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This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610-E DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Easy-open package)
Pros: - Compatible with Comcast/xfinity, TimeWarner
- Docsis 3.0 (8xfaster downloads than 2.0)
- IPv6 (latest internet standard)
- Download speed up to 343 Mbps
- Easy setup (I mean, a modem is a so very simple piece of equipment...)
- Gigabit Ethernet Port
- You need a router to use the modem over wi-fi
Cons: - So basically the performance is a dream, but the physical engineering leaves something to be desired. Seriously TP link could have added a few weights to help it hold in place and it would be perfect, but I guess that the price of trying to undercut the more expensive 6141, it is often 10-15 dollars cheaper.
- Cheap plastic case is very warm to the touch. It gets significantly warmer than my previous modem (SB 6120)
Other Thoughts: - If you are still paying Comcast to rent a modem, don't...buy one and buy this one - use it and save the rental fees...it will pay for itself in a year.
- This modem is NOT for those of you that have VOICE service from Comcast...it is for INTERNET only. Third, definitely try to activate it on your own so that technical support does not tell you it is not in their database. The modem is running as we speak and I will update my review if something goes wrong. For now, I am attaching an image showing my speedtest...
Pros: - Wide-range LED customization: Per-key programmable, 100% ghosting, All cherry MX switches
- Good starter mechanical keyboard for anyone.
- It came in original box with key puller and couple of extra (gaming replacements) keys. No wrist rest like in K70, but next version, Strafe RGB does have wrist rest. So be aware of that if wrist rest is a must for you. (A little research goes a long way)
- The red backlit keys are really nice in person and the pictures definitely do not do them justice. You can choose from six different lighting presets or make your own. Tapping the keys on this thing can get loud if there are people sleeping nearby, but it's not a deal breaker for me. Comes with CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) for customizable options with macros. Media buttons are a nice touch as well.
Cons: - All rgb functions of k70,k95,and strafe are the same, there is nothing new there. If you liked the media buttons, get the k70, if you want extra macros, k95, if you didn't use either of them, get the strafe. The k70 and k95 do not have a usb passthrough, but you do not need to plug in both usb's with 3.0, though if you're running 2.0 it doesn't matter. So really, the only thing about the strafe that's "new" is the white background and the usb. Oh, and for the people who were quite critical of the new designed logo, the old one's back.
- Corsair management software is not very intuitive at first. It could use some polishing for sure :/
Other Thoughts: - Note that the keyboard has a hidden bios mode for people wishing to tweak the system bios at boot time. You can activate said mode by holding down the F1 as well as the Windows lock button at the top right corner of the keyboard for about three seconds. The indicator for scroll lock will flash continuously once it is in bios mode. Similarly, you can turn the mode off by holding down the same buttons for three seconds.
- Quick and dirty CUE tutorial:
1. Abandon trying to figure out how to program the app
2. Navigate to the Corsair gaming site to download profiles (search for "corsair rgb share", then scroll down to the STRAFE section)
3. Download the coolest looking profile (I highly recommend "Everyday amazing color & animation" by Timothy Cook (picture attached))
4. Open up the Corsair CUE software, navigate to the Profiles tab (default)
5. Click "Import/Export Profiles", then click "import"
6. Navigate to the folder containing the profile you downloaded, and import it
7. MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Choose the profile you want in the large dropdown menu, then click on the three horizontal lines button directly next to that dropdown menu, and check "set as default profile". Not doing this will cause the keyboard lighting to revert to the default profile when the cue software is no longer focused.
IF YOU WANT YOUR KEYBOARD TO VISUALIZE MUSIC:
- Download the "Corsair Effects Engine" (easily googlable) off of the Corsair forums and run that WITHOUT the CUE software running.
- Tutorial for the CEE should be on the same site as the download
This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
Pros: - Sits around 29-34c on full load on my AMD 8 Core
- Corsair Link software had no problems detecting / configuring.
- Easy to install onto the motherboard, ideal for mini ATX / Mid ATX towers (although moreso for the prior)
- The tubing is extremely flexible (you can twist it 180 degrees without any angular bending of the tubes) it doesn't feel delicate or prone to rupturing during installation. So if you have a mid size chassis, if you need to muscle it in, you don't have to worry much about breaking it before you get a chance to fire it up.
- The threading is pretty solid, and you will need to exert a little bit of pressure to fasten it to the case / fans to the radiator.
- The pump itself uses RGB leds that allow for almost any color you would ever want. (but if you dont attach the USB Header to your motherboard, you won't be able to customize cooling performance, monitor coolant, or change the color of your RGB LED lighting. just an FYI :p )
- Price point seems pretty solid considering the design, construction, materials, features & aesthetics makes a convincing case for very high value.
- Compatibility: [Intel - LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3] [AMD - sockets FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3]
Cons: - READ THE INSTRUCTIONS about changing the Intel bracket if you have an AMD chipset switching the brackets was not 100% intuitive without referring to them if you haven't used any of the H--- products before.
- Others have mentioned this, if you use AMD like I do, you'll need your backplate to attach the cooler. (Not a huge deal, but could be a deal breaker for someone.)
Other Thoughts: - I'd recommend using some Corsair Air Series AF120 LED 120mm Quiet Edition High Airflow Fans (LED fans) they look fantastic on it and have decent CFM.
- You need to be very careful when tightening down the radiator to the case. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN! Doing so can strip the threads inside the radiator which will not grab the screw anymore.
- I own a Corsair H100i v2 already, and this one is a 'smaller' model by comparison in terms of the radiator. But it actually performs very close in terms of numbers to its bigger brother! I'm really impressed.
- Since corsair has multiple products in their H--- line, the model you buy should be largely based on how much space you have in your tower (to make sure it will fit ideally) and whether or not you may need to drill holes to mount it or not (to some this could easily be an annoyance, a little homework goes a long way!)