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Pros: The price is not a plus if this thing blows out your system within a year
Cons: Purchased the 850w version of this power supply initially a year ago figuring it was better than my OCZ 700w. Within 3 months my single MSI 580 GTX starts crashing with bsod, locking the computer up first while gaming then eventually while playing a video or surfing the web. So through troubleshooting I replaced my motherboard, 2600k cpu, and reinstalled windows. No luck. Now the 580 is offically dead in less than a year of ownership. No problems before owning this power supply, but over the course of 3 months my gpu is dead. Unfortunately I still hadn't put the pieces together.
MSI replaces my gpu due to warranty and I'm thinking "Maybe my Raidmax 850AE isn't powerful enough to handle my overclocked cpu, gpu, and ram. Let's swap it for a 1000w instead." So I upgrade to this piece of **** last August 2011. Around May 2012 I started getting bsod about twice a week. Then it became more frequent. By July I was getting 3 a day. RMA another gpu first week of August. Blown in a week. Pic
Other Thoughts: The other reviews not sure why after a few months those blue screens and crashes are starting to happen more frequently, this is why. Start by replacing this power supply first before it damages anything else in the computer. An more expensive 600w power supply by a more reputable company is far more reliable than this poorly constructed computer killer with the cool toolbox and white fan. Get Corsair, Antec, or anybody else with a sold reputation and more than one review on the web. Even that review keep bringing up that this PS misleads consumers about the quality. Stay away. The price my look good, but in 6-8 months plan on replacing some burned out parts...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The card performance is awesome. Without overclocking, I was able to get 3x the framerate as the 5870 in the Lost Planet 2 Benchmark with all Directx 11 features at Max. OCed to 800MHz.
Cons: It was delivered a few hours ago as a replacement for my 5870. Surprisingly I can't plug in my 25ft HDMI cable because there's no adapter included or HDMI slot on the card. The card comes shipped with a proprietary cable with an HDMI end to plug into your TV. At a time when HDMI has become a standard on every high end card, this is unacceptable. So I can't use my new card unless I a) go out and buy an adapter b)rearrange my furniture so I can use the short proprietary cable or c) order an adapter from MSI directly. Luckly, after an hour of tearing my house apart I found the DVI to adapter that came standard with my 4870. Next, the cd drivers refused to install, as well as the drivers from the website. Only by going to the Control Panel using Windows Update was I finally able to get the card to work.
Other Thoughts: Another brand that comes with a real HDMI input or DVI to HDMI adapter will prevent a lot of frustration that I have had as a first time buyer of MSI products. Try XFX. I'm using their adapter on this card right now.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I'm completely stable at 4.175GHz. Is it my final result? Probably not with my existing equipment, but I am extremely impressed with the result. My goal is still to get to 4.2GHz, but this is how I got here and the contributing factors.
AMD X6 Black Edition (3.2GHz)
Asus CrossHair IV Motherboard
16Gb of DDR3 1066 Ram
Corsair H50 CPU Cooler
Coolermaster HAF Full Tower
Asus 5870 1GB v2 Video Card
Step 1: Use TurboEvo software (included with Asus Crosshair)to auto overclock the CPU & Ram automatically in Windows 7. This is a good observational tool to find out which factors should be changed (Ratio/Multiplier, Bus, Voltage) and there respective limits. I used this tool with settings Extreme Overclock and Flexible Voltage Settings and got a 3.9GHz Result.
Step 2: Restart and Mod in Bios. The trick to overclocking is deciding whether to focus on increasing the bus or multiplier when reaching for that higher clock. This is answered in Step 1. The ram speed is the determining
Cons: this answer. My ram speed was 1333, and with my 4 sticks of 4gb (16 total) sucking up far more voltage than a single stick, increasing the cpu's bus speed would mean a higher memory speed requirement that my ram couldn't handle without a voltage increase.
So I left the cpu's bus at the default 200 setting and increased the multiplier, hoping to get a final clock speed of 4.3 or 4.4. After reading others overclocking experiences I decided not to set the voltage beyond 1.49. I also set my CPU/NB voltage at a 1.25. After numerous crashes and restarts, I ended up with a super stable clock of 4.1GHz that survived all of the highest settings of Heaven Benchmarks, 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage, Crysis (Directx 10), Alien vs Predator Benchmark (Directx 11), and the dreaded Furmark test (with my 5870 that I overclocked to a stable 961 core/1290 memory).
Step 3: Run Turbo Evo again. This program will push your overclock even higher, more stably than you ever could using your new settings as
Other Thoughts: a starting point. Starting at my 4.1, Turbo Evo overclocked three more times in Windows, finally crashing above 4.2. It saved my final stable settings upon restart, and my cpu was automatically set to 4.175GHz. Point is the motherboard and memory speed do make a difference, not just cooling. Though my Cosair H50 handles this overclock at 40 degrees idle/50 load with ease. If your memory is faster, than you may get a slightly better result. In a few days, I may decide to try to set the voltage at 1.5 or 1.51 and see if temps are still good and see if I can reach that 4.2 or 4.3 using Turbo Evo only. My manual overclock is done.READ FULL REVIEW