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CORSAIR CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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2 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but overpriced and somewhat lacking 09/04/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply

Pros: Semi-modular cable design
Quiet
5 year warranty
80 Plus Bronze certified efficiency

Cons: Limited power connections
Way overpriced

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying that this is not a bad PSU. It works well so far, and remains relatively quiet. The PSU has two issues, however, and one of them is fatal.

The first issue is the limited number of power connections, and the arrangement of these connections. There are 4 SATA power connections, but all of these are on the same cable. This can make connecting devices difficult without the use of extension cables. For example, it was impossible to connect both HDDs and an optical drive in my ATX case. The cable was just too short and couldn't reach the optical drive once the HDD was plugged in. There are also just three MOLEX power connectors, which is a less serious issue nowadays, but still can prove problematic.

The more serious issue is that it is priced at $49.99 right now. At that price, there are numerous PSUs that offer more features, better efficiency, better MTBF ratings and are all around better power supplies. For $30, this PSU would be a great deal for a light-gaming system. At $49.99, it is a complete rip off. So if you are considering this PSU on sale, then go for it, but otherwise check out some other PSUs on Newegg, as there are plenty of better ones.

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DEEPCOOL GamerStrom ASSASSIN II CPU Cooler 8 Heatpipes Dual PWM Fans&FDB Bearing 300RPM Min. Nickel-plated fins
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Pros: Eight direct heat pipes.
Two Heatsinks
Two large fans
Nickle plated base to avoid corrosion
Very quite when at idle.

Cons: Somewhat loud at full load
Less expensive than some Noctua products.
Huge, trouble fitting in most cases.

Other Thoughts: Compared to my older Phanteks cooler, this one managed to drop my CPU temp by roughly eight degrees. Granted, this cooler is much larger, which gives it a clear advantage. This cooler certainly isn't for everyone, however, as it is simply enormous. I have several large ATX PC cases, and it doesn't fit inside of any of them. The only way I could test it, is to mount it with the side-panel off the PC case.

While the cooler is clearly well designed and works wonderfully, users need to be very careful that it will fit inside of their system. If it does, then it is the best high-end air cooler you can buy from a price/performance standpoint. Unless your system is exceptionally large, however, you will need to consider a smaller cooler.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-Phoenix SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: This motherboard by Gigabyte is designed to offer extreme performance and durability. Gigabytes reinforces the eight RAM slots and all PCI-E x16 slots with steel. The motherboard also has a plethora of storage connection options, including a U.2, an M.2 and ten SATA-III ports.

The motherboards BIOS is well laid out and easy to navigate. The system is easy to overclock, with well defined base clock, multiplier and voltage controls.

Gigabyte equipped the board with a relatively high-end audio subsystem that uses a Realtek ALC1150 codec connected to a series of high-quality audio capacitors and isolated from the rest of the system on a segregated piece of PCB.

Thanks to the additional PCI-E lanes from the CPU, this board can support multi-GPU configurations up to quad-crossfire and quad-SLI.

The motherboard also supports USB 3.1 Type-C.

Cons: Although the board has a tremendous amount of connectivity support, it should be noted that unless you use a CPU that has 40 PCI-E lanes, some of it will be disabled. So you should think carefully before using lower-end CPU models.

Other Thoughts: Throughout my testing I found this motherboard to be extremely stable and offer excellent performance. The motherboard is a tad expensive, but only because it is jammed packed with extra features and hardware. If you want a board that contains all of these features, this is a good board to select, but if not then there are plenty of lower-end X99 boards for you to choose from.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 05/26/12

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