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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - High capacity and performing SSDs

Cons: Nothing significant

Other Thoughts: The reason for this review is mainly for this "Other thoughts" section, and unfortunately, it's directed at Newegg.

I ordered parts for a brand new build all at once, expecting them to come from different places as Newegg has distribution centers across the US.
Indeed, the tower case and a few other items started from the east coast, while these SSDs came from the west coast. Also from the west coast was some platter HDDs, CPU, and RAM.

However, the SSDs came in a separate shipment from the HDDs, CPU and RAM. Rather than ship them all in one box, they came in two. I do not have an issue with this, nor would I have had an issue if they had arrived over the course of a few days. What does upset me is that they were delivered on the same day, on the same truck, but in two wildly different packages and packaging quality.

The HDDs, CPU, and RAM came in a well handled box with plenty of air packaging to reduce bumps during shipping. The SSDs, however, were in a box absolutely mangled, looking as if the box had fallen out once every 100 miles from CA to UT. What's worse is that all of the air packing had been deflated, so it was just a bunch of plastic surrounding the boxes containing the drives.

To me, it seems as if Newegg warehousing was just abusing the no-moving-part-ness of SSDs and thew them in with air wrap that has deflated over time in order to re-use plastic and cut costs.

Even more so, I would be (mostly) fine with all of this but the fact that I had two boxes come in different states, the one containing properly inflated wrapping and good care, having plenty of space to fit two SSDs, and the other with poor packing, just shows some deliberate packing choices on Newegg's part.

The SSDs have passed all stress tests I've thrown at them, and I still intend to run them in RAID 0, but it was disappointing to have a distributor such as Newegg, one that I love and trust, treat a package so poorly.

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

5 out of 5 eggs First water cooler 06/23/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: - Quiet when not under load
- Easy enough to install, though has many cables
- Great quality fans to mount to radiator
- Keeps machine quite cool when not under load

Cons: - Noticeable fan/pump spin up when small computational spikes occur
- Many cables to run to/from water cooling plate - fan power, pump power, Corsair LiNK USB cable

Other Thoughts: I didn't know what to expect from an AiO water cooler, but I planned to overclock my 5820k, so I made the jump and got this while on sale with a rebate.

All the reviews tend toward the positive and there's a reason why. This is a great cooler, and is very quiet when not under load. Stress spikes sometimes cause audible noise, and it does speed up while playing a game, but that inevitable and something I personally think is for the operator to manage via headphones, tower positioning, etc.

MSI X99S SLI Plus LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - X99 chipset
- Multiple PCI-E slots
- Many USB 3.0 ports
- Dual UEFI BIOS banks
- Socket 2011-v3 which has built-in mounting bracket

Cons: - Blue LED on board, when powered on, may get in the way of a color themed build
- No on-board video out

Other Thoughts: I look forward to overclocking the DDR4 RAM and 5820k CPU I also purchased with this motherboard. If anything significant happens, I aim to return and update this review.


Brad K.'s Profile

Display Name: Brad K.

Date Joined: 03/30/05

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 01/24/13
  • Last Review: 06/23/15
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