Joined on 08/26/07
Got a Defective one...
Pros: Was very very fast during the intermittent times it worked. I gave it 2 eggs for that.
Cons: Windows 7 64bit installation froze a few times at various points of the "extracting files" part, but finally finished after a few tries. Booting windows failed 2 out of every 3 tries at least. I would be able to get in windows, install a few drivers, reboot and hope it was able to boot up again. Sometimes failed, sometimes not. While in windows, it would BSOD randomly every 5-20 minutes. Unusable... I eventually took the SSD out and installed windows on the 2TB Western Digital Green drive I was planning on using for storage and the computer worked perfectly fine. It was definitely the ADATA SSD's fault. I hope I just got a defective one. Sending it back for a replacement. Pretty disappointed.
Overall Review: I've been a professional computer technician for over 15 years. I've done hundreds of windows installs and custom builds. Super annoying and unfortunate that this happened.
Very Fast and Quiet
Pros: I've had one of these in my system for about 6 months (my original 150 Raptor drive from 2007 died on me and was replaced with the new velociraptor by WD) It's quiet. I never hear it over the sound of my case fans. It's very fast. I just ran a crystal mark speed test with the following results: * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s] Sequential Read : 127.595 MB/s Sequential Write : 126.167 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 59.281 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 80.351 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.917 MB/s [ 224.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.878 MB/s [ 458.5 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.935 MB/s [ 228.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.862 MB/s [ 454.7 IOPS] I'm pretty sure these are the fastest traditional hard drives available, but if you REALLY want speed, solid state is the way to go.
Cons: PRICE. 1 Egg down for that As a comparison, my (somewhat old and outdated) Intel x-25m 70GB solid state drive got the following results using the same test as the one above: * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s] Sequential Read : 230.052 MB/s Sequential Write : 86.846 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 166.084 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 88.451 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 21.577 MB/s [ 5267.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 27.716 MB/s [ 6766.6 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 22.664 MB/s [ 5533.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 34.460 MB/s [ 8413.1 IOPS] Test : 1000 MB [C: 85.6% (63.7/74.4 GB)] (x3) Date : 2011/08/22 1:13:46 There is no reason to buy one of these drives unless you insist on using a Hard Drive as your primary drive. Otherwise get a Caviar Black or even a Caviar Green drive to store your non essential programs along with your media, and use an SSD as primary
Overall Review: As you can see, the SSD doesn't write large chunks as fast as the Velociraptor but it destroys it in every other respect. On top of that, the SSD drives out now are twice as fast as mine.
BURNED and FRIED my hard drive!
Pros: NONE!!! It caught fire and burned out my hard drive (and possibly other hardware that I haven't discovered yet)
Cons: After installing it, I turned on the computer and it started smoking. I immediately unplugged the computer and removed the rosewill card reader. It smelled of toasted plastic. After double checking all my other connections, I turned on my computer and my primary raid partition wasn't working. I removed the western digital hard drive that was connected to the same cable as the rosewill card reader and the circuit board on it was also damaged.
Overall Review: I am a professional computer technician and I have been building computers before the first pentium was out. (486) I know what I'm doing and I connected everything properly.
Mic works great on Vent
Pros: I bought this headset to use with Ventrillo while playing WoW. Everyone I asked on vent tells me my voice is perfectly clear. This is a very comfortable, light, and high quality mic. The speaker is ok, but I never use it.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a mic to use with online gaming, get this.