Excerpt: This is my first SSD, and I was simply stunned by how fast it is. It is also a great price, and with 128GB, if you use it as a boot drive, and programs drive, you should never run out of space.
Summary: 1. Difficult to set up. Even experienced users who are familiar with ssd setup can run into snags from system to system because of the different ssd-enabling approaches that motherboards use. You will need to get your hands dirty.
Pros: I would say the best thing about these 128gb 830 series drives is the stability of having a ssd that isn't plotting to die on you at any moment.
Cons: There are some cons involving this drive, or any ssd in general.
Pros: I am using this Samsung 830 Series 128 GB SATA III SSD in a home theater PC build. I have Windows 7 64 bit and applications installed to this drive. You can definitely tell a difference in boot up, shut down, and application launch times. I highly recommend a SSD for HTPC builds, and this drive has performed reliably with 24/7 usage for the past two months.
Cons: This is not a problem with this drive, but SSDs have lower storage capacity compared to hard disk drives. So, for an HTPC application, you basically must also have at least one high capacity hard disk drive for media storage. In my case, I record over the air TV to this drive and then have a script run each night that processes the recordings and moves them over to my FreeNAS home media server.
Pros: I just wrote a review but mistakenly said that I used the Ghost software to image. I actually used Macrium Reflect (Free version ) software to image my hard drive - it will copy the boot sector and all hidden files for an EXACT copy of your drive. You don't really need the kit but I do like the SATA/Power adaptor that the kit comes with - I use it all the time now.
Pros: Not the fastest, but the most reliable. Samsung is a chip manufacturer. They make the MLC chips as well as the controller chips. No Sandforce wonkiness to worry about. No cross-manufacturer-implementation issues. It just WORKS.
Cons: Doesn't come with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket, but I knew that already. Just alerting the reader they will need to purchase one. The $7 plastic Rosewill unit sold on Newegg is perfect.
Pros: excellent read speed,excellent software,well built,no issues so far...Also included Samsung SSD magician software actually works well to clean up this drive and keep its performance as advertised.My system scored 500 read speed and 320 write speed on sata III.Microsoft WEI scored 7.9 System boots under 15 seconds and shut down is almost instantly!!!
Cons: slower write speeds than other brands,no sata 3 cable included but I already had several of them,no SSD bracket included...
Pros: EVERYTHING: I almost didn't buy this SSD to so I could get a larger HDD. I recommend this product to anyone who has a computer...period. I install all of my programs on this SSD and I have never had a computer so fast. If you are looking to upgrade your PC/Laptop there are not two really incredible options to make your PC better. 1-upgrade RAM, 2-get and SSD
Cons: The only con that I can think of is that you have to play around a little bit to find a place to put it. I ended just using one screw and putting it into the 3.5 bay. Some people just lay it in the bottom of the case. Either way this product is amazing.