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CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs CX600 V3 quality has changed 05/21/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Says Corsair on it, Says 46amps and 522w on 12v rail

Cons: Corsair cx v3 used to be great! I have a early v3 model that still runs wonderful and actually delivers it's rated power. Now they are still labeled as v3, but are now different, and no longer deliver their rated power.

Other Thoughts: I just want to clear up that this is not Newegg's fault. This is strictly Corsair's wrong doing. I bought a V3 CX600 back in early 2014, The V2 CX models were good, But they improved allot when the V3 came out. But now Corsair has changed the CX series again, They are still labeled as v2.3 (V3) But now they no longer deliver their rated wattage or amps. I was lucky to get a early V3 CX600. I have no idea how corsair thinks they can just do this to loyal customers! But the CX750 can only put out around 560watts! So I can imagine how bad the CX600 is now. It is probably only a 400watt unit now. Huntkey tried this back around 2008 and it did not work, Why Corsair thinks they can suddenly do this is beyond me! I really hate to see this happen to the CX series, I used to recommend the CX series all the time. It was the go to PSU. But now it is dangerous to use in a system, The PSU is the most important component of your system. If the PSU fails it will take everything down with it. So I now recommend Antec and Seasonic. You may have to pay a bit more. But it will be worth not ruining your system with a overrated PSU.

EVGA 04G-P4-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: My buddy let me use this card to try it out because he wanted to sale it to me used for $250. In return I let him use my R9 270. I wanted to do it because he needed the money. But I just could not buy this thing. It is that bad.
The pros are as follows:
The cons make this not at all worthwhile. But still a decent performer for a $330 dollar card But only if you use it at 1080p. But the R9 290 is a much better choice for a cheaper price. ANd it out performed my little R9 270 by a decent margin.

Cons: Coil Whine is annoying making you wonder how long the coils will actually hold out. And using mods to push the V-ram causes stutter once it hits past 3.5gb. And the R9 290 has the same performance with a real 4GB of V-ram, Yet for some reason Nvidia still thinks it should cost more than the R9 290. How anyone thinks this is a deal when the R9 290 is cheaper is beyond me.

Other Thoughts: With the R9 290 being cheaper and having the same performance, And with the R9 290 actually being a real 4GB GPU, And with the R9 290 being cheaper, Makes the price of this card not near as good as most people are fooled into thinking it is. Yes it still is a decent performer for it's price range, But because of the memory limit you can't use this for anything more than a 1080p card. So there is not much point buying this for 1080p with a bit of future proofing, Because a R9 270 for the fraction of the price can handle 1080p just fine. And once games get even worse on optimization, and when more V-Ram is needed, This card will be as worthless as any current mid range card by then, But the cheaper mid range like the R9 270, Is much cheaper and not as much of a problem to replace by then. Also this card made the worst noises from the coil whine! How anyone can tolerate this from a $300 dollar card is beyond me! People are compromising too much, And are going to ruin the market for people that actually know better than to buy a card with horrible coil whine! Because it is not from the coil's installation just being cheap, It is because they built it with inferior coils that are slowly burning up. And if they use inferior coils chances are that the rest of the components in the card are cheap too. So it did not take me long to return this card to my friend and tell him I was not interested. And I was glad to put my R9 270 back in. It did out perform my R9 270 by a decent margin, But The R9 270 has no problems handling 1080p, ABout the only difference was higher FPS with the 970. And I was able to crank every game up all the way with the 970. I can't do that with every game using the R9 270. But that was about the only thing better. I am just going to save up more and buy a R9 290, Or wait for the R9 300 series.

BIOSTAR TZ77A LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board has every feature you need for a high end system. My friend let me try his two R7 265's in my system and I let him try my R9 270, And it does a great job with crossfire. No micro stutter and it beat the GTX 770 in benchmarks and was very close to the GTX 780. So the PCIe lanes have plenty of bandwidth for crossfire. And it is very easy to overclock. It is a shame this board is no longer available, Because this board is the best bang for buck Ivy Bridge board period. And people can build a high end rig for cheap. It was because of the price of this board, I was able to afford the faster Intel i5 CPU over the slower AMD 8core CPU. The VRM heatsinks do a great job keeping everything cool. This board is as good as any other high priced high end board in my opinion. I have not had any trouble from it so far, And the on-board sound is very good contrary to what others have said. Mine has a i5 3470 chip in it. And 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 and a HIS R9 270. And soon I will buy another HIS R9 270 and crossfire it since I was so impressed with the R7 265 in crossfire.

Cons: The main PCIe slot should have been placed lower from the CPU, So you have to be a bit more careful installing your GPU. The temps on the board are very good. But they would be even better if the main PCIe slot was further down from the CPU. This would allow wider airflow and keep the heat of the GPU and the heat of the CPU further away from each other. But it is not much of a issue at all, Especially for the price. If you have a side case fan blowing air away from your GPU then this does not matter anyway.

Other Thoughts: Some have claimed the on-board sound is junk and the Bios needs updated. But so far I have had no problems with sound at all (knock on wood) As a matter of fact the sound on the board is much better than the sound on my old 1156 MSI P55-GD65 board. Also my board did not need a bios update at all. Everything worked out of the box fine.


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Display Name: Doris B.

Date Joined: 01/01/14

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