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Craig B.

Craig B.

Joined on 12/31/05

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Another winner from SeaSonic

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Fine selection of modular cables, 8pin and 4+4 pin aux power hardwired. The back (what you see from the outside of the case) looks clean and professional. No lights, nothing different for the sake of being different, just a solid power supply with an excellent matte finish and their classic font.

Cons: No complaints.

Overall Review: As a SI, I've been using SeaSonic almost exclusively when since I started. Never had a failure (From cheapo daily drivers to 24/7 dual opterons). Even have one in my old 386 (still with me) Comes with a sticker too. Although they rarely make it on the case I love putting them in odd places around the house (my furnace is "Designed for Windows 98") Note: Longer than the standard, but not by much. These days it seems the depth standard for power supplies is all but gone. SeaSonic: Don't change a thing.

we'll see how it deals with punishment

Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer Single
Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: polk support, supporting a company that still holds the values of the old guard.

Cons: none in a year installed in someone else's theater whom's install i stand behind for 5.

Overall Review: Installed one as part of a whole set with wiring last year for a customer. Doubt it's worth the list (used sunfire subs go for that these days and are a different league), but after install it's more than worth a few hundred. Wanted one myself to beat on and see what it can do outside of a professional setting. He loves it, and polk is a great company still (grill arrived destroyed (it's cheap)) polk was reachable by phone and fixed it with no issue. These people really tried to be a high-end audio company a decade ago, and still hold some of the values krell and the like do.

11/30/2014

works in a Lenovo X201

Patriot LX Series 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF32GSDHC10
Patriot LX Series 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF32GSDHC10

Pros: Yup, works if you're trying to offload writes away from your fancy SSD. Flat line read of 18.6MB in the said x201 on the built in port. (HDTune 2.55, WIn7, nothing fancy)

Cons: No issues, and i've been beating on it for a long time. Bought it because it looked pretty and I didn't think I could beat it for the price, Still don't after a year.

Works with supermicro c7x58

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI

Pros: Big fancy heatspreader, - Works @ 1.5v as specified.

Cons: G.Skill logo apparently no longer included with memory kits. Too bad, it was a nice one (not just a sticker). Not as nice of a finish as their old DDR, but a polished shiny surface is worse for heat transfer to air anyway.

Overall Review: Writing the review to mention this ram does work with the supermicro c7x58. I read there is difficulty finding ram for these as their voltage is locked at 1.5v. With an i7 930 installed you just need to set "performance tuning mode" from auto to "XMP") and it will clock it to 1600. no need for an extreme edition cpu as spec'd in the manual.

Excelent for an extra drive

Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Runs shockingly cool

Cons: slow

Overall Review: A great storage drive, I wouldn't recommend for a primary drive unless it's for an htpc, or otherwise non-performance pc. ran one as a dump drive, then a video recording drive, then root for windows7 on a junker. Months later bought two more to get started on a raid5 array. Hilarious how cool these drives run compared to the old staple of seagate 7200.* yes there slow, can barely pull 60mb/sec from them, but they run at ROOM TEMPERATURE with any kind of air movement across them. If you're after storage look no further.

12/10/2009

Long live Panaflo

Rexus NMB-MAT (Panaflo) 80mm Case Fan
Rexus NMB-MAT (Panaflo) 80mm Case Fan

Pros: The only serious fan on this site. No I don't want 4leds, a skull printed on it, or the blades to be spray painted metal color. I want a fan to throw in server that will be on 24/7 for the next several years. And it helps if I've been using these fans in that application for several years already

Cons: None - you get what you pay for. These are about as cheap as a quasi-industrial fan can be.

Overall Review: Besides the 20 some of these I've bought and resold repairing other peoples computers, and a few here in various computers, I have two 120s that have been great sports running on a homemade (torturous) PWM circuit for the last 5 years. The motors in these things are as bulletproof as the bearings.