Joined on 01/04/02
This drive rocks
Pros: This drive seems to have plenty of zip, and it's got the usual WD toughness. It's survived 2 PSU explosions (old PSU and a defective replacement). It also runs pretty cool, and doesn't make any noise that's audible over the rest of the computer.
Cons: The way this drive is designed, it's connectors are in a strange spot. This means it's INCOMPATIBLE with a system that doesn't have flexible cables (e.g. certain hot swap bays, drive enclosures, etc) Just FYI. My system uses standard power and SATA cables, so it works fine, but if you have a fixed-in-place connector, this drive will not fit.
Overall Review: I wish they could make it larger, and I wish it was a little cheaper, but you expect to pay more for such a high-speed drive.
Pros: Looks nice. Theoretically has all the features I need.
Cons: Beeps over and over when turned on. This "code" is not listed in the manual, and the tech support could not make heads or tails of it. I have tried removing the memory AND replacing the CPU AND connecting a hard drive. No joy. Piece of junk IMO.
Overall Review: Tech support was polite and friendly, but totally useless. They asked the same questions over and over; they suggested swapping out CPU as a TROUBLESHOOT. Worst of all, neither of them could hear the beep codes that were practically making my ears bleed, even when I jammed the phone's mic right up to the !@$#ing mobo speaker. They had no clue what an unending series of beeps meant and seemed unable to grasp the concept. Also, the board has "DDR3 800/1067 required" printed right on it, and I had to ask them about that twice before they told me "1333 is supported". I am unconvinced.
Does what I need
Pros: -Easy to install -Stores and retrieves data -Fits right on the motherboard -Seemed reasonably priced
Overall Review: I dunno anything about M.2 - the last time I built a PC, SSDs were just starting to be the way to go, so the idea of a drive small enough to fit ON THE MOBO is kinda like witchcraft to me. Can't even begin to judge if this thing is best bang for buck, but it has a good rating and seems to do what it says on the tin, so I'm happy
Overall a very good buy
Pros: -Powerful -Comes with half a million cables for customization -Simple to install -Compact -Sturdy -Quiet -Looks nice if it happens to be visible in your case configuration -Comes in a nice velvet bag (sounds made-up, but I swear it is true). I think it's for storing accessories you aren't using right now -Comes with zip ties and a little power tester for the Mobo cable -Might be cable of passive cooling in the right position, but I have to mount it fan-upward, so no passive cooling for me
Cons: -All cables are flat, which makes them really hard to route in my case without taking up tons of space -Not really sure what they were going for with the included Velcro ties -The fan IS quiet, but in a case with 8 other fans, it still stands out as the loudest one
Overall Review: If you need power without too much noise, this thing has you covered, with the added bonus that it looks nice if it happens to be visible in your case. It loses some points for the cons I mentioned, but I'd still rate it 4.5-4.8 stars if I could. Also, that velvet bag - gotta love when an expensive product comes with just a touch of presentation that doubles as storage
Almost TOO powerful
Pros: -Crushes all the bench marks I've thrown at it without much effort -Drives a MASSIVE 4K monitor without even breathing hard -Looks nice -Feels solidly built -Has some neat LEDs inside it
Cons: -LEDs are not detected by MSI Magic Light OR Corsair iCue, so a THIRD piece of LED control software is needed unless you want it to do the default pattern forever -Probably a sin to own one -Goes through a LOT of sacrificial goats; Gigabyte should have been more upfront about that -Possibly TOO powerful - no benchmark so far has really touched it. Not sure I could defeat it if it ever decided to rebel against me -It's normal to have to sign a packing slip in blood, right?
Overall Review: I recommend this to anyone who wants unlimited graphics power and knows their way around liquid cooling - that second part is essential, just in case you somehow got this far without noticing it has no fans or radiator of its own. If you're not prepared to deal with pumps and tubing and coolant and you don't have a friend who can do it for you, leave this one well alone. Also, in case it wasn't obvious, only the first con is serious - why must all LEDs be incompatible with all other LEDs? It's not like the companies are profiting by locking you into their software ecosystem 🙄
A good buy
Pros: This RAM has plenty of performance, and is not too expensive considering the capacity. Vista loves this stuff; it runs very stable and very responsively. Also, for those who like case bling, this comes with a little badge for bragging rights.
Overall Review: Just a thought for the liquid-cooling crowd: this RAM is easy to adapt to liquid cooling because its heat sinks are easy to remove.