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Pros: I bought this for an Intel i3930K system with dual ASUS Radeon 7770s in Crossfire and a RAID 10 array. I had plenty of power options for everything and some left over.
From the moment you open the package, everything exudes quality. A great array of cables comes neatly packaged in a saddle-bag. Very solid construction on all parts. All cables are braided, adding to a clean build and good airflow. Good manual.
I was aiming for a whisper-quiet build, and the fan on this unit did not disappoint. I chose a higher-efficiency power supply in part because the lower thermal loses of high efficiency supplies means less demand on the fan. I bottom-mounted it, so the fan is the most muffled of all fans in my case. I did not do an open-air comparison between its fan and the Noctua case fans I purchased, but it's very quiet. I can't hear it at all down there. Power supply provides great fan options for "hybrid" and "fanless" modes.
The modular style of jacks in the back, allowing you to use only those power cables that you need, greatly reduced clutter. Say goodbye to tying back a hydra of unused cables at the end of your build.
Cons: Doesn't have a cigarette lighter or laser light show?
Other Thoughts: Thanks for the case badge, I'll gladly display it. I'm a first-time Seasonic customer and very pleased.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Pros: I've used Win XP for years, but the time had come for a 64-bit system and one cannot upgrade from XP32 to XP64. I tried to discern any advantage in choosing Win 8 over Win 7 Pro for my next system, and couldn't find any, with the sole exception of the security feature of locked kernel drivers in Win 8, which wasn't a big concern for me security-wise since I routinely use anti-virus. All of the user interface novelties in Win 8, the main selling point of the product, looked horrible by comparison. And Win 8 cloud storage: shudder. I dislike the trend of blurring the line between the files on your machine and the cloud. Win 7 takes the saner, older approach and provides great overall continuity with the feel of previous operating systems.
I had some familiarity with the newer control panel and system tools from Win Server 2008. The adjustment from XP to Wn 7 was virtually effortless, and the Aero GUI looks nice by comparison. The OS flies on an Intel i7-3930K hexacore CPU! Experience rating of 7.9 on everything except HDD speed (6.0) using 4 hybrid drives at 5400 RPM. That's how I like the OS: light, nimble, using minimal resources.
Win 7 installed easily on a RAID array after just a little background reading.
An unexpected bonus was the wide array of hardware and peripherals Win 7 recognized and installed automatically, such as my networked printers' drivers. Two clicks, done.
Cons: I've never liked the "my documents" folder as a default storage area. With Win 7, it's a little more flexible with "library" areas within "my documents" but I'd much rather just create my own more organized directory tree on a separate drive volume for most of the data I create, leaving the Windows boot drive for programs.
Other Thoughts: My OS philosophy: Never use an MS operating system until it has been out for a year or two. That way, it's patched, vetted, and you know it is there for the long haul before you bother to do a major upgrade. With MS, ironically, you future-proof yourself by waiting. Every other OS is a dud: Win 98 was good, ME was a dud, XP was great, Vista was a dud, Win 7 looks great so far, and the Win 8 adoption stats are presently worse than Vista's were. Win 7 Pro looks like the worthy sucessor to XP and I'm glad I chose it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works without a problem pushing it just a little faster at 1648MHz, timing 9-9-9-24 in an Asus Rampage Gene IV. Heat spreaders look good, nicely match the red-and-black ROG themed Asus board. Bought this to go with an Intel i7-3930K.
Cons: Not really a con, but the higher clearance of the heat spreaders might be a problem if you have a really tight build. They just barely fit under the radiator block of the Zalmon LQ320 I assembled into an Antec P280 with the above hardware. But everything worked out fine.
Other Thoughts: Shiny.READ FULL REVIEW