Summary: This drive is QUICK. My Windows 8 machine boots in seconds, and I never have to wait for any folders or simple applications to load. When I am moving files around I almost have to double check that I even did anything because of how swift this is compared to my old 1TB 7200rpm magnetic drive. The price was awesome when I bought this, but I am sure there are larger, faster, cheaper options out there today. I'm still enjoying this and it has remained durable thus far.
Summary: I don't believe in synthetic benchmarks. I need to see some tangible change in my everyday work load. I upgraded to this from a SATA II SSD and yes, I do see a quickening of some of my video editing tasks. Also, the size is just enough that 75% of the time I don’t have to use a secondary SSD as a scratch drive (Photoshop, etc).
Pros: Speed. Why else would you buy an SSD? Heat? None. Electric usage? My machine is a pretty hefty rig (oc’ed 2600K, 680 SLI, RAID 5) so any reduction in electric usage is just a drop in the bucket.
Cons: None so far. Real test will be to see how it is running a year or two from now.