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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
This is clearly a well-built cooling system. All the necessary parts are included and installation is fairly straightforward.
Dropped my idle temps roughly 10-15c and load temps by over 25c from stock cooler. Also gives the bonus of pulling more air out the back.
The 2x120mm fans are quiet enough. (They make less noise than most of my other fans)
This thing is a monster! It BARELY cleared the heatsinks on my NB. Make sure you have plenty of room where you plan to install the radiator/fans.
I had to make some modifications to the included rear brackets so they would fit around some unfortunately placed heatsink screws underneath my MB. This would only be an issue for a select few. Still, I don't enjoy taking a dremmel to a brand new piece of equipment.
Other Thoughts: This is a very effective cooler. After installation I cranked up my overclock and pumped 1.45v vcore through it just to see what kind of heat this could absorb. Running prime95 blend and OCCT linpack the Tj temps barely made it to 50c before settling at about 48c. The Tc CPU temp never broke 45c.
To put these numbers in perspective.
With my stock cooler I had auto thermal shutdown kick in with the same OC and Vcore. So my CPU temps went from 80c (load) to 42c (load) under my max overclock.
If you have a serious need to keep down the heat, this is a great (if not too huge) cooler. If you don't, then this is overkill.
Pros: Good price - It's true that usually you get what you pay for. However, in this case, you get a bit more.
Nice design - I have a much more expensive apevia case and I must say I liked the design of this case better.
The drive bays are easily accessible. There's plenty of room. Both left and right side panels are tooless and easy to open. Room for 2x80mm fans in back and front. I was able to install a 120mm in front without any difficulty (looks like a 200mm might also fit).
Appearance - This is highly subjective, but I like the appearance. The black isn't too glossy. The LED's aren't too bright. Everything is just right. Power button looks really cool.
Cons: Cheap plastic - It does look nice but you can feel that it isn't very tough. The main 5.25 drive bay is particularly flimsy and easy to break if you pick up the case by the top.
Build quality - The plastic button on the top 5.25 drive bay didn't line up well with the four different DVD drives I tried (long story...). Too close or too far from the button and it won't work. I had to be very carful when lining it up (the margin of error is truely tiny) and make sure that the screws were tight so it didn't shift. The power button is cheap. Again, it looks nice but the spring mechinism behind it allows it to wobble when pressed and occasionally it gets stuck. I was able to fix this with some modificatoin. The LED lights on the main side fan need to be bent inward (away from the fan). I highly recommend doing this before powering on the machine (the sound of fan blades scraping across the bulbs is not pleasant).
Metal punchouts - Somewhat difficult to remove the IO panel.
Other Thoughts: The few minor issues aside. I'm very happy with the case. All of problems are manageable and after inital setup, only the power button issue might be noticed during day to day use.
I didn't trust the power supply for the build that was going in this case. It was just... too lightweight. As though it were an empty metal box. So I decided to use it in a frankenstein build. So far it hasn't caught fire so I havn't put it as a *con yet. Will update on how that goes in a few months.
Also this case only comes with the single 250mm side fan. Nothing else. So order yourself a few more 80mm's to go with it.
This case is not built for use as a chair or a dinner table, but it is sturdy and lightweight.
A good case for the price.
Pros: -Price *****
-Sturdy and solid base
-No visible defects (bleeding, dead pixels, etc.)
-No observable ghosting
-All possible cables are included (HDMI, DVI, VGA, Audio, and Composite.)
The overall value of this monitor would easily put it above 5 stars. The picture is sharp and text is easy to read even at the highest resolution. Assuming that nothing breaks or fails in the near future, this will be the most satisfied I have been with an electronics purchase. My only disappointment is that I didn't buy two of these while they were on sale.
Cons: -Viewing angle
-Headphone jack audio quality
The viewing angle is probably the biggest complaint and some color shifting can be seen at roughly 120° which was about on-par with my other lcd monitors.
The controls are placed in back which makes them a little difficult to use if you are in a dark room. The settings menu is fairly basic. The The speakers are not high quality and placed in the back which could be a problem depending on your setup. Still, they are convenient and loud enough. The headphone jack on the monitor is a nice feature but the jack is not easy to get to (located in back) and the audio quality is very poor. I like it because my rig does not have audio jacks in the front so having a headphone jack in the monitor is easier to get to than the back of my comp.
Other Thoughts: If you are heavily into graphics editing where color and consistency are paramount than this is not the monitor for you. (But you probably already knew that)
If you are looking to upgrade one of your smaller lcd screens with something that doesn't cost more than a house payment this monitor will not disappoint. Great for gaming, watching movies, surfing the web, and everything else that you like to do. The minor flaws go completely unnoticed under normal every day use and overall the value is fantastic. 5 stars *****
Display Name: Matthew B.
Date Joined: 12/07/06
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