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This review is from: XIGMATEK ACK-I5363 Intel Core i7/Core i5 1155 compatible Bracket Set
Pros: This thing looks amazing. It fits into my nMedia 5000b HTPC case, havn't got into over clocking but my 2500k core i5 idles in the mid 30s. Fantastic for a case with 60mm fans on it.
Cons: I bought this for an lga1155 platform along with the metal crossbow adapter bracket:
You need to access the backside of the motherboard to install the crossbow - in some cases you'll need to remove the whole motherboard. However, once installed this heatsink is rock solid - WAY more secure than the plastic mounts on my Freezer 7 Pro Rev2 from Artic cooler.
Other Thoughts: nMedia 5000b HTPC
ASUS Maximus IV
Intel Core i5 2500k
4GB Mushkin ram 1333mhz
Cooler Master 600w Silent Pro PSU
Pros: Adaptec reliable
Great looking cables (make sure you get the one that comes with cables!)
Fits into any PCIe slot
The drives attached to the controller are always instantly ready, this small factor makes my whole system run more fluidly. This is also true when accessing the drives over a network, very fluid file access.
Cons: The controller kernel really does add a significant wait to boot times. Though it is worth the wait, it's something for speed freak like me to consider. Apparently all adaptec controllers have long boot times.
PCIe 1x caps around 1GB/sec transfer, so this card would max out with four vertex2 drives or two vertex3 drives.
I miss out on 250GB with my 3 x 1.5TB drive Raid 1E array because the maximum size is 2TB.
Other Thoughts: I have this setup with 3 1.5TB hard drives in a Raid 1E and my 120GB Vertex2 SSD as a single volume.
My SSD runs faster on the controller and I've seen writes over 200mb/sec transferring from my 1E array to my SSD.
This review is from: APC BR700G Back-UPS Pro 700VA 6-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Pros: Aside from the usual UPS features..... the power savings outlets are by far my favorite. This thing has 2 outlets that will shut off when the "master" (the main battery outlet - obviously the computer) powers below the set range (25w default). Fantastic, my stereo reciever and subwoofer arn't left running pointlessly when my computer is off.
The other feature that I absolutely love is the LCD read out of the current watts. It really puts it into perspective how much power my computer system/xbox/LCD screens pull off the grid. Over 500w if it's all turned on, YIKE. Having the current wattage displayed in my face helps me minimize usuage. This this will pay for itself in due time.
Cons: Should have bought a bigger UPS. The battery doesn't provide enough time for my setup; when my second display is running (32" samsung LCD) there is not enough battery run time to "hibernate" This would not be a problem if my RAID controller didn't cause such a longgg delay with hibernation.
Other Thoughts: It took me wayyy too long to justify the cost of a UPS. I have purchased so many computer related devices that just wern't worth the money. For a performance buff like me, A UPS is the kind of thing that you put-off for too long because it's hard to justify the cost. But when you actually use one, you
I am thoroughly impressed with APC, their software works flawlessly with my setup.