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This review is from: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 750W Digital PS-TPG-0750DPCGUS-1 ATX 12V 2.31 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply – Black New 4th Gen CPU Haswell Ready
Pros: First power supply offered on Newegg which allows monitoring of the output voltages (including amps) as well as overall wattage being supplied to the system.
There are a number of other aspects that can be monitored such as PSU Fan RPMs and PSU heat (both in C and F). It appears that you can also configure the PSU to update your friends on Facebook of the PSU operation (sorry, not going to implement this feature).
Cons: Just as an FYI that is you have a full tower case which supports cable management I found the main ATX Power Cable and Aux CPU Power Cable to be about an inch short for my Thermaltake GT Level 10 case; I did manage to route the cables using another cable management hole but again the cables are stretched pretty tight.
The software uses a lot of monitor real estate so I would encourage the good folks at ThermalTake to offer a version of the software which is smaller in size; also desktop notifications of high PSU temp would be helpful.
Other Thoughts: To use the monitoring of the power supply you need:
1) USB Cable (USB 2.0)
2) Software which is downloaded from ThermalTake's website; also have the serial number of the Power Supply handy as you need the SN in order to download the monitoring software.
Pros: The Asus Crosshair Formula-V is a serious high end gaming motherboard. This red/black scheme motherboard contains a number of features for over-clocking of both memory and CPU (including a switch used to disable "cold boot" errors when using super-cool of the CPU). Their are a number of other features such as Fast Boot which allows Windows 8 to boot within seconds when using a SSD drive. On a base Windows 7 installed on a SSD drive I enjoyed boot times of less then 15 seconds from turning the power-switch. The UEFI-based BIOS offers a cool option which allows you to select the boot device when actually "in" the BIOS. The cool red LED strip around the audio chip on the M/B is s nice touch also. I really like the idea of having a power and reset switch present on the M/B during bench testing (you all do that right). Asus has done a great job of keeping up with BIOS updates too. In all honesty this M/B is a bit of overkill for me as I don't OC which this board is designed to do (but I did need a fast motherboard for the programming and office work I do).
Cons: The life of the PCI slot is now coming to an end just as the ISA slot did. The one feature that Intel-based chipsets have over the AMD chipsets is the lack of PCIe 3.0 support (this M/B supports PCIe 2.0) which I hope is addressed in the next version of the board.
Other Thoughts: This is my first AMD motherboard in over 15 years. I being an avid Intel fan could NOT justify the cost of a Intel-based high end system (a similar performing Intel CPU would of been and extra $100 and a similar LGA1055 M/B would of been an extra $75). I have been very happy with this motherboard and my AMD FX-8350 CPU.
FYI: Be very careful about the type of heatsink/fan you purchase as some of them cover up 2 of the 4 memory slots when using memory with tall heat spreaders.
BTW: For those of you with DOA motherboards did you observe ESD precautions; was all power removed when installing the CPU, expansion cards, or adding memory; remember that the Vsb voltage is present unless the power cord is un-plugged or the PSU switch is OFF. For the record I bought 25 motherboards for my computer hardware course that I teach and there has not been ONE DOA MOTHERBOARD.
Pros: A very solid and well built heat-sink/fan sporting the classic Thermaltake black/red color scheme.
Other features worth pointing out:
1) Supports AM3+/AM3 Processors sockets
2) Supports all major Intel-based Processor sockets
NOTE: The LGA2011 requires a free upgraded from Thermaltake for additional mounting hardware.
3) Includes a tube of thermal paste
4) Includes two fans that have a maximum RPM of 2500
5) Overall the fan noise was not noticeable at a RPM of 1400
Cons: A little larger diagram would of been helpful on the installation documentation to determine the orientation of the threads for the standoffs.
Other Thoughts: I installed the Frio on a Asus Crosshair Formula V running ann AMD FX-8350 as an upgrade to the stock heatsink/fan. Due to the fact that the motherboard was already installed in the case the installation of the Frio took two people to accomplish (as the plate on the back of the Motherboard also required upgrading). The install took just over 30 minutes which included sorting out parts, reviewing the installation documentation , as well as removal of the existing CPU/old thermal paste.
The measurements were took using the temperature reported by the BIOS. The motherboard/CPU was installed in a Thermaltake GT Level 10 Case With a room temp of 72 degrees. Here are the results of the stock heatsink fan and the new Frio (with the computer idle with no over clocking configured):
108 Degrees F
1400 RPM: 86 Degrees F
2500 RPM: 80 Degrees F
That is a decrease of 28 degrees F at 2500 RPM vs. the stock cooling solution!