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Pros: What really took me back was the price. This is indeed a budget oriented drive, but the performance is not bad.
The packaging and product in general feels really cheap, but it installed without a problem. No drivers were needed for windows 7 or 10. However, the drive does not come partitioned/formatted. I think it would have been good to have at least a FAT32 partition (compatible with MAC and Windows), but alas it was not initialized. Doing this is a simple step if you know how to open the disk manager. If not, simply google creating a partition for your operating system.
Other pros are the speed. I ran a few benchmarks with the similar results, full details in the other section. In short, it read at ~265MB/s and wrote at about 256MB/s.
3 year warranty is not bad.
General SSD benefits:
Will improve battery life by a fair bit if currently using a mechanical drive.
Cons: Again, the fact there wasn't a partition on the drive at all was a bit surprising. This may be a stumbling block for those less technically inclined.
Metal enclosure feels flimsy.
Packaging is a bear without something sharp (although the plastic weld that went around the package broke loose all around once I was able to rip it open...)
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that most of these Eggxpert reviews come from only after a month or less use. As mentioned, this drive uses TLC which does not have the endurance of other technologies. While TLC is great for computers and every-day use, make sure all irreplaceable data is kept across multiple drives/media.
Raw bench results from AS SSD 1.8 with a 1GB size:
Seq: Read=265MB/s - Write=256MB/s
4K blocks: Read=34MB/s - Write=62MB/s
4K-64Thrd: Read=1302MB/s - Write=202MB/s
Acc. Time: Read=0.161ms - Write=0.053ms
Score: Read=1363 - Write=289
Overall score: 2350
Sequential times will be what to expect for transferring large files such as movies and videos. The 4K times are what you should expect when transferring a bunch of smaller files.
Pros: The build quality and electrical aspects of this power supply are great. My HTPC power right up and played HD movies just great. The high efficiency ratings mean this power supply will (and has) run very cool with scarcely ever a need for the far to even need to turn on. With the computer on and even under a load, the fan never came on for me (it never got hot enough). It turns on for a moment when the power is first tuned on, and then turns off until there is a need for air circulation.
The power output is great, especially for such a small form factor. The modular cables can allow some de-cluttering of small cases and improve air flow.
The warranty is for 5 years and that is a good amount of time. And should the power supply fail, it has plenty of safeties to prevent it from wiping out all the other parts of the system.
The aesthetics of the power supply are also great. Not many people will see it inside the case, but should you do a custom build on a flat surface you won't need to worry about the looks. The wires for the power supply are also all black and bonded together.
Cons: I have removed an egg from the power supply due to a number of small things that added up during the installation in my Mini-ITX case.
The first problem I had was the shroud around the power switch in the back hit the back plate of my case. There is no spec for saying how far from the edges any non-flat part needs to be (I checked), so it may not all be on corsair. Nonetheless, I had to flip the power supply 180 deg. in order for it to mount properly. However, doing this greatly reduced the clearance between the fan and the case, thus hampering air flow when the fan comes on.
The next problem I ran in to was the orientation of the SATA power connectors. The wire and plug of the SATA connector is 90 deg. This is not good for me as the drive I use is mounted flat on another part of the case. I was able to make it work, but there is more strain on the PCB connector than I like. A straight connector would have suite this particular case better.
Another problem I had was the way the modular power cords were bonded together. The wires were laminated in parallel so the height of the cable was the diameter if the wire and the width was the sum of the diameter of all the wires. This means the cable can really only bend up/down and not left/right.
Finally, where the modular cables plug in to the back of the power supply does not work well with my case as other things are cramping the space. This one is largely on me and the case and isn't entirely the design of the power supply. If the cables could plug in to the power supply at a 90 deg angle, it would be much easier.
Some of these problems are specific to my particular case, but small cases are cramped and attention needs to be given to where the power supply will be used.
Other Thoughts: Take a good look at the way the case is laid out and how everything will fit before choosing a modular power supply (which will require more room in the back for the power supply connections). Also pay attention to the locations of the power connections for the motherboard and peripherals. The pictures for this product are fairly accurate (note that in one picture, the white text describing the connectors is missing. The reality is that the white text is on the product and just missing from the picture for some reason).
Do your homework, and make sure it looks like it will fit. There is a chance you will be better off with a non-modular power supply or with one having more flexible wires. But there is also a chance the flat wires will be better for you. So do your homework and think about it.
Pros: Corsair is making there way to my preferred power supply brand after playing with a few of their PSUs. I have been leery of using products from companies that produce a range of different products in the past, but I these supplies have proven to be very good.
The packing materials were of a higher quality including the little bag for keeping the extra power wires in when not needed. Not a big thing for me as I usually keep all the odds and ends in a box at the bottom of the closet, but it is a nice gesture. All connections are modular including the 24-pin ATX connector. I did find it odd that the 24-pin ATX connector for the motherboard is actually two connectors at the power supply. Not sure why they did this but make certain both connectors are snug and secure before turning on the power. I can't tell what wires are on which connector, but it will not be good for your motherboard if some power rails are energized and others are not!
The fan is also very quite due to the fact it isn't on most of the time. The fan will spin for about 10 seconds when first turned on, but will remain off until a worthy load is drawn. Out of curiosity, I checked what activates the fan, temperature or load. I used a hair dryer and heated up the power supply while it was running and computer at idle and watched the fan. It didn't turn on, so it makes me believe it is truly based on load, but I wouldn't consider this test definitive as it isn't a really fool-proof way of telling.
The fan is an exhaust fan. It will blow the air out the back of the power supply, so make sure your case fans will not simply fight this one. You don't want a lot of positive or negative pressure in the case as it just means fans fight each other and you lose air-flow.
The color scheme of the power supply is nice and neutral. Everything is black and gray including the wires. The modular power wires are all black and some are in a sheath, others are simply flat with the wires attached to the one on either side. The ATX power cable is about 2ft long (too long for me), but can be just about right for cases where the power supply is mounted in the bottom.
The power supply is also not just the regular blocky-type thing that others are. The metal that encloses the power supply is designed with flat corners (instead of a single 90 deg corner, there are 2-45 deg corners per edge). Additionally, there is some designs in the metal surrounding the fan cage. This makes it nice for systems that have exposed components such as computers build on a flat surface or in a desk or what-have-you.
Cons: My biggest issue with this power supply and many others is the SATA power connectors. If the power supply is mounted in the top of the case (like mine), the SATA power connectors either need to start from the bottom drive and go up or start at the top and twist each connector 180 degrees. Again, if you have a case where the power supply is mounted in the bottom, this is not an issue (unless for some special reason your case also mounts the drives upside down). I have yet to see a modular power supply that I haven't had this issue with.
Another drawback, the 24-pin ATX wire while all contained in one sheath, requires two connections at the power supply. Not sure why but it seems like this would just be a bad idea. Make sure you connect both snug and secure before powering up your PC.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this power supply is one I would trust my system with. It was built with quality, has more power than I could ever use. I had no problems, but even if you do it comes with a 10 year warranty.
I received this as a review item, but it will for sure be replacing my current power supply.