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Dorothy P.

Dorothy P.

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Most Favorable Review

The Audio Question...

SeaSonic SS-520FL2 520W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
SeaSonic SS-520FL2 520W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: 1. Silent. If you record with a PC in the same room as the mic, this is the PSU for you. 2. 13mV ripple on the 12 volt rail is unheard of. What that means is low noise and clean efficient power which prolongs the life of your computer. This is an important aspect of a build that is often overlooked. 3. The 100% modular cables are nice, a little stiff, but I like them because they hold the shape you bend them to. 4. Small. I had room to install the case fan on the bottom next to the PSU and my GPU loves it. 5. There is no high pitched coil whine or any other sound coming from it, as I have read in other reviews.

Cons: There are no cons.

Overall Review: As soon as I turned the audio from the computer on, I could hear an instant difference. Better definition, programs run super stable. I hope they come out with a 650W down the road to power 2 GPU's.

Most Critical Review

Here's the scoop. iPower earned this one...

Late 2013 Mac Pro 2.7GHz 12 core/64GB RAM/1TB Flash/Dual AMD FirePro D500/Apple Certified
Late 2013 Mac Pro 2.7GHz 12 core/64GB RAM/1TB Flash/Dual AMD FirePro D500/Apple Certified

Pros: Cost; serious caution, read the warranty very carefully.....before you buy anything from iPower...

Cons: Day 1; Computer will not connect to Wifi and restarts automatically Day 2; HDMI failed, TB2 failed, DOA Day 3; Contact iPower so they can tell me I don't know how to hook up an LCD screen and need a 3rd party opinion. I have built 5 high end computers on NewEgg and of them still work without issue. I find their comment ignorant and disrespectful. Day 4; Computer will not diagnostic at Apple Genius bar. Sent out for repair. 12 days later, and one client less... Day 18; I finally got it back. It needed a new I/O panel, a new video card, a new power supply. DOA BRICK. The audacity. ("We checked it and it worked, it must be you...") Yeah, never again will I buy from these people, ever.

Overall Review: Once you bought it, you got. If something goes wrong, you better hope to your higher power it is in the first 90 days. Repairs on these units are very expensive. The repairs with labor cost more than the computer without a warranty. Proceed at your own risk. They can send you a brick and Apple has to fix it with down time as your responsibility. Whatever their comment below, ignore it.

Nice

M.2 NVMe Heatsink for SM951 SM961 950PRO XP9410 M.2 SSD Cooling Heatsink
M.2 NVMe Heatsink for SM951 SM961 950PRO XP9410 M.2 SSD Cooling Heatsink

Pros: I had a low profile copper heat sink but decided to try this when temps were still a little too high. Temp pics below. This is an improvement.

Overall Review: Yes, this is great on a MP late 2013 with an EVO 2 TB SSD

12/31/2020

Native Instrument Libraries/Audio/Video

SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 2TB SATA III Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E2T0B/AM
SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 2TB SATA III Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E2T0B/AM

Pros: 450 Mbps via USB 3.0 to SATA III adapter No heat Low power consumption Format ExFAT and it can be read by Mac or PC for audio/video Cost is getting more reasonable with the new 2280's ruling the OS

Cons: None

Overall Review: I have used Samsung SSD's for years and never had a bad one.

MacPro Late 2013

Rivo NGFF M.2 nVME SSD Adapter Card for Upgrade MacBook Air(2013-2016 Year) and Mac PRO(Late 2013-2015 Year)
Rivo NGFF M.2 nVME SSD Adapter Card for Upgrade MacBook Air(2013-2016 Year) and Mac PRO(Late 2013-2015 Year)

Pros: I installed a Samsung 970 Evo SSD using this adapter and get 1340 Mbps Read and 1400 Mbps Write as opposed to the stock Apple SSD running at 680 Mbps Read and 680 Mbps Write. You will need to format your SSD to AFPS with disk utility and make a Time Machine backup and a USB boot drive per Apple website (Create Boot Disk).

Cons: Requires a heatsink lest it throttles. There are several on NE, copper, aluminum with fins

Overall Review: If you are not tech savvy you better be good with directions. 2X faster allows 2160 @ 60fps 10:2:2 (Use BlackMagic Speed Disk to check) video editing.

With or without the power supply, it works

Rosewill USB to SATA USB 3.0 to Hard Drive Adapter Cable Converter for 2.5 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Disk HDD and SSD Support UASP SATA III with 12V 2A Power Adapter
Rosewill USB to SATA USB 3.0 to Hard Drive Adapter Cable Converter for 2.5 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Disk HDD and SSD Support UASP SATA III with 12V 2A Power Adapter

Pros: Since SSD's don't have a huge power draw on my desktop, I don't use the supplied power cable, but if you are using a laptop, it could extend your battery life.

Overall Review: This is a great storage option for professional audio/video apps. I render huge audio project files in real time with no bottle neck problems at 450 mbs