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Andrew E.

Andrew E.

Joined on 10/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent SSDs!

Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBGT-BK
Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBGT-BK

Pros: These drives are fast! I bought two and put them in RAID0 with my Asus Maximus IV Extreme (P67) and I get 975 to 1000 scores in AS SSD! Here are the specifics using the onboard P67 controller with the 2 drives in RAID0: Seq Read: 1025 MB/s Seq Write: 317.72 MB/s 4k Read: 26.49 MB/s 4k Write: 101.19 MB/s 4k-64Thrd Read: 271.73 MB/s 4k-64Thrd Write: 293.13 MB/s Acc.time Read: .045 ms Acc.time Write: .221 ms Score Read: 401 Score Write: 426 Total Score: 1005 The internal garbage collection on these SSDs appears to work pretty well, because even after several months of usage I have not seen a performance degradation.

Cons: Some of these SSDs have been proven to be defective. I know because I have had TWO of them (I ordered them at the same time, so they probably came from the same batch). They would vanish from the RAID array and cause Windows to blue screen at least once per day, and performance dropped by almost 50% after only 1 week. I spent no less than 30 hours formatting (the way Corsair support said to), reinstalling Windows, updating firmware, tweaking BIOS settings, removing overclock, etc, and the same problems would return no matter what, so ignore the people who say "the people with the problems are doing it wrong", because some of these drives are in fact defective and will need to be RMA'd. Once I RMA'd the first one, the replacement drive was fine and only the remaining original one had issues, so I RMA'd the remaining one and now with the two new drives they are *perfectly* stable and I have not had a single crash since.

Overall Review: I'm only taking away one egg for the defective drives because Newegg was fantastic with getting me new drives quickly. These replacement drives are great and are perfectly stable.

Most Critical Review

Performs well, but constructed poorly for the price

AFT PRO-57U USB 3.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Media Card Reader
AFT PRO-57U USB 3.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Media Card Reader

Pros: The unit performs great, it maxed out read/write on my Transcend Compact Flash 32 GB 400x card; with ATTO Disk Benchmark I see 90 MB /sec read and 65 MB/sec writes, which is the maximum for the card. I confirmed this by transferring HD video. Additionally Windows file transfers claim up to 120 MB/sec read.

Cons: Unfortunately the unit isn't constructed very well. The metal door inside of the Compact Flash card slot was half way broken off when I received it, due to a missing spring. I removed the door entirely and the unit still works, but as a result CF cards require a little fidgeting to get them inserted. The unit is not compatible with the quick attach/release mechanisms on the Corsair 800d case (it just falls off of the brackets when you push on the front of it, such as when you insert a CF card). The brass screw mounts are cheap and I wasn't able to fully tighten down some screws (they just kept spinning loosely). Also note that with the exception of the circuit board and screw mounts, the entire thing is made of plastic.

Overall Review: The following issues are quite minor, and probably won't annoy most people, but they irritate me because I'm rather OCD when it comes to computer equipment. The USB 3.0 adapter is quite large, and looks kinda goofy inside of your case, especially if your USB 3.0 port is in a spot on your motherboard where the cables can't be easily hidden (on my motherboard it's toward the center of the board). You can use a different and somewhat smaller cable, which is what I will eventually do. I will probably remove the white text on the front of the unit because it's rather large and annoying. If the text were gray or a bit more subtle it wouldn't be as bad. Hey guys, look out, I have a "Professional Series" card reader!

Fantastic CPU!

Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K
Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K

Pros: I've had this CPU for roughly a year, and it has been fantastic! I'm easily able to get a stable and relatively cool 4.5 ghz overclock, but to get a stable clock any higher than that I'd have to push the voltage higher than what I feel comfortable with (I'm running water cooling, and temperatures aren't an issue). Also, by stable I mean >=50 hours of prime95 running continuously on more than one occasion along with 16 GB of RAM @ 2166 mhz.

Cons: Not really a con, but not all chips are created equally in terms of overclocking. I have to use a pretty high voltage in order to achieve a *stable* 4.5 ghz (1.4v).

Overall Review: You'll want at minimum an after market heatsink fan if you plan on overclocking this CPU to any extent. It may have just been my particular chip or a thermal sensor, but I couldn't overclock with the stock heatsink fan hardly at all without hitting some uncomfortable temperatures (I'm talking >75 C after a couple minutes of prime95, well before even hitting the thermal saturation point!). Once I upgraded to water cooling I have never seen higher than 70 C on voltages up to 1.4 while running prime for hours. Also, I know that I'm speaking to the choir here, but always test your overclock for stability and temperature ranges!

Great Drives

Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I bought four of these drives and put them in RAID10 for a storage volume, and I haven't had any issues in the 5 months that I've had them. I considered using a RAID5, but the performance on my P67 controller was awful, and the odds of a failure were too high for my comfort. The performance is surprisingly good for 5400 RPM drives; ATTO shows about a 275 MB/s read and writes utilizing the P67 SATA III controller on an Asus Maximus IV Extreme (to clarify in case you aren't familiar with RAID, RAID10 is a mirrored RAID0; so in this case it's two drives in RAID0, and that RAID0 array is mirrored on the other two drives, so you are seeing the performance of two drives not four)

Cons: None yet; I will update this if one or more of these drives prove to be faulty.

Overall Review: Prices should drop once the supply chain gets back to normal.

Fantastic Memory!

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH

Pros: This memory works perfectly with my Asus Maximus IV Extreme motherboard, at 2133 mhz / 9-11-10-28 / 1.65v. I have stress tested the RAM using Prime95 (blend test) for 46 hours and 15 minutes, and it did not encounter a single error (and this is with a 2600k @ 4.6 ghz). The best part is that the RAM is only warm to the touch (while running Prime95!), so no extra fans are required!

Cons: None yet; I will post again if any of the modules prove to be faulty.

Overall Review: I had to manually configure the voltage, speed, and timings with my motherboard, but I knew that going into it. The total installation time was less than 10 minutes (and that time includes booting into Windows and installing the RAM into a rather heavy Corsair 800d case with a giant radiator filled with coolant [it's easy to scratch my hardwood floors with such a heavy case!]). Also, I haven't attempted to tighten the timings or push the RAM any further than what's advertised (yet).

Overall a great board, but it does have limitations

ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: A stable overclock is fairly easy to achieve with this board, the onboard bluetooth is nice, the dual gigabit NICs are great, plenty of power connections for fans, etc.

Cons: You cannot utilize the SATA RAID mode and boot off of a OCZ Revodrive, if you do the BIOS will no longer see/recognize the Revodrive. Asus support said that this is a motherboard limitation due to the shadow ROM, and that the issue would also happen with a dedicated RAID controller card as well (if you had the onboard SATA mode set to RAID and expected to boot off of the dedicated RAID controller, that is). As of 8/30/11 Asus said that there is no update in the works for this issue.

Overall Review: If you want to utilize the onboard RAID and boot from a Revodrive, the only work around is to load the RAID config by booting with SATA set to RAID mode, configure your RAID array accordingly, reboot and set the SATA mode back to AHCI, and then boot off of your Revodrive; Windows (or whatever OS you are running) will see the volume there but performance will suffer as a result of utilizing AHCI mode with the array rather than with RAID mode. Also, this is a common issue with motherboards in general, so if you plan on using a PCI-E SSD or PCI-E RAID controller and also want to utilize an onboard RAID controller, then be sure to do your homework to ensure that they are compatible. Other than the BIOS RAID issue this motherboard has been the best one I have owned in the past 15 years that I've been building computers.