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GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 4 DIMM slots. 4 SATA 3 ports. Highly configurable.

Cons: Memory tops out at 1400MHz. Still trying to figure out if that can be bypassed.

Other Thoughts: Replaced previous MSI B85 board (with fewer resources), and totally impressed with its ability to overclock. I use a Pentium G3258 unlocked CPU and have overclocked it to 4.7GHz stable from the designed 3.2GHz with stock cooler by upping core voltage to 1.5V. Maintaining it at 4.5GHz however so temperatures run under 60C. Both board and CPU are impressive products!

Corsair Force LS Series 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gets the job done pretty well consideirng the net cost of $45 (after rebate) for a budget drive. (Could not resist the price tag to test a brand I have never used.) Very respectable performance!

Cons: None for the price paid.

Other Thoughts: It's unclear to me why the last 3 reviewers were having issues with this drive. Installing SSDs isn't as easy as mechanical hard drives. There is some preparation the needs to be made before that installation for trouble-free operation. (Research online for the process!) After playing with over 15 brands of various SSDs, the effort to get the drive up and running is about the same as most others based on my experience.

The drive package comes with screws - pretty uncommon practice as most low end drives come with nothing else. The housing is light despite having a all-metal top casing. It is built with a Phison PS3108 controller. Majority of the reputable online reviews I've read before purchasing gave it above-average value. The drive was not supposed to be introduced in the U.S., but somehow made it here none-the-less. (The package insert directs all warranty claims to either Hong Kong or Taiwan.) Corsair still warrants the drive in the U.S. however.

Performance-wise it is not as fast as OCZ ARC100 (Best vlaue drive out there at the moment!) when it comes to booting up and normal usage, but the difference is minor in day-to-day operation. Cloned my main rig SSD to this drive using MiniTool Partition Wizard freeware (unclear why cloning using Macrium Reflect freeware will not work yet.), went into Windows Disk Administrator to make sure my hard drive partitions are configured with drive letters again, and it was up and running in little time. Installed the Corsair SSD Toolbox, and made sure the drive had the latest firmware installed. The drive has since been functioning perfectly for over 7 days now continuosly.
From my understanding, Corsair has a solid reputation when it comes to SSDs, so I am pretty comfortable in recommending this product. Good luck!

Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex 2 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Chugs along nicely without any hiccups.

Cons: No longer price-competitve given current new SSD market pricing.

Other Thoughts: Since 1st put into use in Dec 19, 2013, never had any issues with this refurb.

**NOTE; This drive is not compatible with Intel Haswell chipset motherboards. My experience is that it works intermittenly with SATA 2 ports, but not with SATA 3 ports.**


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Display Name: S. T.

Date Joined: 04/16/04

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  • First Review: 03/03/13
  • Last Review: 03/19/15
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