Date Joined: 05/04/07
Pros: I've used many power supplies including low grade, Antec Bronze and Seasonic Gold. Tested in combination with Asus P8Z77 motherboards and low power 7750 video cards.
In my high-end nine channel system the sound quality improves greatly across the spectrum with unheard new levels of articulation in soundstaging, dynamics, air and atomosphere.
The picture quality also has a better purity, richness and luxuriousness.
The greatest $100 "bang-for-the-buck" I've even witnessed in my 30 years of home theater upgrading experience.
Why? There are solid engineering reasons:
The first power supply that do NOT generate EMI/FRI Interference into your home theater system. One reason is power transistor use no current at zero switch transition.
Another is "Active-Clamp Topology to a whole new level".
Optimized the 3.3V/5V/12V start-up setting, with Zero Cross Switching and Power Factor Correction PFC benefits, it avoids the switching loss and strengthen the efficiency significantly.
Cons: Fan is slightly noisier than Seasonic Gold
Overall Review: The higher the power supply efficiency the better the sound quality. I will sample Titanium level supplies - whenever they become available!
The first integrated FSP MIA (Multiple Intelligence Ability) IC that provides the best performance & highest protection.
Two samples work perfectly.
Pros: I previously owned the single 3.5 hard disk version. But now i switched over to the Seagate 2.5" 500XT for even lower power consumption. It is mounted permanently inside the case and not in one of the bays here.
But i use a new 3.5" Seagate 3TB for OTA HDTV recordings.
It is in the 3.5 bay.
New motherboard have the 19 pin USB 3.0 connector which this device connects to perfectly.
Now i can run the free Macrium disk clone software and image my boot disk without removal by sliding in the another failsafe 2.5" or external USB3 disk. All three discs ports can run simultaneously.
Only downside is somewhat more heat buildup with disc temps running from 100 to 114 degrees in my htpc.
Cons: Higher disk temps
Pros: Gold rating good price. Good on-line reviews.
Cons: Certain webs site recommend Seasonic, but their lack of quality control here is appalling. I'm trying to return one to newegg and besides being VERY inconvenient they charged me $13.49 just for for shipping.
The included Sesonic defective product insert refers you to the page that doesn't include this product. Instead one must write tech support. So this will drag out for months too in spite of claims of wonderful service.
I'd give it one stars but I'm afraid it won't get published. I'm switching to the FSP platinum.
Overall Review: I'm finding out the more efficient the power supply the better the sound quality in a HTPC.
Pros: Disconnect USB cable
Put in a source HDD into slot 1
Put an equal or larger size into slot 2
Hold copy button for 5 seconds
off it goes making an identical copy
Unit is well made
Nice power switch on back and top indicator lights
comes with USB 3 turbo boost which is similar to Asus, Asmedia and ASRock
Cons: Their is really nothing wrong with this unit.
After extensive testing the early USB 3 chipsets are terrible, which limits the usefulness of this docking station.
eSATA ports work much better with less fuss overall
Overall Review: USB 3 IN GENERAL is a pain with many compatibility issues, especially that many cables are defective
THe early USB 3 chipsets don't work well
The best are the Z77 chipset Intels, like those incorporated into the Asus P8Z77 MB. This USB 3 docking station works fine with Intel.
But older NEC/VIA/ASRock MB have all sorts of issues. Plug this docking station into those and Windows asks if you want to FORMAT drive (drive is good!)
Also does not work with "SYBA CL-PCI20114 18" 2-Port USB 3.0 Bracket w/ Built-in 18 Inch 20-pin Header Cable F-M". Must be plugged directly into MB port - no cables!