Bought this to install in a Lenovo H50-55 (AMD A10/12GB/2TB) desktop system, which was purchased at BB last year. The 2 TB HHD that came with the system is excruciatingly slow with full boot times taking upwards of 3-5 minutes. From day one, Windows Task Manager shows Disk activity at 100%, even when doing simple things like surfing the web. 10-20 second delays when launching applications. Absolute horrible performance, considering the specs.
Once I finally got this SSD installed and the O/S successfully cloned to it, it works great. Blazing fast full reboots in about 15 seconds. Application launches are immediate. Task Manager now consistently shows Disk activity at 10-20%. Background tasks, such as antivirus scans and cloud backup, are completely transparent with no noticeable performance hit. It’s like a totally new PC.
Now the bad perspective and the reason for only 3 stars…
I wanted to clone my existing O/S and boot partitions from the HDD to the SSD and *NOT* have to reinstall Windows. I selected this particular SSD because it came with Acronis Migration Software to clone the HDD. However, the version that you get is a bare bones stripped down version that DOES NOT WORK unless you purchase an upgrade for $20.
Even though I was only using about 300GB of the 2TB HDD, I was not able to get the software to work with the 480GB SSD without “insufficient space” errors. Success was not possible even after defragging and shrinking the HDD partition volume. I spent days trying tricks with Windows Recovery Drives, Installing a fresh Windows and then restoring over it, etc. Absolute frustration and pain. Each iteration would take hours and hours only to eventually fail with another issue. There was NO support from PNY nor from Acronis on how to do this. Only constant pop-up screens requesting money to upgrade to a pay-edition of the software. It very much felt like a legal form of Ransom-ware.
Ultimately, I used a different and FREE shareware partition backup/recovery product, and used an additional 1 TB external USB drive to backup and restore the system and boot components. It was finally a success, in light of several straight days of constant cussing. Even the dog stayed in another room. :-)