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CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply
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5 out of 5 eggs A great high power, high quality, small form factor power supply that is quiet to boot! 06/20/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: Great power from a small form factor power supply, quiet, efficient, and runs cool.

Fully modular unit with a 12" ATX 20/24 pin cable, 18" 4x Sata cable spaced about 4" each, 18" 4x 4pin molex cable spaced about 4" each, 2x 16" 6/8 pin PCI-E cables, 12" 4/8 pin CPU cable. These work well for small form factor builds as you don't have long cables to bunch up.

One thing I like to test on modular power supplies is the voltage drop which can be caused by the extra pin connectors. These connectors fit snug but not so tight you feel you might break it. They are keyed and have different pin layouts so that you cannot accidentally plug it into the wrong plug or upside down. As for voltage variance, I measured it .01v +/- under load ( system is Intel i7-980x / GTX 970 ), this miniscule amount of voltage change is great! I didn't notice any severe drops at the point of load variance meaning the active pfc functions well and responds quickly.

The Active PFC is part of what allows this unit to run efficiently which leads to cooler temps and quieter fan. The unit was near silent after stress testing cpu/gpu for a few hours. I would imagine the noise from it would easily be drowned out by case, cpu, and gpu fans in most SFF builds that would require this much power.

Corsair warranty, 7 years of it!
I've used hundreds of these units over the last 5+ years and have only had to replace a few, Corsair has always been great to deal with and more importantly provided a quick turn around!

Cons: Active PFC has a drawback and that is it can cause noise in sound cards. In my experience this is very rare and when it does occur it only occurs at very low volume. I did not have this issue using an old PCI Audigy 2 sound card.

Cables maybe a bit short in some instance if you try to use this power supply in a standard ATX case, or if you have a larger SFF case and want really clean cable routing.

Other Thoughts: I find it hard to fault this unit, it does what so many others have not and without complaint.

A bonus, if you happen to break the sata connectors Corsair readily has replacement cables available!

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 240 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with Dual 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: A well performing all in one ready to install water cooling system. The radiator appears very standard in what you'd expect in such a kit. The lines are hard plastic alike seen on many older generation units, I don't feel this poses an issue. While the lines are a bit stiff it also helps avoid issues after installation, work them lightly and let them bend the way they want. The pre applied thermal paste is a silicone based, good enough and with a very long lifespan. The magic with this cooler is the fans, the build quality is amazing, decent pressure, rpm, very quiet, honestly the best fans I think I've seen that come included with an alike system. The Mounting system is simple, straight forward, and easy to ensure you get good balanced tension.

Cons: The pump seems to be a bit louder and slightly different pitch than my other units, slightly more audible.
(It's worth noting that I had the fans unplugged for this)

I'm not sure if I care for the clear line section, while it does look cool I have always held some concern about allowing the entrance of light. I do not know what the fill mixture contains, I doubt this will cause a problem.

Other Thoughts: It performs very well, competitive with other AIO coolers of the same size.
The fans I feel are superior to most, however there are better fans to be had if you are looking to maximize your performance.
This unit doesn't struggle in the least to keep my i7-5820k < 50c in a 20-22c environment, which I'm quite pleased with.

While the unit came with a nifty 4 port fan splitter, that splitter does not have an auxiliary power input.
I would not suggest running 4 fans off a single mainboard header, while your board maybe capable it's generally not recommended. This can of course be solved with a molex or sata power to 3/4 pin male fan power adapter, however you would not have mainboard fan speed control.

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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Decent drive for a great price 04/11/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-120G

Pros: Much faster than a standard mechanical drive, some of the fastest mechanical drives ever tested will barely break 100MB/s of data transfer speed sustained, this SSD I tested Read/Write speeds in excess of 400MB/s (Intel ich10r , ATTO, Windows 7 Pro x64, 3.2ghz i3, 16gb ddr3). OCZ 3 year warranty, I've had to deal with OCZ a few times with warranties, I'm glad to say they have had one of the quickest turn around times I've experienced in the industry. It is only 7mm thick which allows it to be installed into all but the slimmest of ultrabooks.

Cons: TLC, this is the lowest price design of current SSD technology. These drives are generally a little slower and may not last quite as long as their more expensive counterparts, MLC and better yet SLC.

While the drive is fairly thin at only 7mm, it's not thin enough for a good number of ultrabooks which some of now use 5mm drives, if you have one of these units I suggest you remove the drive to check for space.

Other Thoughts: This can be a great drive for many, but there maybe better choices depending one what your use is.
Price point it's one of the best drives available in my research and experience, it outperforms most drives in its class.
However, there is some downside to the class, I probably wouldn't recommend this for use in a server or high performance high data access workstation or gaming system. This is primarily due to latency increases as demands increase.

This all being said this is the primary drive the laptop I carry with me the most.
It's hugely faster than the hybrid HDD/SSD drive that was in the machine previously.
Comparing to another laptop of mine which has about the same hardware, however a faster SSD there is no difference in perceived performance. (2.6ghz i7 / 8gb ddr3, Win10 Pro x64)
These machines being primarily used for web browsing, watching videos, and general tasking.

Another use for this drive would be in a USB 3.0 / eSATA enclosure as they make fantastic external hard drives with ultrafast write/read times. If you are a person who needs to carry data around or take backups offsite, this drive could be a serious time saver.

If you do install this in a PC for general use I do suggest that you run more memory than you would otherwise need, this will help eliminate virtual memory paging (small data writes to the drive). I've found that in most users on modern Windows 7 and newer 64bit operating systems 8GB is generally enough to achieve minimal reliance on virtual memory. 16GB will almost always stop them all together, as tested long term on gaming and workstation-3d-cad use systems. This is based on your usage so take considerations, this is also not required but will extend the lifespan of your drive.

A good step up from the previous Trion 100 series!

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