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This review is from: iTEKIRO 150W AC Adapter for MSI ADP-150VB B; MSI GE60 Apache, GE60 Apache Pro; GE70 Apache Pro; GP60 Leopard; GP70 Leopard; GS60 Ghost, GS60 Ghost Pro; GS70 Stealth, GS70 Stealth Pro, GX70 Destroyer
Pros: When it worked, it did the job okay. Cheaper than OEM.
Cons: Ran hot and is huge. No right angle on the laptop connector. Died after 5 months.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Pros: Ran for 4.5 years without a hitch. Quiet operation and plenty of power connectors.
I have another one of these in my main gaming rig, and it works without issue.
Even though I had a defective unit and lost some equipment, the PSU itself was covered under warranty.
Corsair express RMA process went smoothly. They put a $50 hold on your credit/debit card, give you a prepaid shipping label to return the bad PSU, and then immediately ship you a replacement. They only charge the card if they don't receive the bad PSU within 10 business days (2 weeks). And even then, if they receive it after that time, they issue a refund.
2 eggs for the warranty, and Corsair customer service. Also, the performance for the money you get is pretty good.
Cons: Two pins from a SATA power connector shorted out and got hot enough to cause a small fire during boot, which destroyed a cheap SSD.
The protection circuitry is supposed to prevent this sort of thing. I'm just lucky it was just an SSD and not the whole motherboard.
Other Thoughts: This early model was manufactured by Channel Well, a notoriously bad manufacturer. The newer V2 model is manufactured by Seasonic, one of the best manufacturers of PSUs. If you are going to buy, get the 650TX V2 (newegg Item=N82E16817139020).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Up to 3 monitors out (HDMI/DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort).
Integrated HDMI video and audio.
Lots of SATA connectors.
SATA connectors face forward instead of up, for easier clearance in slim HTPC cases.
eSata out port on back.
Internal headers for both AC'97 and HD front audio ports.
USB 3.0 internal connection near front of board.
Up to 64 GB RAM.
Integrated gigabit ethernet.
Cons: No firewire support, but what would be the point with USB 3.0 anyways.
Other Thoughts: I built a nice little Windows 8 HTPC with this board that performs even better and cooler than my old Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz + dedicated EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB full tower PC. Here's the specs:
+ Apex DM-318 HTPC case
+ AMD A10-5700 Trinity 3.4GHz APU
+ Noctua NH-L9a heatsink
+ 8GB of GSkill Sniper low power RAM
+ PNY Prevail Elite 240GB SSD (system drive)
+ Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB HDD (media drive)
+ LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM
The integrated Radeon HD 7660D graphics on the APU perform just as well as - and much cooler than - my old 8800 GTS. The new CPU is about 40% faster than my old Core 2 Duo, even with making room for the integrated GPU.
My Windows Experience index on the SSD (which I already had) went up from a 7.2 to an 8.1 just by getting the SATA 6Gb/s controller on this new board as opposed to my old board's 3Gb/s controller.
Over all I am very pleased with this board, and I will probably build more of these systems in the future for friends/family.