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High Speed USB 3.0 2.0 to 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Not much I can say here that hasn't been said on this and other similar products. You get a PSU with 12V 2A and 5V 2A (not bad). Product works with reasonable drives that I tested, including a mega old Samsung 40GB. The cramped HHD problem seems like not a problem to me, but if you're that hard up, you can use an IDE to SATA adapter. I tested it and it really works.

Cons: Doesn't support IDE Super Drive. Yes, I actually have one and tested it. No go.

Case opening for SATA socket is too small for cables with a locking mechanism. Use the included cable.

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ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Still works. Hasn't blown up yet. I've inadvertently become a commercial for mid 2000s Thermalright parts and Delta fans.

This motherboard must be pretty durable since no one has written a review about how their mosfets exploded. Or maybe winter is doing the Extreme 6+ a lot of good...

Cons: VRM/mosfets/PWM (whatever you want to call it) is inadequately cooled for all but the most stock of stock settings. I resorted to active cooling until I could purchase an upgrade (which I did). Even with a blower right on the heatsink, I was reaching 106C in Fallout NV. Motherboard apparently shuts down at 110C or so. With the HR-09U and the same blower, I now top out at 83C. That's still absurd, but I guess it will work.

Other Thoughts: For those looking to modify the board (which should be darn near everyone), here's the measurements you'll need.

Mosfet padding is 3 3/4". Entire heatsink is 4 3/4". The padding is not perfectly centered because there's a single chip of some kind that is deliberately not cooled by the stock heatsink. If you prefer copper, I believe this is the correct measurements for MST-88. If you're water cooling, I recommend adding a mosfet heatsink to your loop, even if you don't watercool the chipset.

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Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Reminds me of my trusted old Rosewill Turbo Series 550W. Satisfactory and sufficient performance for an overclocked A10 5800K. And if it's anything like my old 550W PSU, it'll last me approximately 3 years before it dies gracefully in a completely unavoidable circumstance like me sucking the life out of it on the hottest day of the year.

Has plenty of connectors as long as you don't have TOO much stuff to plug in. I've personally had rigs that would have needed more molex connectors, but for 99% of users, this is enough.

Good price while it's on sale.

Cons: Cables aren't completely wrapped to the ends. Fan doesn't seem to be very powerful...or maybe it's just not revved up. I want more air! NewEgg took at least 6 hours to get it in a box thus depriving me of what could have been next day shipping. Didn't fix what I've now concluded to be mosfet overheating (but I did need a power supply).

I guess it would be nice if I could buy something with 80A for close to this price. Who cares about efficiency? I'll take 65% efficiency if it will run my computer 24/7 for more than 3 years.

Other Thoughts: Depending on what you think of such things, the lack of an LED fan may or may not be a pro.

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Timothy M.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy M.

Date Joined: 02/24/06

  • Reviews: 24
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 11/12/07
  • Last Review: 02/14/14
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