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OCZ Agility 3 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Super fast even in older system ** UPDATE! 03/10/2016

This review is from: OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-60G

Pros: Very easy to install and very fast. I'm using Ubuntu Linux with a fine-tuned 3.2.9 Kernel. All of the superfluous drivers, features and hardware support were removed. So the system really flies! Startup and shut-down was always pretty fast but now it's insane. I didn't time it but it's only a few seconds to start. Haven't tried to play my Steam games yet but that's next.

STILL WORKING AS OF 03/10/2016!!! Purchased on 2/27/2012!!
My Mushkin was purchased 6/23/2015 and died 3/09/2016. OCZ for the win.

Cons: Sounds like the only con is if you're running Microsoft Windows and didn't get the driver and/or have a virus. I certainly don't miss those days! World Of Warcraft runs better on my Linux than it did with Windows + typical virus + nearly useless anti-virus. ;-)

Other Thoughts: I read that in Linux the NO-OP scheduler was best for SSD. I recompiled the 3.2.9 kernel with NO-OP scheduler support and removed the CFQ.
SORRY! My system is old- only the SATA II. Can't wait to see these numbers in a new system from Newegg.

hdparm -T /dev/sda1
Timing cached reads: 2152 MB in 2.00 seconds = 1076.35 MB/sec
hdparm -T /dev/sda1
Timing cached reads: 2166 MB in 2.00 seconds = 1082.98 MB/sec
hdparm -t /dev/sda1
Timing buffered disk reads: 74 MB in 0.47 seconds = 158.93 MB/sec
hdparm -t /dev/sda1
Timing buffered disk reads: 74 MB in 0.46 seconds = 159.29 MB/sec

Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Bought 6/23/2015, dead by 3/09/2016 03/10/2016

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDEC120GB

Pros: It was fairly inexpensive. Mid-range.

Cons: -Not very fast out of the box when compared to my OCZ Agility 3 bought on 2/27/2012 (which is STILL WORKING!!)
-Not reliable enough to even come close to the 3 year warranty period.
-Although it lived a charmed life of in front of the 120mm Sanyo Denki aluminum fan and normal usage, it still completely died.
-It dies suddenly, without warning, giving you no chance to recover data.

Other Thoughts: Obviously, purchase an OCZ since my Agility 3, purchase on 2/27/2012 is still working on 3/10/2016! Think about that for a moment. The OCZ did not have a charmed life either because I ran it in a hot PC with few fans during a Summer, or two, when I didn't have A/C. That OCZ is still running perfectly and still slightly faster than the Mushkin. Ouch.

Newegg has been great and I'm glad I can post reviews here. I understand Mushkin can have one bad one like everybody else but I lost pretty valuable data this time. Not happy about it, especially when I only bought the Mushkin because I worried that my OCZ was too old and needed to be replaced. That's laughable.

ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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5 out of 5 eggs Linux stable as hell, Windows not so much 05/15/2015

This review is from: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: This board has many features, including sensors, five fan connectors, plenty of USB connectors and it is manufactured very well.

In Linux, I have never had any crashes or instability. All the sensors can be read using a custom mainline Kernel. I have enabled all of the sensors.

Cons: The only CON is that people refuse to give up Windows on their desktop. Windows does the BSOD, both Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8. Every test in Linux indicates the motherboard, CPU and RAM are fine.

Con of the motherboard? Unlikely. Con of Microsoft OS? Probably.

Other Thoughts: My old board (Biostar) and AMD CPU also had the BSOD. I tried different Windows versions, same thing. Old AMD was Zambezi and new one is Vishera.


Joel F.'s Profile

Display Name: Joel F.

Date Joined: 11/14/08

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  • First Review: 04/11/12
  • Last Review: 03/10/16
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