Date Joined: 06/12/15
Pros: Powerful - runs three 144 Hz monitors without issue. Runs everything on Ultra settings.
Quiet - fans only run as needed
RGB LED lights
Cons: The LED is visible on the edge of the card.
All the LED are facing downward - not enough to illuminate your case.
Overall Review: Mine came overclocked to 1900+ MHz boost.
Pros: I used these to replace the three fans that come standard with the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate
--- Under stress test the standard fans would run at 1700 RPM and be louder than all hell. They also caused some vibration in the 1550-1650 range (some natural resonance issue with my specific case setup). At idle these things would still run at 1000+ RPM.
---These fans ran at 1400 RPM max (of their rated 1450), and I could not tell they were even on. The case fans on half speed were louder than these things on full bore.
---I experienced a mere 2 degree C increase in temperature during stress test (negligible): from 74 C to 76 C max core temp.
Cons: --- The colored rings aren't really circular. They look like they have kinks in them, but this is by design. At a distance you won't notice or really care, just something to be aware of.
--- The rings are only installed on one side, which means if they are used in pull configurations, only the edges of the rings are visible.
--- Only available individually and in two packs; there are no three packs, unfortunately.
Overall Review: The performance increase of less noise and lower RPM could be simply because these things are static pressure fans where the standard ones were designed for high airflow. The end result is my CPU cooler fans are now silent. Worth the upgrade.
Pros: Overclocked to:
4.4 GHz at 1.2V easily (leaving the Uncore settings on auto and 2666 O.C. RAM)
4.5 GHz with some minor tweaking (I just had to up the VRIN some)
4.6 GHz took some significant work: dropping Uncore and RAM speeds, but she is stable at 1.32Vcore and 1.90 VRIN.
Cons: --- As others have said, it only has 28 PCI-e lanes, but for high-end single video card users like myself this is more than adequate.
---@4.6 GHz I was only able to get the Uncore up to 3.6 Ghz and RAM had to be reduced to 2200. I have a feeling I can bring them up some more if I do some more tweaking. This could just be a limitation of my motherboard and shouldn't reflect badly on the processor itself.
Overall Review: ---Consider buying an all-in-one water cooler for high over clocking. I am currently using a 360mm radiator (3 x 120mm fans) from Thermaltake. A 120mm radiator (1 x 120mm fan) or a 240mm radiator (2 x 120mm fans) are probably sufficient, but I'm overly cautious.
---Your actual overclocking results may vary. Some "bad" ones can only get to 4.3GHz and other really good ones can get up to 4.8GHz or more. The processor quality varies because of the wide variance in manufacturing consistency with this generation.
---If you plan to overclock you may want to consider getting Intel's one-time replacement plan for over-clockers. It only costs $25 to cover your tweaking.
---If you are new to overclocking, read some tutorials! It is not as simple as changing the ratio from 33 to 46 and good to go.
---Remember, your core clock speed is king.
Pros: ---You can still feel the tactile bump of the brown switches.
---No noticeable reduction in travel distance of the keys
---Reduces the sound from bottoming out.
Cons: If you have an RGB/backlit keyboard, using o-ring dampeners will significantly reduce the amount light shining through the key itself. They are transparent, rather than opaque, which helps to mitigate the adverse effect, but it is still a noticeable decrease in visibility.
Overall Review: Remember that some of your larger keys will require three: space bar, enter, shift, etc. I have a 70 key keyboard and there were plenty left to cover all the keys. Double check your required amount if you're using a 95 keyboard.
Pros: ---Perfect match for the Thermaltake V71 200mm case fans. They are all the TT-2030 model.
Cons: ---Fan does not include screws for mounting -- however, they are included with the Thermaltake V71 piece parts
---Need to remove the fan hub of the V71 to install two of the screws
---If you want to link it to the existing hub, you will need to buy a 2-1 fan cable
Overall Review: ---Shame the fourth 200mm fan was not included with the original V71 case.
---If you installed a water cooler radiator, remove the bread-ties securing the cables on the top rack before mounting it.
Pros: ---Three 200mm blue led fans, fan controller, plenty of storage space and many pass-throughs which make cable management easy for a first time builder.
---Easy to disassemble - top and front covers pull right off easily; bay racks are held in place with hand-screws; large open space in the back access to the motherboard for after market cooler bracket installation.
---Case itself is nearly fully porous in front and on top which means unparalleled amount of airflow.
Cons: ---The front fans cables are daisy-chained together and then sent up to the controller, but unfortunately the connectors do not have latches to hold them together. The cables are wound and bound pretty tightly. The connectors are therefore loose. If you notice one of the fans aren't working out of the box, check these connectors to ensure they are engaging properly. You may want to loosen up this tight bundle to reduce the stress on the connectors anyway.
--- There's room for a fourth 200mm blue fan on the top rack but not sure where to buy one. Why wasn't this included?
Overall Review: This was my first experience building computers and I bought two of these towers for how good I think they are: one for my wife's rig and one for my own.
Pros: Free $50 worth of games when you buy a bundled processor.
Cons: The cost is separated from the processor. It will show up on your card as $49.99 + the processor, but if you look closer you will notice your processor cost was reduced by the $50.