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Pros: I have ordered 50 of these in the last year, all work very well. They are fast and breathe new life into any computer with SATA.
Cons: One of the Computers I built in the last year died suddenly with no warning at all of impending doom. This was 7 months after it entered service. There was a raid array for file backups, but the user decided to turn off backup and restore because Samsung drives are rated for 1 million plus hours. Well we got less than 30k hours out of it.
Here is my big problem. Obviously I build computers and work on lots of them, so when a drive with valuable data crashes we want to know why and see if it is repairable. By deciding to look at why this drive has crashed we voided the warranty. Samsung wont repair the faulty drive so what am I supposed to do? We have valuable data on that drive. Why do I have to take the hit for this failure because Samsung cant stand behind their product when it fails?
Other Thoughts: For anybody thinking of getting an SSD. Do it. Just make sure you create a crash plan, these things are not as reliable as they claim to be. As for repairing them, good luck. We found that the main controller had failed. It wasn't a solder issue but the chip it's self, just dead. We had to buy another, replace the chip then spend hours scouring the drive for information. Unfortunately this chip resets the drives cache switches so it deleted everything. In short, if this drive fails don't waste money on expensive recovery options, unless it is a simple solder issue chances are very high that the information will be un-recoverable.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Excellent cooling options.
-Very cool looking design
-Fits full size Graphics cards (very snug)
Cons: -No cable management
-usb 3.0 cable too short for F2A88XN motherboard
Other Thoughts: So i have built two systems with the hdyro and non hydro version of this case. They look awesome when complete and feel very high quality. The last system i built was for an on site film crew. It had 2 4tb raid drives and a 250gb ssd. Fitting three drives in this case took some creativity, but i found that the SSD could fit between the two raid drives. A bit snug but it works, a hint for putting the ssd in is to reverse its position so that the cable comes around the back of the drive bay. I coupled this with an FM2+ processor and 16gb of ram and this machine is the absolute best portable film production machine ever!
If you are a noob to system building, i don't recommend starting with this case, it will give you a headache trying to figure out how to run these cables without them covering the fans. If your not a noob this case provides a fun and rewarding experience.
Pros: -Great performance
-Best Budget builder available
-Finished system scored a 270 in Solid Works Benchmark
Cons: None, maybe a better heatsink, but a good case can compensate.
Other Thoughts: Anonymous said he wouldn't use this as a workstation, but the Solid Works score is very high, comparable to an i7 with a gaming GC. Of course a workstation card like the nvidia Quadro would be better than an APU, but you could add one to any build. For a budget minded consumer trying to edit video, this thing is the best you can get for under $1000 for a complete build. Haven't benchmarked it for video editing, but paired with an SSD and 16gb of ram, I'm sure it will be a screamer.READ FULL REVIEW