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CORSAIR AXi Series AX1500i Digital 1500W 80 PLUS TITANIUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Doesn't take up as much room as my previous, lower wattage PSU
-Lots of cables provided
-Virtually noise-free
-Talks to the H100i cooler with the supplied communications cable
-Fits in my RV-02E case with enough room to fit a H100i cooler below it

Cons: - Cables are flat instead of sleeved, so the are hard to route through the case

Other Thoughts: I suppose I could separate the wires and sleeve them myself, but it's kind of a hassle. Not enough of a problem to ding an egg, though.

MB - Asus X99-E WS
CPU - i7-5930K
GPU - 3x Asus Strix GTX980
MEM - Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2666
SSD - G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB
Cooler - Corsair H100i

G.SKILL Phoenix Blade Half Height 480GB PCI-Express 2.0 x8 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) FM-PCx8G2R4-480G
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Faster than SATA 6Gb/s
-Test read speed averages around 1450MB/s seq, 1100MB/s 512k, 400MB/s 4k

Cons: -Slow boot due to card's internal RAID and BIOS initialization
-High $/GB

Other Thoughts: Disappointed how slow the initialization takes during boot. If you are using sleep mode instead of shutdown, then it doesn't matter much.

Seems like it should be reading faster than it is; doesn't feel any faster than a standard SSD. But I suppose numbers don't lie. (although it is only running at 75% of it's rated speed)

Dinged an egg because of the high dollar vs performance.

Probably would have been better off with an m4 card, and would have saved a PCIe slot.

CPU - i7-5930K
GPU - 3x ASUS Strix GTX980
MEM - Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2666
PSU - Corsair AX1500i
Cooler - Corsair H100i

WD AV-GP WD3200AVVS 320GB IntelliPower 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Drive is very quiet and was relatively quick for a green drive.

Cons: If used in a HTPC as data and OS drive, booting can be very slow, but this is not so much a con since WD said it was not meant to serve as an OS drive.

Died unexpectedly, without any warning after 6 months of very light use. Maybe 50 hours total uptime (don't use my HTPC that much anymore). Drive is completely dead, is not recognized by BIOS in any machine I put it in.

Other Thoughts: Drives die, it's the nature of mechanical things. Overall I've had pretty good success with WD, I think I was just unlucky this time.


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Display Name: Steve K.

Date Joined: 08/14/06

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/10/12
  • Last Review: 12/26/14
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