Joined on 03/27/09
top notch quality as expected from Patriot!
Pros: Works flawlessly with my new i5-2500k system(at 1.65v and 1600-9cas). I bought this set to add to another patriot set(identical sector 5 but 2x2gb) and now got 12GB of 1600 ram purring along without a single problem on new i5-2500k system. All modules have passed memtest86+ full tests(search online for this amazing free tester-make sure its + and not regular(will not work with new asus mobos otherwise). Cant say enough good things about this(havent tried other patriot ram ever) - works as it should without any problems whatsoever!
Overall Review: If you have tight space(as i do after installing Corsair A70 cooler)- take pair of pliers and gently(gently you monsters) rock the black fins back and forth one by one(the come in non connected pairs(14 pairs-28 individual fins)) until they snap off(well break off) at the very bottom(fin + 1mm)-now your RAM is as high as green PCB board itself and fits this way under my monster 120MM side fan on A70 cooler. The sides of heatspreaders are glued on so will stay on even after all the fins are removed this way. Do not try to rip the sides off as it might damage the RAM chips. Works at 1600 without overheating 24/7 for over a week now. The protruding fins of the heatsinks (while looking cool) do not serve much of a purpose as even without them the remaining side sinks stay cool to the touch even while running the RAM benchmarks. DO NOT try to remove the heatsinks completely and if you dont understand what i meant - ignore entire thing as you WILL void the waranty and might kill the RAM.
NewEgg is still number 1
Pros: 1 egg for the card and max Eggs for NewEgg service. I've been a loyal customer for many years with thousands of $ in purchases under 3 diff account(moved) and 6 desktops(build from parts) as well as 4 laptops(upgraded from here) from them and never had a problem with anything i got from Newegg(was amazingly lucky i suppose) until yesterday(read cons b4 continuing). Well as i came to find out i was a bit over the RMA period with NewEgg and i was expecting a big headache with dealing with XFX replacement department(from rumors). To my amazement after talking to Stephanie(newegg rep) she said that i was a valuable customer(always nice to hear) and she would still put in RMA for the card even though it was over the RMA period(with free return shipping label!!!). Max eggs to NewEgg customer service and to Stephanie! Thats exactly why i always order from NewEgg even if Am@z0n or T1gerD1r$ct are cheaper(newegg is keen on prices so that doesn't happen often at all). You got a customer for lif
Cons: Start by reading Pro's. Although card most likely arrived DOA i had to go away for a family emergency and didnt have time to test it untill last night. Would BSOD(atikmpag.sys) as soon as i go into any 3d. Since i installed this card as a 2nd in crossfire - its plain as day that this card is defective. The fan would spin up and 2d was working though. As soon as i disable x-fire(with primary asus card(from newegg where else))-all worked great. Tried reinstalling drivers - in 1/2 card configurations-this card is dead in 3D. Even thought that my PSU(750W from newegg few month ago) might not be enough - so swapped for 1000W(newegg from 3 years ago-still going strong) i had in another system - same result. Dead card - continue reading Pros from here
Overall Review: Thank you NewEgg and Stephanie for once again proving that treating us(customers) properly is your goal! TD and AM@z - take a note
Great SSD - no problems in over 3 years of onwership
Pros: Fast and reliable - what else could one ask for in SSD?
Cons: smallish size now
Overall Review: Been using this SSD for over 3 years now of daily use and as a main OS drive. Have upgraded firmware couple of times(painless process and didnt even have to reinstall OS ) and it never gave me any problems while always being as fast as they get pretty much. It was my first SSD and since then i have purchased over 10 different SSD(once you go SSD its very hard to go back to HDD of even hybrids for anything but pure storage needs) and while some were faster i still use this one as my OS drive in my main desktop. Will be buying larger size(since 128Gb is kind of limiting nowdays) M4 when prices drop a bit lower. Nothing but good for this little speedracer!
Great card at great price - Above Class10 speeds- ty Patriot and Newegg
Pros: Was a bit wary about ordering it after reading plethora of problems people were having with this exact card. After extensive research(after all it was going to go into my main smartphone that i abuse on the daily basis) it turns out that only old firmware revisions of this card had problems, according to rep from Patriot "Everything after March of 2011 should have the latest firmware on the devices.". Unfortunatly you cannot update FW yourself - have to RMA the defective(old FW) cards and get new FW one.
Cons: None so far (1 week of daily abuse in my smartphone) as well as 4 hour extensive benchmarks / surface tests upon receipt of the card from newegg(as usual very fast shipping - ty newegg)
Overall Review: Tested the card extensively once i received it. Here is the snippet(cant post links here unfortunately): CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 Sequential Read : 21.631 MB/s Sequential Write : 12.646 MB/s ATTO Benchmark (cant post screenshot here but) it reports about the same as CDM above. Ran complete surface scans on the card(all 32gb written to and read from after) with 2 different programs and both came back with 0 errors (if interested programs i used were - 1)H2testw 04.01 and 2)Check Flash 1.16 - google to find links they are both free). Rebate was received and apporved in less than a week(got email from patriot today infact-so decided to post review here). For my complete review - search for post with my nick on slickdeals
Best CPU performance/Price ratio ATM
Pros: Best CPU of 2010-11 and might be '12 as well(sorry bulldozer - was always more of the AMD fan but just cant justify at this time, here is hoping for piledriver/excavator to get me back to AMD corner) considering performance you get for a buck.
Cons: none but as the case with all Intel CPU'z - wish Intel just didnt include heatsink/fan at all instead of including what they always do and pass on the savings to the end users. I mean does anyone actually use those HT/Fans at all? I must have around 50 of them over the years - all brand new and never used - just collecting dust. Cant bring myself to throw out any piece of computer parts that is still operational or can be slavaged(not like i will ever use 90% of them) - still have 3Dfx's voodoo 1/2/3 cards(old timers will know exactly what i mean) as well as 386sx 16Mhz(OCed to 20Mhz with whopping 15Mb HDD(not GB and not RAM:))) desktop(my first custom build - cheapest(free) smartphone is 40 times faster than that beast now)
Overall Review: I've been building custom desktops since 1993 and gotta say i am extremely excited about this CPU. Was going to go for 2600k but after reading the benchmarks/reviews on the launch date i decided to save $100 and go for i5-2500k instead. Glad i did! Was going to use my custom build watercooling solution(with radiator from a motorcycle and 2 gallon rez) but honestly there is no need at all. On water i got it to 5.7Ghz(prime topped at 72C), while on air i got to 5.3Ghz while staying under 80C. So using air(Corsair A70 with dual (push/pull) 120mm fans)running 24/7 @ 4.5Ghz(1.35v, tops out at 61C on prime), rarely go up to 5.3Ghz on air for benchmarks and showing off:)
Best case i have owned to date
Pros: I've been building desktops since 1993 and went through quite a few cases since then, both factory build and even self made. This case looks great and build with ease of installation in mind. Its as big as few of my full tower ones and a lot heavier than some of them as well. Great construction, absolutely amazing ventilation and very quiet
Cons: wish the included(and installed) feet would rotate more than 90 degrees to at least 180, other than that - no cons
Overall Review: Heavy, but feels extremely solid and not plasticky at all. Great move with including the handle on top to carry it.