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This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: The corsair H100i v2 is built solid, looks good and comes with a large variety of mounting options for both AMD and Intel. The included 120mm fans push a lot of air and during low speeds are relatively quit. I do enjoy the full RGB ability of the LED. The corsair link software really gives you a good idea whats going on while cooling your cpu. More on this later.
Cons: I do have quite a few cons to list for this cooler. None are so bad that I would return it, but more so that I wish I didn't buy it and I would recommend not to as I do believe that other people would have similar preferences as I. The first thing I noticed right out of the box was that the hose end that connected into the radiator seemed to have some type of oily liquid by the seems. I was not sure if this was a leak or some type of left over manufacturing oil or lubricant. I did contact corsair customer support who said “Wipe it down so that the oil is no longer present, and then sit it so that it would leak if it was leaking. Then check again for the substance. “ I did so. Agreed to monitor it and it looks like it has not been an issue.... yet.
My second quirk with this cooler is how many wires need to come off the cpu block. I understand the biggest feature is the corsair link software and to do its job it needs all the wires. I just think its overkill. Not to mention the mini usb cable comes off the cpu block the wrong direction. What an incredible oversight! If you had no intention of using a discrete video card you could just wire straight to the motherboards USB header, but this wont be the case for most gamers. The mini usb comes off the cpu block at a 90 degree angle. It forces the wire to be routed towards the IO of the motherboard. If the cable was long enough you could route it up the face of the motherboard around the back of the case and back up into the USB header, but because its too short its simply best to make this stupid looking loop and allow the wire to reverse direction.
Lastly the corsair link software itself. It is useful, I just question to what extent. Most of the information it monitors you can get off of other programs and I believe to get the full benefit of this software you need to have a corsair case where with enough user added information your system can have a brain of its own and do what it needs to do to keep your temps just right. So for me most of the features in the corsair link software is simply worthless.
Other Thoughts: I would say the biggest surprise of this AIO cooler was in the form of information. Information that buying another cooler I would have never gotten. More specifically the temperature of the H100i v2 cpu block. Why is this so important? Well. Because for a long time now I have been chasing what I have felt to be high temperatures in my i7 6700K. I have owned 2 captain 240's, the corsair H105 and now this. This is the first time that I have seen that more than likely every cooler has done everything it could to keep the i7 temperatures down and from what I see it does it with ease. I have my i7 overclocked to 4.5GHZ running at 1.35V. Though stressing the cpu with aida64 can bring my i7 temps into the 70's, with this cooler I can clearly see that the cpu block temp rarely gets over 34. What this tells me is that all the other coolers that I bought that also gave me temps in the 70's were all working just fine. I have the LED displayed as blue while the temperature of the cpu block is below 34. When it goes above it turns red. The only times the cpu block temperature has gone above 34 is when I played arma3 for over an hour. Oddly it does not even go that warm when stressing. I rarely stress for more than 10 minutes.
One last thing I forgot to mention is that the copper block on this cooler is not flat like glass and I highly recommend that the first thing you do is wipe off the stock thermal paste and put on some arctic silver 5. I did use the stock thermal paste on the initial installation and within the first couple weeks I noticed my temperatures increasing. Upon taking off the cooler I noticed the stock thermal paste was spread out unevenly. Almost like it melted and dripped. Is this even possible? With how tight this block mounts I start to question...
Don't forget to turn your fans full on in the bios
When I was purchasing this cooler I really was on the fence with the H105 and this one. I had the H105 before, it worked just as good as this one but I gave it to my son. I thought buying this cooler would outperform all the others. This is just not the case. The added benefit of having the LED change from blue to red is nice, but the extra wires really pushes me away. Knowing now what I didn't know then I would have bought the H105 again in heart beat.
Pros: I purchased two of these SSD's to run in a Raid 0 config for OS and gaming usage. I am blown away at the speeds I achieved. Using crystal Diskmark I got Read of 995.7MB/s and a Write of 981.7MB/s. I initially purchased a 500GB Seagate that gave me a Read of 107.2MB/s and a Write of 107.4MB/s. For just under 100 dollars more I replaced that slow mechanical drive with speed! Launches windows incredibly fast and games load much quicker too. The design on the SSD looks great.
Cons: I found no cons.
Other Thoughts: There were only a few SSD's in the price range and capacity I was looking for, but the Radeon SSD's I felt looked good so I took a chance. Boy I'm happy I did. I will surely buy a Radeon SSD again in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB XTREME GAMING OC EDITION
Pros: Without getting into specs, this card is solid right out of the box. The solid back plate, Titan grade chocks and capacitors and a solid 3X windforce cooling system. Its heavy!! Reminds me I spent my money on a quality card build to endure. At first I wasn't sure, but once it was in, the RGB LED's had me at hello! The color options are incredible and the illuminated Windforce logo looks amazing. You can barely notice the LED rings on the fans, but they are visible at the right angles and really add a bit of ambiance to the case. For Me. I have the NZXT h440. The fans barely illuminate the 2 SSD's down below the card. Its quiet! Even when overclocked you can barely hear the fans. The next pro I want to discuss was price. I picked up this card for 260 with a 30 dollar rebate. That;s a steel for what you get here. Clock speeds are great and the performance of this card is amazing. GTA V defaulted my video settings to very high and with Vsync off my average frames were over 120fps. The OC Guru II worked well and was easy to use.
Cons: I don't have anything bad to say about this card.
Other Thoughts: Test bench was an i5 6600K oc'd to 4.4ghz. 16GB DDR4 Corsair LED 2666 memory on a msi Carbon fiber motherboard. Running windows 10. The stock gaming mode with a base clock of 1190 gave me a 3DMark score of 3827. Graphics score of 3741. I then ran in OC mode with a +100 clock speed that gave me a 3DMark score of 4010. Graphics score 3949. There really wasn't much room from there. I tried OC mode with a +150 and 3DMark crashed. None the less. This is a 240 dollar card and it crushes any games I play, looks fantastic and is built solid! Anything more than that is just bragging rights. I would highly recommend this card.READ FULL REVIEW