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Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Quite Beefy Cooling Goodness! 05/25/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: -Temp sensitive LED on the block
-Big beefy radiator
-Will cool virtually anything
-Corsair Link software finally working properly for me (for the most part)
-Full tie in and customizability via Corsair Link software
-Provided you have the room, easy install

Cons: -Tubing seems solid but excessively stiff

Other Thoughts: Overall, I love this closed loop cooler. I installed this in a Corsair Obsidian 450D case with an AMD FX-8350. I received this unit as an EggXpert review item.

The 450D case had plenty of room for this install. I mounted the big 280mm radiator in the top of the case with the two 140mm fans pushing through the radiator and out the top. I had a big Zalman air cooler in there before this which had it's motherboard back plate but the H115i requires the stock AMD backplate. Keep this in mind as it took me a while to locate the stock AMD one. The instructions were straightforward and I had no issues. The tubing has a nice wrapping but seems really stiff. I was able to make some minor adjustments but I was having to apply enough force when trying to bend that I felt anxious that was going to pop something. It held up just fine, no leaks. ;)

I installed Corsair Link 4. All reported temps seemed on par with other monitoring. Offers customization of the block's LED, pump and fan speeds, everything. I was also able to monitor real time power usage of my Corsair power supply which was nice. I initially had an issue with the software where after several hours it would start maxing out a single core on the CPU. The process would just be going 100%. After quite some time a recent update had cured this for me.

Performance is rock solid and this could handle much more then my 8350 can throw at it. Stock I am idling around 29 C. With all 8 cores maxed with Prime95 I could not get it to go above 47 C. I had set the curve in the software to kick up pump and fan speeds at 50 C and it never did. Quiet and did not seem to break a sweat. I gave the CPU a modest overclock from 4GHz to 4.3GHz and I noticed ZERO change in temps. As I said, solid.

I really like what Corsair has done the last few years with nearly their entire product line. I love this cooler but it will be overkill for most users. A more compact 140mm radiator is plenty for all but the hottest setups. If you have the room though it is a darn sexy piece of kit that installs easily and performs wonderfully. Highly recommended!

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OCZ Vertex 2 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It works.

Cons: Price on SSD overall still tough to swallow.

Other Thoughts: It's usually worth it though.

UPDATE:
Purchased 05/2011
Bit the dust 01/2016 - Just stopped working.

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Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good stable connection, never@500Mbps 07/10/2015

This review is from: Netgear XAVB5221-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: -Small footprint
-Consistent speeds
-Reliable connection
-Solid build quality
-Only takes up the one outlet without obstruction the second outlet
-Kit includes 2 x 6.5ft. ethernet patch cables
-Encrypted if you are paranoid :)

Cons: -Rated @ 500Mbps but built in port is 10/100Mbps. Although most networking product ratings are theoretical, this product can not and will never be able to exceed it's ethernet port's 100Mbps rating.
-Like all powerline networking devices power strips are not recommended.

Other Thoughts: I was sent this product for review. At it's sub $50 price tag I would recommend it but there are less expensive models that perform just as well. Powerline networking is simply not made for pure speeds. They are a simple and reliable alternative to WiFi. I have two rooms in the house where my WiFi coverage is spotty at best. This causes relatively low sustained speeds and plenty of temporary disconnects. For average browsing this is not a huge issue but when online gaming even a drop of a couple of seconds can kill your game.

In my past experience with other powerline models as well as this one, they create a very stable but not overly fast connection. With this NetGear until the setup could not have been easier. I plugged one unit in downstairs and connected it to a ten port switch which is connected to the router. Went upstairs and plugged the second unit in. Almost instantly the unit's built in display LEDs confirmed a connection. I plugged a laptop into the upstairs device and was online right away. Super easy. No disks or installs required on the laptop and no sync buttons to press. 100% plug and play. Each device has a "Push-and-Secure" button. This supposedly encrypts the signal so that if someone was able to intercept your signal on your power lines they would not be able to read your traffic. I have not real way to test this but I did push the button on one device and then the other. It took about 10 seconds and the connection came back up, presumably encrypted. This had no negative effect on speeds.

Now for speeds. Remember, the device only has a 100Mbps port which means it is hardware limited to this speed regardless of it's 500Mbps rating. I was able to pull files from my NAS at a consistent 70-80Mbps (about 9.5MB/s average). I was also able to max out my 50Mbps cable connection while doing internet speed tests. I was able to stream 1080p Netflix and YouTube videos without any issues as well as streaming 1080p video files from my NAS on the local network. After several weeks of testing I never saw a single disconnect which in my eyes is key for this product's philosophy of use.

In my eyes, all these powerline networking devices are best used to get a stable solid internet connection for everyday use. This NetGear model does this perfectly. I would NOT recommend any powerline networking if you are planning to move lots of large files on a regular basis. It is simply too slow.

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