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CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seems very sturdy construction wise. The thick rubber hoses are a good plus. Cooling a 4670k on stock settings saw almost a 10c drop at idle using the pre-applied thermal paste over the stock Intel cooler. Installation was a breeze due to that magnetic top clamp part and the tooless hardware (though obviously I did do a final fitting with a screwdriver) and the easily turned hose fittings on the pump. 4pin pwm fans are a nice touch, and there's good spacing between the fans and cooling fins to make sure they don't scrape and cut down on potential dead spots a bit. The Link software has some very good points too for setting up your fan profiles and color codes on the pump.

Cons: It really ticked me off that the drivers and firmware are all handled through Link and are not handled separate. Installation as directed did not work. Either the junk mini usb to usb header cable, a software issue in Link, or a firmware issue in the pump does not allow Link to detect the h100i if you use the included cable. Now I have a normal usb to mini usb coming out a gpu water cooler hose hole in my case to a back usb port on my computer. This is not good. It works flawlessly now, but I really hate that I have my cpu cooler wire running outside my case where it may be damaged or unplugged easily, and also looks bad and takes up one of my ports used for other peripherals. I had to do a lot of research and it seems that even corsair has never gave a solution to this known issue in all the time it's been for sale.. Even on their own forums. My motherboard is a mpower max z87 and uses multiple usb controlers for its many ports. Is there a compatability issue here? Or just a bad cable? If it's the cable, I'd like to try a new one of higher quality.

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MSI Z87 MPOWER Max LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This board is amazing. It's loaded with 16 usb port capability (12 usb3, 2 usb2, 2 usb2 with quick charge capabilities), a good high number of sata3 ports, it's running the realteck hd sound system off the back ports which I have always liked (and make my speakers actually much louder than on my last system) and creative sound blaster through the amplified headphone port up front with virtual surround capabilities. The on board gpu features where great for gaming with Intel 4600hd while awaiting my graphics card order. And the control center/bios is well done and very easy.

Cons: There are not many issues here, but the included 2 port usb3 back panel needs to be a bit longer reaching. It was a hard squeeze which made my cable management useless on it since there's just enough length to reach from the header straight back to the case back. Included software is buggy and live update has problems updating some components, but the versions online work well. Install live update from the Web, then use that for all the other software installs and you'll be fine

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ASUS MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This thing is a beast. A beautiful, huge, flashy, BEAST. Maxed all my games on it without issues. Didn't run benchmarks because my 4670k is running a stock cooler so taking no chances on the cpu till my cooler is ordered for it, but it ran bf3 at max for 3 hours totally quiet. Temp logs never showed it over 43c and my case is huge but I only have 2 front fans and one rear right now so case temp could be lower. Fans never hit over 30 percent. Easily fit in my xion case and only covered 1 pci slot on my mpower max board which I didn't need anyway.

Cons: Driver issues right off the bat. Took me a day of testing drivers and doing driver sweeps and system restores. Advice to all: use the newest stable driver from the Asus site... Do not even attempt the one on the cd and don't bother with the amd ones like the latest beta... They all gave me black screens after login on Windows 7 ultimate 64... Only the latest stable one from Asus worked. This is a brand new card line, so expect that to get better... The Asus one worked so I only deducted 1 egg.

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Display Name: Stefan H.

Date Joined: 02/05/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 02/15/13
  • Last Review: 12/22/13
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