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This review is from: CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU
Pros: Received today, first impressions have me sticking with cryorig for life, and I've always been loyal to cooler master. As always with a computer build, I always cheaped out on the CPU cooler, never again will I do such an awful thing to a computer. I came from using a cooler master T2 (My review on that cooler is now nullified do to a mistake explained later). When I first saw cryorig, what led me to cryorig is the name "cryorig" it just caught on to me super fast and stuck, as I started to do more research, the more cryorig appealed to me, and after being loyal to cooler master for such a long time, it was initially hard to switch. After receiving this beautiful and heavy piece of art, the first thing I noticed was how well it was packaged, and the artwork on the box was very well presented, almost showcasing the cooler before you even opened the box to remove it. After opening the box, the cooler was sitting in there nice and snug, definitely custom cut for the cooler, unlike other brands that use a "one size fits all" deal, with a little Styrofoam and packaging material... no sir... this is all custom packaging.
This is really the only nice cooler I've ever bought, very well put together and solid and silent, I don't know what the others are complaining about, i can't even hear the thing over my AC. The design and colouring of the cooler fits my case nicely, no complaints on that, even has the cryorig logo on the top. This thing cost $35, feels like $60, but please keep it $35. You couldn't beat this price/quality ratio with a stick
In the package, you receive pretty much pictured, Cryorig's CP7 thermal paste, which i think i need to re-apply, a manual, and a registration card as well as hardware to mount the cooler, and a 2nd fan. The manual is very straight forward and interactive, it made everything very clear, and as if it wasn't clear enough, each step includes a bar-code you can scan with your phone to demonstrate a step you may not understand.
After replacing my T2, i noticed... I FORGOT TO REMOVE THE PLASTIC ON THE BOTTOM... stupid stupid stupid... I wanted to try the T2 after removing the useless plastic, but i didn't feel like doing any of that, so i did a test install of this beautiful cooler before using the thermal paste, details of install in the cons.
Cons: Oh the dreaded process of installing. The X-bar is a brilliant idea, but at the same time, a not brilliant idea. When I started on the test install, I got the retention plate and screws in, and then installed those black cylinders, and then went to mount the cooler, which didn't fit, so I had to make it fit. The large arches of the X-bar kind of pushes against the left heat sink on my motherboard (Asus P8H77-V LE). After making sure everything, more or less fit, I removed it, applied the paste conservatively, and remounted the cooler, with zero RAM interference, with room to spare (pro).
Another major con is that it can't make coffee.
Other Thoughts: I'm definitely gonna be with cryorig until the end, and then after. I can't wait to see what else they'll pump out, and I'll be right on the ball when it comes out, which they should be coming out with internet enabled power supplies soon, and hopefully PC cases.
More on the cooler master T2 with plastic attached.
Stress test: 78c
Space engineers: 100c (with 1 loaded planet)
Thermal compound: Cooler master's special mix that comes in a sketchy pouch
stress test: 51c
Space engineers: 58c (with 2 planets loaded)
Thermal compound: Cryorig's not as sketchy but still kind of sketchy and [probably] re-branded thermal compound in syringe
Other reviewers stated to just throw the stuff out and use arctic silver's stuff, but I don't really see the point if you're not running and i7 extreme and running 4 virtual machines.
Will make updated review in a few months or in the afterlife.
Pros: This was given to me as a gift nearly 4 years ago. I put all my games on it and freed up a lot of space on my hard disks, however it got really full really fast after putting grand theft auto 5 along with space engineers, portal and portal 2 on it, so I had to get more storage, queue 500gb laptop hard disk i acquired not too long ago. I got a SATA to USB 3.0 adapter and i copied it all and found I had a read/write of 90mb/s and 100mb/s respectively. After all that, i decided to make backups of them all on my external 1TB hard disk via USB 3.0 and got around 200mb/s write and 240mb/s read, so significantly faster. I got a software that writes random data to speed test, tests showed my hard disk in RAID 0 with each disk specification of SATA 2, so RAID 0 making those as fast as SATA 3 and got around 150mb/s write 170mb/s read, and my SSD was 90mb/s write and 100mb/s read.
All in all, i found that this SSD was actually the bottle neck of my system.
Cons: surprisingly was the bottleneck of my system.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech ATX2PW550WH 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply
Pros: NOTICE: The power supply in reviewing has been bought outside newegg, but for better customer service/support, I highly recommend you purchase from newegg. I am not a newegg sales person, I work at a grocery store as of 01-30-2016.
This is simply fantastic, not too many cables laying around doing nothing and being useless. This is powering an ASUS Nvidia GTX680 top edition along with an i5-3550, two seagate ST3160815AS in RAID-0, an LG WH16NS40, and an ASUS P8H77-V LE with 16GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 A-Tech computer memory (can be found on e B a y, newegg does not carry A-Tech memory), as well as all the basic USB devices such as keyboard and mouse, some flash drives, a blue tooth dongle, and an Inatek KT9001 3-port USB 3.0/WiFi 802.11A/C PCI-e x1 combo card and an external seagate ST500LT032 hard disk (as of 01-30-2016). This thing I have pushed to the limits with some hard core gaming, I'm able to render entire planets in "Space Engineers" without too many problems, processor gets hot enough to boil water and make some noodles or coffee (none of which I've done yet, but now that the idea has been thought up, I will now set out to find a way to make coffee with my computer processor).
One thing you will immediately notice (as pictured) only the 20+4 pin motherboard connector is the only cable that is sleeved, this is not a problem, I am not a fan of sleeved cabling, usually because the sleeving is cheep and baggy and I don't feel like pulling off all the sleeving of a power supply. I have had sleeving get caught on the metal inside cases, and on the motherboard and motherboard components, I've even chipped the corner of a motherboard. Also the sleeves tend to get dusty and nasty and makes it harder to bend the cables into those tight corners. I've found sleeving makes routing cables that much harder. Getting a non-sleeved power supply poses problems also, as the portion where the wires exit the metal box, the wires are all tangled and there are no definitive rails, so the full length of the wires can't be used unless you get them untangled, something I've become a master of by removing all the sata and molex connectors with the respective tools and then untangling them and then re-installing all the connectors follow by zip ties at the exit of the metal box, and then every 4 inches all the way up to the connectors, and can be as clean, if not cleaner than sleeving. I also like non-sleeved cables for the visual appearance, I like to see all the wires and what they're connected to, it's eye candy to me just like sleeving is eye candy to other computer enthusiasts.
Cons: The wires were tangled at the base, easily fixable via untangling and patience. While tangled wires may not be a problem to others, I like to keep them clean. Also it cannot make coffee.
Other Thoughts: I'm using 3 of the 4 sata connectors with plans to add another DVD drive and only using 1 of the 3 molex connectors, so all-in-all, only 3 connectors not planned to be used, 2 molex, and the floppy, not too bad.READ FULL REVIEW