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Pros: A 7..that’s right SEVEN year warranty. Simply outstanding for my confidence in the product.
It is safe to assume that fans are the first bit to fail on a power supply, so designing a product that can run with passive cooling shows some foresight on Corsairs part.
So far under normal operation, the fan has not spun up yet. I would expect it to spin up at some point next summer when the ambient temps in my house reach 75 or better. At 65 degrees, not a peep out of the power supply fan.
Rock Steady Regulation.
My previous power supply (also a corsair by the way) always showed a slight voltage variance whenever I plugged in a couple of USB3 drives for a backup session. I sort of overbought for my x99 build so this RM550x is running in place of the 600-semi modular version. I had blamed this variance on something in the gigabyte system utility software which has seen a few updates since last year, but it was clear after installing the RM550x the previous power supply was the issue.
I hadn’t remembered the pain I had running the main power cable for this build, and thought I’d simply plug the new supply in and be done. Well not quite. The old 600 was semi modular with that big honking main cable to contend with. Took me an hour to swap them to my satisfaction. I do know that if it ever needs to be replaced, it will be far simpler I the future, and that’s one more win
My system is running a EVGA 660ftw on a gigabyte x99Ud5 v2011-v3. A pair of sata drives, one SSD, one spinner, water cooling system and 32 gb of ram fills out the build. I was slightly worried about going down a notch in wattage. The voltages across the boards have been rock solid, no change at all even when overclocked to my max.
The loss of the power supply cooling fan noise was a significant plus, not to mention the predicted reduction in dust.
Dust is a huge problem in the Southwest. I have cats also.
Cons: For the intended use none.
Everything was as advertised.
The packaging however was WAY OVERKILL. Nice touches with sacks and bags galore (and the neat case badge), but quite a bit of stuff would end up in the bin, including the massive user manual in over a dozen languages (including Klingon). I assume that a power supply can’t be shipped with a CD due to various regulations. So be it.
Vendors will always try to out glitz each other with fancy packaging for the small percentage of sales that go on at brick and mortar stores in the US. Could have showed up in a plain box as far as I was concerned.
People may be inclined to buy a higher wattage supply based on the price alone. At the time of this price for the RM550x is @ $110, pretty much at the top of the range for this class of product. Bigger is better in some cases, but I was not planning on SLI or anything extreme for this gaming rig so for this review the goal was reducing power consumption and noise while still maintaining my ability to overclock, so I opted to install this higher quality, albeit slightly smaller power supply into my rig.
Other Thoughts: There are a few power supply calculators on the web, on average I was told I needed a 450w supply to handle my current needs. The RM550x seems to be doing just fine and it’s truly quiet. For a build with moderate power needs, the higher quality components of the RMx line backed by the sever year warranty makes the RM550x a contender for your next build’s power supply. With the cost of electric going up all the time, cutting wattage over a 12 hour on cycle adds up over the lifespan of a product.
For me it was all about noise levels and reliability
This series is available in higher wattage versions which should cover those of your with raid arrays and multiple video cards. After studying up on power supply tech to see if I could give this 550 watt unit a try I was more than pleased with its performance and I expect this supply to be around for at least three years before I have to go to the next platform.
I’ll add the Corsair was the first rebate to arrive after this X99 build was finished so no worries there if your purchase is driven by a rebate.
Five eggs, even if the price seems a little bit higher then it should be.I can't put a price on peace and quiet. I'm sure we'll see some rebates come along at some point in the next couple of weeks as Black Friday Approaches
Pros: with sales and pricedropsDDR4 memory is not a premium buy any longer.
Filled up the remaining 4 slots in my x99 rig
Identical to the ram I paid nearly double this price for back in January '15
Cons: ram cannot reproduce until we bow down to our robot overlords, so why is it called "populating" the slots.
not the fastest ddr4 memory available, but I gotta cut a corner somewhere, and seeing I had already had 16gb of identical ram in the system, I took the reliable way out.
Other Thoughts: the jury is out on how much ram is enough, but I run a the XP VM in win7, so this ram will without doubt be usefulREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Solidly built, had no problems at all slipping a 1tb 3.5 inch drive in there for a carry around backup drive. Doesn't get hot thanks to a user switchable fan. If I'm using it for a few minutes, I can leave the fan off. installing an os or doing a backup, the fan should be on to reduce case temps.
Cons: price is a little high unless on sale
Other Thoughts: no excuse not to have an offsite backup of your precious memories. Come on folks, you can easily set this system up and have some extra peace of mind for a couple of hundred bucks. Just do it!READ FULL REVIEW