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Pros: Wicked fast, satisfying upgrade to the GTX275 I had that was getting long in the tooth. The Precision software is elegant and effective; I leave the core and shader clocks alone (they're ridiculously overclocked beyond stock specs out of the box), and use the software to fix the fan speed at 70%, which is quiet in my case.
Cons: This card has made me realize that my proc is also severely "long in the tooth," as it were... still rockin' a dual-core (E8400), so I am excited to see how the card will open up after I remove that bottleneck and upgrade my CPU, mobo, and RAM in a couple of months...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Wow... I didn't realize how much difference the speed of RAM can make in a system... I just upgraded video cards, going from a GTX 275 to a GTX 570 Classified Edition, and was disappointed with the gain. I figured that I was being bottlenecked by the fact that I'm still rockin' a Dual-Core (E8400) with DDR2 667 RAM. In an attempt to hold out a little while longer before upgrading CPU, mobo, AND memory I bought these. Gigabyte EP35-DS3L mobo picked them up right away, despite how finicky that board can be with 1066 memory. Again- WOW. I had no idea what a difference going from 667mhz DDR2 to these 1066mhz beasts could make. All of my games have drastically improved frame rates now, and I am stunned at the difference. This memory is really helping my GTX 570 come to life. I know I am still bottlenecked by the E8400, but this RAM has enabled me to hold off a good while, I suspect, before having to do a complete overhaul of CPU/mobo...
Cons: As others have mentioned, DDR2 is stupid expensive right now, but I understand that it's supply and demand, and they run infinitely smaller batches of these than DDR3, so I get it...
Other Thoughts: Very happy overall.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Pros: Plenty of power for future upgrading; extremely efficient; very quiet
Cons: wish it was modular, but hey I had an Ultra X-Connect PSU a few years ago when they invented the concept, and the cables were bulky as all get-out, and the Ultra PSU blew up in less than a year.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to upgrade an Antec 430-watt 80+ PSU also from the Earthwatts line. I have an E8400 @ 3.3 GHZ, 3 GB of DDR2, a DVD burner, seven or eight USB devices, and a 9800GTX+. The 430-watt was fine for that, but I have a GTX 275 coming in a few days and even the online PSU calculator (which is normally more accurate and forgiving than manufacturer's recommendations) said that I would be pushing it with that card added to my rig. Besides, I am building a desktop for my son, and now I can give him my old Antec 430-watt and not worry about having to buy a case with a built-in PSU (those are usually of very dubious quality).
Like my previous Antec Earthwatts PSU, this is very quiet and- judging by my old 430-watt- I expect to have absolutely no trouble whatsoever.