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Pros: Very little good about this thing. I'd say it's cheap but it doesn't even achieve that.
Cons: Poor cooling, awkward design, incorrect installation instructions, and then it dies in a year. It's also a dust magnet and requires almost weekly cleaning.
Other Thoughts: I initially gave this a good review. I have to withdraw that. This thing is horrid. It failed after a little over a year. The pump stopped working. I purchased an Intel RTS2011AC, the "stock" cooler for an i7-3930K to use while it was in for warranty. I was horrified when the tiny fan and heat sink so drastically out performed this fancy water cooling system.
The Corsair cooler never got the CPU cooler than around 55c. Full load it would run over 75c. The stock Intel cooler idles at 40c and Full load never exceeds 65c. Basically 10 to 15c cooler across the board. Sad. No wait, pathetic!
If you're after "quiet" it fails there too. The stock cooler is actually quieter, probably because the fan is further inside the case instead of right on the back.
Somehow the Corsair collects dust like nothing I've ever seen. In about 2 weeks time the entire surface of the radiator is covered in a layer of dust that resembles felt. You can actually peel it off like fabric. Granted it's easy enough to remove but you need to do it ever couple of weeks. I don't want to be cracking the case every week or two. I have more important work to do.
The installation instructions direct you to install this so the fan draws air IN from the back of the case. The theory being that that will be cool, outside air. Unfortunately in practice that's not what happens. The air it's drawing is mostly the hot exhaust from the GPU and PSU. Installed like that you'll be lucky to get the CPU below 80c. At idle. Don't even try to load it you'll get an over temp shutdown.
Corsair is going to replace it but frankly I don't even want the replacement. It's is drastically inferior to a stock cooler in every way. It costs more, cools less, just as noisy (if not louder) and isn't reliable.
I suppose the biggest question is how did Corsair manage to do so little with so much hardware.
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TE1T0BW
Pros: I could go on forever about the drive. It is so much faster than any spinning iron. I routinely work with huge video and 3D Resources. This drive saves me hours a day waiting for assets to load. The included SSD management software says even with my huge work load I've only written 40TB in the 10 months I've owned the drive. At that rate it will last longer than any iron disk I've ever used. It also runs noticeably faster then the TLC drive (OCZ Vertex) in the same system.
Cons: Well if it ever does fail it's too small to be a door stop LOL.
Other Thoughts: I tried an other brand (OCZ) and almost swore off SSD forever. They were awful. After nearly a year of use the Samsung has been rock solid. Other brands may be cheaper but they aren't worth it. EVO all the wayREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have dozens of Deskstar drives spinning. Some old enough to be IBM Deskstars. I suppose you may find faster drives, or quieter drives maybe cooler drives. You can even spend a lot more money. But, my personal track record with Deskstar be it IBM or HGST is flawless. Any deskstar I've retired has been because it was outdated. Never a failure. When it comes to data storage reliability is second to none. Decades of reliability.
Cons: It's hard to find a reason to complain. I suppose if you don't design proper cooling they can run hot. So design proper cooling.
Other Thoughts: Other more popular brands, I've tried them. Most of them I ended up with the RMA address memorized. I'd never had to RMA a Deskstar. Some people call them the DEATH star. I'll call them the ROCK star. They are rock solid.READ FULL REVIEW