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Pros: This particular RAM kit seems to be running very well on my ASUS X99 Deluxe II Motherboard. There was no issue in getting the RAM to XMP profile speed, which is a testament to the RAM, the CPU IMC, and the Motherboard. I ran numerous tests on the RAM both at "base" speed of 2133, and the XMP profile of 3200. While the timings may seem a bit "loose", the bandwidth on AIDA64 was quite impressive, with 55,460 on Read, 48,630 on Write, 61,615 on Copy, and with a latency of 58.6. This kit seems to be rock solid stable so far, and that is at the specified 1.35 Volts. This RAM is using Samsung chips.
I want to add that to run this kit at 3200 on the ASUS X99 Deluxe II Motherboard, there was no need to change the "strap" to 125. This is running at 3200, with the base 100 strap, so I did not need to adjust my CPU clocking. NICE!! I was recently trying out a different kit from a different Company, and at a freq. of 2800, you got the 125 strap invoked for the XMP profile. I do not know if this would be the same for other Motherboard manufacturers or not.
Cons: I am not crazy about the "Red" color on the Heat Spreader, but it would look perfect in an ASUS ROG Motherboard, which of course this RAM kit was made for, including the ROG sticker. The LED lights on this RAM are also "red" in color, versus the regular "white" LEDs on the standard Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM kits. Yes, the "tall" heat spreaders can be a challenge on some builds, with large air coolers.
Other Thoughts: I had the chance to obtain this RAM kit directly from Corsair, in exchange for another (different model) RAM kit that I had some challenges with. This was a performance upgrade from what I had, (so Thank You Corsair!).
Fortunately for everyone running the X99 Platform, RAM compatibility, capability, and stability have come light years from when the X99 Platform was launched some 2 years ago.
As this RAM kit is offering me a lot of performance at the XMP timings, I do not plan to Overclock this RAM further. I am pretty happy with a stable and fast 3200 speed. It is one more reason to buy the higher speed rated RAM to begin with, unless you really like to "tweak" your system. Very glad this RAM kit is a part of my build.
This review is from: Corsair ML120 PRO LED CO-9050041-WW 120mm 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan
Pros: I am upgrading my Computer, and it was time to try some new fans. I purchased a few of these ML 120 fans (white LED), and I am very impressed. The fans are very well built, and seem to weight almost twice as much as a "normal" 120 mm fan. The plastic used is very dense and heavy. I tried them out using both PWM off my Motherboard, and with a Lamptron 6 channel fan controller, using 3 pin D.C., and I did not notice any performance difference except that the LED will dim slightly with reduced RPM on the 3 pin D.C. These fans do not rattle, vibrate, or make strange noise in either vertical or horizontal position. I also discovered that the air flow coming out of the fan does not "scatter" around, but stays pretty linear, with a strong air flow. These are the smoothest most vibration free fans I have ever tried. As advertised, the RPM range is very significant, I got these fans to start turning on 2.5 Volts D.C., and they go up to 2400 rpm. I am using these for standard Case fans, but they are perfect for water cooling radiators. These fans also come with a 5 year warranty. I will also add that I think the white LED emanating from the fan hub looks great, and the online videos do not capture how good it looks.
Cons: These fans are not inexpensive. It may be a "Con" to some, that this fan is in no way quiet running at 2400 rpm. However, at 1600 rpm, it is fairly quiet and pushing a whole lot of air. This is probably not a good choice for a truly "Silent PC".
Other Thoughts: I did not get to purchase these fans off of the "Egg", as they were not in Stock, and as of this writing Newegg still does not have them in stock, but rather to purchase through a 3rd party vendor. (I hope Newegg will have them in Stock soon. )
The fans come with 4 mounting screws, and two small black zip ties to use for the cable. This level of fan may not be for everyone, (and I am sure some would consider it a waste of money), but if you like great engineering, great performance, good aesthetics, and a lot of capability in a fan, this Corsair is hard to beat. These ML fans really seem superior in a lot of ways. I am also trying out the Corsair ML 140 fan, and I think I like it even better than this ML 120.
This review is from: Corsair ML140 PRO LED CO-9050046-WW 140mm 140mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan
Pros: These are very well built and high quality fans. I purchased this 140 mm to replace an Aerocool DS-140 mm (white) that I am using on a Noctua NH-C14S CPU cooler, and it is like night and day. The Aerocool is not a bad fan, but this Corsair is head and shoulders better. With the Aerocool, you could see tiny vibrations on the heat sink as the fan was running. There is no vibration with the Corsair ML 140 and it is whisper quiet at 1400 RPM, while moving a lot of air. The fan is physically very heavy, using a very dense plastic frame. Testing the fan out, I noticed that the air does not "scatter" coming out of the fan, but rather the flow stays much more linear. True to advertisement, the fan has a very large range, (400 RPM to 2000 RPM) and I got the fan to start spinning on 3 Volts D.C. through my fan controller, although I am now running it as a true PWM off of the Motherboard. I could not hear any bearing noise with this fan, but there is a faint electric motor "hum", and of course the whoosh of air. This fan also has a 5 year warranty. I also like the way the White light LED is in the hub. Unfortunately, the on-line videos do not capture how nice it looks.
Cons: Yes, we can say that this fan is a little expensive. Also, at the higher RPM ranges, the fan does make some noise. I would not call this a quiet fan per se, but rather that it will put out the same amount of air at lower RPMs than many other fans. If you are looking to build a truly "Silent PC", this is probably not your fan, because it would be overkill. For that, get a cheap 950 RPM fan and call it a day.
Other Thoughts: I did not get to purchase this off the "Egg", as they were not in Stock (or even listed) until very recently. I was doing an upgrade project on my Computer, and I knew I was going to try these fans out, (both 140 mm and 120 mm), and I am not disappointed. These fans are truly rock solid and I think the magnetic bearing puts them ahead of Noctua fans. While they really are expensive, (yes, there are some good cheap "throw away" fans out there), I think there will be some lasting value here with these fans. If not, well, there is that 5 year warranty.READ FULL REVIEW