Joined on 04/30/06
not worth it
Pros: if it did what it was supposed to, it would be pretty great. it's supposed to play 1080p video, have working usb 3, etc. wireless worked well.
Cons: HDMI out doesn't work. USB 3 ports won't work or will cut out partway thru file transfers, and 2 reinstalls of windows and attempts to reinstall drivers never corrected the problem. dropped a hard drive connection during a transfer. read and write is about half of what this SSD gets on other rigs. if it was just DOA, it would have saved a pile of time. Instead, it works, just very poorly.
Overall Review: unlikely to get your rebate as well.
Pros: i have 3 of these, all drive a dual core athlon, k9a2 motherboard and 4 overclocked 8800GS's running at 100% 24/7, this draws about 450w for the whole system. no problems, ever.
Cons: some reviews suggest that the voltage regultaion could be better. i've had no problems tho. not modular. just spend a little time tying the cables together and it'll be fine. i have these and pc power and cooling 750s. i bet these run at a hotter temp at the same wattage. that said, these are significantly cheaper.
Overall Review: would buy again
Pros: great cooler. easy to attach. both of mine cool 9950's overclocked to 3.0 that run at or near 100% usage. they don't get warm.
Cons: i have two, only got one from newegg. the fan died in the other one, but it was a 2 minute job to screw in another one. it's not the quietest fan ever that's included so if you wanted a really quiet system, maybe you could get a higher RPM fan that was still quiet. came with thermal paste, i used some artic silver instead. not sure how good their paste is, it's probably fine.
Overall Review: it's big. if you've got room, you'll like it. as for this vs a thermalright...dunno. this is cheaper and solid.
Pros: very very solid. i have 5 of these (2 blue/2 red / 1 black). all of them run at 450w or more, 2 run at ~600W 24/7 (these 2 each drive a k9a2 board, phenom 9950 overclocked and 2 9800gx2's everything running at 100%) all 5 worked right away. they get warm, not hot, the fans are audible but not loud even at higher power draws, and my guess is that most people's system fans are louder than this (comparable to the yate loon 120 low speed, the medium speeds i use drown this out) the finish is very nice as well.
Cons: Not modular. They claim that modular PSU's have several disadvantages, i don't know enough to assess those claims. if you plan ahead what cables you'll need, and spend a little time tying together the rest, it's not a big deal and doesn't bother me at all, but i don't have any small cases.
Overall Review: i have these and corsair 750w's. those have been good to me too, but the voltage reg on these is supposedly tighter. if i was going to drive a system hard-i'd want this. i've gotten all the rebates i submitted on time (was late for one, my fault) fold4life, team 50625