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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: This PSU has been running reliably for almost 5 years now. I did a lot of research when I initially bought it, to ensure that it had low ripple and decent efficiency. I haven't had any issues with it. It's done an amazing job powering my desktops these last few years. I am sold on Antec PSUs in the future, assuming the quality remains the same.
Cons: It's not modular.
Other Thoughts: Wasn't the cheapest PSU at the time, but you get what you pay for.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This motherboard is very compact. You won't get a ton of RAM slots or PCIe slots, but you can still build a great gaming PC out of it!
The Realtek audio ports can be reassigned in software, so if you need a plug for front and rear audio, you can plug into any 2 ports (even mic-in) and use the included software to configure which port is which.
There appears to be a lot of heatsinks on the chipsets, I'm not worried about it overheating.
I was able to upgrade my AM3 setup to AM3+ using this board and I couldn't be happier.
Cons: There are a few issues with this board you should be aware of before purchasing.
First is the SATA ports. If your video card is longer than about 8 inches, you're going to need to get SATA cables with low profile 90 degree plugs, or ones with mini plugs and flexible cables. The video card WILL block the top row of SATA ports otherwise, and straight SATA plugs simply won't fit there.
Next is the PCIe port. If you have a 2 port tall video card, which is most any card these days, you'll lose your PCIe1x slot.
Finally is the SATA III 6.0Gb/s ports. These are on a different controller from the main 6 SATA II 3.0 Gb/s ports. This means you can't see them in the BIOS screen, only the first 6 SATA II ports, but you can still boot from them. The controller for them is kind of confusing at first, but I believe it can be used to RAID your drives if you are into that sort of thing!.
Other Thoughts: The Rosewill RCDV-11011 SATA cables worked well to fit behind my video card with this board. The 90 degree plugs tend to have a higher profile and can actually bend the board back when the card pushes on them. You'll only get 5mm or so of clearance behind a long video card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RCDV-11011 - 1.6-Foot (50 cm) SATA III Cable with Locking Latch
Pros: These were an impulse buy, but a lifesaver. The new micro-ATX motherboard I purchased has the SATA headers right behind the video card. These cables make it possible to actually use the SATA connectors without having to bend the motherboard.
Also they support SATA III!
Cons: They look flimsy, but they work fine so what does it matter how they look?READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Michael U.
Date Joined: 02/06/10
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