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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9B
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good QC from Corsair as I did not recieve a bad DIMM out of 4. I purchased two of these kits to run on a MSI Z87-G55 motherboard and have had no issues. I turned on the XMP profile in the UEFI and rebooted. Runs at 1866 as it is supposed to.

As I do with all new memory, I ran them through several loops of Memtest86 just to stress them a little, no errors reported.

I was building a "Ice Blue" themed system and the Cobalt blue coloration pops nicely through the window with all the other components.

Cons: I suppose price. You pay a premium to buy Corsair and to be perfectly honest I almost went with a G.Skill kit that was rated at 2133 for less money.

This kit is not as pricy as their higher end RAM, but you still pay a price premium. I knew what I was getting so there is no need to take an egg away, but I am sure you can get a decent kit from a less known brand at a lower price.

Other Thoughts: This kit had a Newegg instant discount which brought it more in line cost-wise with most other 1866 memory kits. That made it a steal for me considering the quality reputation Corsair has garnered in the memory market.

If you can find this kit on special its a good deal. I tested all 4 DIMMs(2 Kits) together on a Asus P9X79, Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4, MSI Z77A, and Asus Maximus VI Gene to test comparability. Everything came up roses. My tests were by no means comprehensive, but hopefully that information helps a perspective buyer.

Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell Quad-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54570
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid CPU for almost all applications. Performance across most workloads is good and unless you have a specialized use or wish to have "The Fastest", then this chip should suit you for a couple years.

Cons: Non-unlocked CPUs are an obvious money grubbing scheme by Intel. Something that wouldn't happen if they had a direct competitor in the high end market. Its one thing to tier price and performance with the same architecture for ease of development and ROI, but then attaching a premium still just to have an unlocked CPU is not friendly to customers.

3 Eggs is a reflection of how I feel as a customer of Intel, not a reflection of this product. I think even if the product is good, if you feel cheated that should count as well.

Other Thoughts: I do get angry when Intel treats customers like an ATM, without keeping innovation moving at an acceptable pace. Due notice Intel, I remember the Pentium 4 and what it felt like to have a monopoly then, and I am starting to feel like that now. Keep it up, because if AMD figures out APUs they will have at least one new customer.

NEW NZXT H440 STEEL Mid Tower Case. Next Generation 5.25-less Design. Include 4 x 2nd Gen FNv2 Fans, High-End WC support, USB3.0, White/Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well thought out interior for system builders. Cabling and component placement was well thought out. This case shows off some nice design. Too many cases get consumed with extra curves and fluff instead of strong lines and accented layers. Also, the build quality looks, and feels good. Sturdy but not as heavy as other all-steel cases. For all of these bonuses, the price is fairly reasonable at $120 in comparison to cases in the same market.

Cons: More critiques than Cons: I wish I could turn the NZXT backlight on the PSU housing on without turning on the I/O panel light at the same time. Just a minor minor gripe,

Even though I don't really miss the 5.25" bays, It has proven difficult to find an external 5.25" USB 3.0 enclosure to put my old Blu-Ray player inside. I will find one, but it has been a tougher, and not cheap expirience. I cannot dock any eggs because I went into this purchase fully knowing there were no 5.25" bays to house even one drive. But know that if you want to hook up an optical bay it will take some leg work.

I think if NZXT wants to make a nice $20-30 companion accessory they could release a simple USB 3.0 5.25" housing to match this pretty case. I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Other Thoughts: I took a chance with this case because I was impressed with NZXT's build quality for another project where I used a cheap Source 210. This case did not disappoint and I am excited to see what else NZXT comes up with in the future.

My biggest complaint is that I cannot for the life of me find the Kraken X60 closed loop water cooler to go with this unit. It is sold out everywhere it seems, and where it is not sold out, it is WAY overpriced.


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Display Name: James V.

Date Joined: 11/01/05

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 12/04/13
  • Last Review: 05/14/14
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