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ASUS PB Series PB278Q 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast response
Excellent color reproduction
Very bright, even backlighting
Has every possible modern input
Nice adjustable stand that doesn't require to tighten anything to keep it in one position
Every game looks amazing on this panel

For the past several years, I've been using a 53 inch HDTV as a display for my rigs. This panel blows it out of the water in every possible way.

Cons: Speakers are weak but who buys a panel just to get good speakers.

Other Thoughts: If you're considering buying this panel, don't put it off any longer (like I did) and just go for it. You'll be glad you did. Just make you have the graphical horsepower to drive this thing.

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EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 1300W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular PSU 10 Year Warranty 120-G2-1300-XR NEW 4th Gen CPU Certified Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High wattage potential
Great price and company
Fairly quiet
Long warranty

I've been using this since late November 2013 and have nothing but praise for this unit but I'll report back in a few more months.

Cons: Not that big of a fan of the red PCI-E cables. It went with a black and green build with silver accents and it's a tad out of place but cables can be replaced or sleeved. Also I wish this had a zero rpm fan mode because I use about 50% wattage capacity when gaming with just a CPU overclock which it delivers without even breaking a sweat. In the end though the little bit of noise is not that big a deal for me as I normally game with headphones. Even without them, I barely hear it and it sits less than 2 feet in front of me.

Other Thoughts: It's not a con for me since I put this beast into a Corsair Air 540 but it is kinda on the ginormous side. If you considering this as a purchase, make absolutely sure you have the room for it. BTW, for anyone who's not sure about how much wattage they need for 2 higher-end GPUs like mine, a 850 watt PSU will get the job done no question. I originally had my SLI setup running on a HX 850 watt but I always go for much higher wattage's. It's this OCD of mine that can't let it go. Plus I need the HX for another build anyway. When I found it at this price I really couldn't let it go... oops... OCD again.

My game rig:
i5 4670k @ 4.4ghz 24/7 with 1.25V
H100i
G1 Sniper M5
2x EVGA GTX 780 Dual FTW w/ ACX
2x Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD in RAID 0
WD Black 1TB
EVGA SuperNova G2 1300W (duh)
Corsair Air 540

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SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Updated review with 4 months use 12/27/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It still reads pretty quick. I think it's biggest feature that gives it an edge over other brands is the SMART support but you have to use Samsung Magician to get the SMART statistics.

Cons: The sustained and random write speeds have completely tailed off. That's a bit of an understatement to be fair. When I first got this SSD, the sustained write was hovering around 235 MB/s while the random write was about 57000 IOPS. Now after 4 months of use (a couple of complete wipes and re-installs of Win 7 due to some upgrades), the sustained write is 135 MB/s and random write is 11100 IOPS. I also due run between 80-90% capacity all the time though. It seems like the closer it runs to 100% capacity, the more the performance tails off on write speeds.

Other Thoughts: Overall it seems to be hanging in there quite a bit. I wasn't expecting write performance to take such a hit but at the end of the day, this is a boot and game drive for a pure gaming rig, write speeds don't need to be real high. When it comes to booting up and running games, read speeds is what matters the most and the read performance has decreased a little but the bulk of it is still there. Massive thumbs up for that. I was thinking about getting another soon to put into RAID 0 but if prices still remain high for an older product then I'll probably get a 840 Evo. I'm still going RAID 0 because I would like the extra capacity. Also I was planning on writing a updated review after 1 years of use.

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Robert W.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert W.

Date Joined: 02/20/09

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 05/31/09
  • Last Review: 07/16/14
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