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RAIDMAX RX-500AF Continuous 500 watts ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Raidmax RX-500AF Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Looks great
-Handled all my peripherals and then some
-Dual speed fan control is cool
-Bottom mount
-No lights
-Nice big fan on the back.
-Power cable is nice and thick & protected.

Cons: -Cables are a bit short

Other Thoughts: I have been using this PSY for almost two years now. It went into a new build (Antec Three Hundred) case, which I found the cables to be a little small for. I had to get creative with cable management and often cables have to stretch across the motherboard.

This PSU has handled everything I've thrown at it without not so much as a hiccup.

On board I have:
- x5 Rosewill 120mm Rosewill Case fans + 1 CPU
- x1 Intel Core i5 2500 @ 95W
- x1 Seagate Barracuda 7,200 RPM @ 6.1W
- x1 -Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD
- x2 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (4GB)
-ASRock H77 Pro4-M Mobo @ 125W
-Rosewill RDCR-11004 USB & Card reader

Using a PSU wattage calculator, these components would require a 600W PSU, which this Raidmax obviously isn't. Like I said however, I haven't had so much as a hiccup with this thing. I'm impressed!

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Acer S231HLbid Black 23
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Slim & light design
-Light is downward facing and unobtrusive.
-Multiple inputs on the back
-Comes with cables
-Power brick is very small
-Display is good after some tweaking.
-Runs nice and cool.

Cons: -Broke at the year and 6 month mark (wouldn't power on)
-Stand is flimsy and will wobble wight light weight of monitor
-Sometimes need to hit the power button two or three times for it to register a press.
-No auto select for inputs.
-Button location is hard to use and creates much difficulty in navigation.
-No headphone out or audio jacks period. (not expected but would be nice).

Other Thoughts: I used this monitor for exactly a year and eight months before it failed. This display is much touted in reviews, and I was very happy with it (save for a few niggles mentioned in the cons) but then one day it just didn't power up. The unit worked an hour before. I would not even get the orange standby light, however the power brick showed a green light.

I was forced to send this unit back under warranty (which is 3 years.) This process cost $40 on top of the original $149 I spent on it making it a $210 purchase after shipping and tax + 6 days+ downtime.

Obviously the manufacturer's warranty and solid reviews on this and other websites indicate that this display should not have failed when it did. Never the less, I would not purchase another Acer display when there are quality Sony, LG, Toshiba & Samsung monitors at affordable prices.

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Rosewill RDCR-11004 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Unit was easy to install and the cable lengths were adequate for my MidATX tower. No drivers necessary for my Windows 7 64 bit machine. Brushed aluminum looks great. Design is very rugged, what you'd want from an card reader.

Cons: Only 4 screws were provided. Not a big deal but still. Data transfer is routed through USB 2.0 for card readers rather than the 3.0. Rosewill logo is kinda big.

Other Thoughts: Love the addition of all the SD card options. Not to mention I get 3.0 to the front of my machine as well as four extra 2.0 ports. I tested all ports including memory slots and they all work fine. The unit was recognized right away without drivers on Windows 7. This unit also comes with an internal eSata cable (all the cables are connected to the back of the unit, it's up to your motherboard to support the necessary headers (USB 2 & USB3) Also you need one free molex power connector and you're good to go.

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SHEA C.'s Profile

Display Name: SHEA C.

Date Joined: 02/01/10

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 04/15/14
  • Last Review: 04/15/14
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