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This review is from: Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Pros: Excellent power and stability for a mid-range power supply. I have run several power-hungry graphics cards in different systems with this PSU with good results so far, including:
- A single Radeon HD 6950 (unlocked to 6970 shaders) at 920MHz core / 1370MHz memory. This system was pulling about 400 watts.
- A pair of Radeon HD 7870s underclocked to 966MHz core/ 1250MHz memory. This was pulling about 500 watts total.
Both of these configurations were perfectly stable and the PSU ran cool while under load.
The cooling system is quiet even under load.
Cons: Only has one molex rail, which means running SLi or Crossfire will probably use all the PCIe AND the molex connectors
The wiring is not collected into cable jacketing, which makes management a bit more tedious.
Other Thoughts: I tried running a Radeon HD 6990 at 830MHz core / 1250 MHz memory (pulling about 550 watts) It actually ran well considering that the minimum recommended PSU for that card is 850 watts. However, the wire gauge on the molex rail is too small to supply that card, and the molex connectors got hot to the touch when the card was under load.
Overall an excellent choice for a single mid-to high end system, or a smaller CFX or SLI setup.
Pros: CPU performance is very impressive; I have not seen it turbo up but it crunches heavy workstation-class tasks quickly.
Dedicated GT540 GPU and nVidia Optimus are flawless. Optimus turns on the dedicated card in a fraction of a second for demanding graphics, but the integrated HD3000 runs most tasks fine.
Gaming performance is great, runs BF3 on high with no visible framerate issue, although I haven't checked the numbers. (30+ minimum)
HDMI, USB3 are great; chiclet keyboard is easy for typing or gaming. screen is sharp with decent color and contrast.
Cons: The hard drive speed and RAM size hold the CPU and GPU down a little bit. For the price its acceptable but consider a RAM upgrade.
No bluetooth, bluray, or backlit keyboard but not issues for me.
I'm not a fan of the touchpad being as far left as it is, but it performs good including multi-touch operations.
The screen and speaker grille are hard to keep clean.
Other Thoughts: The 1366x768 resolution is a little basic, would have preferred 1600x900 but not a deal breaker.
Overall quality is good, it feels a little flimsy around the touchpad but not like it's going to fall apart.
Pros: Overall not quite up to what I expected but very usable for a budget build considering the price and included (330W continuous - 480W instant peak) power supply unit.
The front panel was intact, glossy and good looking. Overall the case was in decent shape (see cons), and very light (including the PSU) which I like in a LAN box.
Front fan always lights up but is not annoyingly bright. Power light is BRIGHT but I wired it for HDD activity so not too annoying.
All screws were included, the PSU works good and is not loud or hot after a week of 24/7 use running a 2.8 AMD quad, 4GB DDR3, and SATA DVD and HDD. Time will tell on its quality. SATA power is fine for DVD and HDD drives, just put the HDD in front of the fan and the DVD in the lowest bay.
Cons: The case had been crushed from above near the DVD bay to the point where the paint had chipped and cracked, AND THEN WAS REPAINTED! The side panels hook at front and back only, and are flimsy so they bend out where the case had been crunched (not really noticeable but still...) Minus one egg for that debacle.
The one included front fan is LOUD and not controllable - recommend a 5-volt mod if you like it quiet, but it doesn't move much air anyway.
Other Thoughts: Tighten the mobo standoffs with care, they will strip quickly. No need to wrench on these, just tight enough to keep the mobo in place.READ FULL REVIEW