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Nicholas R.

Nicholas R.

Joined on 09/04/09

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Great little PSU

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850 W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850 W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Small, to the point where I was surprised at how small it actually was compared to the big 1000W models, at least. Quiet; if you can hear it running you either have no other fans in your case or are doing something VERY wrong. Fully modular, which is great for cable management.

Cons: Cables fit a bit looser then I'd like; I have a HAF X so some cables are a little stretched and fell out while building once or twice. (Especially the 8-pin connector which was a pain to replace as my heatsink is massive) Two 8 pin PCI-Express power cables were perfect for my setup but I was surprised that, for the price, one more wasn't included.

Overall Review: I have an overclocked 2600k, two HD6950's in Crossfire and at least six fans in my case, and this PSU handles it all just fine. Unless you are going for tri-SLI/CrossfireX, don't bother with a bigger model.

Great Performance/Value!

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100312SR
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100312SR

Pros: Nearly 2x scaling in Crossfire. Fans are quiet when at idle/playing games or movies. Hardware acceleration of movies means ~2% or less CPU usage. Rear exhaust vents hot air out of the case, great for close fitting Crossfire setups. Can unlock to basically become 6970's for $70 less (may change if the circuit boards are updated in the future)

Cons: Can get loud when running torture tests like Furmark, in fact any fan speed above 50% is very noisy. You won't hear it while playing normal games as the cards (at least in Crossfire) just aren't taxed constantly like a benchmark would do, but there is a reason that even at 90 C the auto fan speed won't climb above 55%. At 100%, it sounds like a jet is parked in your house. They run hotter then I'd like, at least when benchmarking (can hit 90 C even in a HAF X case), but are usually cooler (60-ish C) when playing games. Personal preference, but I'm not a fan of the graphics/sticker on the cards themselves, I think some other cards look classier.

Overall Review: I wouldn't buy just one. The performance for $300 just doesn't feel right, especially when compared to other cards. Now in Crossfire, however, that's when you hit the sweet spot. I have a 24" Ultrasharp at 1920x1200, and I'm running everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, Crysis, Metro 2033, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, you name it) at absolutely max settings (Crysis with Enthusiast shaders, 8x AA, high quality mods) (Metro 2033 on Very High with Tessellation) at 60+ FPS. Is it overkill for one monitor? Maybe. But I know that when any game drops, either this year or next, I'll be right in the same spot. Buy two and never regret it.

Intel's Best CPU, Ever!

Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K
Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K

Pros: Can beat a 980X in certain tasks even before overclocking, and really starts to crush it afterward. Overclocking performance itself is absolutely stellar; I'm running at 4.5Ghz on just 1.25 V, and I've seen people take it to 4.9, 5.1 and 5.6(!!!) Ghz! It also runs very cool, using a NH-D14 I'm staying below 60 C at load, and even that 5.6Ghz OC was done on air cooling as well. Thanks to Intel's power saving features, the chip clocks down to about 1.8 Ghz when you aren't using it, meaning you get all the benefits of your overclock without a constantly high power draw!

Cons: The on-chip GPU is more or less useless as the boards (P67s) that let you overclock also disable the GPU, so what's the point of having it in the first place? (Also, if you are buying this, don't cripple yourself by using the on-chip GPU, get a real one [or two!]) Intel's has also upgraded the stock cooler from horrible to mediocre; I've seen some decent overclocks using it but it runs too loud and too hot for my tastes.

Overall Review: If you are just (and I mean JUST) going to use it for gaming, save yourself $100 and get the 2500k which OCs just as well but removes hyper threading which is useless for games. This chip is the best if you are folding as well, I'm hitting nearly 25k PPD with the option to clock up to 5Ghz and switch to bigadv's for nearly 50k! Oh, and don't bother to upgrade if you already have a i5 or an i7, these chips are great but you won't see a MASSIVE boost like you will if you wait for Ivy Bridge in the fall.

The Best Air Cooler!

Noctua NH-D14, Premium CPU Cooler with Dual NF-P14 PWM and NF-P12 PWM Fans (Brown)
Noctua NH-D14, Premium CPU Cooler with Dual NF-P14 PWM and NF-P12 PWM Fans (Brown)

Pros: Unbeatable cooling: Keeps my i7 2600k overclocked to 4.5 Ghz below 60 C at full load. Near-silent: Can't hear it at all over my GPUs/case fans/ambient background noise. Spring clips for the fans are easy to use and keep everything secured. Backplate and mounting system are easy to use as long as you aren't an idiot like me.

Cons: It's big, but you knew that. Just check their website to make sure your motherboard/RAM is compatible. Pricey, but you get what you pay for, which is top notch performance.

Overall Review: So I didn't look close enough at the instructions and tried to put the mounting brackets on upside down. After an hour of cursing, I figured out that I was an idiot, flipped them over and had everything installed in no time. This thing works so well, I can no longer recommend CPU only water cooling loops.