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Pros: It's modular.
It's cables are ribbon cables, lengthy and plentiful.
It easily supports all the big GPUs in SLI with enough PCI-E power cables/connectors.
It's ominously dark and carbon looking.
It's quiet powering my OC'ed 4770K & Titan X system at max load. It's providing enough power and doing so at low enough heat such that it doesn't even need to spin the fan.
It came with a 7 year warranty. Corsair just bumped it up to a 10 year warranty.
It's not overly expensive when you factor in the power delivery, features and quality aspect.
Cons: This is getting picky, but I've seen ever so slightly better layouts for the modular wire connection on the back of the PSU. Some of the different wire sets shared receptors when I was expecting they wouldn't. Not a huge deal by any means, but it did give me a "DUH" moment. At least it isn't physically possible to plug in anything incorrectly thereby wrecking PC components.
80 PLUS GOLD is good. PLATINUM better.
Makes me feel like a shill that I can't come up with more cons.
Other Thoughts: I find it hard not to be in love with Corsair. There is very little they don't get right. It's pretty obvious that their heart is in at least trying to offer the best options within reason. Their PSU lines are no exception.
Before this I was running a AX1200i in my system. With it I ran anywhere from 1 to 3 GPUs, with the biggest power draw coming from 3x 290X Crossfire. Loving the simplicity of a single GPU, I now sport a lowly Titan X. A 1200 watt flagship PSU is a big overkill. So using this 850 watt unit was perfectly acceptable.
So I've been running this for a couple of months now, probably far too long for Newegg's taste in terms of how long it takes me to write a review.But I can attest to certain amount of longevity having done that.
That being said, it's been rock solid supporting my 4770K @ 4.7GHz, GTX Titan-X (+210 MHz), Corsair 32GB DDR3-2400 cooled with a Corsair H80i V2 (CPU) and a Corsair H110 (GPU) all mounted in a Corsair Air 540 case. I haven't noticed a difference in the least between it and the much more expensive flagship unit I was using prior.
To my amazement I was expecting to be able to load the PSU with enough load to generate enough heat to spin up the fan. I've never been able to do it on the AX1200i and I just attributed it to having enough head room to spare. So a 350 watt rating reduction I figured would allow me to witness it here. Nope, same deal. But that's great in that it's totally silent. Sometimes I would be nice just to see the fan run to know that it works, but if it's anything like the AX1200i, which has never spun up, it won't matter. I've used that unit for over 4 years without issue. If the RM850x follows suit in terms of quality at the lower price, it's hard to argue with that.
To me this PSU is right in the sweet spot for price, performance and wattage. Gone are my days of multiple-GPUs and exorbitant budgets building ridiculously and unnecessarily over powered machines. I find it far more interesting to build powerful yet realistic machines that suffer less compatibility issues. A PSU like the RM850x is right in line with that thought process.
If you're eyeing this PSU and considering others, with the 10 year warranty now offered on this, you'd be a fool not to give this PSU a place in your machine.
This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
Pros: Generally very quiet.
Keeps my 4770K clocked @ 4.7GHz.
Under artificial maximum load, temps never exceed 90°C using the quiet profile.
Under artificial maximum load, temps never exceed 81°C using the performance profile.
Under normal use load, temps never exceed 85°C using the quiet profile.
It mounts easily with no fuss. Much easier than some of Corsair's previous designs.
The product looks elegant and refined.
The radiator is quite thick and so are the hoses that run to it.
It's got 2 fans in push/pull configuration, both PWM, both controlled by the device itself, which I like as opposed to static speed fans or having to be dependent on something else to control fan speeds.
The pump/block top lights up. The color of lighting is configurable.
The i in the product name denotes intelligent and can connect via USB or to a Corsair Link Hub. You can monitor the device through the use of the Corsair Link software.
Cons: I'm not a big fan of the Corsair Link software. When I used it, it would frequently peg out one of my CPU cores to 100%. The only solution was to restart my computer and then the issue would disappear for some time, or to turn off the Corsair Link software altogether. At time of this writing I noticed that there is an update to the software. Perhaps it fixes the issue. I don't know as I don't have time to test.
The software is how you configure the devices to main settings, which is Profile and LED color. The LED you can set to any color. The profile's choices are Performance, Balanced and Quiet. I ran on Quiet the entire time as I don't see the point of all this elaborate setup if for nothing else than trying to be quiet. Performance is just too loud. Balanced is quieter, but still noticeable.
I hate having to run and extra USB cable to my motherboard just so I can control the profile and color. I like to try and keep the cables neat and tidy and the USB cable comes off the bottom of the pump and forces you to run it across the motherboard. I was able to route mine to the top of the PCI mounts and around to sort of make it less noticeable. Still I'd give up color choice and be happy with a jumper to set the profile on the device itself if it meant avoiding using the USB cable and Link Software.
Other Thoughts: Before this I had an H110 on my CPU. I used PWM fans on it controlled by the motherboard itself with a fan profile based on CPU temp. It was very quiet. However the fans would speed up based on the CPU temp, not the liquid temp. So despite the cooler easily being able to keep the CPU cool, when the CPU would get a load and ramp up it's temp, the fans would immediately spin up. So it wasn't ideal.
When I got this, I moved my H110 to my Titan X using Corsair's HG10 N980 mounting bracket (which it seems they only made like 12 of them or something). Just as a side note, the HG10 N980 wasn't a great experience and despite the end result being satisfactory, the install was a bit of a pain. But I digress.
I was hoping with the extra thick radiator using push/pull that it would be a match for the 280mm radiator of the H110. It keeps the same overclock. But the temps are a bit higher, which I could care less.
Here's the one thing overall that made me take off a star and that's because of the CPU bug in the Link Software I mostly had it off and because of that I think it might have been using the Balanced profile or something, because if I'd be gaming for a long time, eventually the fans would speed up and become noticeable. And maybe because the Titan X was dumping heat into the case combined helped further the issue, I don't know. My whole thing is quiet and sometimes it wasn't.
Now if I can get the updated Link Software and it doesn't have the CPU bug, and I can live with the USB cable routed across my board and I can keep the Quiet profile engaged then it's probably not a big deal.
Overall though it's still a great product. It's hard to go wrong with any Corsair AIO liquid cooler. They look and perform nice.
This review is from: CORSAIR HG10 N980 GPU Liquid Cooling Bracket
Pros: When it is all said and done, it does its job and combined with an H110 mounted on my Titan X, it keeps it running cool. The highest I've seen temps is 60°C on full load. But more often in game it's around 55°C.
It's also quiet
Cons: The instructions sucked. They offer very little in detail for mounting the AIO cooler. I messed around for a really long time before I figured out that the only a small part of the H110's mounting bracket needed. I was trying to screw down with the same parts used to mount with the CPU and as it turned out the stand offs simply aren't intended for this. That would have been useful information for them to simply state or show with pictures, but it comes with none of that. So uselessly wasted my time switching from the Intel mounting bracket to the AMD mounting bracket when I didn't have to.
Another thing I didn't care for is that they didn't even try build enough into the bracket so that it offered the same support in terms of structure and rigidity as the original cooler, specifically concerning the I/O bracket portion of the card.
Other Thoughts: They announced this summer of last year and now finally we were able to buy one. I must say that after waiting all this time it was a bit of a disappointment. For $40 it should have been built more completely, included a backplate and came with an ounce of effort concerning the documentation and instructions.READ FULL REVIEW