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RAIDMAX RX-500AF Continuous 500 watts ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works good but has issues. See cons

Cons: Nearing the 2 year mark, the PSU fan seems to be on its way out. You would think a $50 PSU would last more than 2 years... Sounds like a bearing failure, as I can hear it rattling on low setting, and when I switch it to high setting it gets worse. If I manually stop the fan, it goes away for a few seconds but begins again.

Fan is definitely failing, right when the warranty expires. Good thing I bought that 1 yr extra replacement plan or otherwise I'd be shelling out another $50 for a new PSU of a better brand. (still have to wait 2+ weeks if I RMA)

First Raidmax item, not sure if I will be purchasing another (due to the fact that the device seems to want to fail just as the warranty is coming to an end, a tactic which is used by shady companies like HP and Dell to force upgrades)

Other Thoughts: So now, I'm either stuck without a PC for 2+ weeks while I wait on a lengthy RMA process, or suck it up and shell out another $50 for a more reliable brand PSU, or say screw the warranty and replace the failing fan myself. For some reason, I feel like the 3rd option would be the most reliable and quickest option to use, but if Raidmax wants to send me a fan to replace the one failing, I'm open to that too. Not my first rodeo, cowboys.

Crucial M500 CT120M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, works out of the box. No firmware update needed.

Crucial 3 year warranty. I hear they pay shipping as well, we shall see.

Cons: In the process of failing after 7 months of normal to moderate use.

See Other Thoughts for full story.

Other Thoughts: Just over 7 months old and I am now starting to have disk boot issues. I bought this thing because they are supposed to be more reliable than HDD and other SSD, but this is just not the case. Ive owned 2 SSD from 2 separate companies, both died within a year of normal to moderate use. I learned the hard way to keep any important data off SSD since when they fail, that's it, it's gone, and so is your data.

The issues began about 3 weeks ago, as I noticed my computer randomly restarting, since I usually leave a few apps open when I sleep/let the PC run at night. A week ago, I get a disk boot error AND master boot record error, which I managed to fix. Then, just yesterday, I get the disk boot error again, but this time the SSD is not showing up in the BIOS. This tells me the drive is going bad, and my unimportant data could be lost forever (Oh no, unimportant data!) So, I clear power to the system by unplugging the PSU, then pressing the power button, then plugging back the PSU and starting the PC normally. SSD shows back up in BIOS.

...And now the PC boots to Windows just fine. I am seriously considering going back to platter based drives for reliability, because these SSD are marketing their products with outrageous MTBF (136 years, really???) numbers, when real world data just doesn't back them up. Sure they are fast, but what's 10 seconds compared to 30, when the reliability just isn't there? My 1TB platter drive I bought back in 2006? Yeah, still truckin'...

System Specs:
AMD FX 6300 @ 4GHz
Gigabyte GA-970a-UD3P
GeIL Evo Veloce 2133 8GB DDR3
PowerColor AMD 7790 1GB GDDR5
RaidMax 500AF 500W PSU
1x WD 1TB Green HDD
1x WD 1TB Blue HDD
1x Crucial M500 SSD

ECS A55F2-M4(1.0) FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Its "OK" nothing special 04/23/2014

This review is from: ECS A55F2-M4(1.0) FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Worked out of the box. No issues detecting CPU, memory, peripherals. Came with a bunch of screws, and extra in case any get lost.

Decent BIOS options, but just not good enough. (see cons)

Cons: Board does NOT run my Gskill F3-1600C11S-4GNT at its recommended specs, 1600 11-11-11-28. Currently running the memory at 1333 9-10-10-24 with no problems, but I paid for 1600.

Board will NOT POST when memory is switched to "1600" even with the timings loosened. The problem may be due to the following issue:

Board does NOT have provisions for memory/CPU voltage management.

BIOS is a little confusing for someone who is used to dealing with higher end boards, but that was to be expected.

Other Thoughts: There may be a setting I overlooked, however it is unlikely. Hopefully ECS sees this and can throw me some good pointers on how to get this memory to stabilize at 1600 MHz.

Currently paired up with an A4-4000 and it's cruising along nicely, even with the memory at 1333.

Good board, just not good enough.


Claudio S.'s Profile

Display Name: Claudio S.

Date Joined: 03/24/09

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 09/17/14
  • Last Review: 01/10/15
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