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This review is from: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail,ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready, Crossfire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply - Retail
Pros: PROS: When I bought a gaming computer from iBuyPower I bought one with a 250W GPU knowing I had the Rosewill HIVE in my HP. I replaced the 250W PSU in the iBuyPower computer with this PSU and have not had ANY problems with it at all... and I game hard with that computer... (All online, multiplayer Battlefield franchise from BF 1942 through BF4. Titanfall, Crysis, SOF, etc.). I have yet to have any problems with this PSU.
Cons: None noted after 2 plus years of use other than what I noted below, and that's not really a "CON". It fit without modifying either the case or the PSU.
CONS: If you want to call it a con maybe it would be the "fit". I had to struggle a little to get it seated properly but once it fell in it fit like a glove. The mounting screw holes lined up and the PSU is a solid fit.
Other Thoughts: INSTALL: Physically, it's a larger PSU so make sure it will fit in your computer case prior to purchasing. It comes with more than enough connections for my gamer and the HP and it was simple to install and connect. I had no issues installing it.
OVERALL: I bought this PSU through Newegg over two years ago if I recall. I have big hands, arthritic fingers, little patience so this can be a challenge for me re: the confined spaces a computer has for me to work in. NO PROBLEMS here, I've installed this PSU in two different computers now. The first one, an HP pavilion, dual core, 16 gb RAM that I was using for everyday work AND the occasional gaming (BF BC2, BF 3). Unlike the stock 250 Watt PSU that came with the computer the Rosewill never overloaded and ran much quieter. It stayed cool and I never had any issues with the PSU or any loading up by the computer that I could attribute to the PSU.
It's durable, I've never had any issues with it and it supplies the power needed to run the two computers I've installed it in with no issues whatsoever.
If you're looking for a great, economical PSU I recommend you get this one.
Pros: I got 4.5 months out of the board. Small, compact. Plenty of USB ports ( 3 x 3.0 and 5 x 2.0), an HD Audio jack, an RJ-45 ethernet port, 1 x DVI-D and 1 x S-Sub (VGA) port.
Cons: It had all kinds of hiccups during that 4.5 months. It was the motherboard of a mid-level gaming computer I bought in mid October. I was playing BF 4 on it and noted I was getting some artifacting, ghosts, stutters and the occasional drop from the game while playing so I monitored the heat a bit more while playing and found it was heating up a little but not to any degree that should harm the board. I originally thought it didn't have enough fans for a mid level gamer so I put an additional fan (external) that blew on the computer and that seemed to have calmed it down... for a month. Finally, one day while I was playing a quick round or two it totally died on me. The onboard graphics (Radeon HD 8670D Graphics) evidently torched... I replaced it with a Sapphire toxic R9 270X PCIe GPU and bumped up the power supply with a Rosewill 850W but the motherboard would have nothing to do with it. It was done... toast. So, if you're getting it for a mid level gamer, don't. Luckily, the folks that I bought the computer from are doing an RMA for a new motherboard. They're standing behind their product.
Also cons but they fall in line with the motherboard's compact size. Only three expansion slots- PCIe 2.0(x16) (running x16), PCIe 2.0(x1) slot and 1 PCI slot. No HDMI port and no wireless but I remedied the wireless with a simple fob purchase. I don't think they put too much thought in the board's layout. There's just doesn't seem to be enough room to add cooling peripherals, etc. It gets hot fast. I used the stock (300 watt) power supply for the first 3 months and was getting all kids of ghosts, etc. in BF4. I put an externally powered fan on the machine and installed the 850 watt power supply and it ran at about the same temperature... a bit less. I just don't think the board could handle the graphics that was stock on the board. If you're going to use this board for gaming then buy a separate gpu, imho.
Other Thoughts: I expect another ASRock board to come back my way via the computer company's RMA. I'll give that a go and see where it takes me. I have 7 more months on my warranty. All's good with the computer manufacturer so far.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this to replace a 250gb drive in an HP Pavilion g series laptop. The laptop was given to me and the drive that came with it was fried so I replaced it with the HGST. It's been up and running for about three months with no glitches whatsoever. I've been playing some low-mid level games on it (BF, BF2142, Crysis, etc.) with some pretty good success. I bought an HP restore disk from the factory and have Windows 7 as the OS. So far, so good.
Cons: It was a bit skinny for the HP but once it was anchored it didn't seem to matter. That's really not a con. I had to dig deep to find a con. Maybe I could throw in the fact taht it didn't fit the protective sleeve that was on the drive I replaced (too thin for the sleeve) but I made the sleeve work. Although I could've just as well ordered another for it when I bought the drive.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a cheap (price), durable drive for your laptop I recommend you give it a try. It's in a hand-me-down, previously fried laptop that I got for free and after investing 100 dollars (this hard drive and the restore disk) and some change I have a very operable, very reliable and fun laptop. I highly recommend this drive.READ FULL REVIEW