In this article I talk about my third RMA experience with Corsair. And also a Fully Modular power supply S Series ™ RM550X — 550 Watt with certification 80 PLUS ® Gold, I received in this process.
I told you about the other two RMA processes with the Corsair here in Skooter Blog. Check out:
- RMA Corsair: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32 GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMD32GX3M4A1600C9) from 23/03/2016.
- RMA Corsair: Liquid CPU cooler Hydro Series ™ H80i GT from 10/10/2016.
The first RMA experience was pretty twisted, but the second was uneventful. After all, both were successful. This third was half-term, It took a few days to get the defective product as received, even with the trace of the post office indicating that the delivery had been made. But after that solved quickly.
This time the RMA was the Laptop Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz, of which I spoke here in Skooter Blog at 2013. They were used in my Zotac Mini PC ID83, died at the end of last year.
Do Zotac Mini PC ID83 I left the Drive de Estado Sólido (SSD) Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5″ SATA III and as Laptop Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB. The SSD was installed on my new mini PC, the MSI Cubes 2 Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7200U DDR4 mSATA HDMI Wifi Bluetooth SFF Barebone PC (Cubi2-006BUS). But the Laptop Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB they lost their usefulness, as the new mini PC uses DDR4 memory.
I tested the modules of Laptop Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB in my laptop and they worked. So I decided to sell them on the open market. But, buyer's laptop the modules do not work, showing specific mistakes in memtest86, indicating problem with one of the modules.
I decided to throw then RMA the Corsair. Despite the purchase have been abroad the Corsair honored the warranty. As Corsair of Brazil had no other modules to prompt delivery, they offered me a few other items.
It was considered the value I paid in dollars (US$ 131,98) plus the import tax. The value in dollars was converted to Real for listing the date of purchase. As the tax was applied to 4 products, R $ 154,95, was considered to be the value that corresponds only to the memory modules, pondering the tax amount for the price of each product in the package. The memory modules amounted to 42,6% of purchase. All values, After conversion to real, were plus monetary correction, R $ 460,32. Corsair does not consider the value of freight.
Among the items offered in place of the Laptop memory they were a SSD 240LE, at Keyboard K40, at Void Stereo Headset, and to Fully Modular power supply S Series ™ RM550X. The SSD and the source were the retail value of above R$ 460,32. A RM550X Source was with costing about R$ 600,00 at time, in the store-POW, which I do not recommend.
In my main PC I already have a Fonte Corsair RM850 and Sandisk Extreme PRO SSD 240 GB, but these items could come in handy in a second PC, that is used by my wife and where I usually install items that come out of the main PC when I do any upgrade.
This second PC was a source of nominal Mtek 450W, model LC-B450E, manufactured in 2004. Despite being somewhat generic, the source is brave, because it is in active for 13 years! The plugs for the motherboard are 20 pins and 4 pins, missing the 4 additional pins in each of the connectors today, Although the motherboard to work normally even without this additional current.
HD, SSD and DVD Drive were all connected with adapters, because the source only has the old plugs Mtek standard molex. I thought then it was worth the opportunity to upgrade to a more modern source, more economical, and with plugs in current standards, ensuring compatibility with future upgrades to the machine.
The SSD also would be a good thing, because this second PC's with a SSD 64 GB only, being used as cache. But, a RM550X Source had greater retail value, and probably can last for the next 13 years. If a source Mtek lasted so long, I hope a Corsair lasts even more.
Option is made so by Fully Modular power supply S Series ™ RM550X — 550 Watt with certification 80 PLUS ® Gold. A few days later she arrived. Check out the photos:
Also check out the video of the unboxing of Fully Modular power supply S Series ™ RM550X — 550 Watt with certification 80 PLUS ® Gold:
When you open the PC to make the switch, I found brave Mtek supply specifications:
The connector of 8 pins on the motherboard, being fed by only 4 MTek source:
Mtek source only has plugs in the old standard known as molex:
The motherboard in this second PC is a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, that was on my main PC, until a problem, possibly caused by a Seventeam source I had at the time, burn the video card and caused some damage on the motherboard so that the onboard video works, but not video cards.
The label on the PSU Mtek indicates that it was manufactured in 2004:
A Fully Modular power supply S Series ™ RM550X foi instalada sem maiores problemas:
Eu sei o que você pensou. Mas a vida é muito curta para perder tempo organizando cabos que ficam ocultos dentro do gabinete e ninguém vai ver. 😛
Aproveitei a ocasião de ter aberto o PC e da nova fonte para fazer um upgrade de RAM. Este PC estava com dois módulos de memória de 8GB Corsair Vengeance. Eu tinha aqui 4 módulos de 4GB da G.Skill novinhos, de um RMA anterior. Já havia tentado vende-los, but without success. Resolvi então instalar dois deles nessa máquina. Agora ela ficou com 24GB de RAM. Não que ela precise de tudo isso para as tarefas que realiza, mas RAM nunca é demais, e entre deixa-las paradas ou funcionando, melhor que fiquem funcionando.
Por fim, I glued the Peck of Corsair at the Office. Several baby kisses there no longer correspond more to the internal hardware and are old upgrades (Pentium 4, Core 2 Duo, Asus). But life is too short to be removing baby kisses. 😛
The PC was quieter with the RM550X Source, because the fan won't budge. She only calls when the source is working with enough load and heating up enough. As the PC is far from consuming the 550W source can offer, the fan is all the time stop.
Corsair Memory modules and g.skill also are living without problems, something rare these days. Recently put together a machine only with Corsair Dominator modules (4x8GB), top motherboard from Asus (Asus Z97-Deluxe), and yet the system only became stable after increased tension of the DRAM to 1 .55v. With standard voltage the machine always stops after a few days of use. Then, modules of different brands living harmoniously without need of any tweak even surprised me.
At the end I was satisfied with this third RMA process with Corsair. As I no longer needed the Laptop Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz, the Exchange with Fully Modular power supply S Series ™ RM550X turned out to be advantageous. If I get the memories would sell them again, for less than the R$ 600,00 It's worth the source.