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Pros: Fully modular means only plug in what you need, and if the need arises. you can take out just the box of the psu without opening the back of your case where all the cables are stuffed.
Beefy power cut off switch so you dont have to search for it if the i/o area is poorly lit.
Unique visual design of the metal of this unit.
Powers anything you want pretty much, see other thoughts for what i've put it through.
I rarely shut my computer off and this thing has not failed me yet even when folding for weeks straight.
i've owned the power supply almost a year.
Cons: The cables are a little stiff while trying to plug into the main unit if it is already installed in the case. you have to account for the extra length the braided and heatshrinked cable ends need.
Other Thoughts: System specs:
Asus Maximus Extreme IV Z68 motherboard
i7 2600k @4.4Ghz being cooled by a thermaltake water 2.0 extreme dual 120mm CLC with 4 fans, push/pull.
16gb of gskill sniper ram @1866MHz
2 x msi gtx 680 lightning cards, Core clock @1267 mem @ 3500
5 mechanical hard drives at 4tb, 4tb, 3tb, 2tb, and 1tb.
1 ssd, PNY 240gb
xfx 1050W fully modular black edition power supply.
At one point i had both my 680s and a 780 running full load while folding along with having the cpu folding as well. For those of you who don't know, folding puts a full load on your cpu and gpu.
Pros: Works as advertised. I swapped this for a hallway bulb and a bathroom bulb. both work very well. I could not tell the difference between switching from one florescent, and one incandescent.
Cons: The base gets a little warm to the touch but not nearly as bad as your traditional light bulb.
Other Thoughts: Other led bulbs are 12-20 bucks a piece. Don't think this is just a cheap product, because it works well.
I have only tested these indoors so i can only assume their performance would not be up to par for an outdoor light fixture. I am using these in a basement and for that they work well.
Pros: awesome card, it was cheaper than the lightning edition card which at the time was already discontinued. but its ok because the one and only difference between the 2 cards is a bios. it takes less than 5 minutes to flash the bios and this is a 680 lightning. core clock up to 1202 without overclocking. reached 1300 core with oc.
Dual bios switch makes it simple to install different bios so if you want to have a really good but risky bios for overclocking and then just an efficient bios you can do that. the bios switch is located right next to/ under the msi logo on the edge of the card, i do not know why the dual bios switch is not advertised.
Cons: barely any. gpu reactor had to be removed for this to fit in my computer case with my other lightning, but that is only because it is a micro atx case.
blue leds dont match well with my red leds in the case but it makes the 2 cards stand out more.
the sli ribbon is rather long however very minor complaint just because my case is smaller than most people who would have this monster of a card.
heat output with 2 of these cards right next to each other is intense. running kombuster i saw temperatures up to 92C on the top card, again this is only because they are very close to each other. other sli systems will most likely not have a problem keeping it cool.
Other Thoughts: you can look up the official owners club of the 680 lightning and learn more about this card and the lightning.
nzxt vulcan Matx computer case
asus maximus IV gene-z motherboard
i7 2600k @4.33GHz
thermaltake water 2.0 extreme cooler
16gb gskill sniper 1866mhz ram
xfx 1050w fully modular power supply
2 x msi gtx 680 lightning (1 bought as lightning 1 bought as poer edition flashed to lightning bios)