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Polk Audio RC60i White Round 6.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs I POLKed some holes in my wall! 02/06/2013

This review is from: Polk Audio RC60i White Round 6.5" two-way in-wall/ceiling loudspeaker Pair

Pros: OK sounding speakers for the price. Very nice mounting method for drywall.

Cons: High frequencies not as pronounced as I would expect.

Other Thoughts: Makes a nice addition to get music in my kitchen without having extra equipment standing around. Clean install and decent sound. High freqs not as pronounced as I'd like, but then again I guess I am spoiled with M70s in the tv room.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Corsair H100 in Older CoolerMaster HAF Case 02/06/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: $20 rebate this week. Does the job of cooling my super hot CPU. Closed loop (is that a pro?)

Cons: Very difficult to install into an older CoolerMaster HAF case (I think mine is a 922). The fact that this is a closed loop cooler makes it impossible to use the cooler hose routing on my case. This is more of a con of my case than it is for this cooler as the case was obviously only designed for open-loop water coolers.

The fan header connector did not work to power the pump and I had to use the 4pin molex connector instead. Also it is unclear when to use the eight small washers included with the h100. I ended up using four of them under the thumbscrews. Minus one egg for these inconveniences.

Other Thoughts: The intel stock cooler for my i7-960 (3.2ghz) really sucks. I could not run anything computuationally intense without the CPU overheating. Running FAH with all 8 cores would overheat the CPU within an hour. lm_sensors showed the CPU would get to 99C with the stock cooler. Now with the H100 I can run FAH on all 8 cores and after 12 hours the CPU is at 53C (about 125F) with a 78F ambient room temp. It drops to about 35C with the computer at idle.

I choose to install the radiator on the top of my case with the fans pushing air from inside the case up through the bottom of the radiator. Had to cut the top rear of the case with a hacksaw to get the copper block to fit into the case. I removed the big giant eight in fan from the top of the case and sandwiched that fan mount between the H100 radiator and fans. There are two spaces in the top of my HAF case for eight inch fans and the rearmost mounting holes for each fan lined up close enough for the outermost mounting holes for the radiator. Also had to remove the motherboard to install the copper block as the CPU access hole in the bottom of my case was off about one half of an ince with respect to the CPU placement of my Asus Rampage Extreme III motherboard. Between sawing, cutting, rerouting cables and basically disassembling and reassembling my PC, it took about three and a half hours to install. All in all it looks wickedly awesome, almost like the H100 was made for my case. Looking at the side of the case with the cover off, you dont see the radiator or fans at all, all your see is the corsair block sitting on top of the CPU.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High capacity drive, seems to work ok for the most part. I bought 100 of these drives and deployed 96 about four months ago. One was DOA, one died within 48 hours of use, one died after three months of power-up. The rest seem ok. So that's a 3% failure. Not bad compared to some of the others here, but not good overall. Other than that they seems to work great for massive bulk storage. I've have one set of 48 hooked to an Areca 1660 and the other to an Areca 1880. No problems with the controller using and seeing the drives. RMA process was easy.

Cons: Inadequate one year warranty, took 3-4 weeks to receive RMA return. Paid 200/each for the drives, cost has gone down. In the future, for bulk storage purposes, I will buy a WD to get the two year warranty.

Other Thoughts: Drop one egg for ppor warranty. If you are using these for a bulk storage raid array, get shielded SATA break out cables. If you do not and decide to use cheap made in China cables, you will get signal bleeding over into other cable and as a result, it will trigger errors in the raid controller, sometimes even creating a false drive failure.


Michael N.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael N.

Date Joined: 01/28/07

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 01/28/09
  • Last Review: 02/06/13
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