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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i CW-9060008-WW/RF Water Cooler
Pros: - This thing looks brand new.
- I've had it running 24/7 for about 6 months now with no problems whatsoever.
- Installation was very easy; didn't even have to change the CPU's back-plate to install it.
- Pre-applied thermal paste gets the job done.
Cons: - Included fans are way too loud. I've purchased several Corsair liquid CPU coolers in the past and it's been hit or miss with the fans being loud or quiet...despite all of the fans having the same model number. I would recommend using two Noctua fans if you value silence in your PC. I used two NF-F12 PWM's.
- Beware: Screw holes in the radiator do not appear to be reinforced and are very easy to strip out. I've stripped them out on similar Corsair radiators before so I made sure not to put the "super torque" on my screws this time. I mention this simply with the hopes that it will save someone some heartache in the future.
Other Thoughts: I placed this cooler on a stock-clocked AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition of mine that has become..."warm natured" in its old age. I've had trouble keeping it under 60 C with medium loads despite keeping the stock AMD heatsink/fan clean and reapplying thermal paste. With this H80i, the CPU now idles below 30 C and doesn't go over 40 C when pegged with any Prime 95 test. This machine is our home's primary Comcast DVR (paired with WMC and an HD HomeRun Prime).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - 2.4ghz range is extremely good with average throughput (there are several other 2.4ghz networks in my building)
- 5ghz range is average with extremely good throughput
- Guest networks consistently consistently work well after firmware update
- Guest network QoS works well and limits bandwidth correctly
- Router interface is easy to use
- Port forwarding is straight forward
- DHCP address reservation works well
- Gigabit ethernet ports across the boardm
Cons: - When dealing with the router web interface, the page refreshes every 15 seconds or so to update information and clears out all partially completed fields on the page. This can be frustrating if you're tabbing back and forth to copy/paste MAC addresses/IP addresses/etc.
Other Thoughts: I finally got fed up with all of the disruptions with my old 2.4ghz wifi network. Though I never experienced any disconnects, I did frequently experience reduced speeds and very high latency. I attributed this to the -many- other 2.4ghz networks in my condo building causing interference with my network. After trying every channel and channel width combination on my Buffalo WZR-600DHP, I purchased two of these routers; one for each end of my unit and now exclusively use the 5ghz band and I am very happy with the performance of my wifi network again.
I received several @m*zon gift cards for Christmas so, unfortunately, I was not able to purchase these routers from Newegg. I did want to give Newegg and the Newegg community the benefit of the review though. Bottom line: I'd recommend this router as a fast, economical, simultaneous dual band option. I've only had the routers going for a week so far. I will report back if there are any problems going forward.
Pros: - Reasonable level of wear on the unit overall
- Passed all stress tests without issue (memory/cpu/hd)
- Comes with an SSD
- Windows 7 Professional 64
- Backlit keyboard
Cons: For the price, I could really only find one significant con: the keyboard appeared to be the original keyboard and instead of cleaning it well or replacing it, the refurbisher simply placed new "stickers" over each key to give the appearance of a new keyboard. When the keyboard backlight is turned on you can see the old, brown-stained keys beneath. Not the best look!
Other Thoughts: I purchased this as a Christmas present for my 15 year old sister. She expressed an interest in having a laptop of her own but, alas, has a history of breaking many of the electronics she gets her hands on. I felt this was a perfect match for her with the price and SSD. I'm hoping the SSD will help mitigate the slowing of the PC in the event that "preventative maintenance" is neglected.
With all of my family members, I use the analogy of car maintenance when explaining why their machines slow to a crawl after a few months of use: Generally, you perform preventative maintenance on your car to keep it from breaking--similar preventative measures needs to be done with your computer to keep it running acceptably fast. But, in the event that my words spoken on the soap box fall to the wayside, I'm hoping the SSD will keep her machine fast anyways.
I will check in with her throughout the year and see if any problems develop and update my review accordingly. So far, this is a definite "would purchase again" product.
Display Name: Stephen S.
Date Joined: 09/03/08
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