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Alexander R.

Alexander R.

Joined on 01/21/09

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Most Favorable Review

Pretty good so far

Akust WC00-0006-AKS Larkooler SkyWater 360 - Front Panel Model Overclocking & Gaming Extreme Universal PC Liquid Cooling System
Akust WC00-0006-AKS Larkooler SkyWater 360 - Front Panel Model Overclocking & Gaming Extreme Universal PC Liquid Cooling System

Pros: 1. The radiator fit perfectly on the top of my Level 10 GT, with fans pushing air out. It's dimensions are 285mm according to the specifications, but it fit in my case on the standard 240mm mount 2. Compression fittings very snug, feel secure 3. Included bracket for mounting in the back (didn't use) 4. All necessary hardware included (except screwdriver and tube cutter), including jumped power connector for mobo-less operation, little wrench for tightening the fittings, back-plates for various kinds of sockets (none needed for my 2011-v3) 5. Electrical setup was easy, half of it was already hooked together (though the instructions don't seem to easily show how to get it to hook with the cpu fan header so my BIOS complained about lack of a fan) 6. Cheap

Cons: 1. My biggest complain so far is that the English in the manual is terrible. It's not inaccurate at all, but sometimes it is difficult to understand. 2. Had a bit of trouble keeping the bay unit to stay snug, I'll have to screw-fasten it in-between refills; wish there was something like rails for easy removal 3. There was just enough tubing to get the job done, suffice to say that you need to measure twice and cut once. 4. The lock washer was rather difficult to initially unscrew from the other barb, I wish they were packaged separately 5. Barely enough liquid comes in the box to fill the loop - but there is enough 6. Unknown life expectancy - new product, no reviews, etc. I question how long the tubing will hold up, whether the included coolant has anti-biological/fungal agents, etc 7. Water-block looks dated

Overall Review: All in all, a good product so far. It idles at about 19-24C which is roughly my room temperature, and gets up to about 70C using a 4.3 GHz overclock of my i7-5930K via ASUS AI tweak. I still need to manually tune the OC/voltage and do a proper burn-in to test temperature max, but it looks good so far. I left off a star because: one, the manual's English was sort of broken, two, the waterblock looks a little dated, and three, not much is known about the life expectancy or how well the fittings/tubing handle under different temperature/pressure loads.

Most Critical Review

Good, if they work

Enermax Marathon 80mm Silent PC Case Fan UC-8EB
Enermax Marathon 80mm Silent PC Case Fan UC-8EB

Pros: Very, very quiet; moves a good amount of air considering the noise level.

Cons: I ordered two and one of them was DOA. Someone in another review mentioned a similar thing. Make sure you check all of them right away, because 1/3-1/2 might not work...

Overall Review: If you want a very quiet fan that moves a bit of air, these are great, if the ones you get happen to work.

It fits, but...

Rosewill RXC200M - 2.5" SSD / HDD Mounting Kit / Bracket for 3.5" Drive Bays - Black SECC Metal
Rosewill RXC200M - 2.5" SSD / HDD Mounting Kit / Bracket for 3.5" Drive Bays - Black SECC Metal

Pros: I can mount a 2.5" hard drive in it

Cons: The SATA connectors on the 2.5" SSD don't match up with where they would normally be on a 3.5" HD - meaning no hotswap/backplane compatibility.

Overall Review: I really should have paid more attention, my con would have been avoided had I noticed that in the picture the SSD mounts right in the middle and not to the side as would be necessary .

Good hardware, poorly executed

ASUS Laptop K53 Series Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2430M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium K53E-BBR4
ASUS Laptop K53 Series Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2430M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium K53E-BBR4

Pros: The hardware was very good for the price, attractive design, cheapest i5 laptop on the market

Cons: Lots of bloatware pre-installed, but no network drivers -- installing drivers via e-Driver utility results in BSOD. If they have time to install all of those useless bloatware apps, why can't they manage to pre-install wireless drivers? I dropped two stars for this reason.

doa

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100265L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100265L

Pros: It came in one piece

Cons: It didn't work

Overall Review: It got to me, and I plugged it in to my computer as per every other video card I owned. The computer starts, and then the video signal quickly degrades into a series of alternating lines. It stays on longer when I have it off for a while, and all connections are snug. Currently trying to figure out how to return.