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EVGA 03G-P4-3784-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Dual FTW w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: GTX 780 seems to be the fastest card at it's price point. It's like a $650 Titan, which itself was based on the same GPU used in a super computer. The GK 110 is stripped down a bit. If that's not clear, it's one of the fastest GPUs on the market. It's the fastest at it's price point that I know of.

Cons: It's a $650 video card. Consider that my GTX 670 was able to play Tomb Raider on the highest settings and looked smooth doing it (at 1920x1080.) You likely don't need this card - benchmarks can be your guide here.

Other Thoughts: The cooling impresses me. I was messing around with some overclocking, and if I set the fan mode to manual at 100%, it did not seem to hit it's thermal limits - it would either work at the OC, or fail, but not go into limiting. In auto mode, it will declock, but who cares - it's a 780 - you probably did not need that power anyway.

I bought two of them, but there's no rational need for them. I am a foolish benchmark chaser. If you have multiple monitors or a super high rez monitor, you might be able to take advantage of one of them.

So far no problems at all, but time will tell.

Oh, I did not get too much of an OC on it, but it was already factor OCd. And there's only so much room to move on Kepler with stock cooling, etc. But there's no rational need to OC this for most people.

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SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W 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
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It puts out power!

Cons: It's pricier than some comparably rated supplies, but specs can be misleading.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because-
(a) My video driver kept crashing, and power supply was one possible factor
(b) The power supply was well review at Hard OCP who does (supposedly) real load testing.

After putting it, in, I tried both of the old cards under various conditions, and the driver never crashed. That could indicate a (possibly complex) issue, that is resolved by a more stable supply.

I had ordered two new cards which also solved the problem. But I wanted a new supply, just in case, as I spend over 1k on two new GTX 780s, and I wanted to be sure they were getting clean power.

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TRENDnet TPL-402E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit w/ Pass-through Up to 500Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Well, it kind of works :)

Cons: Bad design. For example, if, for some reason, the two units stop communicating, only a local reset seems to fix it. A local reset is VERY impractical in my case, involving me getting on the floor to try to reach product behind a dresser. You either unplug it, thus restarting all devices, one of which is Tivo (which takes minutes to restart,) or you have to try to use nearly impossible to use inset reset button which is ON THE BOTTOM of thing. Did they TRY to make it as hard to reset as possible? And why can't it recover from a simple failure, such as one of the devices becoming powered down?

Also, at one point, my whole network stopped working because one of the boxes kept losing it's connection. This could be the fault of my Apple router, but something seemed very odd with that.

Also, 500 Mb/s is probably a theoretical max. Actual speeds I have seen were as low as 80. Not too good. And yes, I connected both directly to the wall. Make sure you don't use a power strip, which could effect performance.

ALSO, it's design could be better, or at least include an adaptor to make it more flexible. In my case, I have a switched outlet, with the switched side being on the bottom. The device can't be plugged into the switched outlet, as that controls my lighting. But if you plug it into the top, it blocks the top. Either make a rotating connection, or include an adpator which would let you turn it upside down, and plug it into the top outlet. I think bottom switched/top unswitched outlets are pretty common, so why not think ahead on this one?

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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 07/29/02

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 06/23/12
  • Last Review: 10/02/13
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