe cables are actually 8 pin hybrids, the extra 2 pins hang off. Sort of messy looking, but I will use sleeved extensions to correct this.