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This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xRBR Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Pros: Semi-Premium keyboard in some places, less than premium in others
Standard Cherry MX Brown switches
LED lighting has good presets
Macro ability is actually pretty good. Could be implemented slightly better but overall pretty good.
Has a nice feel but with caveats
Nice and sturdy and heavy.
Cons: The satin finish may feel nice but goodness is it a mess in reality. Absolutely any oil on your fingers, even freshly washed, will smudge the keyboard. It makes things look trashy really, really fast. It cleans up well but it's still pretty annoying and almost worst than glossy finishes, but it's right up there.
Macro software leaves a lot to be desired but it gets the job done.
Wrist bar is indeed warped like others have said and given the height of this keyboard it's almost necessary. It also attaches horribly. I know if I were to remove it and attach it more than say, three times, it would break simply due to the force required to get it to attach.
I get phantom keypresses every now and again. Very random but it has happened at least five times now. It'll also have a freakout in which it keeps a keypress going until I hit escape. It's not enough to worry but enough to question the quality and future.
Keycaps feel pretty cheap. Like REALLY cheap. This isn't an economy priced keyboard so I find that somewhat unacceptable. There's a step in between super premium and normal, this skips normal and goes for cheapest of the cheap. Very clacky sounding just because of the keycaps used, not the switch.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very nice keyboard with some lazy and cheap shortcuts. Given the price point I don't think those shortcuts are valid. This is just below premium quality at a premium price compared to competitors. Couple that with the quirks and you might be able to do better.
As it stands, you can't go wrong with upgrading from a membrane switch or scissor switch keyboard to this. It's absolutely divine and you'll wonder why you put up with those terrible keyboards for so long. If you're already in the mechanical keyboard club you might want to test this before you commit to it.
This review is from: DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Lucifer V2 CPU Cooler 6 Heatpipes 140mm Silent PWM Fan
Pros: + Outperforms MANY water cooling solutions
+ Largely thoughtful design considerations for motherboards. The fins are clipped so you don't run into issues with your motherboard plugs.
+ Truly does offer semi-passive cooling if you want it. You'll need at least one case fan for exhaust and to promote airflow within the case, but I have a totally silent one that works more than well enough. Without the case fan things eventually get toasty by the end of the day of normal use, it's still doable but I hardly think it's worth it when you just need one silent case fan to give you insurance. See my various temps in the Other Thoughts row.
+ At passive or low fan speeds this is a deadly silent cooler.
+ Fan has a nice rubber housing to reduce vibrations.
+ Thoughtful mounting hardware and very sturdy backplates. My motherboard barely flexed when installed and I could actually install this outside the case. Other HUGE heatsinks will flex the motherboard too much due to stupid hardware. This was a very pleasant surprise and a huge plus. Considering how many configurations it supports I don't think you can get any better than this.
+ This is easily the best bang for buck heatsink I've ever come across* (When the included fan works*)
+ Overkill HUGE packaging. Which is actually important for delicate fin configurations. It's thoughtfully designed and it's cardboard so it's easy on everything. I don't see this heatsink getting damaged in transit.
+ Thermal compound is more than suitable. We're talking about only 3 degress "hotter", at most, than Arctic Silver.
Cons: - Fan can only reliably face one way on the heatsink. Due to the fan's design and the mounting solution they provide, it will eventually clip the heatsink.
- My fan was defective. Silent at the lowest speed but it made a very unique drone at medium or higher and I know this fan shouldn't make that type of noise. It's hard to describe but it's unlike any noise I've ever heard a fan make, even at high speeds.
- You'll need at least a 6" long screwdriver to finish screwing the heatsink to your motherboard. This might pose a problem for some.
- While the heatsink itself clears the RAM modules the fan may not. You can technically mount it while resting on the RAM, however this might be an issue if the heatsink barely fits your case like it did my mid tower ATX NZXT Source 210. The heatsink itself barely fit this case, actually rubbing on the panel when I close it, but if the fan is slightly higher than the heatsink then I couldn't close my case. You can reverse mount the fan on the other side if you want to but the fan itself will eventually start to clip the heatsink when it settles in.
- This is what kills the product and brought a 5 egg down to a 2 egg: NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT! I e-mailed them twice (once before for something else and once for this review) They totally ignored both e-mails with the first being over a month ago and the latest a week ago. There's also no support number I could find to call them and they only offer "support" through e-mail, which again was totally ignored and totally unacceptable. Therefore the "warranties" they provide are useless. It's a real shame because this is an amazing product. Considering that the fan is almost 20 bucks this is no small problem whatsoever. It's basically a third of the cost you paid for.
- Not really a con given my incredible passive temps but the nickle plating does have a ripple effect and the finish had knicks and scratches in it. I was tempted to lap it down to get a truly flat surface but I decided to leave it as I got it and it didn't seem to matter.
Other Thoughts: My temps on an i5-4570 not overclocked in a 21C room with Prime95 for 1 hour load tests:
Stock Intel Heatsink: 35C idle 90C full load with fan at max
Deepcool Lucifer V2 passive (1 case fan): 29C idle. 65C full load
Deepcool Lucifer V2 fan on low: 27C idle. 54C full load.
Now where it truly shines AMD 6800K APU. This is a hot running chip that only has a thermal barrier of 75C
Stock AMD heatsink, not overclocked: 40C idle. 72C load
Deepcool Lucifer V2 passive: 32C idle: 55C load
Deepcool Lucifer V2 fan on low: 29C idle. 44C load
I was able to get my highest overclock yet on this chip with the Lucifer bringing it up to 5.4 Ghz, a full Ghz more than stock and a 65% increased GPU overclock:
Deepcool Lucifer V2 passive: Didn't dare try.
Deepcool Lucifer V2 low fan: 40C idle 60C load.
Truly incredible for a low thermal barrier chip that definitely runs warm. Overall, this cooler EASILY BEATS Corsair's and CoolerMaster's lower end water cooling solutions. If your case can fit it, get it.
This really is a fantastic cooler but when a primary component arrives defective and you cannot get any customer support whatsoever, I cannot give it a good rating. If Deepcool gets their act together and actually acknowledges their customer's existence I will definitely update this review. If you don't mind taking the risk of getting a bunk fan, definitely go for it. This is a great cooler with an incredible value just be prepared to substitute the fan if necessary.
Pros: + Soft O-rings on keyboards are used to dampen vibrations and shorten the keypresses. These do just that.
+ Clear is useful if you have clear keys and don't want the o-rings to stick out or you have LEDs that could potentially be obstructed by them
Cons: - I don't know who decided these things are worth 15 bucks (let alone 30 MSRP) but that's ridiculous. ONLY get these with a combo deal for 5 bucks, 10 if you're desperate.
Other Thoughts: I think YMMV greatly depending on the mechanical switch you use these one. They can offer a great difference or a very subtle one.READ FULL REVIEW