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Pros: I have a Dell Vostro 200 that was built for Windows XP. Up until now it was the spare computer no one wanted to use. Recently my 10 year old wanted to play some games on the PC but I lacked a gaming PC. So we took the Vostro and upgraded the CPU, video card, and hard drive. I had previously installed a 600W Antec PSU, but with the CPU and GPU upgrades caused the internal breaker to flip constantly.
I knew 600W was enough for the parts we installed but it was obvious the Antec was not up to the task. My son was very excited to install the Corsair as it was modular since he hated the extra cables from the Antec. Installation was standard with only a slight hiccup with the CPU power connector. Since this is a Dell motherboard nothing can be easy, we had to pull back some of the sheath on the P2 connector then twist it around so the pins would match up. This was a Dell issue and was not caused by the PSU.
This Corsair 650W PSU is able to power the heavily outdated, and inefficient, GTX 470 and the Core 2 Duo 3GHZ CPU. No loss of power and no cooling issues either. The build quality is good enough to withstand my son kicking the computer off it's stand in the middle of the night. The fan has yet to come unbalanced.
Cons: No cons that I can think of. It's a PSU and it works.
Other Thoughts: I really like this unit, have added it to my approved replacement part lists at work.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It supports up to 4 displays, though only able to use three, in Fedora 24 using open source drivers. The unit runs cool and the fan rarely spins up. Thought considering I'm just a Systems Analyst I don't push it that hard. I appreciate a silent workstation so this is a huge plus.
Cons: With using the default open source drivers I can only get three displays to work. When time permits I will go through the tedious AMD driver install process which should allow the fourth display to show up.
Other Thoughts: Mainly used to display web pages, RDP sessions, terminals, and the occasional youtube video. Great workstation display for the price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: Needed to re-image laptops at work one at time. Decided a flash drive would be the best method for this type of deployment and 128GB was just enough for two most commonly used images. The speeds are respectable and stable with up to 70MB/s transfer rates to/from mechanical hard drives using Clonezilla over USB 3.0 . USB 2.0 is saturated by the drive.
As stated performance is very stable. I was thinking it would fluctuate based on the price of the unit and the possible use of inferior chips. Pleasantly surprised with being able to image one of our laptops in under ten minutes. This has been a huge benefit as I drive up to two hours visiting different locations. When a user reports their system is performing poorly I can pop this in and have them up and running in 30 minutes total.
It is made of plastic but overall build quality is not bad. Strong enough I feel comfortable shipping them across the US and letting users in remote offices image their own systems until the PXE boot server is in place.
Cons: Though not really a con the partition table had to be wiped out and rebuilt with MBR for Clonezilla to boot off of it properly. So if your going to make this a bootable drive keep that in mind.
The other issue I have is the use of shiny plastic. Seriously, flash drives get thrown in drawers and pants pockets. Shiny plastic is not practical and scratches easily.
Other Thoughts: After reviewing this unit I went out and purchased several more to ship to various locations. Very happy with performance/cost ratio.READ FULL REVIEW