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Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-850M 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs Cool
Sufficient Cabling
Installs easily
Better PSU than most

Cons: Non-Modular Cabling short

Other Thoughts: Gave it 4 eggs because it's so new, hasn't gone the long run.

My video card, ati radeon 7870 runs better. Comes with a fair supply of modular cabling.

I have a Lian Li case with a bottom mounted PSU. The non-modular installed cables just barely reach in my build.

I cannot detect "spikes" in operation, such as in the PSU I replaced, which actually eventually exploded.

I really like this PSU, I am running an engineering and graphics workstation, with the AMD FX 8150 and 16 gigs ram. Underpowered units just don't cut it.

There is plenty of headroom on power here, so the heat transfer (if any) is no object. My case and cpu cooler move so much air the computer should last.

I recommend this PSU for brand reliability, seat of the pants testing, runs ice cold, no hiccups and is just fine.

I will rewrite if any problems. Better to "Oversize" your PSU!

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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great OS, despite reviews 11/04/2012

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade

Pros: Runs very fast with new AMD FX 8 core processor. The Start Screen, some call it Metro, is replacing the start orb. Learn how to use it. I am using mouse and keyboard, and yes it is full useable. Better than the older versions, just takes a little time to get used to. Eye Candy galore and it's fully customizable. Had to reinstall some programs. You can re-size windows in the desktop at will and run as many as you want. Other reviews simply are not true, the desktop runs as in any other Windows. New start screen I find easier to use. For my install all drivers were there, your mileage may vary.

Cons: Maybe at first a little hard to get used to. If using ASUS motherboards, you cannot use the AI suite, and if upgrading get rid of it, causes memory problems and will crash system (speaking from experience). ASUS has not issued new version for Windows 8. You probably don't need it anyway, the drivers for all my hardware was there.

Other Thoughts: There are 4 screen corners. Using mouse and keyboard is easy. put mouse directly all the way in corners when using and observe results. Right corners give the same menu go up or down to settings and viola! The power button is right there.
Left corners affect start menu and running apps, both in desktop and start menu. Better yet just use "Windows" key on keyboard, faster. On start screen, click, then start typing windows commands, and suddenly everything appears. Right click and there is a button for all apps, some might be hidden, and will display everything installed on the computer, no endless menus. Started computing in the 1970's, and today's users may just be too spoiled. There weren't any graphics then, and you just had to learn. Not just for 30 minutes, 6 months minimum.

Patience and a little research might yield intended results. IMHO the best OS, yes I have tried the UNIX alternatives, which includes "a fruit with a bite out of it". More intuitive at less of a cost. Just new, that's all.

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Display Name: Lin R.

Date Joined: 04/17/08

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 11/04/12
  • Last Review: 05/02/13
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