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This review is from: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
Pros: I haven't even plugged in into my rig yet, but I had to comment on a few things...
First of all, Newegg delivered in record time for me. I ordered this on New Year's Eve and it came today. You might say "5 days is lame for delivery" but considering it was a Holiday/Sunday weekend (and you know nothing got done anywhere on Monday) I'd say 5 days is pretty darn good for Free Delivery right to the door. Package was in excellent shape and the product was completely undamaged with nothing missing at all, and most of all was exactly what Newegg said it was (the KM3) with the 7-year warranty!
Second, and I couldn't get over this, but the package had that "new car smell" when I opened it, as if it was vaccum-sealed when it was wrapped. The unit itself came inside its own felt bag, like it was a flask of Crown Royal! But what really got me was how 'small" the unit and the package were...I've seen video cards and their packages larger than this thing (its as large as my R280X)! I mean, it was 'cute', as if it could have been a Whitman sampler...real props to SeaSonic in packing it all together, safe and sound.
Lastly the unit itself, matte-finish all around looking like a small box of black oxide (and that's why the fan is only 120mm,it doesn' t need to be any larger) and its no lightweight, having some real heft to it, which suggest to me real quality inside (and hopefully not crammed up with cheapness). All the cables were flat except the power cord and came with the usual twist ties, felt wraps, screws, sticker and 8-language manual. I have never seen this kind of care put into a product I've bought anywhere (unless it was my SUV)!
And with this kind of workmanship and attention to detail in its appearance and delivery, its a real good indication its going to be a quality PSU as well. I'll write back after I've run it awhile, but if you don't read from me too soon its because I had no complaints!
Cons: I'll write back after I've run it awhile (months or more), but if you don't read from me too soon its because I had no complaints...so for now I feel safe in fronting SeaSonic (and Newegg) what look to be well-earned Five Stars.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Two years later the refurbed Barracuda is DOING JUST FINE. And so is the "LP" model mentioned below, and that one is coming up on 6 years. Again, they are STORAGE and BACKUP ONLY with no array and I do a manual backup 2-3 times a year. My 2TB "LP" is down to 500mb now, so I'm looking again for another great deal from Seagate. <KOW!>
With email promo code this drive cost me $.028 a GB, so could not resist. Have used this one month now and so far so good with no conflicts or slowdowns noticed. Have seen several reviews indicating this last-gen XT series still outperforms ST-series 1GB platters. Will update review if/when necessary. Advice: DO NOT USE AS PRIMARY DRIVE, storage only.
PS: I have an LP-series 2GB "low power" model still going strong after 3.5 years. <KOW> Yes Virginia, they ARE reliable when used for STORAGE.
Cons: The warranty on this drive is good till September 2014, and varies from drive to drive, it's based on the original date of manufacture. Otherwise time will tell.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I don't think the value of this particular processor can be overestimated, for the present time anyway. And that's why I wonder if I went overboard or not. The way I see it this is my way of "futureproofing" my system. I have two different Z87 boards to run them on (ASRock and Gigabyte), a load of PC-2400 (low voltage of course), 7TB of Seagate HHD and not one but TWO Samsung 850 EVO's. Windows 7 is so fast I never would have believed it and I don't intend on migrating to 10, ever. Both boards have tons of SATA 3 and USB 3, basically all the extensions I could ever want. I even added 2 USB 3 and two SATA 3 ports via the PCI 1x slots. I can add more real estate whenever I want.
Cons: But did I go overboard or miscalculate or just put too many eggs in one basket? Afterall, Intel Gen 6 and 7 will run on DDR4 and the new M2 SSD platforms and storage are getting cheaper all the time. What do you guys and gals think?
Other Thoughts: Technology is going to improve but its the price of things that gets me. This setup has cost me over $1000 now, including a new vidcard (the XFX R9-280A), Corsair HX850 PSU and 550D case to go with it. I figure I never know when I'll have the money to spend again so I just went all out, for me that is. I figure I could get 10 years out of this, in which case the value of this setup becomes like a real investment.READ FULL REVIEW