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This review is from: ENERMAX MAXREVO Series EMR1350EWT 1350W ATX12V / EPS12V v2.92, v2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Pros: plenty of power and features, see my other (5 star) review.
Cons: Fan. It has been failing (LOUD screeching that has the ability to drive us all nuts) for some time, though the sound was intermittent enough for me to avoid fixing it.
recently my pc shut down, and upon investigating i found the psu extremely hot and that the fan had stopped turning. i spun it til it started again, but obviously this is temporary and i will have to replace the fan.
Other Thoughts: im sure this is covered by warranty, but i am not eager to send my psu off for 2 weeks if there is another way to fix it.
i run my pc 24/7 most of the time, so im sure i put more wear and tear on the unit than the average user in this amount of time.
Pros: finally got it to work for hybrid physx.
fits in my packed pc case (got trifire hd 6970's hogging all the space) with the help of a pci-e extension cable. the sparse design and efficient fan keeps it cool.
single slot, low profile compatible (brackets included).
low power usage, no aux power need.
Cons: nvidia. that may explain it to some, to others who wonder what i mean, i offer this explanation:
nvidia have added another mark to their endless supply of bull and lies when they began to actively block hybrid physx mods with their recent drivers. a year and a half or two back two representatives of nvidia went on record saying they were not planning to do anything to stop hybrid mods from working... just like they don't do anything to stop amd cards from producing equal graphics without alot of (if not for nvidia trying to be crafty) unnecessary tweaking and workarounds. they are shady and care nothing for their customers, only their gpu sales (and only the high end ones, at that... judging by their unwillingness to allow amd and nvidia cards to work together in a gpu+ppu combo, though you buy a new card just for physx...).
however, after alot of trying (around 12 hours) i finally got a successful config with 3 hd6970's as the primary renderers and the gt 630 as the physx unit. no thanks to nvidia... after this i hate them more than ever. but they hold the keys... so i had to buy this gpu if nothing else.
Other Thoughts: i knew what i was getting into before my purchase, and i realize some people do not have the trouble i did getting hybrid physx to work. my problem is that i am fully aware that the problems with getting it to work were 100% artificially placed in the road by nvidia themselves. they foolishly believe that if they frustrate enough people those people may just give up and buy their product exclusively...
and it would have worked, aside from the glaring fact (they apparently didnt consider, lol) that when someone is ticked off they don't want to buy your products. they make enemies daily with their policies and efforts to sabotage amd at any cost (financial or moral). installing a simple physx card became a nightmare i don't want to repeat, and all thanks to nvidia. jerks.
This review is from: PCI-Express PCI-E 16X Riser Card Flex Flexible Ribbon Extender Extension Cable
Pros: this extension made it possible to fit a 4th gpu (a small gt 630 for physx) in my case where the 4th pci-e slot on the crosshair 5 formula z motherboard is covered by the 3rd hd 6970 in my trifire setup. works like a dream, just as if the card were plugged right into the slot on the motherboard.
Cons: none i know of. see other thoughts for other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: being that this appears to be made of the same material as the old style ide hardrive cables and such, i am not sure i would trust it to run a full size graphics card. maybe it doesnt matter.... i am just saying it works great so far for my small, board powered card but if you were to put a big, hot power hungry card im not sure if this would hold up. maybe it would, just something to consider. besides that small consideration (or not), this extension opens up several possibilities not otherwise available in certain configurations.
im sure using 4 graphics cards in a mobo advertising only 3x gpu support isnt a great idea, but consider that it is only for physx, and only a small card at that, and i am perfectly comfortable using it this way. your needs will likely differ, but the mid/extreme use i am putting it through should prove that it will be fine for almost any use.