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CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: quiet at low and medium power loads (not tested at high loads), able to put out rated power even well above 30 Celcius rated temperature

Cons: Not the finest brand capacitors (Samxon)

SATA connectors do not match those pictured on box but are slightly shorter and may not be long enough for disk drive cradles or a Seagate GoFlex.

SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs nearly perfect but for short USB cable 07/04/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D201TDB Black

Pros: No vibration
Only sound is slight whirring
Internal drive is 7200 RPM (ST200D001 1E6164)

Cons: USB 3.0 cable only 2 feet long, which could be too short for large desktop computers with only rear USB 3.0 ports.

Not the best ventilation for horizontal orientation

Other Thoughts: 7200 internal drive (ST2000DM001-1E6164), but this isn't guaranteed. Vibration level of the ST2000DM001 varies by sample, maybe by version.

Vent holes are only on bottom and at back when drive is vertical, so drive runs hot when horizontal and reached 57C during a one hour seek test (room temp 25C). I prefer horizontal orientation so the drive can't be knocked over.

XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Made by Seasonic (MK12II series) with Japanese capacitors that will likely outlast the 5-year warranty, plenty of cables and connectors, power rated at 50 Celcius, meaning power capacity at actual operating temperatures will be higher than advertised.

Cons: Cables are sleeved, meaning heatshrink that holds sleeving near each connector makes cables stiff

Other Thoughts: 2 floppy disk drive power connectors -- future proofing?


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