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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Thermaltake TPG-1200M Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1 - Plenty of vertical space.
2 - one side dedicated for hiding cables.
3 - Plenty of ventilation.
4 - Not very noisy.
5 - Front panel for SATA, Firewire and USB.
6 - Bottom power supply space.

Cons: 1 - PCIe slot openings are about 1 millimeter too far from standard sized PCIe cards. Hence, the card must be slightly forced when screwing it onto the case. Tested with, ASUS 590 GTX, EVGA 8800 GTX and EVGA 9800 GT cards with the motherboard pushed as far back as possible. It the case is bumped, there is a chance the cards will short circuit because it is not seated properly.

2 - Wheels under the case are cheap and practically useless for mobility.

3 - Drive bays are flimsy and cheap.

4 - Only one 2.5" drive bay adaptor is provided. The design of the case makes it so that 3rd party standard 2.5" drive adaptors do not work on these bays.

Other Thoughts: The front USB ports need to be recessed inside a compartment. It is too easy to bump against it and destroy the ports when a USB cable is attached.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks nice.
Comes with fan.

Cons: Computer recognizes the memory as 1600MHZ.
Not sure if it is MSI BIOS problem or these memories.

System highly unstable even at 1600MHZ.

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MSI Big Bang-Marshal (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 (B3) & Lucid LT22102 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Large number of PCIe 16x slots.
Japanese capacitors.
Nice looking.
Descent heat sinks.
Overall hardware quality seems to be good.

Separate PCIe 6 point power plug. Useful for those that want to use power hungry SLI/Crossfire or simply overclock their GPUs.

Spacing of the two 16x slots are nicely spaced apart for heat dissipation. However, it creates a unusual gap length for SLI cable.

All metal screws, no plastic tabs.

Generous USB ports.

Cons: Horrible software. Buggy on the client side and server side.
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OC Genie does not work properly. Creates a unstable system. Did not recognize the memory properly.

Can not update BIOS. The software refuses to believe the new BIOS exists.
Can not update the Control Center, LiveUpdate fails to download the latest version, the web site fails to list the latest version for manual download.
One of the utility software is in Chinese characters, hence all garbled on English systems.
LiveUpdate, the software in charge of keeping all the BIOS, drivers and utility up to date is extremely buggy.

Super Charge does not work. A software that supposedly allows high current USB devices such as iPads to charge.

Only 2 slots can simultaneously be 16x, and only if no other then those two slots are used.

Memory slots a bit too close to the CPU to use with large CPU coolers.

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Display Name: Shin l.

Date Joined: 06/05/11

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 06/09/11
  • Last Review: 06/23/11
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