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This review is from: CORSAIR AX series AX860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC 80 Plus Platinum Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Pros: Seems to work.
Cons: The power supply makes a constant humming/pulsing noise.
Other Thoughts: Depending on your setup you may not notice it but I built a PC to be very quiet and I can clearly hear the power supply humming/pulsing while the PC is on. I am using two Samsung SSDs and an Antec case with 120mm and 140mm fans all set on low or off and the PC is very quiet.
When I replace the AX860 with an older TX850 that I have the PC is silent. When I put the AX860 in I can hear the constant humming/pulsing noise.
I am very disappointed to buy a power supply from Corsair that has not been properly engineered.
This review is from: ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Too early to tell.
Cons: This board has serious problems with its fan headers. I installed this board in an Antec Nine Hundred case. This case has three 120mm case fans and one 140mm case fan.
I installed the 140mm case fan on the CHA3_FAN header. The header provided appropriate power to the fan as it worked fine but the fan speed reported in the BIOS ranged from 560rpm to 11800rpm. It kept trying to bounce back and forth. I plugged the 140mm fan into the CPUOPT_FAN header and the BIOS reported the correct speed, around 420rpm. I also plugged a 120mm fan into CHA3_FAN and the BIOS reported the correct speed. So for some reason the CHA3_FAN header just could not deal with the 140mm fan.
The other problem I had with this board was that when the board lost power (i.e. when I unplugged it for a few minutes) and then power was restored the CHA1_FAN header would not detect the 120mm fan that was installed and the 120mm fan would not spin up, basically it did not get power. This only happened the first time that the PC was booted after having lost power. Every time it was booted after that the 120mm fan on CHA1_FAN was correctly detected and successfully powered up. Until the PC lost power again. Then the fan would not be detected and would not spin up.
I opened a couple of support cases on the ASUS website and spoke to one of their online technicians and he said he had not heard of any problems like this and that I should RMA the board. Since I had only gotten it from New Egg a couple of days before I decided to return it to New Egg instead. Thank you New Egg!!!!
So I figured I must have gotten unlucky with that board so I went out and bought another one at a local retailer for substantially more money only to have the exact same problem with that board.
I even flashed both boards with the latest BIOS, 1304, and still had the same problems.
I used to think of ASUS as the Rock of Gibraltar when it came to motherboards but after this experience I worry about what else is messed up on these Z97 boards. Not sure what I am going to do, I guess I will take a look at some Z97 boards from other manufacturers.
Other Thoughts: Not sure what happened with these boards. I used to be able to count on ASUS.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fair Price
Cons: This video card claims to have two DVI ports. With any other video cards I have purchased I have been able to plug in both of my VGA monitors, one into each port. However, only one of the two DVI ports supports connecting a VGA monitor. The other port requires an actual DVI port. Had I known this I would not have bought this video card.
Also beware of neweggs new "bundling" of items. If you return an item and they have "bundled" a free code or something you end up getting stuck paying for the free code.
Other Thoughts: I can't believe that PNY was so cheap that only one of the two DVI slots will support a VGA monitor. I have never heard of another vendor doing this, but then I have always bought eVGA in the past. Guess I learned my lesson.READ FULL REVIEW