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This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
Pros: This is a very well built board. The aluminum chassis is a nice touch and makes the board feel more deserving of the high price it costs as compared to some other RGB boards Dedicated media player controls and the volume roller are a nice feature, too. The genuine Cherry MX switches are a huge plus over other brands' RGB boards which all use Chinese made knockoffs. The Corsair ones are the only boards to use Cherry switches.
The software is very much improved since the release of the RGB keyboards and there is virtually no limit to what can be done to the lighting effects. The lights are bright and have worked flawlessly as expected. The board also runs much more stably than it did when I first got it. The Utility engine works without hiccups now.
Cons: I'm not considering it a con really, but the RGB lighting cannot display the full 16.8 million color spectrum Corsiar originally thought it could. It only displays 512 colors properly. This is a hardware limitation and will not ever be fixed on this generation of Corsair RGB boards. There is a 16.8 million option in the control panel, but it creates flickering of the lights when effects are used.
Overall, the lighting still looks great and the options for customization are more vast than the competition. If the smoothest color transitions are desired and less customization options are ok with you take a look at the other RGB boards out there.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board when the MX Browns first became available on the K70 RGB. The one I have now is actually my second board as the first one developed key chatter a few months into use and had to be RMA'd. I did the RMA through Corsair and it went very well. It took two weeks from the date I sent the board out to the date I got my new one back.
I chose this board over the Razer Chroma for the extra customization options and for the fact that it uses Cherry switches and the Razer doesn't. It's a mix and match scenario with the current RGB boards out there so you have to decide what are the most important features and go with the one that has them. I am happy with my choice and would choose this board again over the Chroma any day.
Pros: Price! Very affordable for a certified PSU. Almost dead silent even under heavy gaming load, yet does not get very hot. The fan will slow down and sometimes stop if the PSU is not under load.
Semi modular, the only plugs that cannot be removed are the CPU power connector, and the ATX 20/24 pin power connector which you will need anyways. From there, you can plug in only what you need as far as SATA, Molex, and GPU power connectors. Makes for a much cleaner case interior. Quite a few connectors come with it, enough for the average user for sure. The cables are quite long, so it should be fine for most ATX mid towers. The cables are flexible enough, and are a simple black rubber coated design, so it looks nice and clean and should be easy to clean off if they get dusty.
Overall, very nice power supply, especially for the price these go for. Nice job by Corsair on these units.
Cons: None yet.
Other Thoughts: I have used these CX units before and recommend them to friends doing new builds. I have a CX 750M in my main rig and have no issues with that one or this one. Nobody I have recommended them to has had issues either. The CX series in general are quite nice for the money. The higher end ones likely last longer, but these cost quite a bit less.
This CX 500M is powering:
Asus m4a78lt-m board with a Phenom II X4 965 BE (125W) stock clocks, 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM, Seagate 7200.14 1TB HDD, MSI Twin Frozr HD7850 @1000 MHz, stock voltage (1100 mV I think), 4 90mm case fans, and 1 DVD-RW drive. It has been perfectly stable and I would not be worried to run a few more drives or max out the RAM slots.
This review is from: NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ120-U1 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
Pros: High airflow for the price and size of this fan. Vividly bright LED. Nice, long fiber wrapped cable. Looks very nice when spinning. Seems to push about as much air as the stock NZXT 140mm fan that comes with a Phantom 410. See other thoughts.
Cons: See other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: As an update to my previous review complaining about how loud this fan is, I have tested it in a few different mounting locations. I have discovered that the extremely high amount of noise it makes was coming from mounting it in a position where it has to draw air into the case through a "honeycomb" grill, such as the type usually used on the rear exhaust and side intake positions on most cases. It only seems to be horribly loud when used as an intake through the holey grill. If used as an exhaust, it is not that loud at all. It also seems to only be loud if mounted directly to the grill surface. If it is in an open hole with a grill/dust filter spaced away from it, it sounds fine.
My thoughts are that the closely spaced blades set at an extreme, airplane propeller looking pitch is the cause of the rushing air sound it was making. If you are buying it to mount it into an open hole in your case, or as an exhaust fan in the rear, it should do the trick just fine. But, if like me you want an intake fan on a honeycomb grill mounting position, look elsewhere for a fan with a less aggressive blade pattern, such as the NZXT FN-120RB. For an LED, I'd say the Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm would perform on par with this with more mounting options.
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