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This review is from: Rosewill RBR1000-MS - BRONZE Series - 1000-Watt Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze, Semi-Modular Cable Design, ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V, SLI & CrossFire Ready
Pros: Okay I'm only writing this review as it died. So I may be a tad biased. I purchased this in 2010 (man time flies). Why do I say it only lasted 3 years then, if you're reading in 2015? Because I was in the military and didn't use it for 2 whole years (I sealed it off inside a full tower case inside the FTC's original box and stored it in a climate controlled location, so this is not to blame, and it worked for about 7 months after retrieval from that location; as far as I know, everything else from there still works).
Now. I *did* love this thing. It has 100% customizable rails (8x 6pin connectors, and a variety of uses for each; I have pictures). Hell I may even buy another as a backup. But I won't be using it again (see cons) in my main rig, at least not until a new model comes in and I can verify if this killed my PC or not.
I did get a good 3 years out of this guy, and kept it clean (or so I thought, see cons). Overall as long as it's death didn't take anything else with it, a good buy. $140 When I got it, only $100 now. Would buy again, once I understand more about modern PSUs and their fuses.
I've had a few power supplies die in the past and leave the horrible odor. This one didn't leave any odor, and no scorch marks. It's probably something simple, like a capacitor or diode that went out. What I think is the fuse seems to be fine, which is what has got me worried about the integrity of my main PC.
Cons: I have been re-arranging the past week. However I do a lot of work on the PC and put off some of the work for this morning, as I would have to unplug the surge protector for the first time in 5 months. So first thing this morning I unplugged the SP, moved a small nightstand table to fit in front of the wall outlet, then plugged it back in. Went to turn on PC... nothing.
Srsy? What type of power supply dies because you unplug the surge protector it's attached to? Everything else attached to the SP still works... 2x 32" 1080p monitors, Drobo, usb Hub... only this SPU (I hope) died. I didn't have a backup PSU so I'll have to purchase another to confirm whether or not it actually took out the whole tower (I'm writing from the laptop while shopping for a new PSU). Took it to a local CPU shop and they said it was dead, and they didn't offer anything with this kind of power.
Notice; I blew this guy out at least once a month w/compressed air, but when I took it apart I noticed that the cables are tied really tight, and excesses of dust had built up anyway; really hard to maintain without disassembling it. It is REALLY cramped inside here. Hard to put back together. The interior fan is connected only to the 4 screws on top holding the grill on; once removed it is a pain to get them 'put' (Can't say 'screw' in past tense in a review) back in, as you cannot apply pressure from below, and the fan has plenty of room to simply retreat (until it reaches the cramped space beneath it, which is further than the screw actually reaches).
Other Thoughts: I took it apart immediately without even thinking. If you do this, be careful. There is a sticker covering the final screw (which states warranty void if removed). I didn't see this and ended up bending the metal (doesn't matter bought it 5 years ago, so warranty is long gone for me anyway).
The fuse (if that's what it is) is REALLY hard to get to, kind of hidden behind a large copper coil. Why do PSU manufacturers hide the fuses nowadays? REALLY? If the fuse goes it's only $1 to replace. They used to be on the outside, easily accessible. That is a really dirty marketing tactic, hiding the fuse so you have to ship the whole unit off to replace a $1 part. Not even sure if this thing is a fuse, as it reads as 100% continuity, which leads to the question why wasn't the fuse the first thing to go in case of a power surge? Does this thing even offer any protection to your components? No idea why this thing went kaput. No odd odors or smells. I'm no electrician, I just build and maintain PCs. But this has left a sour taste, which is sad because I truly loved this thing. I only just bought a 980 gtx (blower) for this thing, about 2 months ago. That may have something to do with it, I had been running an old 9800 gtx prior (yeah, I skipped over exactly one entire generation, I know, kind of funny).
I have to give it 3 eggs for now because I don't know what else this thing took with it, as there doesn't seem to be a fuse to protect anything inside your case; what I think is the fuse is perfectly fine. The guys at the shop said that no power was going into the PSU, and indeed I only got intermittent signals at the connection point. I didn't actually unplug the PSU, only the surge protector it was attached to, from the wall. So there is no physical way that this could have caused a short. I'm at a loss for now, though I admit my knowledge is extremely limited. Never knew unplugging a different cable could ruin one further up the line.
All in all this unit lasted 5 years if only used for 3. So hope this helped someone, and if you know where the fuse is on this thing, I'd like to know.
Pros: Been through a lot. Takes hits like a champ. Day I got it, right out of the box, I dropped it from above-bed height; not a single rattling piece inside. Almost 4 years later, and I'm still proud I bought it. Modern monitors can't compare. A shame this is discontinued. For $200 this was - and is - better than many the same price today. Gloss finish was something that drove me to the purchase; I've been looking, and it's hard to find something these days that matches this quality.
Cons: Raised my standards, encouraged elitism. Wouldn't rely on built-in audio as a first choice. Nvidia cards treat it funny. It likes to be the recessive monitor on dual set-ups (??? don't ask). As the default, motherboard boot screens display funny, and in-OS the colors are off.
Other Thoughts: Bought this to play the first Dragon Age Origins (that was the excuse I used at least). Really brought the game to life. Gloss finish gets a bad wrap over traditional matte; and there is a large difference! Even without glare, a lot of people complain that the colors 'look funny'. That's because it's a different finish. I did have a few dead pixels (likely due to my dropping it) for a while at first, but they've long since vanished. Moved 3 times with it in storage truck, still performs beautifully.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RHUB-300 - 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Power Adapter
Pros: Self installs. Nice sleek design, still works over a year later. Comes with power cable, if you're gonna be charging with it (use common sense people). Power light. Activity light. Smooth plug-in and removal. Sweet spot grip (not too tight or loose). Really couldn't do better ($20 on sale).
Cons: Wasn't free? Occasionally disconnects peripherals if you plug in a large flash drive (they come back on re-connect).
Other Thoughts: Light is indeed fairly bright. Haven't had a single problem with any Rosewill device so far. Docking stations, cases, power supplies, tools, headsets, cables, accessories. Rosewill responds to most 1-egg reviews.READ FULL REVIEW