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This review is from: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Smart Zero Fan SLI/CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V v2.4 / EPS v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply PS-TPG-0850FPCGUS-R
Pros: Fan less mode under normal use, even when gaming the fan is still silent, nice riing RGB fan, fully modular, flat cables for pleasing look, compact size for all cases, no hum or buzz, unique fan grill design, a lot of extra cables for when you need them, the price is right for a gold certified fully modular PSU...
Cons: The riing light is a little dim for my taste, I wish it were like the Corsair HD fans brightness, the fan is simple black, it would've been stunning if it were frosted white, only one cable that has 4 molex plugs, However, there are more sata cables than you'll ever need, I guess molex connection is dying,
Other Thoughts: Thermaltake is a good quality products company, been there for a long while, in fact been there when you didn't have many choices, they make long lasting solid products, they were never into the bling factor until now, hence, the OK riing lights. If they make the same power supply with similar Corsair HD RGB fan I will upgrade, not that anything is wrong with this PSU, it's just that I'm a sucker for RGB, and my 2 years old son never gets tired of looking at it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nvidia had pulled a fast one on its fans this time, first, they ship very few each time for the effect that you’re lucky if you find one, I’m sure they have them stacked up like expired tuna cans waiting to be shipped to Africa, well, I got one and I’m not impressed this time around, Pascal maybe the only thing that is going on for it, the PCB feels thinner and empty, not too many transistors and voltage regulators, it really feels like a $25.00 PCB after I took the fan shroud apart for water cooling it with EK block, the back plate is split into two halves, half is plastic and the other half that covers the tiny voltage regulators is metal resulting in less surface area for heat dissipation, what a cheap move, even AMD’s CEO wouldn’t do that to a CHEAPer card, and I think that’s what contributes to mine frying while playing GTA 5 on ultra settings, I could see the smoke coming out the back plate and from the voltage regulators even though I had the metal half back plate on and the water cooling block, very bad idea to put the voltage regulators on the back where the fan shroud doesn’t even come in contact with them or a water block if you chose to install one, I had GTX 690 Hydro Copper and that was a beast of a card and nicely designed for water cooling, the chokes and all the hot transistors are in contact with the Swiftech block that comes pre installed.
Cons: Now the memory, 8 GB is not enough in 2016, GTA 5 needs around 5 GB just for high and it is an old game, the new games will demand a lot more, what I’m saying is GTX 1080 is not future proof when it comes to memory, I think 12 GB would be ideal and 16 GB for when 1080 TI comes out next year.
I think Nvidia took its customers for granted this time by charging 100 dollars more for what they call FE, nothing EDITION about that version, the blower style is one of the worst cooling methods, unless you have a very cool case with tons of fans you’re more likely to throttle this version, I’ve seen some new custom PCB’s and fans from Gigabyte, Asus and MSI and they look promising, I doubt any of those have the voltage regulators on the back or if they did they have solid full aluminum back plates on them which make them a better value in my opinion.
Even Jay’s Two Cents didn’t show any enthusiasm on his FE videos, while his eyes almost popped out while reviewing custom 1080’s and he is on Nvidia’s payroll.
Other Thoughts: To be fair to Nvidia, this single chip card beats every card on the market as we speak including dual GPU’s, However, I’m still not playing cutting edge games on ultra settings as of yet, and I don’t own a 4K monitor, maybe next year when the new and improved Pascal comes out or when I see what the new AMD Polaris has to offer!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have an HP EliteBook 8740w with core i7 4 cores processor and Nvidia Quadro video card with 1 GB ram, it had 6 gigs of Memory, 2 GB built in and one stick of 4 GB, the back of it has 2 slots for memory so I figured I get 16 GB dual channel, to my surprise it worked fine out of the box, now my system reads 18 GB total.
Cons: make sure your system support 16 GB, some support only 8 GB, my other same exact laptop with core i5 and AMD video card has only 1 slot for memory so it won't support this kit, maybe only one stick of 8 GB.
Other Thoughts: I've always had good luck with G. Skill, I have a desktop with 16 GB for over 8 years now and still running solid and fast. Also their customer service is a top notch.READ FULL REVIEW