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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100/RF) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Pros: Really good performance
White lighting on the water block/pump
Decent fans included
four fan power connectors on the block
Cons: Have to remove the side of the case to adjust the performance level, although I'm not sure it really does anything.
I did some tests with the 3 different performance levels, and I didn't see any difference at all in temps. I didn't hear the fan speed increase so either it only adjust the speed of the pump or mine is just broken. I just keep it at maximum anyway.
Not a fan of the ridged water tubes
Could have used more variety in included screws
one of the radiator fins was slightly bent, but just barely.
Other Thoughts: My i5 3870k is running at 4.9 ghz @ 1.5 volts. This keeps it about 70c, although I had to get creative and mount it externally with it's own air supply. I added two additional corsair fans for push/pull config.
I feel like I got a steal on this for under $50. Sure it's like 2 generations out of date now, but the performance is still there. I would not have known that it was a referb if the product description didn't tell me so. The box looked like something you'd see on the retail shelf.
The only thing I would have liked to see is more screws of different sizes included for different applications. I ended up going to the local hardware store and picked up some there and used hacksaw to cut them to the exact size I needed. Just bring one of the provided screws with you and you can match up the thread size.
Pros: Performance for the price is top notch.
Reference layout so aftermarket cooling is easier to find, although I prefer the stock blower style cooler.
Cons: None really except for the quality control on the one card as mentioned below.
Other Thoughts: Bought one card, and it is sort of flakey when used by itself when it has the full 16 lanes of pci express 3.0. If I put a card, any card, into the second slot in my motherboard (dropping the lanes available to this card down to 8x) then it works fine. So I just went ahead and bought a second card, problem solved. The second card does not have the same issue. Maybe I'll look at an RMA when it gets close to the expiration of the warranty, but for now i am ecstatic with the performance of my system.
I was able to overclock the GPU to 1100 mhz and the ram to 1200 mhz without voltage increase on both cards without a problem. Gaming for hours without any lockups.
The 3dmark score with two cards in crossfire is equal to a geforce 780ti. That's the same performance of the $750 top end geforce card for around $300. Yea it uses more power and makes more heat and more noise and I don't have room for expansion, but saving $450 is totally worth it.
I am maxing out all possible settings on tomb raider, including the tressfx on 1080p monitor and it runs great.
Both of these would get 5 eggs, except for the issues with the first card.
This review is from: Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black
Pros: 2 day battery life
touch screen response is good
Free jogging app
All the features of a regular watch
Connecting to my phone was not complicated, although it requires installation of two apps from google play
Smaller than you would expect. Fits comfortably on my wrist without protruding out too much. I've had a wrist mounted mp3 player once that stood out about 3/4". This is maybe 1/4" tall.
Cons: Power button feels a little wobbly, like it could fall out. I'd prefer something more solid.
Can't read exchange emails (see below)
Frequent disconnects/reconnect in an office setting where there are a lot of wireless signals flying around.
At this price, I would like to see a nicer band, but it is replaceable.
Other Thoughts: I think smart watch is not an appropriate term for these devices. I would think "smartphone auxiliary input/output device" would be more appropriate. If you go into it thinking that you'll be able to do the things you can do on your phone, you are mistaken. What this device (as well as any "smartwatch" on the market now) does is allows you to perform a minimal set of your phones functions without actually pulling out the phone. Think of it as a second screen for your phone. Some of the functions I use it for with my rooted droid 4 include reading txt messages, reading twitter updates, changing the ring settings (silent, vibrate, or normal) on my phone, checking the current weather. It is also nice to get notified of incoming emails and Google talk messages, but it would be better if i could actually read the entire message.
My main gripe with the device is that isn't really working in tandem with your phone. It needs a separate app installed on your phone to connect to whatever data provider you are looking to access. Using the gmail example, it is not looking at the gmail already stored on yoru phone. It is using a second phone app to connect to google to access your email. I suppose this works fine as long as the data provider has a working app. Currently there is no app available that will connect to an exchange server to access those messages. The only options I see for accessing this information is to root your device and copy system files, and a bunch of other things that I quite frankly don't want to bother with. Why can't the watch simply access the emails already sitting on your device? The notification of those messages works, and it helps, but if I have to pull out my phone anyway to read the message, then what's the point? I can set the phone to notify me through it's own vibration.
I want to comment on the vibration also. It's way too loud. Stealthfully checking incomming messages is one of the main reasons for not wanting to pull out the phone, but if everyone around you can hear the watch buzzing, then it's pretty obvious what you are doing.
I think this device tries to do a lot of things, but it really falls short in all of them.
As a watch, it fails because you have to plug it in to charge it
As a message reader it fails becuase you can't access all types of messages
As an fitness device it fails because of it's lack of biometric sensors
It's a neat gadget to play with, but to me it's not worth bothering with. If it never needed charged then I'd wear it just as a watch, but who wants to worry about plugging in thier watch to charge it? The additional functionality provided isn't worth the hassle to me.