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This review is from: SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25
Pros: Close to rated speeds on my system. Easy firmware update utility. HDTune reports max read speed of 530 mbps and an avg read of 495. Win 7 64 bit loads in around 8 seconds after bios finishes.
Cons: None so far, but like with all electronics, I'll have to see if it holds up.
Other Thoughts: Doesn't come with a mounting bracket, but I knew that when I bought it, so not a con. Just know that if you plan to use it in a desktop instead of a laptop.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply
Pros: Running it to write this review, so what's that say? Seriously though, this PSU is exactly what I have come to expect from XFX. HIGH quality components. Thought Newegg had made a mistake and shipped me a cinder block when UPS handed me the package. I have found that a nice HEAVY PSU usually means lots of copper and lots of performance. I have been a fan of XFX since some of their first video cards and this PSU did not disappoint. Semi-modular design is great for not cluttering up my Antec 900 case with unnecessary wiring. No detectable fan noise over all the other fans in my case after a simple fix. (See cons.) Very nice fit and finish, comes packaged with plenty of shipping protection to prevent damage from all but possibly hitting the box with a crowbar. Re-stabilized my system, replacing my aging 6 year old Thermaltake 600. Plenty of power for all but the most insanely power hungry builds. The best customer service I have ever experienced with computer components has been with XFX.
Cons: When first powered on, as others have mentioned, I noticed a very slight whining noise coming from the fan. I have found that alot of ball-bearing fans exhibit this problem after being shipped. Not sure if it is because all the lubricant settles to one side of the bearing or what, but the fix has always been very simple. Gently push the face of the fan blade assembly down and let it spring back out a few times. After doing this, the noise disappeared completely. As I said, I have had this issue with numerous brands of ball-bearing fans in the past, so I think it is less of a manufacturing problem and more of a shipping problem.
I can't afford to build a system that this thing won't provide enough power for. ;)
Other Thoughts: My current system:
Biostar A870U3 MB
Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.9 Ghz (Stable at 4.1 but runs hot on air.)
8 Gb Gskill ripjaws DDR3 1600 9CL RAM
60 Gb Patriot Inferno SSD
64 Gb A-Data SSD
250 Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM HD
ASUS DVD Burner
Palit GTX 560 2 Gb video
Antec 900 Case FULL of fans
I used a kill a watt device purchased at newegg to test wattage being pulled by my current system. This test was conducted running Prime95 on 4 CPU cores while also running MSI Kombuster with video o'ced to the max. The system was pulling 490 watts give or take 10. Since this is more than I will ever pull in a real world game or application, I'm confident that this PSU will last me beyond the warranty of 5 years. The system pulls 150 or so watts at idle and around 350-385 running Crysis CPU or GPU benchmarks at an avg of 48 FPS with all settings at max except AA.
Pros: Averages 43 fps in Crysis in my system all setting except AA maxxed. Overclocks easily to a respectable level. Core clock 951, shader clock 1902, memory 2303. Stable in MSI Kombuster for over 3 hours at these speeds with temps never exceeding 68 C with fan at 100%. Also played Crysis for 4 hours straight at these speeds with no problems, with fan speed set to 60%. The 2 GB memory is VERY nice with some games holding over 1 GB in memory. Did not have to change voltage to get these overclock speeds. Cheap way to play graphic heavy games. Scores 25118 in 3dmark 05 Pro @stock and 26748 oc'ed. Low wattage and amperage psu requirement. NO STUPID MAIL IN REBATE TO HAVE TO MESS WITH AND POSSIBLY NEVER GET. Always better to just have a lower price to begin with.
Cons: Vtune software that comes with it is kinda cheesy, but not a problem since MSI Afterburner and Kombuster work fine with it. Heatsink / fan design leaves a bit to be desired, there is no contact heatsink coverage of the memory modules. (I plan on fixing this with Enzotech memory heatsinks for about $16.) Sides of heatsink / fan plastic cover are open, allowing warm air into the case. Fan gets loud enough to hear very well over the other five 120mm and one 200 mm fans in my case when turned up past 70%. None of these "Cons" bother me, I am just including them for your information.
Other Thoughts: My system:
AMD 1090T @ (16X240 bus speed = 3.840 ghz) on budget air cooler.
8 GB Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (9-9-9-24 1T)
Thermaltake 650 watt PSU
60 GB Patriot Inferno SSD
64 GB A-DATA SSD
250 GB Seagate 7200 rpm HDD
ASUS DVD burner
Antec 900 Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Palit GTX 560 2GB Video (obviously) :)
If you're on a budget and need a card that can play most graphic intensive games at max settings with a decent framerate, this card fits that bill nicely. If you want to SLI on a budget these would be dandy.
Have only had it for a few days, hopefully it will last. I was hesitant at first since I have never heard of the company, but if it holds up over time, I think we will be seeing alot more from this company. (Unfortunately, this usually means the price of their products will increase as they become more popular.) Just a thought: Buy from them now while they are cheap :) MAIL IN REBATES SUCK!!!!!! Free shipping does not.
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