Date Joined: 06/10/07
Pros: I snagged this because of the generous rebate and, if the drive keeps working as well as it has been, that will make this a fantastic deal.
I bought this to go in my Vista laptop, and moved the 120GB X25-M it already had to my desktop. I feel this Kingston drive is a tad bit snappier so far. It lives up to its specs in ATTO, for what that's worth. The cloning software on the bootable CDROM was very easy to use. I was up and running quickly and easily. Also - 3 year warranty.
In addition to the above, the review on anandtech claims this drive has very low idle power usage. According to Kingston and anandtech, the drive's aggressive garbage collection scheme prevents most of the performance degradation you'd see on OSs lacking TRIM.
Cons: The review was concerned that the aforementioned garbage collection did increase power usage, and may have a negative effect on drive wear. That said, I feel comfortable with the warranty as a fallback.
Overall Review: Most reviews I saw were for the V 100, or the V+, but NOT this drive specifically. So be aware you're actually looking at the V+ 100 - it's the newer, faster, better one. Don't forget to turn off defragmenting for your SSD! Some mfrs recommend disabling Superfetch. Given that this feature is about overcoming slower HDDs, that's probably decent advice.
Pros: This replaces the budget 160GB 5400RPM HDD in my budget Sony VAIO laptop. Vista now boots & resumes much faster. My HD WEI is now 5.9. The cooling fan no longer kicks on, even under heavy load. I've verified it's because of the reduced thermal load, as the old HDD ran about 100 F. The HDD was quiet but still chatty, where the SSD is *silent*. Overall, my laptop is now totally silent. I'm coming to appreciate that "quiet" and "silent" is really quite noticeable at arm's length.
Cons: Despite the *huge* leap in storage tech, I don't perceive a big difference during normal operation. Excel starts in 1-2s instead of 4s - not a game changer. Web, games, etc. all load and run about the same subjectively. The drive benches as advertised, so I don't think it's faulty.
Also, moving the OEM Vista image onto the SSD was a real pita.
Overall Review: I'm very happy with the pros and not bothered with the cons. Probably disabling Superfetch gets as much credit for speeding boot times as installing the SSD. On the other hand, Superfetch probably helped the system seem snappy, which may partially explain why the SSD doesn't seem like a performance leap.
I used Parted Magic (free) to format, align, and copy my partitions over. Tried setting up the SSD as GPT though my HDD is MBR - huge waste of time, never booted. Also, if you move a Vista partition (and it's not a sector-by-sector disk clone), you will have to use your repair disk to make it bootable again.
Pros: Inexpensive. Pushes a decent amount of air. It seems to move much more air than my PSU fan. An alternative for those who are unwilling to replace or cut up their case.
Cons: Too loud to sit on the desktop. Concerns about longevity based on other reviews.
Overall Review: A lot of reviews say this fan is quiet for them. To put my experience into context: My case sits on my desk next to my monitor. The case has rather thin aluminum side panels. I can't hear the stock Athlon X4 HSF, nor the Earthwatts PSU fan, nor the HD. The case fans are noticeable but gentle. The GTX 460 is distracting at full tilt. But this Antec fan drowns out everything.
Pros: The rebate arrived! Looks really cool. Great price and specs. Both the video and audio work nicely. It plays my casual games (SC2, DoW2, etc.) at 1080p, max settings. At the time I bought it, it was a price/performance wunderkind.
Cons: The rebate took 3 months! The fan doesn't channel the card's heat out of the case. During gaming, the fan gets kinda loud.
Overall Review: I'd never bought a gaming-class card before so, when I saw the fan on this, I assumed it would be quiet, effective cooling. I also didn't know much about air flow. Turns out, this card isn't a good match for my Lian Li case which only has 1 in, 1 out, and 1 PSU fan.
Pros: Works great for me! As with another reviewer, I'm running this on an ASUS M488TD-M/USB3, only mine's got an AMD Athlon II X4 640.
Cons: It autodetected as 1066 at 1.45V for me. There's an official thread on the OCZ forums that list the seven settings you need to get it to advertised spec. It would save some time if the RAM was right, or the packaging had the specs.
Overall Review: I got it in a mobo bundle for half of today's price. ASUS's QVL said it tested successfully with a full compliment of 4 DIMMs in a few of their motherboards, so I figured it must have been a decent deal.
But, if I'd bothered to read the reviews, I probably would have passed it over based on the reported problems.
Trivia: Upping the RAM from 1066 to 1333 increased my WEI gaming from 3.9 to 5.4.
Pros: This board seems to be high quality. I have not overclocked it but it's been totally stable running an Athlon II X4 640 and an Antec Earthwatts 380D.
The integrated HDMI is really nice until I get around to getting a video card.
Cons: IMO, this board might have too many features. I'm a little confused as to what they do and it just adds to what you have to wade through when searching for specific settings and information. A better organized bios or documentation would help.
Also, kinda wish it had an x4 slot instead of one of the x1s.
Overall Review: The number of negative reviews on the Intel equivalent to this board is one big reason why I went AMD this time. I'm not disappointed.
Trivia: Upping my RAM from 1066 to 1333 upped my WEI gaming score from 3.9 to 5.4 using the integrated graphics.
Finally, make sure you check out ASUS's QVL for some compatible RAM.
Pros: Fast & cheap! I'm using this for general computing and gaming. Frankly, it's overkill for that as I have yet to peg the CPU in anything except Prime95. I expect that the performance this provides will last me for some time. WEI = 7.3
Also, the stock fan has a low hum. Nothing grating.
Cons: Newegg doesn't have the lowest price.
Overall Review: I was building a new system and I really agonized over what CPU/platform to get. There are several alternatives from both AMD and Intel that beat this on several fronts - power efficiency, price / performance (total system cost), unlockability.
But the fact is that power consumption's on par with most Core 2s, this fit my budget, and the performance is more than enough.
Pros: Quiet. Extremely convenient interface. Power and USB disconnect at the drive, which is convenient for isolating the drive after backups. The packaging was "cool", like the stuff I got with my VW. The light bar does a slow pulse rather than a quick flashes during access, so it looks like a mechanical brain taking over teh internets!!1
Cons: Would theoretically be great if the USB interface could capture more of the drive's potential.
Overall Review: Using HD Tune, I clocked this at ~25MB/s across the drive. This matches what someone else listed. That said, the PC this is dedicated to appears capped at 18MB/s for its USB card. Still quick enough for weekly backups.
Pros: Cheap, works without hassle, ports stick out which helps me find them by feel.
Cons: My USB drive caps out at 18.0 MB/s on this card but has done 24-25 on other computers. Haven't found tips for improving this yet.
Overall Review: I got this and a USB drive for back ups on an old P3-700. The throughput is ages better than the USB1.1. Power users might demand better.