Joined on 07/17/04
Fast & Sweet
Pros: Paired this Corsair 120 GB SSD with a BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX motherboard and some Geil RAM (GOC316GB1600C10DC). Picked this SSD up in late June and used it for a few weeks on my old system for file storage to test it out. About 2 weeks ago (late July) I built a new system using this SSD as a primary drive with Windows 7 (64 bit). So, I have been using it nearly 2 weeks at this point and it is very snappy, smooth and a pleasure to use. If you game a lot, I did notice that load times on games (City of Heroes fan here) are notably faster and Windows shut down is probably less than 10-12 seconds.
Pros: It somewhat worked for a few months.....
Cons: Issues immediately with the Compact Flash slot. I rarely use Compact Flash, so I ignored the problem. Within 3-4 months, the card reader would occasionally be lost by Windows 7 64 bit and then within seconds be discovered again. This became more frequent however. Eventually by about 10-12 months, it went on so repeatedly in an infinite loop, that it became unusable. I thought maybe it was the motherboard, an ASUS M4N75TD, so I moved it to 2 different motherboards, a MSI NF750-G55 motherboard using Windows 7 64 bit and finally on a Foxconn SFF R10-A1 AMD E-350 using Windows XP. Same issue on all boards. Basically the Vantec reader is pure rubbish and I will never buy another reader from Vantec. I also noticed below that many other users are having the same problems I have experienced. Avoid like a case of athletes foot!
Solid & Reliable
Pros: Decent little system. Used as a backup computer for VPNing into work and I have had no issue in the past 2 months using it. Paired it with 4 GB of Kingston RAM (KVR1066D3S8N7K2/4G) and use it 5-6 days a week (on call for work). Low power, quiet, reliable and no worries.
Sweet & Affordable
Pros: Excellent motherboard - 2 USB3 ports on the back and if your case supports it, there is a header for 2 additional USB3 ports. I used a NZXT Phantom 410 case which has the cable for these USB3 headers and it worked out sweet. The motherboard came with the 99FADB24 BIOS (11.24.2011) and I flashed the BIOS within Windows 7 to the latest available 99FAD308 BIOS (03.08.2012) with no issues using the Bios Utility (22.214.171.124) available on the Biostar website. Paired with an AMD FX-4100 Zambezi CPU and 32 GB of Geil RAM (GOC316GB1600C10DC) @ 1600 MHz and a nice Corsair 120 GB SSD (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK). Runs smooth as butter and it is very affordable for a nice gaming rig and/or development workstation if you do some work from home. Other notes, 4 sideways SATA connection (great if you have a long videocard and have worries about clearance for SATA connections) and one regular straight down SATA connection a little below the first 4 sideways SATA connectors. Ability to monitor 3 fans via BIOS.