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Kingston SSDNow M.2 2280 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SM2280S3/120G
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4 out of 5 eggs Great to begin with... and still great when powered 01/11/2017

This review is from: Kingston SSDNow M.2 2280 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SM2280S3/120G

Pros: All the benefits of M.2:
No cables, as fast as Sata 3 allows, nice coloring, stays cool, even when mounted right under GPU. (R9 390)

Cons: Starting about 6months ago, this drive would occasionally disappear from BIOS & Windows. Apparently it's an issue with M.2 (& maybe some 2.5" SSDs) drives when power is lost unexpectedly. But now it's happening when my PC goes into Sleep mode; when I reboot after driver/OS updates; and after powering down & unplugging to change hardware.

Other Thoughts: I've read that some Intel & a couple Samsung M.2's have small capacitors on them to keep the drive & data safe on power loss. Be nice to see that tech on all M.2 drives if they're going to be this sensitive.
I've used this drive as both OS & extra drive & it works great - when it works. Usually after it disappears, I flip the hard power switch on the PSU itself. Upon reboot, the drive is there 90% of the time.
I'll stick with 4 eggs cause it is a good drive & I'd recommend it. Just be aware that after some time you may need to replace it, or be ready to take the steps that I do if/when it disappears.

Rosewill RO-100T Silicon O-Ring Dampeners, for Cherry MX Key Switch, Transparent  (135pcs) - Retail
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Does exactly what they're supposed to.
Decreases travel distance a little, enabling shallower keystrokes.
Doesn't interfere with LEDs (at least for my Corsair K70)
Came with way more than I needed for my keyboard.

Cons: ...Took a while to hit every single key?

XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Looks good!
Fan mounts are a unique style of rubber pegs.
Included fan is reasonably quiet, provided it stays under 1,900Rpm.
Bright LEDs.
So far it's about 5C cooler than my Reserator 3 Max was. (See other here)

Cons: Directions took a couple looks over to get right.
The H.D.T. could be continuous (See CM Hyper 212 EVO for this).
Radiator fins are EASILY bent, especially considering the type of fan mounts included. But they also bend back just as easily.

Other Thoughts: So far, it's a very capable cooler. Right after install, I ran an hour of Prime95 and the temps never went above 35C, according to HWiNFO64. (Running an FX6300 @ 3.8GHz)
It's currently outperforming my Zalman Reserator 3 Max, but I also switched from Arctic Silver 5 to Arctic MX-2.


Jordan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Jordan H.

Date Joined: 11/16/02

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 06/06/14
  • Last Review: 01/11/17
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