Date Joined: 04/19/08
Pros: Very high quality PSU
Quite efficient for 80+ base
Perfect for mATX builds
Cons: Not really a con, more of an observation: one 6+2 PCI-E connector limits you in terms of graphics cards. For the newer cards this isn't an issue. For cards like the GTX 295 though you'll need the molex adapter
Overall Review: Bought 5 of these for a 5 node commodity GPU/Hadoop cluster (From AZON, so Newegg may not list me as a verified owner).
Every last PSU has held up to over 6 days straight of some pretty unforgiving tests and GPU folding! And the PCI-E 6+2 plus molex PCI-E adapter works perfectly fine for a power hungry graphics card.
Each node is setup as follows for anyone interested:
1x Core 2 Quad Q6600
4x 2GB - 8GB total - Crucial DDR3 1333 RAM
1x Intel x48 Motherboard
1x BFG GTX 295 GPU
2x Seagate 80GB HDD
1x Roswill Micro-ATX case
Pros: This review is mainly for anybody looking for information on this board that is new material:
This board DOES support Core2Quad Q6600 no problems
This board DOES support GTX 400-GTX600 graphics cards
This board is picky on RAM, but the CRUCIAL sticks recommended on Intel's ARK are easy to find and dirt cheap to pull 8GB worth, and it's well worth getting the full 8GB
This board is FULLY supported on Linux and Windows
Cons: The SATA ports in the quad-group get blocked by a second graphics card. (Namely a GTX 480)
First PCI-E x1 slot does get blocked by the first graphics card, but if you need more than the one reachable x1 slot, get a different board
Overall Review: I have 12 of these in a mini personal cluster all running with Core2Quad Q6600s, 8GB Crucial DDR3 RAM, 2 GTX 650 Ti BOOST cards for the master node, 2 GTX 480 graphics cards for the compute nodes, and Cougar 760w PSUs. This board has a very low failure rate and has worked wonders for me for my research. Highly recommended for someone on a budget! (Especially considering how cheap these parts are now. $100 for this board, a Q6600, and 8GB RAM!)
Pros: Moves quite a bit of air
Fits well with Corsair builds
Clean, black wires
Cons: Quite loud when ramped
Not ideal for quiet builds
Cable is a bit short for certain applications
Overall Review: Remember, this is the AIRFLOW edition, and therefore not meant for radiators (so don't use them that way :P)
Pros: Very solid, quiet fan, no coil whine under heavy load, rather power efficient for just an 80 Plus, cables are long enough for bottom mount configurations in a mid-tower and rackmount chassis.
Cons: Sleeving came a bit frayed on the 24pin, but not worth docking an egg for
Overall Review: Currently powering one of my compute nodes in my cluster:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.9 GHz
8GB Crucial DDR3 Memory
GeForce GTX 480
Used to power the master node until I upgraded that power supply, same specs as above except with 3 hard drives and a network card as well
Pros: ~Used in a CUDA programming development machine
~Also used for light to moderate gaming
~2 GB GDDR5 memory
Cons: ~Runs very hot even without SLI or overclocks
Overall Review: Shroud coolers will normally run hotter than open coolers anyways. Wasn't quite 9800GX2 temperature levels though! Plenty of power in this beast!
Pros: ~Dropped into an enthusiast desktop machine. Plenty of RAM for most scenarios
~Sleek, compact design improves compatibility with large tower coolers
Cons: As others have stated, the XMP profile will default these to 1.65v, which is problematic for Ivy Bridge users. Manual BIOS tuning recommended over XMP if you are running IB
Overall Review: Two of these kits for 32Gb of RAM total, you will be set on RAM for a looong time
Pros: ~Picked up and utilized by Intel Rapid Storage immediately
~ Noticeably sped up HDD operations
Cons: ~No set screws included. If it's being used in a laptop (like mine), this can be problematic
Overall Review: I currently use this in my laptop as a cache drive. SSD for the OS, HDD for data, and this drive as a cache drive is a fantastic setup!
Pros: ~Very snappy. Huge improvement over 5400rpm HDD
~Very sleek casing
~Recognized immediately with no intermission
Cons: ~120Gb is barely adequate if you plan to dual boot, but if you are on a budget it is still worthwhile
Overall Review: I have been requiring SSDs in my machines for a while now. With prices coming down and reliability going up, it just makes sense to upgrade!
Pros: A great upgrade for my Aspire V3-771g
Nabbed two of these kits for 16Gb total RAM. Future proof!
Overall Review: 16Gb may seem like overkill for a laptop, but when you invest in a laptop as a mobile workstation for heavy development, it makes a big difference!
Pros: ~Powerful specs for a programmer/light gamer
~Large, bright screen
~Good integrated sound
~Windows 8 compatible (have to search for wireless driver)
~Upgradeable to 16GB RAM easy
~4 RAM slots
~2 Hard Drive slots
~Nice keyboard key style
Cons: ~Not Ivy Bridge, though this barely makes a difference
~Included HDDs are 5400rpm. 7200rpm really needs to be standard
~No RAID support
~Next to zero BIOS options
~Keys will sometimes double-register
~Very short battery life (a battery upgrade is recommended for extended mobile use)
~Customer Support is shoddy at best. 35 minutes to figure out product information is a low standard
Overall Review: First things done with this laptop was swap one hard drive for an SSD and upgrade the RAM to 16Gb. Made a huge difference compared to initial usage
There is definitely a lot to be desired for customization. No RAID, no BIOS customization, really acer? $900 and I can't tune it to my specification?
So far it's been a great machine. Dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04. The machine feels snappy, it's handled most of what I can throw at it, but the lack of RAID and lack of BIOS customization really took away from the future proof-ability of this machine
Pros: ~Very large
~Support for HPTX with room to spare horizontally
~Plenty of hard drive space
~Plenty of space for cable routing
~Dual PSU support
Cons: ~Flimsy door construction
~Mesh panel on the side actually rattles with four 180mm fans installed
~No easy way to install front fans
~Not enough vertical space for water cooling
Overall Review: On paper this was a great case. With a minimal setup it was a good case. With an enthusiast setup like the one below you definitely felt like there was much to be desired.
2x Intel Xeon x5570 CPUs
EVGA SR-2 Motherboard
2x EVGA GTX 670 GPUs
2x OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs - RAID 0
Seagate 500GB HDD
Abs Majesty 1100w PSU
Custom water cooling loop (single radiators)
Pros: Very stable. Provides plenty of clean power to my system
750w is honestly more power than most people need (see other)
Wires are long enough to stretch top to bottom in my full tower case (Fractal Designs Define XL)
Cons: Sleeving on some cables frays easily, but nothing that can't be fixed!
Overall Review: My system (see below) never came close to 750w draw on full load for both revisions (three 9800GX2s vs 1 GTX670)
750w is plenty of power for anyone not running a case full of inefficient parts
Intel Core i7 2700K - 4.4 GHz
AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 (was an ASUS board before)
EVGA GTX 670 FTW (3x EVGA 9800GX2 before)
2x OCZ 120GB SSDs in RAID0
1x Seagate 500GB HDD
GSkill Ares 16GB DDR3 1600 RAM
Full water cooling loop
Total system power draw: 500w max @ 100% load (CPU/GPU burn tests)
Pros: Very fast when in RAID0
No additional drivers needed (like the PCI-E cards)
S/W RAID, no hardware card needed
Cons: Forced me to be smarter about my file locations?
Overall Review: First, these drives DO support RAID0, and they support it very well. I've had no issues at all since setting up the array and have had faster response times and results than my prior OCZ RevoDrive (the 240GB version); all without the ridiculous install troubles!
After a solid month of heavy usage (file manipulations through programming research on the drives) I've seen ZERO performance degredation. TRIM/GC is working flawlessly!
Pros: Extremely quiet without the resistor-wire
Dead silent with the resistor-wire
Rubber retention screws
Lots of air flow
Overall Review: Please note: the extension cable that comes with this item has a resistor on one of the wires to slow the fan down, therefore reducing the noise. You still get decent airflow (roughly 55CFMs) with this extension, but I honestly don't see a point!
I have 4 of these in a Fractal Designs case running full speed as push/pull fans for radiators, and I can't even hear them! (No headset used)
Pros: Very easy to use interface
kWh Usage tracker helps save energy!
Cons: No LED backlight. Impossible to read in low light
Overall Review: The only thing I wish this had was an LED backlight. Yes, the item does block two wall connectors, but just buy a power strip! You'd want to know total power consumption for that area anyways, right?
Pros: Very spacious, plenty of room for full size graphics cards
Great air circulation
Plenty of hard drive space
Plenty of routing options
Great sound dampening
Cons: Flimsy fan brackets on the front
Smaller top space
Not water-cooling friendly. See other
Overall Review: This case is great, but be careful if you have a custom water cooling loop planned. Placing a radiator at the back requires the top 180mm exhaust fan and bracket be removed, which is a bummer for circulation. The only other place you can add another 140mm radiator (without case modification) is the top fan space in the front after removing the hard drive cage (not a problem for most people)
Currently I have one 140mm radiator with push/pull fans at the top back and one 140mm radiator with push/pull fans at the front. The res sits in front of the radiator at the front. Make sure to use a short 90* fitting if you have an SLI water block setup! Small spacing between a large graphics card and the PSU bay separator.
Intel Core i7 2700K - 4.4 GHz
AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 LGA1155 Mobo
EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW
16GB Ares DDR3 1600 RAM
2x OCZ 120GB SSD
1x Seagate 500GB HDD
Custom water cooling loop for processor + GPU
Pros: ~Keeps my i7 2700k between 44 - 47 C on full load while folding
~Relatively simple installation
~Small for a tower cooler. Fit perfectly into my Antec 200
~Comes with a Y-splitter for the fan cables so I can plug them to one fan slot. Not necessary considering how many fan ports I have, but helpful in cable management!
~Fans are dead quiet, even when running fully cranked (Turn on my scythe ultras and you really can't hear them :P)
Cons: As with most tower coolers, installing one without assistance can be troublesome. Didn't dock an egg for that though, as it's a known fact!
Overall Review: Intel Core i7 2700k @ 4.4 ghz
Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 motherboard
8 GB GSkill DDR3 1600
EVGA GTX 560
Mushkin Chronos 120 GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500GB HDD
Enermax NANX 650w
Pros: There is very little I can claim is iffy about this machine! Every feature listed is all included in the machine, runs very fast, and overall operates great!
Cons: Vista requires A LOT of time to load for the first time. After a decent length setup, a lot of useless programs had to be removed (outdated Windows Defender, Norton, Office, ect ect). There were also a few Asus programs, but most were necissary
Overall Review: For those laptop seekers looking for the bang for your buck, this machine is definately the one for you!