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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W SLI/CrossFire Ready ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified 7 Year Warranty Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready PS-TPG-850FPCPUS-P
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Pros: I have had a Thermtake unit in my downstairs PC for 3+ years so far it's great. So I bought this one thinking it also would deliverr value for money. NOT!

Cons: I bought it at the very end of September and it failed in the first week of January. SAD! I put my old Coolermaster backup into the desktop and everything works fine. The 550 Watt $40 Coolermaster is beating the pants off a $160 850W Thermaltake. SAD!

Other Thoughts: I am about to learn whether Thermaltake really stands behind its product with the 7 year warranty. Still you pay premium dollar for reliability. I installed this, then I had to take it out, put in a temporary unit, and when/if the replacement comes will have to go through the whole rigmarole all over again. You pay higher prices *not to have* that kind of aggro. Tom's H ardware has some top rated power supply units and I may switch brands. That's too bad because I thought I had a winner with Thermaltake. The "made in China" on the sticker may be telling the bottom-line story.

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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W SLI/CrossFire Ready ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified 7 Year Warranty Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready PS-TPG-850FPCPUS-P
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have had a Thermtake unit in my downstairs PC for 3+ years so far it's great. So I bought this one thinking it also would deliverr value for money. NOT!

Cons: I bought it at the very end of September and it failed in the first week of January. SAD! I put my old Coolermaster backup into the desktop and everything works fine. The 550 Watt $40 Coolermaster is beating the pants off a $160 850W Thermaltake. SAD!

Other Thoughts: I am about to learn whether Thermaltake really stands behind its product with the 7 year warranty. Still you pay premium dollar for reliability. I installed this, then I had to take it out, put in a temporary unit, and when/if the replacement comes will have to go through the whole rigmarole all over again. You pay higher prices *not to have* that kind of aggro. Tom's H ardware has some top rated power supply units and I may switch brands. That's too bad because I thought I had a winner with Thermaltake. The "made in China" on the sticker may be telling the bottom-line story.

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ASUS Radeon R9 380 STRIX-R9380-DC2-2GD5-GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Got into an installation nightmare, not sure why 11/02/2016

This review is from: ASUS Radeon R9 380 STRIX-R9380-DC2-2GD5-GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: I did get it installed and it did raise all my benchmarks from the previous card. It works. It also sabotages the OS in some weird way. (see cons)

Cons: I have two *nearly* identical desktop builds. Installed the R9-270X upstairs as a practice run on putting this one into my downstairs build. Everything went OK upstairs...but this, this has been a NIGHTMARE.

It did something to my Win 8.1 operating system which has hitherto been highly stable and absolutely without problems prior to the installation. The computer lost the ability to re-start. That is, I can turn the computer OFF and start it again, but I can't re-start, which is critical for certain functions (like entering safe mode). I've written about 5 pages on Tom's hardware forums of all the efforts I have made to get my system working, but it looks like I'm going to have to reinstall the OS which likely means re-buying a lot of software.

Whatever this installation process did, it is not reversible, in the sense that I gave up, put my old card in (with old drivers) and I still have the same re-start problem. After spending 6 hours on this issue and forum crawling and hitting one impediment after another, I can truly say I wish I had not gotten this product. It may be that I will eventually get it working but right now it's just a bad experience. Maybe the lesson is never mess with a build that's working.

Other Thoughts: The O.S. disk was 8.0 and I upgraded over the net to 8.1, so doing a "refresh" is going to be problematic. There appear to be significant barriers to creating a rescue disk--you run into obstacles that are not mentioned on the net. I'm wondering if microsoft is trying to push people to Win 10 or Office 365.

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Display Name: Gregory N.

Date Joined: 02/01/07

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