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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H90 High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 140mm
Pros: - QUIET! - 140mm's are amazing if you have the room for them
- 140mm makes for more surface area for more efficient cooling and less noise
- Supports LGA 1150 / Haswell (though may not say so in included instruction manual)
- Reviews put this between the H80i and the H60 in terms of cooling, probably quieter than both
- Better tube design than H60 (no leaks yet, yay!) - Corsair calls this "2nd generation tubing" (Buzzword alert!)
- Stronger construction of Radiator than H60 (screws harder to strip)
- Thermal paste pre-applied
- Supports push-pull (see cons for limitations on this)
- Supports using it as an intake or outflow
- Works great with ASUS motherboard FanXpert 2
Cons: - Does not include extra screws for push-pull. You must use screws that are about 1.25" long and are threaded to screw into the radiator, I don't have details or recommendations about which to buy
- Does not include a fan-header splitter for push-pull (not a big deal, but a consideration)
- The instruction manual included with my H90 did not mention the LGA1150 socket, so I downloaded an updated manual off corsair's website - this is necessary to know how to setup the backplate and cold-plate
- A little tricky to install, plan it out first and read instructions carefully!
- Not compatible with Corsair Link software as far as I know
- Short tubes somewhat restrict placement of radiator (can't be put in the front of the case, top and back seem fine)
- Radiator is a little bulky (can you call this a con? It's as small as they could've possibly made it)
Other Thoughts: The H60: I had 2 huge problems with the H60 cooler that look like they've been SOLVED by the H90. Though the H60 worked great for months and was very quiet, eventually it developed a slow leak. I noticed the leak when I replaced my case about a week ago--an oily liquid was being released from where the tube hooked into the radiator. The second problem was the extremely soft metal used in the radiator, basically I stripped the screw hole making it near impossible to secure (not that it ended up being an issues, as I tossed the thing in the garbage after I noticed the leak).
The H90 says it offers "2nd generation tubing," by this I almost think they're saying "yeah, we know the H60 had leaking problems, but this one fixes that." In any case, the tubing is clearly superior. It is a wider diameter, more flexible, more forgiving, and appears to be secured better to both the radiator and the cooling block. I seriously doubt I will have any problems with this.
The H90 also has very solid construction of the radiator. The metal is markedly harder than that of the H60 and I expect I will not have the problems with screw-stripping I did with the H60.
Couple of things to note: from what I've read, you want the pump hooked up to a non-speed controlled fan header or make sure the fan header is set to maximum RPM (you want the full 12 volts), CPU_OPT on ASUS motherboards appears to to the trick. Don't worry, you wont hear the pump. The pump has a hal sensor so it's going to show an RPM in the thousands. You're also going to hear it make some weird rattling-type noise when it starts. I'm not sure if that's normal but it never makes it again :)
I'm using a Haswell I7 4770K and have not overclocked. I keep the fan at full RPM because I can't hear it (YMMV, depending on your case). With the H90 it idles at around 21C and 33-36 when running BF4. This is more than adequate for me as my goal is to extend the life of my processor as long as possible and have peace and quiet.
Pros: - High quality cable and connectors, high quality thumb screws
- Dimensions as advertised
- Dual Link DVI
- Works with my StarTech KVM that has little space between connectors
Cons: - A bit pricey
- the thumb-screws to hold the cable into the computer may be a bit hard to operate as they are so small, but this is a necessary evil to get the extremely small length of the connector. I had no problem screwing these in by hand, as the metallic grip and sturdy design is excellent. However, if I'd had to do it with my arm fully extended and my hand cramped into a small space (such as in the case of a computer within in a small cabinet), it'd require a bit of dexterity. It does have phillips grooves if you need to use a screwdriver.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely one of the best monitor cables I've ever owned, and I've had quite a few. A point of weakness on a lot of these is where the insulation around the wires themselves meets the connector, but this cable doesn't seem to have any problems there. I would almost say that this 90 degree design may even extend the life of the cable connector if you are unplugging and replugging often, just because you're less likely to put stress on this weak point.
I've used 5-7 StarTech cables/adapters and in general, I am starting to recognize them as a company that is high quality and usually worth the extra few bucks. I've seen them use wider-than necessary gauges for power cables, very solid connectors, and thoughtful design implementations that I've seen lacking in other manufacturers.
Keep in mind StarTech has an upward and downward version of this connector, but depending on whether your motherboard is on the left or right side of your case, this could be reversed. For all the PC cased I've owned (where the case opens on the left), the "upward/downward" moniker is accurate, but I also have an Apple Mac Pro which is totally reversed. In short: Look at the pictures, look at your connectors on your video card, and think about it before you buy!
This review is from: Nippon Labs SATA3L-2FT-BK 2 ft. SATA III Cable w/ Locking Latch
Pros: - Thin - very compact, able to strung through narrow spaces in the case
- Durable - Seem to be made of tougher stuff than a lot of SATA cables I've used
- SATA III - I'm not sure if there is actually a functional difference between SATA II and III cables, but these are specified to be SATA III compatible
- Latching Mechanism
- Appear to be more shielded than others
- Black color
Cons: - None so far
Other Thoughts: I bought 9 of these things for an external RAID enclosure. 9 out of 9 are working perfectly. Previously I was using silly-looking red ones. These cables appear to be very high quality and due to the dimensions of my case I had to bend them at fairly sharp angles. The clips on the connectors make life much easier and the length is perfect. Like I said, they appear to be fairly well shielded as well (though I couldn't be sure without butchering one, which I'm not going to do), so they may even be suitable for running externally if need-be.
There was another review stating that the connectors on Nippon cables were low quality, I haven't had any issue and on close examination, I can't say I agree. They appear to be fine.
One quick note on length: If you're like me you want your setup to be without any avoidable bottlenecks. Most of these cables are 18" or less. There are a few test videos on youtube of people attaching > 6 feet (!!) of SATA cables together and not having ANY measurable loss in performance. Therefore, if you need longer SATA cables whether they be 2 feet or 6 feet, go for it and don't worry about transmission errors or bottlenecks.