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SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap
Supplies 600W
Not too loud

Cons: Active PFC fried operating off of "Modified Sine Wave" UPS

Other Thoughts: PSU did not fry when computer was asleep during power interruption/UPS switchover. However, with computer running under load, loss of AC power / switchover to UPS caused PSU to FRY (smoke was emitted).

Am switching both PSU (gotta get a new one, anyway) and UPS (to "pure sine wave")

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CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Fries Active PFC PSUs 12/19/2014

This review is from: CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: Cheapish for a "Modified" Sine Wave PFC

Cons: Rolling the dice when using with Active PFC PSU

Other Thoughts: Do you feel lucky, punk?

My Seasonic M12 II 650W Evo Edition, which I got on sale here at New Egg, wasn't. As long as the computer was sleeping, power (to the UPS) could be lost/regained, and nothing fried. But, the first time the UPS lost power while computer was actually running: instadeath. My other Cyberpower UPS, which does have true sine wave, did NOT kill its associated computer's PSU.

Awaiting a new PSU to survey damage (hope nothing else fried).

Need a warning sticker on these "Modified" Sine Wave PSUs: NOT for use with Computers

(although I wouldn't trust it with my TiVo, either)

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HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Controller Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Raid 5 Issue with 8T Array 10/28/2014

This review is from: HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Controller Card

Pros: Cheapish
Fastish (for a hybrid card)

Cons: Lies about individual drives' SMART data (doesn't show "real" numbers)
Slow rebuilds / drive checks
Issue with AMD booting (ASROCK mobo with Phenom II x4 - issue was "fixed" when upgraded CPU to FX-8350)
Just found BIG issue trying to RAID 5 with three 4TB HDs - created array, tested, discovered write speeds of only 40MBps! - rebuilt as RAID0 with same drives, write speed jumped to 450 MBps. Workaround- set back to RAID5, but manually set the size down from default (max size) to 7950 GB - for some reason, this worked, and now get expected write speed of 320 MBps. (Read speed was always good)

Other Thoughts: Would like to see new firmware that fixes the SMART issue, but am not holding my breath.

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Edward B.'s Profile

Display Name: Edward B.

Date Joined: 03/12/03

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 09/28/07
  • Last Review: 12/20/14
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