Date Joined: 02/23/04
Pros: Good airflow; eye catching (if that's what you are looking for)
Cons: Somewhat flimsy; large side panel fan is junk. Also, the fan controller is a nice idea, but it's more hassle than its worth.
Overall Review: Ordered two of these on a Shell-Shocker special, and on both of them the side panel fans literally just came apart within three to four months of moderate use: the fan blades broke away from the hub!
Think I'll stay with my Antec Three Hundred...
Pros: Cheap. Correct version is very quiet and reliable.
Cons: (See thoughts below). Loud. Not same model as stated on the box, or even the same serial number!
Overall Review: I have used a couple dozen of these PSUs over the last two years or so. They have proven to be exceptionally quiet and reliable. I never considered them to be true 500W powerhouses, but they were great cheap OEM replacements and always quiet.
I ordered 3 of these in early May. Unfortunately, when I went to use the first one to swap out a loud PSU on a computer, I discovered this one to be even louder! It turns out that the actual unit in the box was a EP-50X.3563-BX, not EP-50X.C563-BX as per the box labeling (note the 3563 instead of C563). At first, I thought I’d return it to Newegg, but then I noticed that the serial numbers didn’t match either.
I contacted Dynapower about this; they acknowledged a temporary substitution due to supply problems. They were hoping to get more of the true C563s in soon, and assured me the circuitry of the 3563 was as good or better. Unfortunately, the fans are noticeably louder also. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…hope this is only temporary!
Pros: Cheap (if it all worked): ease of installation.
Cons: Only one hole in retention bracket latch per side. Fan is loud--you WILL need the speed control. Unfortunately, when I went to use mine for the first time the fan speed controller was dead.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. The warranty expired before I used this for the first time. Fan speed controller (needed) apparently has no output--tried it on a couple of other fans to verify. Broke into a Zalman kit and robbed it of its Fanmate controller. Now have the fan throttled back to 2000 RPM and it is acceptable.
Pros: Size; especially for the potential computing ability
Cons: No provision for an optical drive (even a slim), and Shuttle's continuing unkept promises of a proper dedicated cooler (aka ICE Genie). Regular coolers do not center on processor.
Overall Review: Shuttle must have legions of lost future customers by now over the lack of availability of the ICE Genie. It is shown and refered to in the instructions but (apparently) can't be had except as part of a system! It has been promised for a year now...
Pros: Lots of features not related to GPS functions: mp3 player, picture viewr, etc.
Cons: First one I got (gift) was never able to acquire a GPS signal. Took me a while and a couple of L...L...O...O...N...N...G...G calls to Lowrance to figure this out. RMA took more than two months. (They claimed they didn't have any replacements and wanted me to accept a lesser unit in place of my defective one!!) Replacement unit does acquire a signal, but it may take 20 or more miles to do so (I've tried this in three vehicles).
Overall Review: Bad and slow customer service plus very poor performer. Now out of warranty...at least I now know what I don't want! Avoid this product AND company!
Pros: Newegg customer service.
Cons: Non-functional drive.
Overall Review: Came DOA. Never gave any indication of working. Tried it in two computers; two SATA ports on each; also two different SATA and power cables in each machine. Just plain DOA. You have to wonder if it was ever even checked before it left the manufacturing facility. Newegg was real good about taking it back.
Pros: Quiet; plenty of power; lots of connectors
Cons: Rebate is worthless...buy ONLY if you like the price as is!!
Overall Review: I do a lot of rebates, and in the last year I've yet to receive a Thermaltake rebate. I was bounced on this because my "postmark was not within the date" (NOT SO!) and they also claim I "was notified" (ALSO NOT SO!—had to contact them to find out). I keep very good records, including copies and date sent out. It appears their rebate center is structured to cheat people out of their money. This is the third time in a row (and last!) ThermalTake has cheated me out of my money. Read the other reviews and you’ll see this is a common complaint with Thermaltake…
Pros: Fast; very fast for what it is. The extra RAM, faster clocking, and better cooling on this card make it the best deal of the HIS cards.
Cons: Cost, fan speeds vs. temp. could be a bit more aggressive.
Overall Review: Works very well with in system--PSU is OCZ Powerstream 520W (30A 12v and has PCIe connector), AMD 64 X2 4400 (no OC), 2 X 1GB OCZ PC3200 Platinum 2-3-2-5 1T (2.75v). 9900-9920 3DMark05; GPU temps run to low 60s C when worked hard but can set better fan speed profile with ATI Tray Tools. (Not to be confused with ATItool, that utility doesn't currently work with X1950s.)
Pros: Still trying to come up with one...
Cons: USB port on this didn't work; computer won't even POST if a memory card is in a slot during boot-up.
Overall Review: I did make sure the computer was not set to boot from a USB device first (actually, at all)
Pros: Very good connectivity: Extra device pigtail, leads are long and sheathed, PCI 6-pin connector. Looks good also.
Cons: Window for rebate submission is short! Had the P.S. in my possesion for barely two weeks, went to submit rebate and discovered the cutoff was two days ago! (I never submit rebates until I know the item works well--otherwise if it has to be returned there are issues w/ box that has no UPC)
Overall Review: Acceptable noise level, good deal for the money, but the 21-day from purchase thing is TOO SHORT for rebate submission!.
Pros: Inexpensive DVI out card
Cons: Not sure what it really is
Overall Review: OK, the back of the package (not shown in the Newegg pics) says it is an MX4000 GPU and a another reviewer said Windows ID'd the card as an MX4000. However, ASUS--and hence, Newegg--claim it to be a FX5200. The included driver CD has DX9 on it, but that doesn't mean the card fully supports DX9. I never actually got to the point of installing the drivers because this was on a new build and while installing the O/S the card got WAY too hot (remainder of the system was very cool). The screen finally started developing strange purplish colors and the install crashed. Twice. I installed another FX5200 card I had lying around (no DVI, unfortunately) and everything went smooth. I will RMA the card but likely go to something else. Needed the DVI!
Comments: I purchased one of this exact model from a local discount chain store. The first unit was far too quiet for use in a vehicle w/o headphones; in a quiet living room the volume had to be maxed out. I exchanged it and the replacement, while only marginally better in volume, would display video for less than a second and then go to black screen. I ending up replacing it with another manufacturer. (Much better volume although I think the Astar had better video...)