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Pros: Corsair did a wonderful job on the overall build quality of this power supply. The RM550x is both aesthetically pleasing to look at and the overall construction of the power supply is very solid. Plus supporting an 80+ Gold certification, Corsairs Zero RPM fan mode and a 7 year warranty, makes this power supply something to be sought after for builders with a low to moderate powered system.
In the box you will find a few nice features that Corsair threw in to hold everything nicely.
1x Pouch to store the power supply
1x Pouch to store the modular cable connectors
1x Bag with zip ties, screws, and Corsair logo sticker
Moving onto the connectors this system supports an appropriate number, type, and length.
1x 24 pin (20+4) ATX at 610mm
1x ATX12V 8 pin (4+4) at 650mm
1x PCIe 8 pin (6+2, with 2 per cable) at 750mm
2x SATA 3 (3 connectors per cable) at 750mm
1x Peripheral cable (Molex 4 pin, with 4 per cable) at 750mm
1x Floppy adapter at 101mm
Only the 24 pin ATX and 8pin ATX-12v connectors are sleeved with heat shrink on the ends for a cleaner look. The rest of the connectors are un-sleeved black cables.
Getting a bit more in depth with this power supply I would like to mention its 80+ gold efficiency and fan noise.
Under a low load of about 20-40% the system will run anywhere from 83-90% efficient with its peak efficiency at 93% running around 50-60% utilization.
The fan noise is next to nothing until it turns on, which it won’t do until the system gets hot enough. According to Corsairs site the highest noise level will be around 22db with the system at full load which usually won’t happen too much if ever. And during the time that I was testing this power supply the fan never turned on.
Cons: I really can’t find a con for this power supply. Though if I do find one I will be sure to edit this review.
Other Thoughts: Overall I feel many builders will be pleased with this power supply. Its fully modular features allow you to use only the needed cables, and the cables themselves are plenty long for a mid-sized ATX case. The amount of connectors are perfect for this size of power supply as well.
Something to note is that the only difference between the RMx and RMi series power supplies is that the RMi supports Corsairs fan control software. The RMx is a power supply for builders that would like all the features of the RMi but don’t need the special software.
Good job Corsair I can’t wait to see what other products you come out with.
Pros: Let me just start by saying WOW!, DeepCool was not joking around when they made this product. The Assassin II is one massive cooler (142x158x167mm), it can be a bit intimidating at first but don’t let that discourage you.
The Assassin II cooler packs some awesome cooling performance with its twin-tower heatsinks, 8 heatpipes and 1x 120mm fan and 1x 140mm fan each one with PWM functions that support longer lifetime & lower noise level. Both of the 120mm and 140mm fans are very quiet as well even when under high load.
Overall design of this cooler is defiantly geared toward gamers with its sleek and in your face designs. Looking at the cooler from the top you’ll notice that it looks almost like sharks teeth, yet again giving you the impression that this cooler means business.
DeepCool has some great CPU support for this was well. Selections include the Intel LGA2011-V3/LGA2011/1366/1150/1151/1155/1156/775 as well as the AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 CPUs.
Now onto the tests to see if all of these fancy features and bold designs could live up to what DeepCooler had marketed it for.
AMD SaberTooth 990FX R2.0
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition (8-Core)
16Gb Corsair Vengeance Pro
PNY GeForce GTX960
Before this test I was running the tried and true cooler with a Hyper 212 Evo with core temperatures running anywhere from high 50c to mid 60c on idle and high load.
Running the Assassin II I was seeing CPU temperatures around low 50c to Low 60c. So there was defiantly a difference running this cooler.
Over all this was a nice cooler that supports a wide variety of CPU types. Its massive heatsink and 140mm fan support really lets this cooler cool almost anything you can throw at it.
Cons: Now off hand this cooler was a little bit difficult to install and I did feel a little nervous that the weight of this cooler might put too much stress on my board. Another reviewer mentioned this but I would also like to see some kind of support brace for a long term machine.
You can install this cooler by yourself though I would advise having a second person as you do not want to drop the equivalent of a 5lb weight on your motherboard.
Low-profile memory is a must if you would like to be able to fill all the memory slots on your motherboard. I had to remove most of my corsair memory in order to properly fit this cooler on the board.
This isn’t a DeepCooler issue but why do most coolers have this draw back and why has it not been overcome yet?
Other Thoughts: This isn’t a con because if you buy this cooler you should know what you can install it in, but for an upgraded cooler option you might have to look into a new case which means more money. This cooler is really big and bulky but it gets the job done. Performance is spot on giving some liquid cooled options a run for their money.
Over all the Assassin II is a great cooler. Price for performance is just right, with its support for a wide variety of CPU types and bold design leaving this cooler something to be sought after.
Yes it is bulky but this cooler will cool almost anything you throw at it. I would recommend this product to some users that are looking for bold designs, in your face features, and yet still offering great cooling performance.
I am going to give this 4 eggs mainly because of its weight and slightly complex install process.
In the end though I am going to say good job DeepCool you guys made a great product and I am excited as always to see where you will go from here.
Pros: At first glance you will see the Belkin AC1750db slim and sleek design that contours at the top yet is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Setup was really just as easy as it could be, though with most modern routers today setup is as easy as plugging two cables in, typing in the password and progressing to binge watch Netflix and YouTube videos.
On a side note it was interesting when I opened the box and both ethernet and power supply cables where already plugged into the device, seemingly to show the new user what goes where.
Moving on the routers overall look is nice. It slim enough to where it will blend in, into most households and the base it strong and stable enough to make sure the router will always stay upright.
Moving to the back you will see 5 different 10/100/100 gigabyte ethernet ports, 1 Wan and 4 LAN ports to help support most of your networking needs. Below that you will see one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port as well as a reset button and power input.
The USB 3.0 port offered some decent speeds when transferring around 10Gb of documents, videos and pictures over the network, clocking in at around 15min to complete on wireless and 8min on wired.
Belkins MultiBeam antenna is nice and great for a home user. I had 100% percent coverage in my apartment, with the farthest point being about 30” away. I did get a single bar about 100” away across the street, though I don’t see myself chilling on the side walk across the street anytime soon. All in all though it offered a nice and stable range of coverage.
Looking into the Belkin’s AC1750 dashboard you will notice that it is well designed and much nicer in my opinion then other router’s interfaces. It’s clean, easy to read and use, good job Belkin.
Moving onto the built in features the Belkin AC1750 offers a wide range of options for both securing and ensure peek uptime. The AC1750 has a built in firewall, with some basic website filtering and parental controls. Device and traffic logging, DLNA media server (myTwonky) and a very basic QoS control.
The Belkins built-in features are nice though the leave me wanting more out of them. All in all the Belkin AC1750 is nice router and offers a nice arrange of options for household users.
Cons: It also is really disappointing to see that just like other routers, 90% of the built-in features are disabled when turning this into an access point. I really wish Belkin, Cisco and other companies would not do this.
Intellistream or Belkin’s version of QoS is strange, as you need to get a speed test from speedtest.net or some other site then take that information and input it into Belkins dashboard and click save. Somehow this automatically adjust your settings for voice, video, and online games.
Website filtering is nice though it should really give you the option to block ones that you specify as well as Norton’s blacklist are small compared to some community compiled lists.
It also supports WAN Ping Blocking which is really nice if it worked. I could ping this device even when it was enabled. Either way you shouldn’t block a WAN ping rather you should give it a drop signal. Block tells someone that there is a device whereas a drop signal just flat out throws the ping out into space and no one is the wiser.
Also Belkin does not give you the ability to turn off HTTP requests to the routers interface, they do give you HTTPS but that means nothing when HTTP is still enabled.
Not taking off an egg for this but Belkin should not have had a USB 2.0 port colored blue, it might confuse some people. (Belkin did label the one USB 3.0 port though)
Other Thoughts: The Belkin AC1750 offers good speeds with a powerful antenna that will provide most home users with the speed and stability they are looking for in a network. Its sleek design allows it to blend into its environment and it’s easy to use interface is something I really like.
Though it does have its flaws such as, a default non-secure admin web interface, with limited QoS, web filtering, and a non-functioning WAN ping blocker setting make me hoping they release a firmware update that will allow a user to have a little more detailed control over their device.
Overall this the Belkin AC1750db is a good router and I would recommend it to a home user.