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Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2  Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Another fantastic cooler from Corsair 09/02/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW

Pros: A very nice watercooling system, relatively easy to install depending on your form factor and case. I fit this pretty easily in my NZXT Noctis and kept my Core i7 4790k running very cool. Comparing it to the Corsair H100i I had on that CPU I found this stumpier, but thicker, radiator to be very competitive with it. Bear in mind, my H100i had 4 fans in push/pull while this H80i v2 is using only two fans in push pull.

Another plus for this is that while it is much thicker than the H100i, it is shorter (naturally) so, if your case can't fit a 240mm Radiator but you want comparable cooling, this thick radiator does the trick.

I've always been a fan of Corsairs software for their "i" series of coolers and it's just as effective here. It's great seeing the information of your system with a simple program. It has become a lot more stable as of late.

I like that the tubes come from the top of the block, as opposed to the side like some other water coolers. It can help with clearance issues on some motherboards with regards to RAM.

I found this to be a pretty quiet water cooling set up. I set the fans on high and it never got annoyingly loud for me.

It's big and thick, might be hard to fit in some cases.

The stiff tubing may make it difficult to install, but once it's set it runs beautifully.

Other Thoughts: A fantastic water-cooling system from a very reliable brand. One of the easiest installs and this system has been running reliably in my machine for about a month now. Highly recommended.

Corsair Gaming STRAFE MX Silent Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Silent
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3 out of 5 eggs A decent Mechanical Keyboard, but their are better options. 08/18/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE MX Silent Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Silent

Pros: It's a sturdy keyboard of definite quality. The lighting along the sides is really nice and the back-lighting for the keys is nice and noticeable. The cable from the keyboard isn't braided, but it's very thick and has a nice quality feel to it. I really appreciated the replacement keys for WASD, as it made my matches in Overwatch a bit easier to get back into if I had to take my hands off the keyboard.

The USB pass-through is very useful, it appears to be a direct connection to the system, as this keyboard is connected to your machine via 2 usb cables.

Theirs some lighting effects when you install the software, it looks like you can customize them, but it looks pretty complex and I wasn't able to find any profiles for it, like I can with My K70-RGB.

Cons: I have plenty of mechanical keyboards, with different types of switches, Browns, Blues, Reds and now with this keyboard Red-Silent. I have to say that the Red-Silent keys are my least favorite. It's just a half-step above a really good domed-membrane keyboard in terms of feel and satisfaction. I guess that's not the point of the MX-Red-Silent keys as they aren't supposed to be clicky or tactile like Blues and Browns, but it definitely felt squishier than the standard MX-Reds from my K70-RGB. Like I said, not quite membrane bad, but my least favorite Mechanical Switch yet.

The lighting is nice, but very limited and annoying. With the software installed, I could not find a way to set the entire keyboard to stay lit red. I could uninstall the software, but then I would lose the lighting I set for my Sabre-RGB. And when I looked for profiles for this keyboard, like I do with my K70-RGB, I couldn't find anything for the STRAFE-RED. I settled on setting the light to shift side to side slowly. I just wish their was a way to just set the keyboard as one solid color, but I could not find anything in the software to do that (without it constantly dimming the WASD and Arrow Keys for some reason).

Other Thoughts: I would only recommend this if you don't my the Cherry-Red Silent switches, and can deal with the limited options for lighting (or you can decipher the software). These silent switches are a disappointment compared to standard Reds, Blues and Browns. On top of that they really aren't much more silent than the standard reds on my K70. It may seem hyperbolic, but this keyboard feels like an amazing membrane/dome keyboard, but pales compared to other keyboards using different switches.

Price wise, this keyboard isn't far off from the STRAFE-RGB with standard Cherry Red switches, and honestly it's worth spending the little more for the STRAFE-RGB over this one. I've seen that the STRAFE-RGB has profiles available, when I looked for my K70-RGB I saw that the STRAFE-RGB also had a fair share of profiles available on the site. The Standard Red switches are leagues more satisfying to use than these Red-Silent switches.

It's a solid, well built keyboard, but it has limited lighting options, difficult to customize software, my least favorite mechanical switches and isn't priced to far off from the STRAFE-RGB. Like I said in my title, it's a decent mechanical keyboard, but their are much better options available.

Seagate 4TB Game Drive for Xbox One USB 3.0 Model  STEA4000402 - Green
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4 out of 5 eggs Ugly, but fast and tons of storage. 07/19/2016

This review is from: Seagate 4TB Game Drive for Xbox One USB 3.0 Model STEA4000402 - Green

Pros: A HUGE amount of storage for installing games. I quickly installed my games on to this drive and loading games installed this drive felt just as fast as they were on the internal hard drive. Set up was easy, just plugged it in and it was ready to go. This also works well on my Windows 10 computer and showed up as a regular 4TB hard drive.

I've had a bunch of Seagate External drives and they have been running very well and have stood the test of time. This is similar to my old externals, just a bit thicker and green.

Cons: On a technical level, this drive is very good.However, it is an ugly shade of green that would have been appropriate 14 years ago for the Original Xbox, today the tacky green is just out of place. The current XBOne is primarily available in black, and the XBOne-S will be white, this doesn't match either machine and is kind of an eyesore next to my machine.

It would be nice if it was a bit easier to hide, but the USB 3.0 cable is pretty short, which makes hiding it if your using the side USB port a bit of a pain.

Other Thoughts: The ugly color and short cable are minor issues considering how much storage and quick this external hard drive is. Would be nice if Seagate differentiated this drive more from their standard PC external drives, outside of the Xbox logo on the top. Maybe removable plates for the top and bottom so we can change the color of the drive to best match the owners XBox would be a nice addition.

As it stands, it's a solid drive that performs well, but a standard Desktop USB 3.0 4TB drive would do the same thing, and they tend to cost less and have a less polarizing color.


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Display Name: Rauel C.

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