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Other Thoughts: This flash drive is very handy to have around. Plenty of space for most files I need to move. It's also very fast on USB 3.0, just copied a few movies off of the drive at over 80 MB/s.
The drive has a bit of weight to it, which makes it feel solid and durable. After a year and a half I've had no issues with it.
Pros: Good modular design
Cons: CPU power cable could be longer
Other Thoughts: I have been running this for a few months with no problems. This is my first modular PSU, I was pleased to find a modular PSU at this price that seemed to be good quality.
The modular plugs are very simple. They make it easy to keep cables to a minimum.
The PCIe connectors have both a 4 and a 3+1 pin head on them. I was able to connect my 4 and 3 pin GPU with one cable.
Since the PSU is at the bottom of the case and the CPU power socket is at the top, having a longer cable would be helpful, but I was able to make it reach just fine.
Pros: Good performance and cooling
Other Thoughts: This GPU seemed to be at a good price/performance point for me, and a significant upgrade from my GT240.
I had no trouble at all installing it. My PSU has a cable with both 4 and 3+1 pin PCIe power connectors on it, so I used this to connect the card. Just make sure the PSU can support the power requirements, and doesn't require the two PCIe power connectors to be separately connected (if they are on separate rails or something).
The cooling is great. My other fans are not very loud, but I can't hear the GPU over them until around 75% speed. This is more than enough to keep the card under 50C at full load. With the default fan schedule, fans stay under 40% and temperature under 60C. The fans do get noticeably loud over 75%.
Some of the air is exhausted out of the back, but you will want good case ventilation to keep the temps down. Running the fan higher to keep the GPU cooler will help keep the case cooler as well. The additional heat also prompted me to upgrade the stock CPU cooler.
I have been running BOINC and played a few Linux/Windows games, no problems with it so far.
You can control fan speed in Linux by adding a "CoolBits" parameter to the Xorg configuration.
I have experimented with a slight overclock in Windows and have had no problems.
Display Name: Matthew W.
Date Joined: 01/14/12
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