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This review is from: NZXT HUE PLUS Smart RGB Color Changing Digitally Controlled LED PC Lighting
Pros: - 4 lighting strips included
- Strips are held with magnets (decent strength) and/or adhesive
- Easy to use software
- NZXT Customer Service
Cons: - 1 light strip had 3 bad LEDs (2 blue & 1 green)
- Controller LED (white only and always on)
Other Thoughts: I was able to use just the magnets to hold the strips in-place, though they may shift if I transported the case. If I were concerned or attaching to plastic there is adhesive.
Software is easy to use and is supported with frequent updates. These updates from what I have noticed are mostly new lighting options. The CAM software does report my CPU temperature higher (~8-12°C) than other monitors.
I had one strip with 3 bad LEDs, but contacting NZXT for replacement was quick and painless. Their customer service got back to me within 8 hours of submitting my claim, and resolved the issue immediately. I was very satisfied by this experience despite having a problem.
The controller unfortunately has a fairly bright LED that is always on. Not only is it always on but it is only white. I consider this a con even though it is not an issue in my build (Mastercase Pro 5). I placed the controller in the top slot of the drive tray in the bottom compartment. The location makes the controller and light almost invisible.
Pros: - Performance
- Unlocked for overclocking
Cons: - Stock heatsink
Other Thoughts: Many reviews here list lack of hyper-threading or poor performance when trying to stream while gaming. An i5 processor is designed for solid peformance during gaming, but not meant to be used as a heavy load multi-tasking CPU like the i7 series. Encoding for game streaming is very hard on a processor especially if trying to get the best quality video. If you like to play games but have no desire to record/stream then this is a very good fit, otherwise get an i7.
I wish they would lower the prices by not including a heatsink. It just isn't practical for high performance processors.
With an after market cooler I was able to overclock to ~3.7GHz (5% OC) on a H97 motherboard while keeping the temperature in my ideal range ~76°C under load. I was able to push in to ~3.85 (8-9% OC), but the H97 couldn't push it much further. With a better cooler and a Z97 board I was able to get ~4.11GHz (17% OC) on air and ~4.42GHz (26% OC)
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Pros: - Cooling performance
- Small footprint
- Unique look
Cons: - Mounting Hardware
- Sharp and thin heatsink fins
Other Thoughts: Cools a stock i5-4690k very well, but I wasn't able to get much of an overclock in before the CPU was throttling under load. However, it did perform well for an air cooler of it's size and price point.
I used this in an orange colored build and the copper fit in nicely and the shape draws attention.
I was incredibly disappointed with the mounting hardware/process with this model. I have used other Zalman coolers previously with no problems, but I had a very difficult time getting this one mounted. As a seasoned builder I had to look at the install instructions which showed installation the exact way I was trying. During install I ended up cutting my hand on the fins and bending a few in the process. They were easily bent back, but I shouldn't bleed when building a computer.
This is advertised as an "Ultra Quiet" cooler and in my opinion this is just a quiet cooler since it exceeds 25dB under load. My preference is under 20dB under load, but that is just my opinion.
Build this was used in:
i5-4690K @ 3.7GHz
Coursair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600
Gigabyte GeForce GTX980 WF
Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD
EVGA 650W P2 PSU
DIYPC White/Orange Case