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CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Stable, long life, lots of SATA power connectors, came packed in a nice box with a cloth bag, relatively clean for its age, plugs are firm yet easy to remove, good length cords for a mid-size tower.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace an old power supply in my Linux NAS server at home. The unit has been running pretty much 24/7 since I installed it in October 2009. I have the system plugged into an APC UPS and it draws about 102W on idle with four hard drives, a Sempron 140, and Gigabyte AM3 board.

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: These drives are fast, stable and are usually reliable. I bought two for a RAID-1 from two different lots to ensure they wouldn't die at the same time. They have run very well for 3 years and even survived a SATA controller failure. Excellent RMA service after one of them died. Excellent diagnostic tools.

Cons: So far, one of the two has not lived up to the 5-year warranty. After SMART failure, the bad drive took several attempts to boot up in a functional state, and SeaTools reported 70C temperature on a cold boot.

Other Thoughts: If you can afford it, always go with a RAID if your data is important. Buy one drive from two different places, or order them a month apart, to ensure you get two drives that were made on different dates, or different lots at least. This greatly reduces the chance that the drives will die at the same time.

One of mine started acting up after 3 1/2 years and the RAID kicked it out. I requested an advanced RMA, swapped in the refurb drive they sent me, formatted the bad drive and mailed it back with the included shipping label. Things are working well once again.

WINTEC FileMate 16GB Professional Class 10 Secure Digital SDHC Card - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Failed within two weeks 05/18/2011

This review is from: WINTEC FileMate 16GB Professional Class 10 Secure Digital SDHC Card - Retail

Pros: Fast, had no trouble with it loading in various SD slots.

Cons: Died within two weeks of use in my DSLR. Was in the middle of taking a photo and it crashed the camera. I tried everything to get it working, but the thing wouldn't read in any device I had (all of which worked just fine many times in those two weeks)


Steven K.'s Profile

Display Name: Steven K.

Date Joined: 03/16/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/21/08
  • Last Review: 09/14/12
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