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This review is from: Rosewill Glacier-700M, Glacier Series 700W Modular Power Supply with Silent Aero-Diversion Fan, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & Crossfire Ready
Pros: Quiet, Which seems to be the top selling feature of this unit. Braided cables was a personal preference. Modular cabling, plus the fact that they attach midway rather than at the top leaving room for a 25mm fan if top mounted. Price was reasonable before the holidays.
Cons: My only con is I wanted to purchase another one but the price has gone up $10 for Black Friday weekend. And, while looking through my purchase history, most items purchased before the holiday season have gone up. Some on sale or with a rebate that brings the purchase price down to what it was prior to the holiday season.
Other Thoughts: I will have to wait for the holidays to be over for prices to get back to normal and I can justify buying another one of these.
Have a safe and happy Markup season.
This review is from: MSI H97M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Attractive looking board. Paired with the i3-4330 it out performs my water cooled, OCed, QX6850 setup running at 4.2 GHz. USB 2.0 at very top for keyboard and mouse ensures reliable input verses driver dependent USB 3.0. Two PCIe X 1 slots (1 usable) for modern hardware because for me old PCI slots are a waste of space.
M.2 support for M.2 PCIe up to 10Gb/s under UEFI option ROM will be nice in the near future. Runs 8GBs DDRIII 1866 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer at 1600 MHz without issues. This board's UEFI BIOS is easy to navigate and has lots of options. Two BIOS updates executed smoothly from UEFI update and thumb drive.
Cons: Could not use in a slim Pixxo case as originally planned due to the side SATA ports directly against power supply housing. Purchased this in part because the description stated support for RAM faster than DDRIII 1600 but that appears to be misinformation after contacting MSI. No support for XP 64bit which is the OS I use most frequently and dual-boot alongside Windows 7 on my personal machine.
Other Thoughts: Could not use this board as originally intended to replace an ailing AMD HTPC (later found the Pyro SSD responsible). Will toy around with this for a while.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XIGMATEK PTR-CN881 HDT Northbridge Aluminum alloy Heatsinks only
Pros: Looks cool, Antec Tri-cool fit like a glove on it. Nearly unlimited mounting options. It kept an overclocked North bridge 15*C cooler than stock. I'm a firm believer in direct touch coolers
Cons: Had to buy a windowed case so I can look at this puppy
Other Thoughts: Next best thing to waterREAD FULL REVIEW