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Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1155 35W BX80623I32120T Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low price, low power consumption, low heat. Handles 1080p+ video streaming and any other basic computing tasks with ease. Much to my surprise, it could actually handle XCOM: Enemy Unknown at ~20 fps without a separate video card, so some gaming wouldn't be out of the question either, just so long as you aren't wanting to play anything demanding, like a modern FPS title.

Cons: None, just so long as you have realistic expectations of the performance you're going to get at this price.

Other Thoughts: Hard to beat for an entry-level or media PC.

hec HEC200SA-2FX 200W Mini ITX    Active PFC Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Stay away. 01/25/2012

This review is from: hec HEC200SA-2FX 200W Mini ITX Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Fit nicely in the HTPC case (from the same company) that mine came with. Cable length was adequate. Unfortunately, that's it.

Cons: All I asked of it was to power a 35W TDP Intel i3 CPU, a mini-ITX motherboard, 4GB of value RAM, and a SSD.

What did I get? Overheating and brownouts leading to frequent random restarts. After some thorough troubleshooting to make sure no other components were at fault, I replaced this PSU with another 220W one from another company. Lo and behold, my problems disappeared and my HTPC has been stable for months.

At a minimum, I suspect the very lackluster 12V rail here was to blame. 9.5A won't get you very far at all.

Other Thoughts: 200W doesn't mean anything if the PSU is can't efficiently put it where it's needed. When it comes to your PSU, do your research and don't cut ANY corners.

hec HEC200SA2FX 200W Mini ITX Active PFC Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Awful. Absolutely awful. 10/19/2011

This review is from: hec HEC200SA2FX 200W Mini ITX Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Not much, apart from the cable length and variety being acceptable for your average mini-ITX case.

Cons: TLDR version: One of these came with my HTPC case from the same brand. It was so bad I replaced it with a different PSU, and my HTPC lived happily ever after.

In spite of having to power only a 35W CPU, 4GB of basic RAM, a mini-ITX motherboard, and a 64GB SSD, it certainly had a lot of trouble. It would frequently cause the computer to restart at random. It was hot to the touch (yes, the fan was "working") and even when I pointed a desk fan on it with the case open, it would still occasionally brown out the system. This was highly unacceptable, and after reading the abysmal reviews here, I skipped seeking a replacement and went straight to a 220W PSU from a different company I knew I could trust. Now all is well.

Other Thoughts: Moral of the story: Don't ever skimp on the PSU. Find a reliable brand, pay attention to the rail amperages, and leave yourself some breathing room power-wise.


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Display Name: Anthony D.

Date Joined: 10/09/04

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 12/15/09
  • Last Review: 05/17/13
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