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RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Immediately upon receiving this PSU, I was impressed by its packaging. Unlike other PSUs I have purchased in the past (from OCZ, Kingwin, and Corsair), this came in a sharp looking plastic tote, almost like a small tool box. There was a tray insert on the top to keep screws, velcro zip ties, and other such components. Everything was organized nice and neat inside, and I get a free tote to top it off!

The power supply has worked from the get go, and was pretty easy to install. I have a full sized case (Chaser A71) and the cables are long enough, but just barely. It runs quiet, and does what I need it to do. Great value.

Cons: No real cons, but will update if there are any. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Rubber "boot" that came for the side of PSU that fits against the case is a great idea. It helps reduce vibration, etc. However, it did not fit properly in my Chaser A71 case, or perhaps I couldn't figure out how to make it fit. It didn't seem to line up with the screw holes though. Not really a con, so I'm not docking an egg.
The manual that came with this PSU was pretty thin. Good thing my motherboard came with adequate instructions. I would have liked more specifics on the capacities and outputs of certain cables though.

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ADATA XPG V1.0 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600W8G9-RB
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Easy installation. No rough edges to accidentally stab yourself on while installing
+Booted right up!
+Hits 1600 9-9-9-24 No problem, and can be overclocked slightly.
+Inexpensive compared to other brands

Cons: -None.

Other Thoughts: Anyone who deducts eggs for RAM defaulting to 1333 timing doesn't understand how Motherboards and CPU's interact. This is not a problem with the RAM. It is, however, a lack of knowledge on the end of the reviewer. Keep that in mind.

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PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X 4GBD5-PPDHE Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Card runs cool (for a 290X).
+Card looks great in my case.
+Plays Crysis 3 (and everything else) at max everything at 1080p.
+Good card for litecoin mining.
+Heavy, solid feel. Made with high quality components, and constructed very well.

Cons: -Tiny bit of coil whine during some games. Cannot notice this while wearing headset, though.

Other Thoughts: I got it on sale for ~$570 USD. At the time of purchase, it was significantly cheaper than any Nvidia 780Ti offerings, which are the only card that comes close to this currently. In years past, I would have avoided PowerColor like the plague, but they have really come a long way, and made a very high quality product here. I spent about a week deciding on a card before selecting this one. Of the Air Cooled 290X's, only the MSI Lightning performs better, and even then, only marginally. This card is on par, and better than in some games, the Geforce 780Ti, and cheaper. It is a beast to run, though. Make sure you have a well ventilated case with several fans pushing cool air in and a fan or two pulling warm air out.

Will Update review if anything goes wrong. Also, feel free to ask questions if you like.

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Asa T.'s Profile

Display Name: Asa T.

Date Joined: 07/11/08

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 07/21/08
  • Last Review: 04/15/14
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