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Crucial M4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to install on a mounting bracket
- windows boot in 23 seconds
- games load in a fraction of the time
- AV Scan takes minutes instead of an hour
Cheap on sale (120 bucks)

Cons: Size (not -egg worthy, correctable by buying a larger volume)
No Mounting Bracket - had to buy a separate one and thus had to pay separate shipping :(

Other Thoughts: Installed win7 x64 in roughly 20 mins, compare this to around an hour on a traditional drive.

Benchmarks were very close to advertised, hitting about 380MB/s read but oddly enough i hit 105MB/sec writes even though the advertised is 75mb

For those with an ASRock P55 Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
- this board came with an addon SATA3 controller card that connects to a PCI-E slot. I connected it to my free x16 slot since i am only using one display card and not using xfire/sli. This may be what's attributing to reaching the near advertised speeds on this drive. I have not noticed any drop in video card performance by having the card on the 2nd x16 slot, mind you i have not don any benchmarking to measure since i play 2 games on my PC and there have been no framerate changes since install
- i have not connected my SATA3 card to the x1 slot to test the speed. There are conflicting opinions about running into a bandwidth bottleneck using this slot

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good performance with maxed out settings on games running at 1920x1200

get between 40&60 FPS steady clocked at 895/1295
the odd time i do get some chugging when there is a lot going on, usually when in a high object area with draw distance set at max...but that can make even the highest end cards chug a bit

Cons: Fan died just before the device was a year purchased.
The unfortunate problem I've had with this card is when gaming the drivers do not auto adjust the fan to account for the increased activity, thus forcing me to manually set the fan between 60%-70%. This will keep the temperature of the card around 56 degrees but the fan is quite loud at that high setting, and could likely be why the fan died so early

Catch 22...if i let the fan run at the auto setting (25%) the card will run hot at around 80-85 degrees, and i run the risk of the card burning out

if i run the fan high to compensate for the temps, then there is the risk that the fan dies (which it did)

Other Thoughts: For the 430 dollars i spent at the time, I would expect that the product would have a much better life...this is the first card i've ever owned that had the cooling fan die


Carolyn S.'s Profile

Display Name: Carolyn S.

Date Joined: 04/18/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/06/11
  • Last Review: 07/18/11
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