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This review is from: DEEPCOOL M3 Laptop Cooling Pad 15.6" with 2.1 Speaker System 140mm Fan
Pros: As far as laptop coolers go, this one is pretty nice. It's got a 140 mm fan with adjustable speed control. Regardless of the setting, the fan is quiet. barely audible.
What's really nice about this particular cooler is that it elevates your laptop and puts it on an incline. The benefit of that is it gives your laptop room to breathe and depending on how you're sitting, can make typing more comfortable. For anyone who sets their laptop on any kind of surface with fabric or pretty much any surface that's not flat and solid, it can severely restrict airflow to your laptops internal cooling fan. When that happens, it can really puts your laptop at risk of overheating. So using this cooler is a good precautionary measure for anyone using a laptop.
Another great feature about this cooler is it draws power via a USB port from your laptop. You also have an auxiliary power input in case you don't have any spare USB ports or you can use a powered USB charge station to supply power. It also has a secondary USB port to replace the port you sacrifice to power the cooler. It works just like any normal USB port. You can use it to power your mouse or even an external hard drive. It works well. I didn't notice any mouse lag or drop in bandwidth when transferring files.
What's unique about this cooler is it also has a very nice set of speakers onboard. 3 small speakers, stereo sound only of course. You can supply sound to the cooler using a 1/8 in. jack via your laptops headphone jack or if it has any other 1/8 in. outputs for front channel speakers. This coolers sound system is louder and sounds much better than the speakers on my laptop. I was pleasantly surprised when I cranked it up all the way the first time and there was no distortion or deviation in volume when there was loud bass.
Cons: The fan doesn't move much air. It does move some air, but for anyone with a laptop with overheating issues, this cooler wouldn't be a viable option. It would definitely help, but if your laptop gets really hot, you may want to consider a cooler that can move more air.
That's it, aside from that, I really like this piece of equipment. I'm glad I got one.
Other Thoughts: This cooler fits my laptop perfectly. My laptop is actually a little over 16 inches wide and it lines up perfectly with the cooler. Even if you have a 17 inch it will fit just fine. It may be little bigger than the coolers surface, but it really won't affect the performance at all.
This cooler is very reasonably priced, looks nice and is well designed. The speakers and fan are all protected.
I've never owned a laptop cooler before this one. I've always wanted to try one, but thought it wasn't really necessary since I rarely use it for gaming. But, even if your laptop doesn't tend to get hot there are good reasons to grab one of these. It's cheap, it will keep your internal fan from getting restricted on fabric and it has an onboard sound system. Good reasons to get one for anybody who owns a laptop.
I'm giving this cooler 4 eggs. If the fan moved more air it would be a much better cooler for gaming laptops and I would give it 5 eggs. They could have given it a better fan, it has speed control, it would only be loud if it was cranked up. So why not add a better fan and let the user decide how to set it? As it is, it's more of a cooling/sound system for the average user. For all of the practical features, I intend to keep this with my laptop at all times.
It wouldn't be difficult to add a different fan. If you're a tech savvy user, you could swap the fan out for a better one.
Pros: I would say the best thing about these drives and the reason I bought two of them, is the price. Less than $100 for a 240 GB SSD is dirt cheap. Especially given the performance and capacity. The price of SSDs is finally getting to a point where they're becoming affordable. At this point in time 240 GB is the minimum size you'd want in a primary system drive unless you have a larger secondary drive. Two of these in RAID are about as fast as a high end SSD and twice the capacity for the price.
I bought two of these to run in a RAID 0 configuration. My z97 recognized them right away and I was able to set up my RAID array with ease. For what you pay, these drives are perfect for RAID setups. Using AS SSD and Crystal Disk benchmarks I achieved an average read speed of roughly: 400 MB/sec
And average write speeds of roughly: 500 MB/sec
Which I thought was backwards, I expected to have faster reads than writes.
Installation times have been dramatically improved from a mechanical hard drive. Load times in games are faster. I'm able to record higher quality game videos due to the quick write speeds. Which is especially useful for anyone wanting to record in game videos at 4K resolution.
Cons: I expected this drive to at least come close to the specs listed on the store page. 530 MB/sec reads and writes would have been nice. But even in RAID 0 with two of these I can't achieve those speeds. Yes, it's close on the write but it's read speeds that really matter to me. I never actually benchmarked a single drive, but I'm certain it's not faster than two in RAID.
Nothing special comes with these. Just a small cardboard box with a plastic tray and that's it.
Other Thoughts: Ordinarily I don't hesitate to buy refurbished. I've had extraordinary luck with refurbished hardware in the past. But, being my first experience with SSDs it's hard to say whether buying an SSD refurbished is a smart move or not. I've read a number or reviews based on this product new and many of them were RMA'd due to a simple firmware issue. Which means they would have had minimal usage before being recertified.
Various manufacturers of computer related hardware, and many other examples of electronics (car stereo amplifiers spring to mind), have been leading consumers on by labeling a product as being capable of performance "up to" a certain point. That certainly doesn't mean it will run there all the time. And in this case, Corsair tells us these drives will read and write up to 530 MB/sec, roughly. But if they won't achieve those speeds with two drives in a RAID 0 config I'd say its safe to say a single drive definitely wouldn't.
Even though these drives may not be as fast as if hoped, they're still way faster than what I had, cheaper and higher capacity. I bought a 300 GB Raptor way back when they first came out and paid $300 for it. And I wasn't particularly blown away with its performance.
So, I guess I'll just view this as a lesson learned and remember to research benchmarks for any particular drive I may be interested in buying in the future. I'm not saying I'm not satisfied with my purchase. Because for what I paid, you really can't go wrong. Especially considering the average price of a 240 GB SSD. I just have a couple questions I've been wondering about. Do these drives perform slower than new drives because they're refurbs? And how long will they last? Valid questions for any refurb. But, given all the various debates regarding SSD longevity. A person tends to get curious.
I've owned a number of Corsair devices over the past few years. Several set of memory, 2 power supplies and these SSDs. I did end up having to RMA a stick of RAM a few years back, but Corsairs customer service was quick and painless. Based on previous experience with Corsair I'm pretty confident these drives will last a reasonable amount of time and if they don't I'm also fairly confident Corsair would work with me to get it fixed.
Pros: System Specs:
Intel i7 4790K 4.8 GHz
ASrock z97 OC Formula
2x8 GB G Skill DDR3 2666 MHz
SLI Asus GTX Titan
Cooler Master RPP 1250 watt
This set of memory is very impressive. The fastest set of memory with the capacity I wanted without being outrageously expensive. I have been using G Skill memory exclusively for about 4 years now. Back when I got my first set, G Skill was still a new company, untested in my eyes, but with specs, prices and a warranty that told me they were the future of high performance RAM. I've owned a number of G Skill sets through that period and none of them ever failed to meet my expectations and even exceeded them on occassion.
This set of G Skill memory is also backed by a lifetime warranty. Which is a huge selling point for me. I usually only buy from manufacturers that offer lifetime warranties with their products. The fact that a company is willing to offer a lifetime warranty tells you something about the quality of their product. G Skill also has excellent customer service and tech support.
I wanted the fastest memory I could get without breaking the bank. I entertained the idea of trying a different brand, but nothing in this category could match G Skills performance to price ratio. With a choice between two similar sets, I chose to pay a little more for the set with the lower cas latency. The way I see it, both sets are pretty much the same with the difference being these sets are the cherry sticks. The sticks that exceeded performance standards. If only you could pay an extra $30 and get a CPU like that. I also based my choice on some reviews I read stating that these sets are particularly good for over clocking. I usually don't OC my RAM, but I wanted to be sure they would run at the rated frequencies and timings and I may choose to OC them some day.
Anyway, I really like this set. I've read a lot of reviews complaining about the cooling fan, but I find it to be appropriately designed. I've been wanting a RAM cooler for some time now, I haven't had one since the days of DDR2. Yes you may have to bend it a bit, but that's the way it's designed. So it has the ability to fit in any number of situations. Does it keep the RAM cool? I don't know. The RAM runs cool with it or without it. But if you choose to over clock or increase voltage with this set. I think you will find it useful.
I had no trouble getting this memory to run at rated specs. I just enabled XMP memory profile 1 and it set up the timings and the clock speed automatically. However, I entered them manually just to be safe.
I stress tested it to ensure stability and it handled it fine. Didn't even break a sweat.
I was actually able to set the command rate to 1T. I read on a number of reviews that most G Skill sets can handle a 1T timing. I was also able to OC it to 2750 MHz, but that's not the limit of this sets capability. I didn't try to exceed that speed.
Cons: The LEDs on the cooling fan are too bright. My old system had a bunch of cold cathodes and other LEDs to give it some flair. But with this rig in my bedroom, I wanted it to be as dark as possible and these LEDs are as bright as they come. With nothing but my monitor and the cooling fan LEDs, it's enough to light up my room to where it's fairly bright. Too bright unfortunately.
Also, I think the memory cooler is bit too tall. I think it would perform better and fit more snugly if it were a bit shorter.
1.65 volts. I would like to see memory at this speed running lower voltage. It's not really much of a con, since it's to be expected. It's just something I hope to see in the future.
Other Thoughts: Using AIDA 64 this memory achieved a read bandwidth of 39.9 GB/sec and a write bandwidth of 41.9 GB/sec on my z97 at 2666 MHz 11-13-13-35 1T.
For 8 GB sticks this memory is pretty impressive. Usually the higher capacity sticks have higher latencies than the 4 GB or 2 GB sticks.
G Skill Trident series is among the best PC memory you will find. These sets have a detachable top cooling fin, for systems with limited space or to fit under low profile CPU heatsinks.
This set came in a nice package. Very tidy and safely packed with a nice little sticker. It's a very visually appealing memory. It has a very aggressive look to it. I just wish I could get some yellow cooling fins to match the overall color scheme of my PC.
I've read several reviews where users were able to achieve close to 3 GHz with this set of memory. If you were to buy a set at that speed you'd be spending $600 right about now. Better to buy this set and attempt to over clock it.
Having extreme memory speed doesn't really improve your frame rates by much in most games. But there are a few games where memory speed makes a significant difference. Especially with DX11 games. We're getting to a point where next gen graphics engines will be able to take far greater advantage of extreme speeds in memory and multi core CPUs. I only ever use the best components when I build a PC, but within reason. I could have got 3400 MHz memory, but the price is ludicrous. For the best performance, but with a reasonable price tag. This is best set of memory money can buy at this time for dual channel.
I haven't found any reason to deduct any eggs off of this sets score. So I'm giving it a 5 egg rating. Eggcellent memory!
UPDATE: I updated my review because my memory bandwidth wasn't reading correctly on AIDA 64. The true bandwidth was 39.9 GB/sec read speeds. Much better than what 29.9, which is what I posted previously.