Joined on 02/09/10
100% totally painless brand - built like a tank, A++ performance
Pros: I run a small to medium sized IT service company based upon a "hardware as a service" model where for a fixed monthly cost per seat we handle all the hardware needs as well as software and technical support. Pretty much the only two OEMs I actually trust are SeaSonic as well as Super Flower (who also makes an excellent product) Normally for my own person systems I buy the fanless SeaSonic, but with their new Fanless mode I get to save a few dollars and have some extra headroom if I ever go nuts and really load a system down. When you are putting a system together there is always the temptation to skimp a bit on the power supply and try to stretch to the next CPU or GPU up the food chain..... Don't do it. Pretty much every informed technical writing in existance says the current SeaSonic platform is the best out there in terms of design and a 10 year warranty and an outstanding reputation tells you what you need to know. Every brand has the odd DOA, and both Newegg and Seasonic are top flight dealing with these issues, but for the vast, vast, vast majority of buyers this is literally "set it and forget it" SeaSonics do their job efficiently, (near) silently, and they do it for a very, very long time. If you need a power supply, don't overthink this.. just by a SeaSonic in your price/power range and you will be happy..
Cons: There will always be a few quibbles - yes, the cables are a tad stiff, so for 10 minutes of the 10 years you will be living with this thing it's a bit of a pain... so what? No flashing lights, LEDS or other things that have zero to do with actual performance.
Overall Review: Best platform currently out there. Outstanding reputation and warranty. Are you buying this thing to look pretty, or do its job for the next decade?
mSATA is only SATAII
Pros: Actually, a pretty decent board - runs surprisingly cool (at least with an i3) - Because I used a mSATA hard drive other than the fans there were no moving parts, and almost no internal cabling.
Cons: Loses two eggs for the following reasons: mSATA is SATAII = What? This small a system begs for mSATA, and yes, the h81 chipset only has 2 SATAIII ports... why not use one for the mSATA? The included software utilities are rough and balky - not quite ready for prime time. That being said, its an intel chipset - how badly can you really foul that up?
Good Seller, good product!
Pros: Decent, solid banana plugs at a fair price. The service is good too. I ordered 7 pairs, and they had a glitch when they shipped my order and only sent one pair. I sent them an email and they really, really, really rushed the missing 6 pairs to me on the double ASAP.
Cons: "Maybe" a set screw to lock down the shield that screws down over the main plug? - Nit picking here on a very reasonably priced product.
Overall Review: Good quality at a fair price.
Very close to really good product
Pros: Comes very close to being an excellent product. Very simple to assemble, very quiet, and the thermals are decent. Zero issues with a 65W cpu
Cons: Loses a few eggs for some nit picks: Why only one video output (hdmi) Haswell/Broadwell support up to 3 video outputs - a display port would have been nice! The mSATA is ony SATA-2 not SATA-# severely limiting the transfer rates of your mSATA - I get it that the H81 chipset only has 2 native 6gbps ports, but why not use one of the for the eSATA port? Utilities included a tad balky
Overall Review: A decent product, but with a couple changes could have been excellent!
Rebranded SeaSonic SS-520FL2
Pros: This is a rebranded SeaSonic SS-520FL2, which is actually a very good thing as the SS-520FL2 is n exceptionally good power supply
Cons: Sometimes it costs more than the SeaSonic SS-520FL2, sometimes you find them on sale and they cost less.
Overall Review: Other than the paint jobs and the warranty, this is a clone of the SeaSonic SS-520FL2, check which is cheaper on the day you want to buy
Pros: Very high efficiency, borders on "Titanium" certification which is brutally hard to do off 115V Dead silent Built like a tank Very good voltage regulation VERY high quality parts 7 year warranty. Seasonic is (arguably) the best power supply OEM in the world (Superflower makes a darn nice product as well) Have used a ton of Seasonics over the years, always well designed and well built.
Cons: It's pricey for a 520 watt power supply, but that is mostly because it's really about an 800 watt unit de rated to be stable at a lower power level. Comes in a velvet pouch?
Overall Review: The Silverstone Nightjar is, give or take a paint job and a little packaging, exactly the same power supply Must have open ventilation above the PS or it will fry it's self. There is an old saying "If this is the sort of thing you like, you will like this thing rather a lot" If you want a bulletproof silent power supply with ultra high efficiency, this is it. If this is what you need and are willing to pay the price, it is the best example of what it is.