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Pros: -Feels well built.
-Great features for the price, especially the outlet timer.
-Does a good job at energy cost prediction.
-Seems to be just as accurate as my "kill-a-watt" meter.
-Cord between base unit and screen is a good length. Enough to reach form the floor to a desk, but not so long it causes clutter.
-Shouldn't block any outlets for most installs.
-Very good instruction booklet.
Cons: -When you are in "Energy Count" mode (the mode where it adds up your actual usage in kilowatt-hours), you can't view the current real-time wattage being used.
-Screen has no backlight.
-Lacks some measurements, such as power factor, amperage, and frequency. Not really a big deal, but still would have been nice to have.
-The base unit has green LEDs on it, may be a problem if you plan to use this in a bedroom.
Other Thoughts: I bought this meter to keep an eye on the power consumption of my PC. I have the base unit on the floor and the meter on my desk. After being connected for a few weeks, the meter estimates $155 per year for my PC. This is right about what I figured with manual calculations. (Averaging about 3kwh per day at $.14/kwh).
My only real issue is that when you are in the "Energy Count" mode that tracks your actual energy consumption, you cannot view the real-time wattage draw. Also, it would be nice if this united showed amperage and power factor. But this is a minor complaint.
Overall, this is a great little unit. I actually plan to pick up a 2nd one. Very handy and very easy to use. Just remember to set the cost per kilowatt-hour for your area!
This review is from: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 1500 Classified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 1500W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular PSU 5 Year Warranty 120-PG-1500-VR NEW 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready Power Supply
Pros: -Fantastic individually sleeved cabling.
-Single +12v rail @ 124A.
-Quiet operation (unless you are really pushing this unit, i.e. above 1000 watt).
-Has no trouble running an i7 3930k and 4x GTX Titan's.
-Software monitoring actually works very well (thought not super accurate).
-Did I mention the individually sleeved cabling is awesome?!
Cons: -Labeling of modular cables is really pretty strange. The numbers on the modular interface are meaningless. It doesn't correspond to rails or anything relevant.
-Unit runs warm at high loads causing some fan noise.
-Output voltage isn't as clean as some of the competitors in this price range.
-Unless I'm missed it, there are no 4-pin CPU power connectors, only 8-pin EPS connectors.
-PCIe cables are red.
Other Thoughts: I was reluctant to buy this unit seeing as most of the professional reviews were very critical of it. I decided to take a chance anyway because it seemed to be the best feature set in the price range. I was unable to find another PSU that offered individually sleeved cabling, fully modular setup, software monitoring, and such a high power output at 50C. This unit is far better than I had expected.
The software monitoring was what sold me on this unit. Yes, it's not very accurate, but it does work EVERY time I open it. I had a terrible time with the software monitoring on the competitor's "Link" system. When you are building a system that can actually draw 1500 watts, it's nice to have the software to keep an eye on things to prevent accidentally tripping breakers.
Also, the individually sleeved cabling is absolutely fantastic on this unit. The cables are sleeved all the way to the connectors, so there is no visible heat shrink. The cables are also flexible and so easy to work with that cable management is actually a pleasure.
My complaints about this unit are pretty minor and are covered above. I really would liked to have seen a 4+4pin CPU power connector instead of the 2 8pin EPS connectors. Also the red PCIe cables really don't fit with my black and white color scheme. I wish EVGA offered alternate coloring for these.
As I mentioned above I am running an x79 system with 4-way SLI GTX Titan's. Even after several months of hard use (I'm either gaming or folding) it hasn't skipped a beat. I would not hesitate to buy this unit again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a feature-packed PSU.
This review is from: Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)
Pros: - Setting up the powerline network is quite literally plug and play! All you have to do is plug each device in, connect the Ethernet cables, and in a few seconds both devices will sync up and be ready to go. Absolutely no configuration needed for a basic setup. However, by default, the devices do not use encryption. All you have to do is push the "lock" button for 2 seconds on each adapter to enable encryption. You only need to do this once unless you reset the devices to factory default settings. I highly recommend that you do this. Once encryption is enabled it does take the devices a few seconds longer to synchronize; however, I didn't see any significant impact on throughput.
- These are excellent powerline adapters. I have had these up and running for 2 weeks with no unexpected connection issues. The link has been rock solid and has very consistent throughput. My file transfers have been consistently around 55Mbps (6.8MB/s). More details below about my testing.
- There is only 1 USB input on the XAU2511; however, you can use a USB hub. For best results you should use a powered hub, but a regular hub does work if your devices are low-power. You can have the USB audio cable and a hard drive connected at the same time. You can also use the network connection and USB connections at the same time.
- I found the audio streaming function to work very well. Simply plug in the USB to analog audio cable, install the software from the included CD, and start playing your music through the adapter. It also worked well from my Android phone, though it would occasionally drop off for a few seconds (probably a Wi-Fi problem and not the device itself).
- The overall presentation of the product was very nice. The devices feel solid and well made. Plugging devices into them feels solid and secure. There are also 2 included network cables in the box. I found this to be a nice touch. Most companies only supply one (or none) to reduce costs. Also, the manual and digital documentation is very good. It is easy to follow with plenty of pictures/diagrams.
- The software installation CD can automatically check online for the latest software version. I personally think this is an awesome feature. No more digging around the manufacturer's website to find the latest updates. The software, while not the most elegant design, gets the job done, and done well.
Cons: - The devices are fairly large, especially if you plan to use them behind furniture. The XAV1601 unit (the one without USB) stands almost 2.25 in. (5.5 cm) from the wall when plugged in. The XAU2511 (the one with USB) stands 1.5 in. (4 cm) from the wall.
- While the audio streaming worked quite well for me, the USB hard drive sharing was disappointing. It took me almost an hour of tinkering with settings in the software and web interface along with several device resets to get it connected reliably. Once I did all that, the actual throughput was fairly lackluster. Uploads from my computer to the connected HDD averaged between 1.8 and 2.4MB/s. Downloads from the HDD to my PC were slightly better at 2.2MB/s to 3.0MB/s. Just to note, this same hard drive connected directly to my computer transfers at over 20MB/s. Also, I have found the share to be somewhat unreliable. It will occasionally fail to connect and disappear from the web interface (I have the latest firmware on the device and the HDD is connected directly to the unit). A reset fixes it, but this happens far too frequently. The share will also occasionally disconnect while copying a large file, forcing you to start over. I have to take an egg for this.
- The adapters seem to run a little warm. The XAV1601 (no USB connection) is just warm; however, the XAU2511 (with USB connection) gets fairly hot while in use. Nothing I’d worry about, but running that warm I’m afraid it might shorten the lifespan of the device.
Other Thoughts: So, why powerline over wireless? Powerline is, hands down, the more reliable option. Once the connection is established, it is much less likely to drop out than wireless. Powerline being a physical connection, it is less susceptible to interference (though certainly not immune) from other devices and you won’t have the problem of signals trying to penetrate thick walls, floors, etc. Performance is comparable to newer wireless N systems (but somewhat behind the new wireless AC standard). Also, since wireless bridges and powerline adapters tend to be priced similarly, I personally would opt for the more reliable connection. If you are having trouble getting a reliable Wi-Fi signal to a certain part of a building, powerline is certainly worth trying.
Just to give some context to my points above, I thought I’d mention some details of my environment. I tested the units in a 2500sq. ft. home with 3 levels. I tried the adapters in several different outlets around my home. Generally I would receive file transfer speeds of 50-60Mbps. When I placed one adapter on the top floor and the other in the basement on the complete opposite side of the house, the speed did drop to about 45Mbps, but that was the slowest I found. In all locations the connection was solid and the speed was consistent. I tested on outlets that I knew were on different circuits and the adapters worked just fine between all of them.
Overall, I would certainly recommend these adapters to anyone looking for a reliable powerline setup to a home theater system (this is where mine has found its home). The audio streaming function is a very nice plus for these units. I do not recommend these if you intend to use them to share a storage device. These adapters simply are not up to the job. I would suggest looking into a dedicated NAS. If you are looking primarily for the powerline functionality, I would suggest looking into one of the Netgear’s kits that does not have the USB functionality. These tend to be a bit more affordable.