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This review is from: ePOWER EP-500LS-1 500W ATX12V Power Supply
Pros: It works, and supplies power. Been running for almost two months now, and zero issues. The fan is quiet (did I get lucky?) and it's supporting everything in my box, including a medium to high end NVIDIA card. I got my $20 worth, and then some.
Cons: It seems a bit light weight, but, it seems to work, and do what I need.
Other Thoughts: All in all, it works, doesn't over heat, and hasn't caused any problems. It does seem light weight, and a bit "spacious" inside, but, as technology gets better, I suppose we will be seeing more of that. It provides the power needed, runs cool, and quiet, and fits in the tower I needed it to, and has the perfect amount of connectors for what I need. Great price for 500W that works. I would buy another if it ever broke down, due to price, and usefulness.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: FANTASTIC! This gets the job done! I've run Skyrim at Ultra, with no visible signs of FPS degradation, as well as RAGE, and several others. The hottest it's got so far was about 55ºc, and that was after several hours of Skyrim, and that was in a poorly ventilated "Gateway" case. It cools down quickly, and runs at about 38ºc for just normal work. As I said before, for gaming, it's running everything at the highest settings, and looking FANTASTIC, with no issues at all.
Cons: Honestly, I can't think of any cons.
Other Thoughts: I would say "for the price", but that would make it seem as if there was a compromise being made. For what I use it for (high end gaming) I haven't seen better. It's performing 100 times better than my old BFG GTS 250, and 50 times faster than the flatmate's $700 Radeon. The price is just the gravy! Great product, great price, just great all around. I think this is the first time I have EVER given something five eggs before!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well, unlike the rest of the reviews, I haven't had any issues with the case itself, other than a lose fan (it's held together magnetically, which seems to make sense, but shifted in transit... easy fix, just take off the cage, and pop it back on... no biggie) The big side fan keeps everything cool, even without the extra fans I added later (a cool machine, is a happy machine) The other plus, is it is pretty. Not a function, per say, but, it does look nice, all lit up. It functions fine, stays together fine, seems sturdy, and decent ventilation, and everything fits. The slot for the PSU is rather nice, and holds everything in place perfectly when switching out the PSU, making service very easy. All in all, with the motherboard I put in, the job took about five minutes. Easy build, and looks fancy. Always a good thing.
Cons: The PSU. The PSU that comes with this set is completely useless. Not enough connectors, not really compatible with most of the mother boards I use, and really lacking in quality. A $10 PSU actually would have worked better! For those buying, and can't find the specs (I had that problem... no word on connectors on the PSU, and it is NOT the same PSU that is sold separately) here are the connectors:
1x 4 pin ATX 12V
4x SATA (two channels)
2x 4 pin Peripheral
1x 4 pin floppy (same channel as 4 pin Peripherals)
The power supply does NOT have an 8 pin EPS, nor 4+4 12V, nor any 6 pin PCI connectors. Because the two Peripherals are onthe same channel, I wouldn't recommend this for any medium, to high end graphics card (it will function with an NVIDIA with a splitter, but, why trust it?)
Other Thoughts: All in all, if you think the price is good for just the box (I do) then go for it, and the PSU is okay if you're building a low end machine, but, doing that is a bit like building a Rolls Royce frame onto a '76 Volkswagen bug with a blown engine, and a funny smell coming out of the seats (which, I've done... it was not pretty...)
In the end, it's a nice box, poor PSU, decent value, looks nice, and easy to work with. I would buy it again, but, without the package deal, me thinks.