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Athena Power AP-P4ATX60FEP8 20+4Pin 600W Server Power Supply - 80 PLUS Bronze
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs A bit pricey, but excellent performance 08/07/2014

This review is from: Athena Power AP-P4ATX60FEP8 20+4Pin 600W Server Power Supply - 80 PLUS Bronze

Pros: A server rated power supply with plenty of power. 80 plus certified. As the product advertises, this PSU is very quiet with the two fans.

Cons: A little bit expensive for what it is. Would like to see this for about $20-$30 cheaper. It's sibling is half the cost but at the expense of noise. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: The sibling I refer to is N82E16817338012. I exchanged that PSU for the one in this review. The one above had similar specs and was half the cost but did not have the 80 plus certification and the fans were very loud (probably just a defect). Overall, I'm glad I made the exchange, the one in this review is much better in terms of noise.

Athena Power AP-P4ATX60FE 20+4Pin 600W Single EPS12V V2.91 SLI and CrossFire Ready Supports Intel Core i7 Server Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has all the necessary connectors and is a server power supply. Two fans (albeit loud) help keep the unit cool. Fans are positioned on the sides instead of the bottom like most modern PSUs. I call the side fans a pro since I do not care for the bottom fan style.

Cons: Fans are very loud. May possibly be a defect. This PSU is supposed to have smart fan controls and advertises as silent. I let the system run idle for several minutes with the case open and the fans never quieted down.

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping it just a defect. There was also some mystery white gunk on some of the cables. I am exchanging this for N82E16817338110 which is 80 plus bronze certified and this one is not.

areca ARC-1200 2-Port PCI-Express x1 SATA Controller Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Does very well as Raid 0 or 1 11/18/2013

This review is from: areca ARC-1200 2-Port PCI-Express x1 SATA Controller Card

Pros: Hardware RAID, 128 MB ram for write back operation, passive heat-sink.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have had this card for 4 years now and it is still performing quite well. It only supports SATA 2, but that is to be expected due to its age.

While the board supports write back, the system running the card should at least have a UPS. Although the card has a connector for battery backup, I don't think Areca offers one.

This card has been in two systems - first was an HP m8330f workstation as Raid 0, and now in a server as Raid 1 for Hyper-V VM boot disks.

The HTTP proxy software available is very helpful in monitoring the card and making changes. It also makes it very easy to update the firmware and BIOS.


Evan C.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan C.

Date Joined: 05/11/05

  • Reviews: 20
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  • First Review: 01/20/08
  • Last Review: 08/07/14
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