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Todd K.

Todd K.

Joined on 06/21/04

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Most Favorable Review

Tiny Power House

CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply CP-9020105-NA
CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Haswell Ready SFX SFX12V Micro ATX Full Modular Power Supply CP-9020105-NA

Pros: Small, lightweight, silent. 600W Fan only comes on if power supply starts to get hot. Have had it for a month now, it has never come on even while playing Tomb Raider and Gears of War on high settings @ 1440p.

Cons: You have to use the included power cables, at least for SATA devices. Other standard modular cables won't work. The power supply would not come on with cables from Silverstone or Rosewill. Though both of those brands can interchange cables. Minor issue, but they only included one SATA power cable, luckily that's all I needed. The second was the obsolete molex connectors. (not enough to remove a start but should be mentioned)

Overall Review: Orginally went for the Silverstone 600W SFX. It immediately started to smell like burning electronics and video started glitching. Having read previous reviews that it fried systems I returned it and got the Corsair SF600 and couldn't be happier. Powering an i7-5820k, 32GB DDRV 3200, GTX 970. Now I can upgrade my NCASE ITX to a 980ti. In fairness to Silverstone I replace a 450W 80 Gold SFX power supply that performed like a champ. But to get 600W in an SFX package that is safe, stable, and reliable, Corsair is the only one who has managed to do it so far.

Most Critical Review

Fire Pit

ADATA 32GB UV350 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV350-32G-RBK)
ADATA 32GB UV350 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV350-32G-RBK)

Pros: - Cheap

Cons: - Gets hot like fire just sitting there

Overall Review: Get's way too hot, can't us them. So hot I think they could cause a fire just being plugged in.

So far, so good

GIGABYTE M32Q 32" 165Hz/170Hz(OC) 1440P QHD KVM Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440 SS IPS, 0.8ms (MPRT), 94% DCI-P3, HDR Ready, FreeSync Premium, 1x DisplayPort 1.2 (HDR Ready), 2x HDMI 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C
GIGABYTE M32Q 32" 165Hz/170Hz(OC) 1440P QHD KVM Gaming Monitor, 2560 x 1440 SS IPS, 0.8ms (MPRT), 94% DCI-P3, HDR Ready, FreeSync Premium, 1x DisplayPort 1.2 (HDR Ready), 2x HDMI 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C

Pros: Probably the biggest unexpected bonus, 3 USB ports that all work with the built-in KVM switch, this allows not only sharing of mouse and keyboard with a laptop through the USB port but also a Webcam!!! You can keep the laptop closed and tucked away and share you webcam with ease. Great vibrant color Well calibrated OOB Better than average monitor speakers Better than average OSD and controls (love the joystic customization)

Cons: No USB-C cable included HDR on Windows (other than Youtube HDR videos, still sucks, but that's Microsoft's fault not the hardware)

Overall Review: Fantastic value. Will be great at 4k using VSR or FSR.

Great Price/Performance

BIOSTAR X370GTN AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR X370GTN AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: A steal at $85 now. Update: With AGESA 1.0.0.6 running 32GB Corsair LPX @ 3200Mhz with no issues. Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbs ports, one is USB C. External SSD flies. Ryzen/AM4/mITX. Update: Didn't get lucky with my Ryzen. I had to back down to 3.6GHz, but it's been running great. Low-cost entry Ryzen platform. Everything is super responsive with the extra cores.

Cons: Not all BioStar applications run properly on Windows 10. Nothing critical, you can do everything from BIOS, but still...

Overall Review: I easily overclocked my Ryzen 1700 to 3.6 GHz at 1.35v. Had to back down from 4GHz which would spontaneously reboot every 12 hours. Was afraid to give it more volts so I just backed down to 3.6. Running rock solid and fast. Easily blows away the X99 i7 5820k ITX I upgraded from.

11/24/2017

Just what I ordered

SilverStone ST45SF-G 450 W SFX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SilverStone ST45SF-G 450 W SFX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Small. High quality braided cables. I must be lucky because the fan is silent contrary to many reviews. Runs very cool. True SFX form factor not the larger L.

Cons: Can't think of any, it is what it says it is.

Overall Review: Powering a GTX 970 and i7 5820k w/Corsair H55 AIO water cooler with no problems.

11/16/2015

A Fan of Phanteks

Phanteks PH-F120MP 120 mm PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Fan
Phanteks PH-F120MP 120 mm PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Fan

Pros: Whisper Quiet, Much quieter than Noctua Good Airflow Quality construction High Static Pressure with all of the above.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Using two in an NCASE M1 v4 ITX with Corsair H55 Quiet edition w/5820k. Silent and cool. Can't imagine a better fan for such tight quarters while demanding performance and silence.

10/30/2015