Summary: A good performing, well constructed PSU. Using it for a budget Core i3 build. Well worth the additional $$ for Seasonic's reputation and the 5 year warranty. I refuse to compromise on the PSU.
Pros: Good construction, with the use of Japanese caps. Semi-modular. Flat cables can take up less space if properly routed. Quiet. Transient filter stage includes an MOV. 5 year warranty.
Cons: Quibbles, really. 24 pin and 8 pin ATX cables relatively stiff, and not long enough to route behind the motherboard tray of my Cooler Master HAF 912 when the PSU is mounted with the fan facing up.
Summary: I installed this particular one that I bought on my own account in my personal pfsense box. The cheap no-name one that was installed in the old p4 box finally bit the dust after who knows how many years of service. While it lasted quite some time, it certainly used its fair share of wasted power in its lifetime because that thing would put out some heat.
Pros: Seasonic is the company that makes most of the better quality power supplies on the market, even if they are not under their name so it should make sense to go straight to the source (at least I think so). That said, I have been using Seasonic power supplies for a little over a year now since switching from another popular brand and I have been nothing but pleased. This model has adequate power output to cover a wide variety of usage, which is why I use this model so ...
Cons: I can't really think of any real cons for this thing....I guess the only "con" would be the cables. They look/feel a little "basic" or cheap if you will, compared to some other lower end modular cables. Let it be known though that I use these in lower end systems where I really don't care about aesthetics to begin with. Might be something to think about if you do though.
Summary: I am running this PSU's big brother - SeaSonic Platinum 1000W - in my bigger machine (4770K + 2 x GTX 770). For my smaller micro-ATX build, I chose this model. I would have preferred even less power, but this is the least-rated Gold-certified modular model with fan. Fanless PSU would not work well in my case (Fractal Design Core 1000). So far it works just great, no problems at all. A word of advise - do not trust too much consumer reviews of PSUs (including mine, haha).
Pros: Very quiet, high build quality, stable power output. Cables are ribbon type, not sleeved - some may consider this a con, but the cables are so much more compact and flexible this way.
Cons: I wish it had hybrid fan switch like higher-end SeaSonic models. As minor as it gets, screws that come along with it are silver, not black. That's about it.
A fantastic PSU even for an overclocked midrange PC
BRANDON S., Newegg
10 July 2013
Summary: Fantastic - my last Seasonic went over 7 years and I don't doubt this one will last just as long.
Pros: Extremely efficient and quiet as a result. I am running an i5-4670k at 4.1Ghz, along with a slightly overclocked GTX760 plus of course hard drive, Blueray, memory, etc. In other words, a typical midrange build with a single midrange GPU. In standard gaming I only see it pull about 250 watts at the plug, and even running OCCT's power supply test (max out CPU & GPU simultaneously) I've only seen it spike to around 340 watts at the plug, which means maybe 310 watts DC. E...
Cons: None I can think of - maybe as a SLIGHT con it would have been nice to have an additional SATA drive power cable for cases where there's 3 separate hard drive locations that aren't in a neat line with each other.
Summary: I'm using this to run a FreeNAS box and the total amount of power typically used is 50 watts total. 50! Total! I'm talking about 6 WD red hard drives and a celeron G540. 60W incandescent bulbs use more power than this!
Pros: It's super efficient. It's modular for those cable that needs to be modular. The primary cables that'll always need to be plugged in are not modular which allows the thing to be cheaper than completely modular ss-400fl I currently own. The modular cables are also not stiff like the ones included with the ss-400. They're not sleeved at all which I really like.
Cons: There are no cons I can think of. At least not related to this power supply. If I had to pick a nit, it would be that it isn't packed the cables are packed in the ridiculously extravagant and overly excessive "crown royal" like velvet bags that came with the SS-400. Then again, this isn't a con. It's actually a pro, because I don't have to pay for something ridiculous I don't need.
Summary: From unboxing, through installation to use, I've been impressed by this PSU. The cables were included in a nice drawstring bag, the PSU looks and feels well made, functions flawlessly and it even included a few reusable cable ties. I'd buy another SeaSonic product again without hesitation.
Pros: Quiet, stable output, quality materials and packaging.