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SeaSonic SS-250SU 250W 250W 1U 80+ Bronze Certified APFC Power Supply
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5 out of 5 eggs nice power supply for mini-itx 04/27/2016

This review is from: SeaSonic SS-250SU 250W 250W 1U 80+ Bronze Certified APFC Power Supply

Pros: Has the appearance of quality. Fan is quiet, about the same noise level as the CPU fan provided by Intel on the 4590 i5 processor when the computer is idle or low cpu usage. Voltages are very good, 3.304, 5.040, and 12.240. It worked when I first connected to motherboard and turned on. I have left it running for a couple weeks and continues to work fine with no strange odors and fan continues to operate quietly. Cable lengths are as follows 24 pin cabling is at least 14" long, 12 volt 4 pin cable for cpu power is 18" long, cables for hard drives are 10" to the first drive connector and then 9" more to the second connector ( for both the SATA power and traditional 4 pin IDE power connectors)

Cons: I am using this in a very compact mini itx case, so the cables are much longer than I need. The wires are pretty flexible so I should be able to keep things neat. My case is ARK ITX/CS-Ci05 Pedestal Server Case. I cut off all of the zip ties that bundle cables together for each connector so that the cabling is more flexible for arranging it in the case. After all the cable connections are made, I put new zip ties on the cables again to keep them bundled neatly for the final build.

Other Thoughts: This seems to be designed by SeaSonic as a server quality power supply according to the Seasonic web site, and the feedback by other users seems consistently high. I think that this is the best available mini itx power supply in this power range and the price is quite good for the quality. I would definitely buy another one if I built another similar mini itx computer.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works for me. UPDATE: still working in April 2016 and now in a 1150 socket z97 motherboard. 04/18/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB

Pros: Runs at 1333 in my Gigabyte Q77-d2h motherboard. I have tried XMP profile 1 and profile 2, but still runs at 1333. Not enough of a performance hit to complain or notice in actual use. The Q77 chipset may have some configuration limitations.

In April 2016, this ram is in a z97 board and working at 1866 speed using XMP setting and no special tweaking required.

Cons: None, I figure my issues are due to motherboard rather than RAM. The ram has a lifetime warranty, so if I try it in a future motherboard that should run this ram at its rated speed, and I have any problems, I believe Gskill will take care of me.

Other Thoughts: Have purchased more than 50 sticks of gskill ram, desktop and laptop and never had a failure or DOA.
My Q77 motherboard does run 1600 with Gskill 1600 ram (2 x 4 GB).

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Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model CT2K102464BD160B
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I put this in a Gigabyte GA-Z97n and it was automatically detected as DDR3L. When I looked at the pre-boot system info, 1.35 v was displayed as the voltage for these memory sticks.
UPDATE-- I bought another set of this memory and it works as great as the first set. I am still totally satisfied with this memory in my mini-itx computer builds.

Cons: none noted.

Other Thoughts: It is only a 10% voltage reduction but since I am using this in a computer that will function as a home server and will be running 24/7, I figured I might as well get the lower voltage memory.

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Display Name: Bruce C.

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