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1 out of 5 eggs Avoid! Unit became unreliable after 7 months 10/17/2016

This review is from: SILVERSTONE SFX Series SX600-G 600W +12V 80 PLUS GOLD Fully Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: - Worked fine for the past 6-7 months.
- Cannot simply find many SFX PSUs that output 600W.
- Includes ATX bracket making it compatible with non-ITX cases.

Cons: - PC started shutting down when under load after 7 month mark. At first I thought my thermals were too high, so I changed cases and upgraded cooling, but the shut downs continued. Found that I could force a shutdown by running a Furmark stress test with 100% chance of a shutdown. Had to rule out the power supply, so I switched to a Seasonic SSR-650RM and ran the same torture and stress tests; not a single shutdown since.

Other Thoughts: - If you read JonnyGuru and Hard OCP's review of this unit, you'll find that Silverstone skimped heavily on the capacitors, which is unforgivable for a unit of this caliber and price.
- There's a reason why this unit is score consistently mixed/low reviews here. Avoid it!


Pros: - Plugged in two drives; a SSD and a standard HDD. Can access both drives flawlessly from my desktop.

Cons: - The offline cloning function does not work. Both drives plugged in, the LED ring just flashes. Follow the instructions for cloning; no response, just flashes.

NZXT H230 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Includes 1 x 120mm Front, 1 x 120mm Rear 2 x USB 3.0
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Pros: Right off the bat: this is a gorgeous case. I bought it because I needed a case for my father's gaming rig that had (1) cable management behind the motherboard (2) tool-less HDD/SDD/5.25" bays (3) relatively quiet (4) opening on mobo tray to mount CPU backplate/HSF (4) professional aesthetics.

You wont find sophomoric glowing LED shenanigans here, just plain minimalist aesthetics on the outside with modern cable management and (mostly) tool-less 5.25" and HDD/SSD bays on the inside. There are two HDD/SSD racks, each with 3 bays, but the top rack is removable via simple thumb screw. This is ideal for situations where you have a long videocard, but I did not need to remove the rack to fit a HD7970 which is 10.4" long. The case comes with 2x 120mm fans: one for intake and one for exhaust, but there are 2 additional spaces for intake on the front and bottom of the case, which you will most likely need to fill.

And yes, it fits the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO heatsink & fan.

Cons: Airflow leaves a lot to be desired. This case only includes 2x 120mm fans of the 4 available slots (3x intake 1x exhaust). In our use case, we had Core i5 750 OC'd to 3.3GHz coupled with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and a Radeon HD7970. These are big heat generators. Before adding an additional intake fan, we were running up against 90C at load on the GPU and flirting with 70C on the CPU. We transplanted another 120mm NZXT fan from another case, and brought down load temperatures an entire 20C on the GPU and 10C on the CPU. Bottom line, if you're using parts with low heat output, you could probably get away without adding additional airflow fans. In our case, the addition of a single 120mm intake fan meant a huge different.The stock fans themselves are a little too noisy for the amount of airflow they provide (40 CFM / 25 dBA). We're going to upgrade all of the airflow fans to Cougar CF-V12HPB's soon (70 CFM / 18 dBA), just waiting for the hardware to arrive.

Lastly, the HDD/SSD trays aren't very sturdy. You'll notice as you slide them out, they're very loose in their slots. This creates potential for vibrations; just something to watch out for.


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Display Name: Jonathan G.

Date Joined: 03/15/05

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  • Last Review: 10/17/16
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