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LG 31MU97-B Black 31’’ 5ms WQHD Digital Cinema 10-bit 4K Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 320 cd/m2 DFC 1M:1(1000:1), Dual HDMI, 4xUSB 3.0 ports, Height&Pivot adjustable, Built-in Speaker
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Supports high resolution modes

Cons: only up to 30 Hz refresh through HDMI
Only on Display Port is 60 Hz refresh supported and this is with only a high quality cable. Not all DP cables are created equal. Took me 3 tries/ 3 different cables before I sustained a stable display with no random signal drops.

Other Thoughts: Only using the DP ( display port ) is 60 Hz refresh supported.
I have found that even using some cables that say they are DP 1.4 compliant that I would get random drops of signal. Aggravating!!!! After trying 3 different brands I found one that works! From reading other reviews on this cable other users found that it too also started dropping the signal months later. Jury is still out on a good quality DP cable.

EVGA 06G-P4-3793-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK Superclocked Signature 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small package, efficient, quiet cooler, uses only 41 amps so a 850 watt psu is usually more than adequate.
Works without any hiccups, silent as can be, performs better than expected.

Cons: Expensive as hell, CUDA acceleration was not as dramatic as I thought it would be.

Other Thoughts: After reading many reviews on the AMD products that had failed rather quickly and without warning, I'm a Navy vet and I prefer my equipment to be rock solid and reliable, so I looked elsewhere.
While this may not be the fastest card that is out there, nothing this small and this quiet exists in the AMD product line and I am working with a Mini ITX form factor, so it's a no brainer to choose this reliable GFX solution.
Other AMD solutions were too physically large to fit too.

CORSAIR HXi HX1000i CP-9020074-NA 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular 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.


Peter D.'s Profile

Display Name: Peter D.

Date Joined: 11/20/01

  • Reviews: 31
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  • First Review: 11/28/02
  • Last Review: 07/31/15
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