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Pros: Fully modular unit and flexible cables made installation quick and tidy. Included with the unit is a bag to hold extra cables or other parts from a build; very useful. Completely silent most of the time.
Cons: At random times a coil whine will start that is easily audible from 2 meters away in a quiet room. Tried shutting down my system, and the whine persists. Then I have to use the switch on the back of the PSU to cut power completely. Put the computer on a known to clean and correctly grounded source of power, it will still happen. I've also tried using a fan to blow air directly to the PSU so it will be cooled w/ the same results.
Other Thoughts: I've never had a problem with seasonic units before, I've been recommending tis brand to family and friends for years, and have heard nothing bad. So these fanless PSUs must just be the exception.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Equivalent in performance to a 4770 while being less expensive.
All the typical Xeon features such as ECC support, virtualization technology.
Idle temp is low compared to other processors I've owned, just 15-20 Fahrenheit above ambient room temperature.
New AVX instruction set made a noticeable difference in transcoding times.
Cons: Intel's integrated HD graphics are still behind AMD's current "budget" offerings. IGPU Linux support did exist but game performance was far below win7's. This is not Intel's fault IMO and it may change in the future, just stating my experience with games and openCL benchmarks.
Not the best $/performance choice for homelabs, thanks to having only 4 physical cores but I needed another Intel box.
Other Thoughts: The stock HS and fan combo is completely capable at cooling duties while the CPU is under a full load. However while doing so it becomes loud enough to to be a distraction in a quiet room.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard
Pros: Works fine, types quietly, num/caps lock led are subdued.
Cons: No wrist support.
Other Thoughts: Perfect for a no frills keyboard. Very inexpensive, bought two incase another keyboard breaks or I spill some coffee, soda, nachos on this one.READ FULL REVIEW