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Pros: 350 Watts
Mini ITX and ATX supported
Quiet on idle
Cons: For ITX, and Micro ATX cases, cables can be too long
Loud fan "under load"
Other Thoughts: While I do not have the A+ certification that most industry insiders recognize as a Computer hardware "professional", I have been building custom PCs for 12+ years for myself, friends and family. My track record is spotless, and I'm always pushing the boundaries with my builds...
Installing this PSU into my Antek isk300-150 was tight with the extra cables, but once it was all in there, and closed, it was out of sight and out of mind. I even managed to keep the air intake area clear...ish
I've been running this PSU for several months now on a gaming Mini ITX (steambox) that has an up time of about 4 months (shutting down for no more than 1 or 2 days in a stretch). The Athena 350 PSU has not failed to power everything my mini monster demands of it (accept USB power which does max out after 4+ devices, easy fix with a AC/DC powered USB HUB).
~intel i5 3570k Processor
~ASRock Z77E-ITX Z77E-ITX mobo
~8 gig ram (2 4gig sticks)
~Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 graphics
~Antec ISK 300-150 Black Mini-ITX Case
I can run Skyrim (with the high end graphics mod), StarCraft 2, and Portal 2 at max setting.
Under normal load (movies, youtube, web searching, spotify) the PSU fan is minor, and almost unnoticeable. However, once I start gaming, and the temperature starts to rise, this fan kicks up to high gear and my steambox sounds like an Xbox 360 power brick! Yes, it's that loud.
I understand that the PSU was not designed to handle the load that I am throwing at it. The GPU requires a minimum 400watt PSU, so i am LITERALLY pushing the specs of this PSU. And for running so smoothly while on the threshold above it's peak, I give this 4 eggs.
I took one egg away because I really wish the fan was a little quieter on the high end. AGAIN... this PSU was not designed for the amount of torment I'm exposing it to, and it has worked like a boss... but the fan is the only down side. I'm keeping my eye out for Athena to upgrade their ITX style fans to something a bit quieter, even if it means paying more, so that the small form fact case can be as quiet as possible while even under max load (temperature).
In the long run, I'm tempted to upgrade the fan myself... while this will void the warranty, I must say that seeing how well it is handling things, it could be worth the risk.
I am very pleased.
This review is from: Microsoft Xbox LIVE 4000 Microsoft Points (Digital Code)
Pros: I don't like registering my CC on Xbox. Since points pay for everything, you can buy them and get the code online.
Code was delivered directly to my email.
Copy and pasted code on xbox website.
Got the code less then 10 minutes after ordering.
Cons: Not really a con, but a warning...
The DIGITAL CODE Service may be limited after office hours, so if you buy points at 1AM, don't expect to get points at 130am. The earliest you may get a code is during office hours starting at 9am till close. But this is just my guess for people who say it takes tooooooo long for the code.
This review is from: Microsoft Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points (Digital Code)
Pros: Available to me without waiting a day or two.
No mess scratch off
Get what you pay for... a code and live points.
Cons: Wasn't cheaper than the paper card.
Had to wait 5-10 minutes for it to be emailed.
Other Thoughts: Order during peak office ours, 9am-5pm PT, for best results!!
I'm seeing a lot of complaints about the code taking hours and hours to be emailed. I have yet to have this occur. I have ordered Live points and 12 month codes numerous times from this site.
For those that are fearful of the digital code taking more than 20 minutes to be mailed, may I suggest ordering during peak office hours for newegg, and do not order between 8pm to 9am (overnight). Chances are you're order will not be processed until business hours resume. If you order and it takes a few hours, use Neweggs customer service 24/7 chat feature to inquire. Humans still work the back end of ordering and they must email you, so if no one is in the office, no codes will be e-mailed.
Best of luck, and happy gaming.
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