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Rosewill Quark-1000, Quark Series 1000W Full Modular Power Supply with LED Indicator, 80Plus Platinum Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & Crossfire Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1KW 80 plus platinum PSU for a decent price, cheaper than the competition. appears to be made with high quality parts without cheaping out. enough power to drive two overclocked 770s and a 5.2GHz fx 6300, and a raid 5 array, with plenty of power to spare. also, LEDs for the power rails, fun stuff. Also silent.

Cons: The only issue is a big one. the cables for the psu are very stiff. the biggest issue is the cables for the GPUs are so stiff and need so much space to turn, they prevented the case from closing after the card was plugged in until the cords were manually bent down. and the case has an inch of space between the card and the side panel. those cords need to be more flexible. I dont know why they are so stiff, as the previous PSU, a rosewill fortress 750, had the same 8+6 pin for the pcie cable, but had no issues fitting.

Other Thoughts: Also, this thing is HUGE AND HEAVY. much more so then I thought a 1KW would weigh. give it some room. it BARELY fits in a cooler master n200.

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HGST Travelstar H2IK10003272SN (0S03563) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap, fast. worked at first.

Cons: 3 out of 4 dead so far. terrible reliability. should have stuck with WD blacks. 3TB raid 5 array down to a single 1tb drive.
I ordered four of these to make a raid 5 array in a spare dvd tray in my desktop. for a couple months, everything is great. then, two weeks ago, one drive refused to show up in windows. then a second drive started clicking and making scraping sounds, and read data very slowly(<1MBps). a third drive just started doing this as I was looking into RMAing the first and second drive.

Other Thoughts: I dont think I will RMA these. they are far too unreliable, and are not worth the time or shipping costs to get new ones. Ill be going with a pair of new WD black 2TB drives in a new pc case.

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ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very nice board, seems to be very high quality (much heavier than my other full atx boards.)
12 phase vrm, great for insane overclocking and longetivity
built in wifi-see cons
easy to use for expansion, can plug in long video cards and still get to all necessary cables.
bios is a joy to use, easy to understand, did not have to use manual.
bios recovery
6 pwm fan headers

Cons: wifi- uses proprietary antenna connection instead of normal one, and is only b/g/n. a standard msata port for full wifi cards would have been preferable

asus driver utility did not work, had to install drivers manually

Other Thoughts: a very nice board. it wont overclock any higher than the p8z77 v, unless you are going the ln2 route, but has 4 additional vrms, so power load is split between more parts, meaning less load on each part for lower temps and better longevity. this is the kind of board you buy to power a machine until the cpu is useless for modern day tasks, or about 7-10 years.
very feature rich, definetly get your money's worth.

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Display Name: Nicholas A.

Date Joined: 06/23/12

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 04/03/15
  • Last Review: 06/30/15
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