Date Joined: 05/03/08
Pros: It installed without incident. Powers 2 HD's, 2 drive bays, an Nvidia 250(the reason for the PSU upgrade), and a few basic plug-ins without breaking a sweat. 5 Eggs for getting what I wanted and paid for.
Cons: I think the price is a tad high considering Best Buy has Corsair 550's for 90 bucks (non-modular of course). Also, it's almost not worth mentioning, but if you are running a midsize case like me (i.e. 9500 series HP) the modular cabling makes for a tight squeeze in the back of the drive bays since PSU is only 2 to 3 inches away from them. The plugs on each end of the cables actually get in the way of each other, but they do squeeze in. Keep in mind this is only problematic for midsize cases.
Overall Review: The Corsair actually went in really fast once I got my old factory 325 out. The only time consuming part was untangling the braided rat's nest of daisy chain cords that HP left in store for me. This PSU comes equipped to power 2 PCI-E cards, but I would personally go for 600 or more if I was running SLI.
Pros: I gave it 5 eggs for meeting all my expectations. It installed in 10 minutes and fit perfectly in my 9500 series HP midsize case. I love, THE PRICE, the integrated HDMI, the gig of DDR and its cool running temp @ 42 C. It came with a free copy of Farcry 2 and so far that runs flawlessly on 1680 x 1050 with everything maxed. I didn't play with the AA yet.
Cons: The SPIDIF cord that was supplied did not match the existing plug type on my MOBO. I really didn't have the tools to splice the two different cords into one working cord, but I was able to use the supplied cord and connect it to my MOBO without it locking securely. Does not come Overclocked.
Overall Review: My Quad 2.4 HP was dead silent with its 8500 GT; and I was expecting an increase in fan noise with this upgrade, but it's not nearly as loud as I thought it would be. I also upgraded to a 520 Corsair modular PSU, so I'm getting added noise from two new sources. The Zalman heatsink and fan is HUGE so, naturally, it takes up the adjacent bay. I wish they made this same card in a 280 series. I'm also glad I chose this over the hotter running 9800 GTX+'s.