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CORSAIR HXi HX1000i (CP-9020074) 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Corsair CP-9020074 Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very well built modular PSU. Very quiet fan. Fan designed only to run when power consumption is >400W.
Plenty of wires.
I'm using this with an EVGA Stinger 97 mini itx mobo fitted with an i7-4790k. I don't have a graphics card installed yet, so the fan doesn't even turn on, even with heavy CPU load and by all means the psu still stays cool.

Cons: As others have stated, plugging in the ATX power connector is a bear.
The connector plastic is formed right to spec, but to achieve superior electrical connectivity, the metal connectors are a real tight fit.
To reduce stress to the motherboard connector when mating, I suggest taking the disconnected ATX power wire and mating it to the motherboard whilst the motherboard is not in the case yet. I placed my motherboard on the dining room table with a piece of cardboard under it so it would not scratch the table and also provide some support to the mobo.
Then I inserted the ATX power connector into the motherboard. IT will not seat and lock into place.
Then with the help of a LARGE standard screwdriver, apply downward force to the plastic BODY of the wire connector starting from one side of the connector body, slowly working your way to the other side until the connector locks into place and Viola! All done!
Then mount the motherboard into your case as needed, route the ATX wire to the PSU and plug in the ATX modular cord into the PSU.
Note: You may need to use that standard screwdriver again to seat/ lock the other end into the PSU.

Other Thoughts: Corsair company: this is a tight fit to most mobo's but using good engineering practices it works fine for me and I don't need any replacements.
As cases are getting smaller, perhaps Corsair could provide a "short cable" solution so we don't have to cable manage an extra 18" of not needed cable lengths in these mini itx cases.
I cannot comment on the monitoring software which uses a Usb port on the PSU as my build does not push this PSU to anywhere near it's limits. I tend to overbuild on the PSU engineering side of things as being an aerospace tech, this is where I see most PC failures/ deficiencies.

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Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (CC-9011047-WW) Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fits GFX cards up to 10.5" in length, magnetic clinging dust filters fitted to intake air vents, can fit LONG psu's with no prejudice.
I did use the modular Corsair H1000i psu and it fit fine.

Cons: It could have come with the full compliment of 3 more case fans as it already has the mounts for them.
USB 3.0 front panel ports are inverted so anything being plugged in needs to be inserted upside down.
HD cage could use more fan cooling.
Good luck getting ATI/AMD GFX solutions to fit as most are too long for the 10.5" limit but almost every Nvidia card fits without a problem (see overview pictures as it looks like a EVGA GTX 780 is depicted in the pictures)

Other Thoughts: I was initially not sure if the larger/longer 1kw+ psu's would be able to fit, but no problem. great tool-less mounting design!
HD cage has rear access and can hold (2) 2.5" drives and (2) 3.5" drives all accessible from the rear. They could use more ventilation though as my drives are reporting slightly warm operating temps of 46-48c.
Some of the thumb screws are very tight fitting, but simply adding 3-in-1 oil to the threads of them made them as smooth as ball bearings.

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EVGA Z97 Stinger Wi-Fi LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Redlines my i7-4790k and bounces it off the temp limiter! 11/23/2014

This review is from: EVGA Z97 Stinger Wi-Fi LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: All I can say is WOW! I have spent weeks trying to achieve the best overclock on some of my builds and this- using this motherboard is crazy simple, just a single setting for adjusting the overclock. Usually I had to adjust 3 or 4 different clock ratios to achieve what this board does in one setting.
On top of it, I have never in my life been able to achieve a 500 Mhz OC using a stock cooler and the only reason I can't even go higher is that the CPU is throttling down due to thermal stress limits- yep, not a single lockup, it simply throttles down.

Cons: only one M.2 port and that is used for the wifi /BT module.
This could use a 4th fan header. It does have 3 fan headers that can handle 1 amp each and are of the 4/3 pin variety. (1) psu fan header, (1) case fan header, and (1) cpu fan header. Considering this is meant for the performance/enthusiast crowd, most cases use 3 or more fans. EVGA could have thoughtfully dropped a couple of y adapters for sharing fan headers.
I am getting my soldering iron out and making my own harness to tap into an unused PSU HD power connector so I can make use of the (3) other case fan locations on my Corsair Obsidian 250D PC case

Other Thoughts: Simply amazing performance in something the size of a dessert plate of a form factor.
Having a temperature display built onto the mobo is an awesome feature that allows you to simply look through a window on the case to monitor CPU temps.

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Display Name: Peter D.

Date Joined: 11/20/01

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  • First Review: 11/28/02
  • Last Review: 11/23/14
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