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Corsair Hydro Series™ H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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4 out of 5 eggs Great cooling, but a little large 04/18/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: The cooling efficiency is pretty phenomenal. Even using an aftermarket air cooler, this reduced my idle temps by about 4 degrees celsius, and my load temps by about 9 degrees celsius.

Everything about this cooler feels quite sturdy.

NO PUSH PINS!!! I personally dislike Intel’s push pin cooler attachment design. I think I’ve only been able to get all 4 push pins to engage as intended once ever. If I need to remove the motherboard from the case to ensure that the heatsink is properly engaged, I vehemently prefer having screws with a backplate.

Cons: Size - Most cases use 120mm fans as their standard intake/exhaust size. The 280mm size almost necessitates having the cooler mounted externally (if you even can).

The fans are a touch too noisy for my taste; if you have a water cooling block this large, then you don’t need a fan which generates any noticeable noise.

While it does come with some thermal paste already applied, I view this as as a con. Many enthusiasts who invest in aftermarket cooling like this will be using aftermarket thermal interface material, as well; removing it is just an additional hassle.

Other Thoughts: This was tested using a full ATX tower with front and side intake fans, two rear and one top exhaust fans. I used Arctic Silver 5 for the TIM.

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Pros: Really great audio - This was my first time trying to use a 7.1 headset; they did a great job with having the sounds actually sound like they’re from behind, to the side, or in front of you.

Very comfortable - Unlike other headsets I’ve used where I felt the “pressing” from the tension of the circumaural piece, these didn’t start to become uncomfortable after hours of use.

Great wireless range - I moved between floors on my house (~30-ish feet) away from my computer, still crystal clear and good response time with the microphone.

Incredibly easy setup with Windows 10; plug and play!

Cons: The sound started to become a little static-y near the end of battery charge, but that’s to be expected.

Other Thoughts: I like the idea of having a wireless headset at the office. My company is switching over to the cloud with citrix, which tends to not play nicely with wireless headsets (especially bluetooth). We’re forced to use the citrix drivers for audio devices, and officially, only headsets which are “skype business certified” (or something like that) are supported. This headset was plug and play, but I had constant issues with static even with a full charge. Only after doing something to get the workstation to… I guess “re-acknowledge” that the headset was in use did the static go away (i.e., going through the microphone setup), and it would only be a few minutes before the static came back.

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Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Blue LED - Cherry MX Red Switches
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4 out of 5 eggs Very nice action with this keyboard 04/18/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Blue LED - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: Soft lighting for the backlight is solid for any room lighting and easily adjusted with the click of a single button on the keyboard.

It has a built-in USB 3.0 slot which is nice for having an easily accessible port.

Roller wheel for quick and easy volume adjustment.

The action on the keys is *excellent*. No binding/sticking with key presses, and very quick response time; ideal for fast typers or gamers where every second counts. The keys are also easily removed for thorough cleaning with the provided key remover clip.

Cons: I found the textured keys to be gimmicky, and after prolonged use started to irritate my fingertips.

The textured keys for the numbers removed the symbols !@#$%^, making it frustrating to use for non-gaming purposes.

Other Thoughts: This product is obviously geared toward amateur/professional gamers in mind. As mentioned, the textured keys are a marketing gimmick. If you’re thinking of purchasing this solely for the textured keys, I recommend considering something different. If you’re trying to go pro and don’t already have those keys burned into your muscle memory, then having them textured isn’t going to help.

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Display Name: Geoffrey K.

Date Joined: 07/19/07

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  • First Review: 10/11/07
  • Last Review: 04/18/16
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