Joined on 04/28/02
Pros: Fast, good timings, heatspreader included, good price for CL4. Overclocked mine as high as 900Mhz 4-4-4-12 with only 2.1v needed, and I'm sure it would go higher if my FSB could also. Currently running 866Mhz with 2.05v.
Cons: First pair was defective. Was replaced with a later revision which works perfectly. Newegg's RMA was a big slow.
Overall Review: Using with P5B Deluxe. Be sure to manually set your timings when you overclock, SPD can lead to problems. I was going to give 4-stars because of the bad first set, but its worked so well with the new ones, I gave it 5.
Not what I hoped for.
Pros: Low price for the size, especially on multiple with combo. Decent sequential read speed on large files.
Cons: I expected slow writes based on the reviews, but in reality it is absolutely abysmal. Sequential write is barely passable, but add smaller files and any kind of IOPs to the equation and it is completely useless. Don't even try to boot off of these unless it is a read-only live OS. Very dim LED makes it hard to tell if there is any activity. Might be a plus in certain use cases. The sliding mechanism is also very weak, they collapse when you try to plug them in unless you grip very tightly on the slide.
Overall Review: Don't be fooled by the USB 3.1 gimmick (ones received actually say 3.2). They are not that fast at all. Of the two, they are detected as different hardware. One as USB DISK 3.0, the other as SMI USB DISK. One is bootable, the other is not.
Nice for game backups
Pros: Good price per GB when on sale. Case is well made. Short cable reduces clutter (for my placement anyway). Fully powered over USB. Good sequential read/write speeds for HDD. Practically silent. Simple looks.
Cons: No issues so far.
Overall Review: Works great for backing up my Steam library and other games.
Bough as a gift, worked well.
Pros: Easy to add to existing AT&T home cordless base. Sound and Mic are clear. Battery life is good.
Cons: The headset holder on the base was broken out of the box. I super glued it back and it was fine.
Overall Review: Was a gift to my retired mother. She really likes it for long calls.
Best Bang for the Buck
Pros: For SATA SSD money you are getting 3-4x of the performance. It may not be as fast as the top tier of NVMe drives, but for less than half the cost you probably won't miss the extra performance. Mine actually benchmarked at 2GB/s read and write, higher than Intel's claim. I'm using the 2TB version of this drive for my steam/game library. Noticeably faster load times and patching times when compared to SATA. 5 Year warranty is nice at this price as well. The Intel SSD toolbox works well enough, and even allows you to manually flush the cache.
Cons: A simple heat spreader would have been nice, but I understand this needs to fit in laptops and NUCs as well. They at least could have put the label on the underside to make it easier to mount my own. When I first cloned my SATA drive to this one, about 700GB, it took a long time and did throttle a lot after the MLC cached filled and the drive heated up. I see this as a one-time issue as even a large game install would not trigger this problem under normal circumstances. See my notes in the bottom section about MLC cache.
Overall Review: The cache in this drive works by using empty QLC cells as faster MLC by writing in a different format. This means the more free space you have, the larger the MLC cache. For the 2TB model, the rough curve follows 280GB at <25% full, about 150GB at 50% full, and at >75% full the minimum is always 24GB. It would be nice if the special version of this with Optane cache built-in was available for retail purchase.
Excellent overall, but banding is real
Pros: -In light and colorful images the picture is excellent. Bright with good color and contrast and no banding. -Clarity is excellent. The DPI by going 24" 1440p is perfect. -Improvement of desktop experience going to refresh beyond 60Hz was better than I expected. -Excellent gaming experience overall and GSync is great. Some games can be tricky to set the correct refresh and get GSync enabled, but usually not an issue with AAA and AA games. -Monitor overclocks right up to full 165Hz with no issues. Windows detects as a new monitor when you enable OC though. -Monitor looks professional without any obnoxious trim colors or LED lighting. Very nice stand. -No power brick to clutter my desk/floor. High quality power, video, USB cables included. -Very minimal back light bleed, good brightness uniformity, and zero bad pixels. -Almost half the price (when on sale) of 27" monitors with the same specs and features.
Cons: -The banding of dark colors is real, and has not been fixed as of Dec 2018 (I received A05). -To be clear, 98% of the time you will not notice any banding at all, but in the situations where you do get down to near-black gradients, it can become very painfully obvious. -You can make slight adjustments to mitigate it in the NV control panel, but too much adjustment will limit your color and contrast range and have a negative overall effect on quality. -Monitor in general was too bright and too high contrast out of the box, but can be calibrated along with color via the OSD. Even so, I found it a bit bright even at lower settings. -I found the Fast Response and ULMB settings did not work as intended and caused weird blur/ghosting. Standard seems fine to me for both desktop and gaming though.
Overall Review: -Be sure to run 120Hz on the desktop, as you want a refresh that divides into 30 and 60 for smooth video playback. -GSync sometimes doesn't like some full-screen apps, like full-screen YouTube playback. Usually disable it when I'm not gaming. -I don't have a reproducible problem with standby as some have mentioned. Maybe once out of 100+ standbys I have to cycle.