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Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-775M 775W ATX 12V v2.3 /  EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Got this PSU for HAF 932 case, mounted at the bottom, upright, LEDs showing.

- Quality modular 775W for $120!
- Modular PSU, comes with plenty of cables to power anything you can fit into a full tower case.
- Cables are very long, long enough to be routed behind the motherboard and reach anything in a full tower case.
- Packaging and build quality are excellent.
- Powers 2 overclocked gtx 560 Ti cards in SLI, overclocked i7-2600K, 4 hard drives and 6 case/cpu fans without a problem.

Cons: None

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GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 15% overclock across the board. Got 2 of these to connect with SLI. Both cards have been rock stable at factory set frequencies and voltage.

Compared these overclocked 560s to factory overclocked 580s in Unigine Heaven 2.5 DX11 benchmark at 1680x1050 resolution.

2x560 SOC achieved 90.3% scaling with SLI.
2x580 factory overclocked achieved 87% scaling with SLI.

2x560 SOC SLI was 70.8% faster than a single overclocked 580 (Same cost!!!).
Single 560 SOC was 10.1% slower than an overclocked 580.
2x560 SOC SLI was 9.5% slower than 2x580 overclocked SLI.

At high resolutions such as 2560x1600 I would expect 580s to pull further ahead due to larger RAM, however at mid-range resolutions Gigabyte 560 Ti SOC is right on overclocked 580's heels.

Temperatures maxed out at 75C for 1st card, 66C for second card, which implies that gigabyte's heatpipe cooler is quite good.

Cons: Would not overclock to 1GHz without voltage increase.

Other Thoughts: Enabling SLI was a pain on my buggy motherboard, Asus p8p67 pro B3. Asus messed up SLI support in BIOS, and when both cards were first plugged in, SLI was unavailable and nvidia's driver kept crashing with black and blue screens. Only fix that worked was installing windows 7 on another hard drive, installing chipset drivers and then nvidia drivers. This somehow enabled SLI for the whole machine so I could go back to the original windows 7 install and enable SLI.

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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - 32nm Sandy Bridge
- Very fast at default 1.6/3.4/3.8 GHz configuration
- Overclocks well up to 5 GHz on air cooling.
- Idles cool at only 1-3 C above ambient.
- 1.6 GHz at idle, making it power efficient.
- Lots of overclocking options with the right motherboard: static/dynamic clock rate, 1.6 GHz idle on/off, single multiplier for all cores or 4 different multipliers depending on how many cores are active.

Cons: - Costs extra money over i7-2600 for higher multiplier.
- Multiplier is capped to 57, however higher FSB/BCLK can be used to push CPU frequency past 6 GHz.

Other Thoughts: Scores 7.8 on WEI but during the benchmark which just tests encryption and compression throughputs, CPU never goes above 70% load on any of the cores. In fact, 2600K gets 7.8 score both at default 3.8 GHz and when overclocked close to 5 GHz. Since other slower CPUs get 7.9 rating, WEI might not be able to properly evaluate this CPU for some reason.

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Display Name: Vladimir S.

Date Joined: 06/20/05

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  • First Review: 11/29/07
  • Last Review: 04/01/11
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