Joined on 03/15/01
Quick, but some downsides
Pros: Quick! Finding all these cool animations that Photoshop CS5 hid until you had enough power! Went from a Opteron 165 to this bad boy. Bought this as part of a rebuild for my girlfriends computer, who uses it for photo retouching (and too much FarmVille). Also part of the upgrade was 2x4GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR3 1066, Asus M4A79XTD EVO, and a Thermaltake 500W PSU.
Cons: Had some problems with bluescreens -- Everything put together wonderfully, and started installing Windows 7 when I got a bluescreen half way through. Tried again, and same thing, but at a different place during install. 3rd time was the trick, but was having all sorts of problems and more bluescreens running updates and installing apps. After some digging I figure out the problem. Running 8GB of memory @ 1066 apparently is a little much for the processor to handle on stock voltages (remember, the memory controller is on the processor). So after giving the memory a little extra voltage, and the CPU-NB Link a few more mVs, everything is now working wonderfully. Sadly, it took me a good week testing parts to figure this out, so hopefully I will help someone with this review. I also understand my board could be to blame since it still has only a 4-pin aux plug, not the new 8-pin (was wondering why my new PSU had 2 - 4pin connectors)
Overall Review: Might have been a luck of the draw thing that I got a CPU that couldnt quite handle running all that RAM, but at least its possible to give it a little more juice to cope Also, as you probably have read on other reviews, the stock cooler can get quite loud, especially above 4500RPM. It works, however. I can set how sensitive the fan is given the CPU temperature on my Asus board, so I can trade off noise for heat a little. Might have to look into a aftermarket cooler. As always, Newegg rocks with the quick shipping and great prices!!
Pros: Well its a SSD, so it blows any HDD out of the water! This replaced an old Vertex 2 and it seems much faster! As soon as I read the awesome review on this at Anandtech and saw the price, I was sold! I see the other manufacturers scrambling to lower prices, so this is good for everyone! Even has a 3 year warranty!
Overall Review: Does include a shim to fit into older enclosures/laptops that have a larger opening. Like most SSDs, it doesn't come with a 3.5" bracket. I knew this coming in so not a con, just some info for those who might not know. Mine is just sitting at the bottom of my case anyway