Joined on 12/18/09
Good Solution to powering graphics cards
Pros: This thing is the perfect solution to anybody who needs additional power for upgrading their graphics card. Had I had a larger tower it would have worked nicely in a slot. It isn't all that bad externally though. This thing runs silent. There were a few times that I thought it wasn't even on until I put my hand over the cooling vent. Runs cold even while playing games on highest graphics settings for hours. Buying a larger power supply is nice to do, but this running separately is (in my opinion) a way better option if you have a slot to put it in. There are 3 reasons for this: 1. Very large wattage PSUs are more expensive than adding this. 2. This spreads the heat instead of concentrating it at the power supply. 3. This will extend the life of your existing power supply by reducing its load cycle.
Cons: If your PSU doesn't have an extra molex 4 pin cable you will need to buy an adapter. Would have been nice if it came with a female SATA to female molex adapter. If your PSU doesn't have any extra cables (molex or SATA) you will need to buy a splitter to add one. This syncs the booster and is the only way to turn it on.
Overall Review: Anyone who complains about the light not staying the same color is a goofball.
Pros: - This headset has ridiculously long battery life. - The controls on the right ear are easy to get used to. - Excellent sound quality - very light, nice carrying case
Cons: When you put your hand over the right ear (where the bluetooth receiver must me), you lose signal and the sound cuts out. So you have to get used to adjusting the volume a certain way so this doesn't happen.
Overall Review: I've never has this style of headphone. It takes a little while to get used to.
Great case, Really Big
Pros: This case is great. It has an incredible amount of space. The fans are decent; they aren't the best you can get for airflow, but they are sufficient and extremely quiet. The fans have both power connections which is nice. Screwless: The access slots on the rear have a nice screwless design. The 5.25 bays have push button locks on the side that work really well. The HDD slots have a good screwless design. As with any screwless design, it isn't going to be as sturdy as a screw-in design...but I could have told you that before I bought it. It would be more sturdy if you welded the parts too...
Cons: It doesn't fit in the tower cabinet on my desk (of course that's my fault). Seriously though, when I saw the box that it shipped in, I thought they sent the wrong item. Please measure the spot where you are putting it because it is very high, especially if you want to use the casters. Even after reading all of the reviews saying it was huge, I was still naive in thinking my desk was big enough. Cable management can be a little bit difficult, but that could just be a function of a large case. The front fan could use a dust screen.
Absolutely worth it
Pros: - Will meet any graphics needs - Plays SCII on Ultra settings for every field. (didn't even hiccup once) - serious cooling capabilities - very quiet
Cons: - The HDMI connection is a mini-HDMI and it doesn't come with any adapter - Double wide card (takes up 2 slots) - This thing is huge. I was actually nervous it wouldn't fit in the case. If you have a factory build machine make sure you have enough room (a custom build should have plenty).
Overall Review: - This review is based on a Windows7 64-bit machine with i5 processor
Quiet and Powerful
Pros: This power supply is extremely quiet even when running high graphics processes for an extended period of time. There are plenty of integrated cables supplied for almost any type of connection and extra cables if you need to plug them into the additional power outputs. The cables are shielded with a strong plastic mesh. This thing barely even gets warm when running so the cooling must be really well engineered.
Cons: - shielded cables are sturdy but are a little difficult to bend in tight spots.
Overall Review: - If you are building a system from the ground up, the way this supply is set up is perfect.
Best Low Profile Graphics card bar you'll find
Pros: I spent probably a total of 20-30 hours (at work) looking for graphics cards for my slim tower PC. This was by far the highest end card I found that was low-profile. It runs Starcraft II remarkably. Also, Autodesk Inventor 2011 (a 3D modeling program) runs without any hiccups AT ALL even with HUGE assembly files. I felt like I was playing the original Pacman with both these programs before getting this card. Comes with SPDIF cable to connect sound output from your motherboard (usually available on newer motherboards) for output through the HDMI (I think, I'm still checking on this with Sparkle's tech support)
Cons: Seems like it runs hot but I don't have a temperature gun or anything to give a real number and I would expect it to run hot when I play Starcraft II on the highest graphics settings. still cooler than my PSU... Sparkle tech support is slow to get around to answering my question on the sound output.
Overall Review: Better cards will come out with time, but right now (9/28/2010) this is the best single low profile card you will find.