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This review is from: TRENDnet TEG-S80DG Unmanaged GREENnet Switch
Pros: - Very well built, feels nice and solid. The weight helps the switch stay in place.
- No AC adapter! This is such an awesome feature.
- Even with the internal power supply, the switch is only about half an inch wider than an average 8-port desktop switch.
- The version I received has a power switch located between the AC input and the first Ethernet port. Very handy!
- I personally like the black and green aesthetic.
- Performance is just as you would expect, fast! Handles multiple devices doing large transfers no problem. Has a full 16Gb backplane.
- No problems with jumbo frames.
Cons: - Indicator lights are hard to read unless looking straight at them. The light from the bottom LED bleeds into the top.
- The low power "green" switches like this one sometimes have link problems with certain (usually older) devices, but this is pretty uncommon.
Other Thoughts: This, to me at least, is the perfect desktop switch. Well built and heavy enough to stay in place. On-board power supply so there are no boxes to deal with under your desk. Size, while not tiny, isn't going to take up your entire desk. Indicator lights are useful and on the proper side of the switch (wires out the back, lights in the front). And it performs as well as can be expected. I've used various models of TRENDnet switches for years and have never had any trouble with them.
The switch I received has a power switch located between the AC input and the first Ethernet port. I'm not sure if this is an older or newer revision, but this was a very pleasant surprise. If this is a new addition, they should definitely add that to the feature list.
Also, the power cord used on this switch is a "C5" plug. This is commonly used on laptops and you can easily find replacements if you ever need one.
This is fantastic switch, but you can get a comparable 8-port switch for significantly less. I found the internal power supply and solid metal construction worth the extra money, but not everyone will. You can't go wrong with this switch, but you could go cheaper if the extra features aren't important to you.
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.