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ASUS Z9PE-D16/2L SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not 2600 v2 Compatible from Factory 07/13/2015

This review is from: ASUS Z9PE-D16/2L SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

Pros: Seems like a good board with adequate features.
Nice board layout with the power connectors in a good spot compared to other boards.

Cons: This board is compatible with Intel Xeon 2600 v2 series processors, just not out of the box. The compatibility comes from a BIOS update. The frustration will come when you have no way to update this board because all you have is 2620 v2 processors and have to order a BIOS chip from ASUS.

Other Thoughts: ASUS support was good enough to help diagnosis this issue and send a replacement BIOS.

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SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice packaging, decent modular design. Power delivered is stable.

Cons: Coil whine noise is produced during random activities (mostly gaming), the buzzing sound is almost unbearable. For the price of this PSU you'd expect more.

Other Thoughts: The manufacturer likes to pass blame to your other components but this is unlikely the root cause for noise problems.

It was a hassle, but I finally got around to swapping out this PSU for my older Enermax PSU and as expected, NO NOISE PROBLEMS now. I will avoid buying Seasonic in the future.

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SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Packaging is beautiful. All the materials say quality.
Good layout for the modular plugs.
The modular cables themselves are flat ribbon style, which I like.
Separate modular cable for the primary ATX connection.
The fan seems to be high quality.
Has a switch for two different fan speed modes.

Cons: After being exposed to a heavier load (AKA gaming), the PSU makes a loud electric hum noise/squeal. My case is very quiet so this really stands out and is extremely irritating. After a few hours of idle running time the noise goes away.

Other Thoughts: Other than the noise there doesn't appear to be any problems. However the noise is obnoxious enough that it makes me want to RMA, which means I have to waste time putting my older Enermax PSU back in my case and rewiring my box.

I'm not an overclocker and all my components should be well serviced for a PSU of this size. When you spend this kind of money for PSU you hope it will be flawless.

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Travis F.'s Profile

Display Name: Travis F.

Date Joined: 05/26/09

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 07/12/09
  • Last Review: 07/13/15
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