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Pros: Worked well for about 6 months then...
Cons: BOOM! Yesterday the unit blew up, shotgun style. Hit the power switch and a very loud bang. Now, this is the 2nd unit that I've had that's had issues.
The first one was RMA'd do to having a high pitch squeal. The replacement seemed to work fine without issues until it suddenly went bang.
It even took out the surge protector it was connected through.
Other Thoughts: I don't know what else to say. This product was reviewed well by many sites. Guess it could be really bad luck to have 2 units bad, and 1 of them blow up. I have never had this happen before.
Needless to say, I'm going to have to contact Corsair and RMA this unit. In the meantime I have installed a temporary PSU and luckily it seems the unit at least did one thing right, it's safety features appear to have worked and kept the rest of the computer intact.
The PC seems to be running fine with a new PSU installed.
I'm concerned that QA might be letting a few stinkers through considering the 12+ years I've worked with computers and never had an issue like this with a single product. Sure, I've had a few DOA items, but the replacements always worked. This is the first time I've had to go for a 3rd product.
My faith in Corsair is wavering at this point. I'm almost tempted to not RMA the unit because, what if this 3rd one decides to be a dud, then blow up, but this time taking out over 1k in hardware?
Invested in a 'good' PSU so I don't have to deal with the garbage PSU units and it seems right now that this unit is not all it's cracked up to be.
Pros: Very fast CPU. Works well for gaming.
Cons: Too bad Intel are going cheap on the IHS TIM. That stuff is garbage. I'm getting up to 92C under heavy load with a Cooler Master 212 Evo! I don't even have this CPU overclocked. All stock settings and getting ridiculously high temps.
This is utter nonsense from a 340 dollar product. Intel has gone cheap for a few series of CPU's now and that has got to stop.
Other Thoughts: I would delid this unit if it was mine. But considering I built this for a friend she doesn't want to take the chance and void the warranty.
I'm considering talking her into RMA at least, but the chances of getting a good Haswell seems slim, since they all used the same crummy TIM.
Also, for those thinking I installed the cooler incorrectly, that is not the issue. It's definitely an issue with the IHS TIM. It has all the characteristics from what I've read online. Very wildly inconsistent temps from core to core is the most common problem besides the high temps.
Pros: Having received the new PSU I'm happy to say that it's working fine. RMA with Newegg was fast and easy!
Cons: None, now that the unit is functioning properly.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to Newegg for the speedy RMA. The unit had a 3 day turnaround time from when I shipped to when the new unit arrived.READ FULL REVIEW