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Pros: One of the cheapest name brand DDR4 options right now. My computer runs completely stable at 2400 with CAS16. I have not tried to overclock these chips as I do not see any reason to.
I actually like the design of the heat spreaders. My motherboard has a blue color scheme, and alot of the good memory is red, and unless Im going for a patriotic red, white, and blue look, having red RAM and a blue motherboard looks silly. The silver chrome coloring means it would look good in any motherboard, regardless of color scheme.
Installation was easy. This is my first system using DDR4 RAM, so I don't know if this was due to my particular motherboard, or if all DDR4 RAM will be this way, but the clips on the sides of the RAM sockets only fold out on one side. Unlike all previous RAM where you have to fold out both sides, and then click the RAM into place. My motherboard only folded out on one side, and it just latched onto the other. I dont know if that makes any sense, but the point is, it was pretty easy to do.
Cons: The only con I can come up with is just in general about the state of DDR4 memory, which is expensive. Prices will eventually fall to around where DDR3 is now, but for now if you want to build a Socket 2011-3 system, this is what you have to get! My motherboard supports up to 128GB, so when prices come down, I'll probably replace these with something else, but not because there is anything wrong with them.
Other Thoughts: DDR4 is still pretty new to the market, and the prices are considerably higher than DDR3 right now. Taking into account this is one of the few quad channel 16 GB kits out there for under $170, this is a good bargain.
Several people state that these chips do not overclock well, and that might be true, but frankly, there is no reason to overclock DDR4 memory now. Yeah, Im sure there are some synthetic benchmarks out there that will give you numbers showing that overlocking beyond 2400 is better, but mark my words, YOU WILL NOT NOTICE IT DURING EVERY DAY USE! Considering people were happy with DDR3 speeds of 1800 and less, going to a stock RAM that runs happily along at 2400 is really nice. Anyone complaining that these cannot handle extreme overclocks need to understand that at this point, this is budget DDR4 RAM. You shouldn't expect top of the line overclocking on anything that's "budget". If you want extreme overclocks, you need to spend more.
As prices come down and there's more competition for DDR4 at this price level, there might be better options down the road, but for now, this setup is absolutely fine for most DDR4 builds.
Pros: I cannot imagine that the build quality can get any better than this. This thing is a tank! I have always been a fan of Corsair power supplies, so this is my first EVGA one and I am very impressed.
The packaging on this power supply is top notch. The power supply comes in a nice little bag that protects the textured finish during shipping. There is also a second velcro bag for you to keep unused power cables in. Ive had modular power supplies before and when you have a cable you dont need, its always a challenge to find a place to store them in case you upgrade down the road.
850W was probably overkill for my setup. I am only running a single GeForce GTX 960, but its nice to know I would have plenty of room left over if I ever wanted to go SLI.
The cables are all in a black mesh coating which makes them nice to look at, but also flexible. Ive used power supplies before with flat cables, and although those look cool, they can be difficult to bend in tight corners. Not so with these cables.
The lengths were all more than adequate for my midtower Lian Li case. I would imagine you'd need an extremely big full tower to reach the maximum length of these cables.
This power supply has 2 switches. A master cut off on the back, and an internal one that engages ECO mode. I did not test this mode, but its nice to know that you can operate the power supply in a completely quiet mode if you like.
I do not have the expertise to fully test a power supply's efficiency, but based on reviews I've read, this power supply well exceeds the requirements of 80 Plus Gold, and borders on the door of Platinum status. If you consider the $15 rebate that applied when I bought this, for just over $100, this is a heck of a deal. The build quality is excellent, it is quiet, and the price is really good!
Cons: I have two very small nitpicks, neither of which are really that important or worthy of removing an egg.
Both sides of the power supply have a label giving the specs of the power supply, but my case mounts the power supply at the bottom. When it is installed, both of the labels are upside down. If I had this mounted at the top of my case, it would have been right side up, but since more and more cases have the power supply at the bottom, I thought this is a minor oversight to have both labels upside down.
The second is in the labeling of the modular ports. Each port is labeled with ink painted on the finish. When installed in the case, the textured finish of the case makes it difficult to read the port labels. Again, a very minor thing, and frankly, you really cant plug the wrong cables into the wrong ports, but if you're trying to stay organized, it can be difficult to read the labels once the unit is installed into the case.
Other Thoughts: This is a heck of a deal at just over $100, you get an 80 Plus Gold power supply that barely misses Platinum status, its extremely solid with more than enough cables for 99% of builds, the cables are adequately long, and are easy to bend. The power supply is very quiet when the fans are spinning, and if thats still too loud, there is an ECO mode that keeps it even quieter. Although 850W is overkill for most budget to midrange builds, I never ever cheap out on a power supply. The 7 year warranty is also a huge plus too! I doubt I'll ever need it, but if I do, its nice to know its there.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Pretty much everything about this Gamer Storm Lucifer is Extreme! The size, the weight, the build quality, and the cooling!
I installed this on a Core i7-5820K CPU on an ASRock Extreme4 X99 motherboard and had no clearance issues with the cooler. The fans came in contact with my RAM chips, but the fans are easily adjustable so they are just barely resting on the tops of the heat spreaders on my chips.
The contact surface does not come with useless thermal pads like other cheaper heat sinks do. This is designed for you to put proper paste on. Included in a box was a tube of Deep Cools own heat sink compound, but I did not use it. I went with Arctic Silver's Ceramique 2. The surface of the heat sink contact plate has a mirror polished surface with a sticker on it to keep impurities off. Although its probably not necessary, I did tint the surface with the Ceramique before continuing.
There are 12 massive heat pipes (6 on each side) directing the heat upwards toward the fins. Although only one fan is included in the box, there are 4 clips so you can install a second fan for a push/pull setup (which I did). The clips attach the fan easily to the heat sink using indentations in the edges of the fins. This design is infinitely better than those rubber fingers that other companies use which require you to shove in between the fins.
The included fan is well designed and has a nice chrome logo on the center hub. The fan itself is either coated in rubber, or made entirely out of it (I cant tell). In either case, I think this is a good decision to eliminate any possible vibration noise.
When first powered on, the fans spun around 800 RPM and were extremely quiet. I cannot hear them over the 120mm case fans on the front of my case. During a gaming session, I heard no additional noise from the CPU fans. I haven't yet done a comprehensive temp test of the CPU under load, and I haven't overclocked my CPU, but my idle temps are around 32-33 degrees C. TweakTown has a comprehensive test showing that this cooler does an excellent job under load on an overclocked CPU.
Installation is pretty straight forward. The included mounting hardware worked with my Socket 2011-3 X99 motherboard. Everything is metal, no cheap plastic here.
While no air cooler could ever compare to a modular custom build water cooling setup, for 98% of the people out there, this cooler is all that you need. Don't waste your money on an all in one water cooling setup that can have a pump failure after a couple of years. Even if one or both of the fans were to fail on this cooler, the heat sink is large enough to passively cool the CPU well enough to avoid any damage. So, with this thing attached, assuming you installed it correctly, I feel safe in declaring that there is 0 percent change of any CPU damage, even on the most extremely overclocked setup.
Cons: There simply are no cons other than the usual comments about it's size. This thing is massive, and will not fit in small case enclosures. I have a Lian-Li mid tower case and it fits fine.
Although there are other coolers that technically do a slightly better job, the improvement is minimal, but you'll pay a lot more.
Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence about air cooling vs an all in one water cooler, make no mistake this is hands down, the best bang for your buck air cooler out there. For $60, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this CPU cooler compared to anything else out there.
Tweaktown did a review of this cooler and put it up against the Noctua NH-U12S and several other top of the line air coolers that sell for over $100 and this one beat the Noctua in every test, and came within a degree of other air coolers that cost considerably more. I went the extra mile and added a second Deep Cool 140mm fan for a push/pull setup.
I haven't over clocked my CPU, but my idle temps are around 32-33 degrees C. Under load, this cooler is 25 - 30 degrees cooler than a stock Intel cooler and within only a degree or two of the best coolers out there.
I cannot say enough at how impressed I am wtih this cooler. As much as I wanted to go water cooling for the "neatness" factor, this coolers price and performance combination, along with a cooler that can still adequately passively cool the CPU in the event of total fan failure. Lets see how well your all in one water coolers work wtih a dead pump.
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