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Pros: I bought a PC Power and Cooling 950 watt MK II years and years ago and loved that PSU, it was a tank! I knew the day would come I needed to upgrade my PSU and I settled on this unit. It is fully modular unlike my old one so I am loving that. After doing some reading about this PSU, I have learned that it basically uses the guts of the Super Flower Leadex units which have fantastic reviews(Google it!). There is a switch that may be hard to miss for the fan setting of Auto or Eco mode which can help with the fan speed and noise if that's important to some people. You get plenty of cables for management and future expansion. They give you a nice carry case for the PSU unit and the extra cables as well as a power on self tester. I got this unit on sale and with a promo code so I would call it a steal! 10 year warranty as well!
Cons: In all the retail sites I checked, as well as EVGA's own website they show some red VGA cables which I actually thought was kind of cool. I did not receive these so I registered to EVGA and emailed customer service, their response was that they have changed packaging in the last few months and no longer include the red cables... not a deal breaker or worth an egg but I thought I would mention to potential buyers. If you really get in depth on the reviews of this unit, you will see where EVGA saved a little money. Looks like they used a cheaper fan and slightly cheaper capacitors that affect the "Hold-up" time on the unit. Didn't look like anything spectacular, it was like a 1.5% difference from the Super Flower unit it uses most parts from. But the 10 year warranty makes the difference I think.
Other Thoughts: This unit looks to be my PSU powerhouse for the next few years to come. It is a worthy successor to the PC P and C unit I loved! It looks to be slightly more efficient on 230V but I use it on 115v( Looked like a 1-2% difference) System for comparison;
Xeon E3 1270 CPU
ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer
Sound Blaster Zx
ASUS R9 STRIX Fury
EVGA Supernova G2 1300
This review is from: Micron M550 2.5" 128GB 7mm SATA 6Gb/s MTFDDAK128MAY-1AH1ZABHA SSD
Pros: This was a great little drive, I got it on sale too so even better. packaged well.
Cons: Packaged plain, no extras, no documentation, no cables. Cant complain for the price.
Other Thoughts: I used this little drive in a mini ITX build I made for a friend. An AMD A6 quad APU , a mid range GPU laying around, case and 600 watt power supply collecting dust and 8GB ddr3 also not used. All together spent maybe 80-100 on an ITX board and this SSD to breath new life into the component. The system is fast and snappy and I actually wanted to keep it in the end. Would buy again!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The card is very powerful. I am very happy. I am coming from an R9 390 using a 3440x1440 monitor and the 390 was starting to get a little long in the tooth and sluggish in gaming. At that resolution it was just out of its element. I got this R9 Fury and am very satisfied so far. It is also very quiet, if you put the fans on 100% manual it does produce some noise but I have not seen the fans go over 55% yet and I have gamed with the latest games on ultra settings for 4+ hours. The card has a solid build quality and is pretty heavy. There is also a DVI port which most Fiji boards do not have I have been told. But I don't use it.
The weight of the card, it is starting to sag in the PCI-E slot, not much but enough to make me start thinking about it. It uses 2 PCI-E 8 plug connectors, The card stays surprising cool and the fans stay very low rpm but I can definitely tell its using a lot of power, my aging but awesome PSU, a PC P and C Silencer 950 Mark II starts to blow warm air for the first time since I have had it when this thing is under heavy load for extended periods of time, BUT the GPU manages to dissipate the heat very well. Also tends to not OC very well compared to other GPUs, but that is relative.
Other Thoughts: I use a custom afterburner fan profile... I think some of the issues people have with the GPU crashing is because I think it tries to stay silent and cut the fans off if its under a certain temperature, but using a custom fan profile I don't have to deal with this, I don't like the idea of that anyway. The GPU thrashes the latest games on highest/ultra settings at my 3440x1440 resolution. I think that resolution is a good match for this GPU, 4K gaming on it might work with some sacrifices but I like to max everything out. I did notice in the new DOOM game I could not select Nightmare graphical options because it required 5GB+ of Vram, I forced the settings and the card still managed ALMOST playable framerates but not quite for my tastes, so I left them on ultra instead. If you can get this GPU for a good price I recommend it. I have one that has a Fury X BIOS flashed to it sucsessfully for an additional 4 CUs for 3840 shaders, I have it running at 1070 GPU and 520HBM with no voltage tweaks, it may go further with additional voltage but probably not much, these things I have heard do not go much past 1130Mhz. Radeon drivers and GPU tend to age a lot better than Geforce GPUs too so you can probably expect a lot more performance out of the card with future driver updates. Freesync is awesome too :D
Xeon 1270V3(Asus Z97 Pro Gamer)
32GB G Skill
250GB Samsung SSD/4TB SSHD
Sound Blaster Zx
R9 Fury(Fury X BIOS)1170/520
PC Power and Cooling 950 watt
Acer XR 34" Curved with FreeSync on