Buggy with RAM8/1/2021 3:16:39 PM

Pros: It looks nice and the RGB lighting is alright. The BIOS is okay but it doesn't look right at 1440p.... kinda blurry. The board has a pretty decent amount of BIOS options at least. The construction of the board is really good I can't can't complain about the layout. I have this paired with a 5900x and it's scoring above average in benchmarks. The board works best when it has all 4 RAM slots populated because of the way it's wired. I figure that's the reason it's scoring above average in benchmarks.

Cons: There are a lack of BIOS updates and these would be useful for resolving some of the RAM issues the board has. When I first tried to pair my 5900x up with this board, I used 4x 8gb sticks of G.Skill 3600mhz cl16 memory that has the illustrious B-Dies. Even after updating the BIOS, the board would not work with these sticks, not even 1 stick. I had to use another kit to boot the system. These 8gb stick have no problems with the other x570 board that I have. I retested the 8gb kit in another system and it worked fine. After trying everything I ended up pairing the board up with 4x 16gb sticks of the G.Skill Trident Z Neo 3600mhz, cl 16-18-18-18-39 RAM that I have. The system ended up having a strange freezing issue that would happen at random, until I dropped the RAM speeds down to 3466mhz. Strangely enough, the system would not crash when I was running a stress test. Again, I used this kit in another x570 system with the same 5900x CPU and I had no problems with that system at all. There are also other boards on the market with better VRM's. This board is more of a show pony.

Overall Review: I wouldn't have bought this board in the first place but I got this board in a bundle. At first I was excited because this was my first ASRock motherboard ever, but the issues with the RAM have been a letdown so far.

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More than enough for gaming8/1/2021 2:54:22 PM

Pros: Originally I got this in a bundle with an ASRock X570 Taichi Razer board but I put the 5900x in my system which has an Asus Crosshair VIII Hero wifi. When I finally got the 5950x that I intended to buy, I put this into my sister's system along with the ASRock Taichi board that I got in the bundle. I pushed this system with some B-Die G.Skill 4000mhz, cl 17 RAM that I bought a while back and I didn't have too many issues. There are more than enough CPU cores with this to push any game so I won't have to worry about her system for quite a while. She uses a 2k 144hz monitor and with a 1080ti she's getting more than enough framerates and no lag.

Cons: I can't really say anything bad about this CPU. I wish it was a bit more overclocking friendly but at least I can push some extra performance out by tweaking the RAM and using a big 360mm AIO cooler.

Overall Review: My system has an Arctic cooling Liquid Freezer II 360mm AIO cooler so I never had any issues with the temperatures.

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Thanks EVGA8/1/2021 2:39:17 PM

Pros: The first one I ordered died after 5 weeks but EVGA hooked me up with a brand new card. The card that died had a S/N that started with 2014 and these commonly have issues. I bought an extended warranty through EVGA because I plan to keep the card for years to come. It's been almost 7 months since I got the replacement card and there haven't been any issues as of yet. The previous card was a 1080ti with an AIO cooler and it got transferred to another system. It looks like I'm going to get another 3-5 years out of my 1080ti. The 3090 is about the best you can get if you have a 4k 144hz monitor. If you look around, the 3080ti isn't much cheaper. I might have spent a lot on the card but I got mine at the pre-tariff price. Some people are paying more for their 3080ti.

Cons: Some versions of the RTX 3090 FTW3 model are known to have issues, and these were known before the New World problem. Now these issues are well known. In comparison to some of the other high end models, the FTW3 model could be better built.

Overall Review: This isn't a con for me but this card is massive.

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Works with a 2600k and P8Z68 board2/13/2021 12:22:02 PM

Pros: The price of this memory is really good. I got a system from a guy that had 8gb of mismatched RAM and I replaced it with this 16gb kit. XMP runs, not really much else to say. I also bought another used system last spring that came with a 4770k, GTX 1070, and 16gb of this RAM and it worked. The previous owner had the RAM manually clocked up to 2000mhz. Core i7-2600k CM 212 EVO CPU cooler Asus P8Z68-V Pro Patriot Viper Corsair GS700 power supply RX 570 4gb Powercolor CM HAF 912 case

Cons: The heatsinks are nice but they feel a little bit cheaper than what you'd find on Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill Ripjaws X RAM. 1866mhz RAM is decent but in some games you can pick up more FPS with 2133mhz and higher RAM. This isn't 2011-2012 when there was no benefit in running the RAM beyond 1333mhz.

Overall Review: Good RAM. Although if you want the most mileage and you have something like a 3770k, 4770k, or 4790k then I'd recommend getting DDR3-2133 or 2400 RAM

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Proves 4c/4t processors are dead.2/13/2021 10:50:58 AM

Pros: When I got the RTX 3070 I decided to stick it in an older system that has an i5-6600k with 16gb of RAM, 1080p 144hz monitor. Man.... did the 6600k ever BOTTLENECK. I tried playing FFXV and not only was the CPU usage pegged at or near 100% constantly, but the framerates would drop about every 30 seconds. After seeing a few other games suffer with the 6600k, I put the 3070 in another system with an i7-8086k @ 5.2ghz -2 AVX. Most of the time the GPU usage was around 60% to 70%. Intel's illustrious Quad-Core era is truly DEAD. EVGA card with the famous EVGA warranty. I've had to file a few RMA's with multiple companies over the years and EVGA is probably the best company to deal with. Lays waste to 1080p gaming. There's not really a better card for the job. The cooler is probably overkill for the GPU..... but that's the way I like it. When I buy Graphics cards I tend to keep them around for a very long time and I'll pass them off to other family members. Nvidia drivers are always stable for the most part. I don't mind AMD cards, but if I put an AMD card in my brother's computer then the drivers will eventually mess up and I have to go over to his place and fix the drivers. We don't live in the same city so having to do this is a PITA.

Cons: The one thing I don't like about the RTX 3070 in general is the GTX/RTX XX70 series is usually within a good range of value for the dollar, but the RTX 3070 isn't. Oddly, This time around the RTX 3060ti is the better value. The RTX 3070 is kinda like the old GTX 580, 680, and 980 where paying the extra money for it didn't make sense from a value perspective. In a perfect world, or the old world that lacked miners and stock was abundant, I would tell anyone to either pay more for the RTX 3080 or get the RTX 3060ti. Right now it's every man for himself and get whatever you can get. I really don't think 8gb of VRAM is enough for the long term. Just look at the 3gb GTX 1060 if you want an example because that card was obsolete 2 years ago. In many ways the RX 6800 might be the better card, but at least the RTX 3070 is better with Ray Tracing and DLSS.

Overall Review: The cooler is overkill and I'm backed by the EVGA warranty so I give the product itself a 5 star rating. The RTX 3070 by itself I give a 3.5 out of 5 star for the lack of VRAM and being a poor value in comparison to the 3060ti. I'll betcha that by the end of the Ampere run in 2022, the early adopters will be laughed because 8gb of VRAM will only be enough for 1080p and there will be a Super series that has 16gb of VRAM in the 3070. The people who say 8gb or 10gb is enough will be eating their words.....Nom, Nom, Nom

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Mine never outright failed4/9/2020 9:33:25 PM

Pros: Since I bought this board wayyyy back in March of 2011, I've been running this in either gaming or mining systems. Currently I have this board running with 5x RX 580 and a delidded 3770k. I had no problems using an Ivy Bridge CPU with BIOS version 2105. Well one somewhat major pro is I was able to overclock a 2600k and a 3770k to 4.8ghz using less voltage than what a z77 Sabertooth and Gigabyte G.1 Sniper needed. With the W.S. I needed 1.345v, with the G.1 I needed 1.375v, and with the z77 Sabertooth I needed nearly 1.4v. However, try as I might I never could get my 2600k to hit 5.0ghz with the p67 W.S. Revolution. When I overclocked to 5.0ghz, the system would shut off during the stress test. I assume it was a power limit issue.

Cons: Soooo back in 2016 I tried putting 32gb of Kingston RAM in the system. Back then I had a 2600k. All was fine until I tried to run the XMP profile. When I went to stress test, I would either get a BSOD or the system would freeze. After several attempts, and even trying to scale the memory clock speeds down to 1600mhz, the system locked up. After resetting the CMOS, I would get BEEP codes that indicated a video card error. I tried different RAM and a different video card but to no Avail. However I could get the system to boot if I installed a video card using a PCIe x1 riser card that's used for mining, but all of the PCI-E x16 sizd slots were dead... or so I thought. By sheer luck someone gave me a Core i7-3770. At that time this W.S. Revolution board was free. I decided to put the board on my testbench, installed a GTX 970 into the primary PCIe x16 slot, and the system successfully booted. Then I installed a Pentium g645 to see if there was a fluke of some sort and it wouldn't work unless I had the GPU plugged in with a x1 Riser card. So now my P8P67 W.S. Revolution will work with Ivy Bridge processors but it won't work with Sandy Bridge processors. IDK, I guess something got fried on the motherboard when I tried to overclock that RAM

Overall Review: Other than the Sandy Bridge snafu, I've had this board working for a very long time. Now it only works with Ivy Bridge processors.

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Me beloved 2600k4/9/2020 9:13:31 PM

Pros: This was my daily driver for a year until I gave it to my daughter. Then she used it until late 2016. Even in late 2016 it was doing everything she could ever ask but I was forced to upgrade when an issue came up with the motherboard. It was overclocked to 4.3ghz for a few years in her system and there were no signs of degradation. In my experience with these processors, if you keep the voltage around or below 1.3v and you use a good cooler then you can keep up an overclock for a very, very long time. (The motherboard failed when I tried to run 32gb of Kingston 2133mhz with the XMP profile) I know the Spec sheets say you can volt these things to 1.52v but I know of people who wore their 2600k out after it was overclocked using 1.4v for a few years. I was able to get to 4.8ghz quite easily with 1.345v but I only kept it at that speed for a couple months. At 4.8ghz the CPU temps never exceeded 75c with the old Corsair H70. Back in 2011 I found that 4.3ghz to 4.5ghz with low voltage was optimal for the programs of that time. No need to go higher. Not too long before I sold the 2600k off in 2019 I managed to get mine to 5.0ghz but it needed 1.51v to the Vcore and a higher LLC value to remain stable with a Sabertooth z77 board. I was able to pass a CPU-Z validation at 5.1ghz but it could not pass Prime95. That and I needed a custom loop to keep it cool enough when the clocks went past 4.9ghz.

Cons: Well this is all Hindsight 20/20 as of now. The only complaint I had with all the Sandy Bridge Processors I've ever owned is the memory controller didn't bode well when the CPU was overclocked and the memory speeds were pushed past 1600mhz. At stock speed I couldn't get the 2600k to play nice with a 32gb kit of Kingston Savage 2133mhz RAM I had.... Unless everything was at stock speeds

Overall Review: Even in 2020 you can still do a lot with this CPU but it's at the end of it's rope. Right before I sold the 2600k, it was in my brother's system and it was paired with an 860 EVO ssd and a GTX 970. The system ran really well, there were no slowdowns to speak of, and it played all his games at 1080p with decent framerates. There are too many 8, 10, 12, and 16 cores processors being released at affordable prices. On top of that, the PS5 and Series X will use an 8-core Zen2 CPU which will ultimately make these 4c/8t processors obsolete for gaming. Software will catch up sooner, rather than later. The 2600k had a really good run. Out of all the hardware purchases I have ever made, I would say the 2600k was my favorite. It was EPIC. I got a lot of mileage out it the 2600k, fantastic overclocking. I probably could have got a couple more years out of the 2600k but the upgrade bug was too powerful.

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A few issues but otherwise a reliable, solid Gigabyte board.4/9/2020 8:41:35 PM

Pros: The UD5 board I bought was in a system that I built in July of 2011. *As of 12/2019, I replaced the board and 3770k with a 4790k and a z97 board due to the Sleep issues.* Since I built the system, it stays in Sleep mode, so it's had power to it for almost 8 years. It's Hard to believe the system is not Obsolete yet. Originally I put an i5-2500k in the system but I ended up putting a 3770k in it and it now has 32gb of RAM. It still runs, what more can I say. It has a decent amount of fan headers, nice VRM heatsink that connects to the PCH heatsink through a heatpipe, USB 3.0 case headers. The UD5 has worked from day one, it's worked well. The UD5 has a solid feel and it reeks quality. Since I put this board in a system for my dad, I never did much overclocking with it. Don't be put off by the long list of CONS. These are minor issues.

Cons: If you're buying this 2nd hand there are a few issues to be aware of. *4/2020. I sold this z68 board, a 3770k, 16gb of RAM, and a 512gb SSD to my buddy for a really low price. He tried to overclock the 3770k but he says the speeds wont go past 3.9ghz on all cores. He said he looked this issue up online and found it to be a common problem with this board and Ivy Bridge processors.* This board was rushed to the market after Intel released the z68 chipset. This board does not support onboard Video, aka Integrated Graphics. This board had a short run and it was replaced with the Z68XP-UD5-B3 which supports Integrated Graphics. The UD5 uses a regular non-UEFI BIOS. This might be cool for some people but the Asus P8P67 board I bought has UEFI. This might cause issues with some Video Cards that require a UEFI. With my Asus P8P67 WS Revolution board, I was able to run a Corsair P3 SSD as the primary boot drive while running HDD setup in RAID mode, and the TRIM command worked. With both boards I was running 2x Samsung 1tb F3 drives in Raid 0. I did the same thing with this board but the TRIM command didn't work with the Corsair P3 SSD. After secure erasing the drive twice I put the system in IDE mode. The Samsung 840 and 850 drives seem to work fine in Win 7 and Win 10. The @BIOS feature which updates the BIOS in the O.S. doesn't support the final BIOS update for some unknown reason (Poor Software support by Gigabyte). In which case the Final BIOS update is required for 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge Processors. You really need to manually update the BIOS. The I/O Shield and the board don't quite line up correctly which causes some issues with trying to connect USB devices to the back of the case. This is covered in another review. Every once in a while the system does not want to wake up from sleep mode, or it might take a few minutes for the system to wake up. The system was never overclocked, but when I enabled XMP for 1600mhz memory, it made matters worse. It didn't matter if the O.S. was Windows 7 or Windows 10. I also swapped out a 4x4gb kit of G.Skill 1600mhz cl8 RAM for some 4x8gb 2400mhz Dominator memory, and even at stock speeds the issue persisted.

Overall Review: This board is solid, no quality issues, and it boots somewhat quickly. I've worked with several Socket 1155 boards and I'd have to say that Asus did a better job with the P67/Z68 lineup. I suppose that if I could go back an do it again, I might have bought the Asus z68 Deluxe. I also worked with an Asus Sabertooth board and the overclocking ability of that board isn't as good as the G.1 Sniper, Deluxe, Maximux IV. If you're planning to overclock this might be a better pick if you're okay with using the old BIOS.

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32gb at a good price, so far so good4/9/2020 8:23:43 PM

Pros: The manufacturing date is on the label and it says this memory was made in 2019. Currently I have this kit running with a Maximus VII Hero and an i7-4790k that's modestly overclocked to 4.4ghz. XMP enabled, no issues. I did give the System Agent a bit of a voltage increase to ensure stability. This stuff makes the 4790k scream. XMP mode worked on my (Rampage IV Extreme) Xeon E5-1680 v2 with the CPU all the way up to 4.6ghz (1.32v in CPU-Z running a stress test). Once I tried the CPU at 4.7ghz I had to scale the RAM back to 1333mhz. System Agent Voltage (VCCSA) is at 1.25v. Even with the VCCSA voltage at 1.35v I couldn't get the system stable at 4.7ghz (1.4v in CPU-Z). I tried to manually clock the CPU and RAM using the 125mhz Strap but the RAM was even worse off. I was able to run the XMP profile on the E5-1680 v2 with the CPU at it's MCE frequency. I allowed the RIVE board I'm using to kick on the MCE feature which clocks all cores to 3.9ghz. STABLE without touching the VCCSA voltage. The system was able to pass a few hours of Prime95 v29.8 Blend and 15 rounds of LinpackXtreme at stock and at 4.6ghz. What I've observed is the CPU temps run hotter with the memory clocked higher. Not only does the VCCSA need to be increased but the Core voltage also needs to be bumped up a little bit when the memory is clocked higher. With my Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5-1660 the best I could do with this memory was 1866mhz cl 9-9-9-24 with the CPU at it's stock frequency. Don't expect much if the CPU has a weak memory controller.

Cons: The heatspreader is cheap compared to the DDR4 based Trident Z and Corsair Dominator series. However the heatspreader on these 2400mhz sticks is larger than what's on my Sniper 1600mhz kit.

Overall Review: I'm using (or used) this RAM with the x79, z68, and z97 platform, in which case it's meant for the z87 and z97 platform and the newer Socket 1150 processors. The 4790k probably has a better Memory controller than an Ivy Bridge CPU so this RAM might work better with these Haswell-S processors like the 4790k. Some RAM issues are caused by a weak memory controller, fussy motherboard, or a lack of System Agent voltage.

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Happy so far but Asus needs to work on QC issues, first RVIA board was DOA6/17/2019 9:24:54 PM

Pros: The build quality of this board feels like stone. It's solid. This might be one of the heaviest eATX boards I've encountered. Obviously it's PCB has more copper. and the aluminum heatsinks add to the weight. One buyer beware I see here is you will need a higher end power supply with two EPS/CPU 8-pin connectors. This is a non-issue for someone who knows the ropes or has high end equipment, but this is something for a new builder to consider. The final deciding factor that made me pick this board was having 2x 8-pin connectors and the ability to install a monoblock on to the motherboard. I already have a real W/C setup with a GTX 360 Black Ice radiator and a Supremacy EVO waterblock. In the future I would like to upgrade to the 10 core- 14 core Cascade lake processors and I want something that will power a chip like that with no issues. This board is one that should be able to stand up to excessive overclocking for a long period of time. I have the Asus Rampage IV Extreme that housed a 3930k, 4930k, and a few E5-1600 v1/v2 which was overclocked to the voltage limits for a couple years. (When I say voltage limits, I mean 1.375, 1.4, 1.5 vcore, while using a fan to cool the VRM.) That RIVE board is still ticking. I have had other boards from the Deluxe and WS lineup that couldn't stand more than a several months of prolonged overclocking. So far the Rampage and Maximus lineup has treated me very well. After overcloking both a 7820x and 7940x (both delidded w/ Custom loop and a monoblock with the 7940x) this board has some can't miss features that are addicting to use. My personal favorite is being able to set a clock speed limit and voltage limit to each individual core. Another thing I like about these high end ROG boards is I can set or disable power limits, which I can't do on my "Dark" board. The BIOS is very robust.

Cons: Asus quality control and their ability to repair defective products is terrible at this moment of time. They really need to quit treating customers like they're out to rip off Asus. Shipping costs are very high so it's not conducive for us to send anything to Indiana. We just want motherboards that work WELL and work RIGHT the first time. Actually, This was the 2nd RVIA I bought. The first one I bought at a big box store which always has limited stock. That board was failing out of the box. I ended up returning the RVIA the next day but I was unable to exchange the board due to it being the last one they had in stock. So I refunded the CPU and bought the same parts at newegg for $100 cheaper. As of late I've had nothing but problems with Asus products. I also bought a Crosshair VII Wifi board which I had to send back to Asus. On top of that I just got back a Maximus VIII Hero board from Asus that they didn't touch because they couldn't recreate the problem I was having, which was the board taking 30 seconds to POST and the USB 3.1 port not working correctly. It should have been very easy to recreate the problem I was/am having. Thankfully this 2nd RVIA board has been working well. I also bough a Prime z370-A and a Maximus X Apex board that's been working great.

Overall Review: Yes, so far I would give this the nod if you want to buy into the x299 platform. There aren't too many x299 boards that I see that I would buy. The build quality of this board is on a whole other level compared to others. If you are going to overclock then this one is a no-brainer. It's super fun to be able to FINALLY set the clock speeds to each individual core. My 7820x isn't a great chip but the reason for that is Core #6 doesn't overclock all that well. Cores #3 and 8 can manage to hit 4.8ghz stable at 1.28v but Core #6 won't do 4.7ghz at this voltage. The RVIA lets me set voltage limits so I can weed through the good and bad cores, instead of being hobbled by 1 bad core.

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Beaten this board, but it's still working in 20196/9/2019 9:50:02 PM

Pros: Originally I bought this in early 2012 to overclock a 3930k but I never got around to doing that and I until summer of 2016. The 3930k turned out to be a Garbage overclocker so I turned to a 4930k. The 4930k can do 4.5ghz with XMP on at 2400mhz cl11 and it was running overclocked for a year. Passed all tests. I kept the VRM cool with a 120mm fan. No problems or hitches. Then I went with a Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5-1660 which I pushed to 5.0ghz on all cores at 1.495v. Prob not the best Xeon but my 3930k could never dream of even coming close to those speeds. This Xeon overclocks just as good if not slightly better than my 2600k. Currently I have a Xeon E5-1680 v2 running at 4.6ghz at 1.36v with XMP Enabled at 2400mhz with the Dominator RAM, a Radeon VII card, and a 1tb Samsung 860 EVO drive. I've been able to push the 1680 past 4.8ghz for benchmarking. The Cinebench r15 score for the 1680 v2 is 1648 when it's clocked to 4.6ghz. This does much better than my 4930k. I have had no trouble using the onboard RAID to put drives like the older Samsung F3 1tb to the 850 Pro in RAID 0. I've updated the BIOS several times while owning this board and I have had no problems. If you do update the BIOS, make sure to update the the 2nd BIOS in case you have a Xeon or an IB-E chip. This ran fine with 16gb, 4 sticks of G.Skill 2133mhz CL9 RAM. One of the sticks failed and then I upgraded to a 32GB KIT of Kingston Savage which was horrible. I got my hands on a Kit of Corsair Dominator 2400 CL11 memory and that runs great, with the XMP Profile enabled, with my overclocked 4930k. The G.Skill Sniper 2400mhz cl11 32gb kit also does well. You might have to bump up the System Agent voltage. There has been no problems with running cards in 2-way SLI and crossfire. GTX 670 in SLI, GTX 680 in SLI, and I had three 8gb RX 480 cards in crossfire with this board. (The 3-way CF RX 480 cards were running long before the mining craze happened.) When my son was using this PC for gaming, he bought himself a single GTX 1080ti F.E. but then he bought his own setup. Now I have a Radeon VII card. The CPU was running with a custom loop the entire time so I have never seen a CPU temperature reach above 80f. The hottest CPU of the lot was the E5-1660 which could chew through 250w while running a stress test. If I was to average the daily use for the life of this RIVE board, I'd say this system is on for 8 hours a day. It gets used for file compression, streaming, has been used for Virtual Machines, benchmarking, stress testing but it gets used for gaming too. So far it's held up and held up well. I have ZERO regrets plopping down $500 for this board and I'd do it again.

Cons: I'm still a bit wary because I've had a few Asus boards like the P6T Deluxe or P8P67 WS Revolution fail or experience strange issues. Last year I bought a Crosshair VII board that developed a strange issue after the return windows expired and I spent most of the summer of 2018, with 2x RMA's, trying to get Asus to fix the problem. Asus also refused to fix a Maximus VIII Hero board that was having prolonged boot issues and problems with the USB 3.1 ports. So the only Con here is having to deal with Asus' terrible Customer service.

Overall Review: In my time I have come across 25 different aftermarket boards by every major vendor except ASRock. This is the best board of the bunch. I love being able to find a cheap Xeon and seeing what I can do with it. With the Xeon E5-1680 v2 which has 8-cores, this board and platform is still relevant in 2019. If Ryzen 3000 finally makes this x79 platform obsolete, that means cheaper Xeons to overclock. The only tip I can give is I clean the dust off but I don't go berserk with the spray air. Also, since I have a custom watercooler I use a 120mm fan to keep the VRM block and RAM cool. Last but not least, I have always used a Top Tier power supply like the Seasonic X-1250, EVGA P2 1200, or the 2017 version Corsair HX1200.

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Zero regrets buying a Core i7-3770k for a gaming rig. Worth every Penny3/17/2019 10:28:02 AM

Pros: This was for my brothers gaming rig that I built him in September 2012. Right now this CPU does very well with the GTX 1070 he upgraded to . I knew that down the road, buying the Core i7 would pay off. After 5 years it's kinda hard to believe how the 3770k has retained it's value and how much the 3570k hasn't. Even for modern gaming this CPU does great if it's paired with the right graphics card. If you're gaming at 4k you could easily overclock this thing to 4.2ghz then pair it with a GTX 1080ti and game on without worry. At 4k even the best graphics cards are bottlenecked but you still need a capable CPU. The 3770k will meet your gaming needs if your FPS target is 60fps-90fps, depending on the game. The only time you should consider the Core i5-8600k or the Core i7-8700k is if you're going to use a 144hz monitor and you need that extra push from the CPU to boost FPS. You start to notice the benefits of having the fastest CPU when your FPS are at 90fps. This is the best CPU you can buy for the Socket 1155 platform, unless you count the likes of the Xeon E3-1270 v2, E3-1280 v2, E3-1285 v2, or E3-1290 v2 which are locked. However, if you have an h61, h67, b75, or any other non-Z or non-P67 motherboard then you can look at the Core i7-3770 which is cheaper than the K version or a Xeon E3 v2 CPU. *EDIT 03-17-19* I bought a used 3770k that can do 4.8ghz at 1.35v (1.36v according to CPU-Z)..... and this is a Golden Sample. I don't think the guy who sold it to me knew the chip he has was within the top 1% otherwise he could have sold it for more. So far this has passed 5 hours of Prime95 v.29.6 Small FFT's and 15 rounds of LinpackExtreme 10gb test. I delidded the 3770k before I even tried to overclock and I have this 3770k on a custom loop with a GTR 360 and an EK Supremacy EVO block and the max CPU temps haven't exceeded 71c.

Cons: The cheap TIM keeps this from being a great overclocker. As far as Silicon and architectural quality goes, the 3rd gen processors typically don't overclock as well as Sandy Bridge processors I own a 2600k that can easily hit 4.8ghz at 1.35v and it's stable as a rock. With the old Corsair H70 the temps never hit above 73c while running IBT. 71c-72c running Prime95. This 3770k I bought from newegg easily hist 4.6ghz at 1.31v (offset) but the old H80 it was paired with could not keep it from hitting 90c while running Prime95 Blend. The board I bought was an Asus z77 Sabertooth. Other than that one shot of overclocking to see how well the 3770k rates in the Silicon Lottery world, it's been running at stock speed since Sept of 2012. I also have a Core i7-3770 on a P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard and the max the multiplier will go to is 43. I increased the Baseclock to 103 and I got the chip to 4.4ghz and it passes all stress tests. Keep in mind that some boards will flip out if you touch the Baseclock, and you really can move the Baseclock past 105 because it's tied to the PCI-E lanes. If you are looking to upgrade and you aren't going to overclock very high then you can look at the straight i7-3770 or a Xeon E3 v2.

Overall Review: I have no regrets buying the Core i7 and pairing it with a GTX 660ti over the Core i5 and a GTX 670/680. Back then games sometimes took a 1% hit by trying to use the Hyperthreading and it made zero sense to buy an i7 for a gaming rig. Now you have games like Overwatch that greatly benefit from the H/T. Also, the 3570k is at the point where it is almost bare minimum for gaming because games in 2018 are using 6-8 threads. I know a couple people who have recently upgraded their 3570k to the 3770k because they need something that can take on more threads. In the end I'm happy I paid more for the 3770k. If you plan to keep your system for the long run and you have the extra $100 to spend then get the i7.

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Cool Story here, Bro2/4/2019 6:22:06 PM

Pros: When I bought this CPU last Winter, I got 8 Intel cores for right around $475. That's not such a hot value at this moment with the Ryzen 2000 series processors and Threadripper2. At the most my CPU usage across all threads has been 50%. The temps are pretty good at stock speeds. With these x299 processors you can still wring a little bit more single threaded performance out of them than you can with the 12nm Ryzen parts, but not by much. You can overclock in a way that give your 2 core Turboboost a higher frequency, you can play with the cache, and the faster RAM with a lower cas latency will help. It's not going to get you over enough to make it worthwhile. My 7820x is a Silicon Lottery loser. It needs 1.227v to run stable at 4.6ghz with AVX -3 and AVX 512 -5. It's delidded and the delid job was rechecked but while running the more stressful AVX Stress Test the temps can reach 95c (Which does not include Realbench). Before I delidded the CPU would constantly throttle unless I scaled back to 4.5ghz and used a lighter stress test.

Cons: Well, when you consider what Threadripper 2 can do, I don't see any reason to buy into the x299 platform. Overclocking the Uncore is very important thanks to Intel Mesh Interconnect. Basically the reason these 2066 processors aren't all that great compared to Coffee Lake is the same reason AMD has such problems with their Ryzen processors. To fix things with Ryzen you just need exceptional RAM. With these x299/2066 parts you need to overclock the cache.

Overall Review: Funny story on how I got this. I bought a GTX 1080ti card on it's release day to replace a Crossfire RX 480 8gb setup that wasn't cutting it at 4k. Then I decided to try my hand at Ethereum mining, right before it got hot and I have been mining with those cards since the beginning of April of 2017. Also, I was able to find a few more Radeon cards at dirt cheap prices on the used market. Somehow I managed to stay ahead of the Supply and Demand curve last year by being patient and looking for parts at the right time. When Ethereum value blew up last December I cashed out my coins and I bought the 7820x and an Asus RVIA board. In fact, I had enough money to buy the 7900x but I couldn't find a reason to pay double for it. The extra PCI-E lanes and 2 more cores weren't enough. When newegg put this CPU on sale and had a combo deal with the RVIA, I bit the bullet and went with this instead.

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Well built but........... it depend on your usage12/24/2018 5:18:05 PM

Pros: -Sturdy and well built for the most part. I bought 2 of these cases and the door broke off on both of them after a couple year, but the steel part was solid. -Nice look -Silverstone fans. I was just happy that this case was better than any case HP or Dell would offer. At the time I thought I was getting a good deal on this. I Upgraded to a Phanteks Enthoo Pro case which is a wonderful case. If it wasn't for the Antec ripoff drive cages and the top mounted power supply I would have kept this case due to how solid it is. On the other hand I demand a lot from my system. I'm always upgrading something or changing out a graphics card. This kind of case is great for a user who just wants to build something and then only open it up for a dusting.

Cons: I paid $55 for the 1st Conqueror and $65 for the 2nd one which isn't a good deal compared to what $60 would get for your money in 2018. A TOP MOUNTED power supply is a BIG....... NO! NO! Although this case did fine with cards like the 4870, GTX 560ti, 5870, GTX 670, and GTX 970. I intended to put a huge MSI Gaming X R9 390x into this case but that card was too much. -The Hard drive cages were like HELL to work with.

Overall Review: The first Conqueror I upgraded to a Cooler Master HAF 932 when I got a 2nd HD5870 for Crossfire. The 2nd one I bought hung around for a very long time until I was replaced in favor of a Phanteks Enthoo.

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Been running since 200912/24/2018 5:02:33 PM

Pros: Originally this TX750 was bought for a Phenom II x4 945 build with a 1gb Radeon 4870 Sapphire Toxic card. The only upgrade that was made was to a 5870, then a GTX 970 and the RAM was increased to 8gb. This weekend I upgraded the system to a Ryzen 7 2700x , 16gb G.Skill Flare X 3200mhz cl14, and the GPU was upgraded to GTX 1080. After running stress tests like Superposition, Furmark, Prime95, everything went well. The voltage readings come back good on my power supply tester. I also have an old HX1000 that I bought in 2009 and it's was still running in a system that saw heavy usage. This Christmas weekend I upgraded that to an EVGA 1200 P2.

Cons: This is such an old unit that it's not anything better than 80 Plus White. The updated TX750 was at least 80Plus Bronze. I might upgrade to an 80Plus Platinum unit.

Overall Review: Well this product no longer exists but I would easily recommend a Corsair RMx, HX, or AX series power supply.

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Easy to work with12/10/2018 8:21:49 PM

Pros: I got this case because I'm one of those old timers who still runs cards in SLI, I like loud fans, and I have a watercooling system with a 60mm thick 360mm radiator (HWL Black Ice GTX 360) with soft tubing. Right now I'm only cooling the CPU but I'm stepping up to a monoblock. It's easy to work with, I don't have to mod anything to make it work, and even with 2x GTX 1080ti cards in SLI I still have enough room for everything else. Right now I have a total of 15x 120mm fans in the system and I'm proud that I do. The only fans that are going to waste are the ones I Installed at the bottom of the case. That area is really ideal for mounting a 480mm radiator if you need to. If I wanted to throw another 240mm or 280mm radiator in the system then I would have no trouble doing so. The main selling point for me was I have a friend who's had the 900d since 2009 and he likes it, and I was able to reuse my 5.25" pump/res combo in this system. With newer cases I would have had to change over to a cylinder type pump/res combo. I also have a DVD/RW drive that still gets used sometimes so it was nice to put that into the system.

Cons: Cable management options and routing could be better. At the top of the case I have my 60mm this radiator combined with 2x 25mm thickness of fans, 6 in total. 110mm is pushing it and I have very little to no room for cable management. Very, very heavy with all the hardware installed. If someone tries to steal the system, they had better be buff. At least I can deadlift 300lbs.

Overall Review: No problems for a system with: Core i9-7940x (4.6ghz Binned by SL) I bought it on my own but had them delid. Rampage VI Apex 32gb DDR4-3600 (Formerly 4930k, RIVE board, and 32gb DDR3-2400) 2x EVGA SC2 GTX 1080ti SLI EVGA 1600w T2 2x 850 pro 512gb 970 Pro 512gb 8gb Seagate Barracuda Pro (Used to have 4x Samsung F3 1tb drives for Raid 0)

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Packs a Punch12/10/2018 8:01:37 PM

Pros: Update Dec 10, 2018. I still have this PSU in a system with a 3770k, Gigabyte z68 UD5 board, 16gb DDR3-1600, 1tb SSD 850 Evo, and a GTX 670 and it's still working. A combined 100 amps on 4x +12v rails? Ok some people may not like the 25amps on one single +12v rail. Consider this, At one point of time, I used this thing to power a core i7 920 (OCed to 3.2ghz) with 2x HD5870's in X-fire and 3x 500gb drives in Raid 0. This was just some sort of chance thing but I'm glad it worked. I got this with a coupon code discount.

Cons: Doesn't have the big 140mm fan on the top of the housing. Com'on, we all know that!

Overall Review: I bought this to replace a damaged power supply. I've already had this thing for over a year and a half and it's still going.

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3600mhz! cl15! G.Skill! Captain Insano shows No Mercy11/24/2018 11:11:02 PM

Pros: *EDIT* Samsung-B dies. Verified with Thaiphoon Burner. As of 11/24/18 it's out of stock but I sure hope more arrives because I was thinking of buying another kit. This is really great stuff and it helped me to troubleshoot a faulty Asus board. Tech support from any company should know that any RAM problems are RULED OUT when you use a single stick of this stuff at 2133mhz. I bought this kit to run with a Ryzen 7 2700x/Crosshair VII Wifi combo. The first board was not stable (Most likely a PCH issue) so I had to RMA the board twice before Asus replaced it. The results were the same on both boards. I could not get DOCP to work 100% of the time at 3600mhz but I had no trouble getting the kit to work at 3200mhz CL14 and even at 3466mhz by manually overclocking the memory. On the 2nd CH7HWifi board I was simply able to get the RAM to run at 3466mhz CL15 by enabling DOCP, then switching the memory multiplier to 3466mhz. I stress tested the CPU and system and I had no problems. One thing I didn't try was to volt the memory to 1.36v with DOCP enabled. While I was waiting for the RMA process I tested these sticks with a 7700k and a 6700k, which are both delidded on a Maximus VIII Hero board with the latest BIOS. The 7700k overclocked like a champion and I was easily able to hit 5.1ghz AVX offset -2 while staying around 1.35v with XMP enabled. Everything was super stable. Normally I have trouble here when I'm testing with other memory that's less stable. The IMC on the 6700k on the other hand wasn't as good. While the 6700k had no problems running this memory at stock speeds or a low overclock with XMP enabled, it couldn't run this RAM with XMP enabled at 4.7ghz. I wasn't sure if 3600mhz was too rich for the 6700k but it had no troubles at all with modest CPU clock speeds.

Cons: These are fabbed on the older 20nm process, as verified by Thaiphoon burner. I guess the newer 10nm IC's are not out yet. Out of stock at this moment.

Overall Review: Yes, of course I would recommend this to other people if they are willing to spend more on RAM. Although it's kinda hard to recommend anything these days thanks to RAM prices being at an all time high as of June 2018. I got these on sale for $239.99, but that's only $10 more than the 3200 CL16 kit I bought before Christmas 2017. Black Friday of 2016 I bought a kit of 3200mhz cl16 RAM for $130, so my only regret is not buying more when I had the chance back in 2016. The only surefire way to get Samsung-B memory for Ryzen is to buy 3200mhz CL14 memory, or low latency/high speed stuff like this. I had seen a list online where someone was trying to take a guess at which memory was using Samsung B dies and which isn't, but then people came back to that thread tell the writer his list was wrong. If you buy 3200mhz CL16 memory then you won't know what you're getting. I've bought 4x kits of 3200mhz cl16 RAM and only one of those kits had Samsung-B die memory. Another point for Intel users. If you enable XMP then check your VCCIO and VCCSA (System Agent), then you can look at manually volting those to VCCIO at 1.15v and VCCSA at 1.2v minimum. The maximum you would or should need is VCCIO at 1.3v and VCCSA at 1.35v. Sometimes more is NOT better and it could cause your memory to be unstable. I think 1.2v VCCIO and 1.25v VCCSA is a good number and these sticks should work fine at this voltage. You might not have to worry about this if the IMC on your CPU is built like a tank. If you're trying to overclock your 8700k to something like 5ghz-5.3ghz with XMP enabled and it overclocks fine at stock Memory speeds then you can look at tweaking these voltages. Remember, sometimes more with these things isn't better and it may cause instability.

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Hopefully this is the last F.E. card Nvidia makes9/3/2018 9:09:54 AM

Pros: 5 starts for the following: EVGA being a reliable company. Buying a FE card from them is a no brainer. When the fans are cranked to 80-85%, this card will automatically boost clock to 1910mhz and it's gone a bit higher than that. I haven't touched any of the core or memory clock settings. 35% performance increase over the GTX 1080 if it's used at 3820x2160. This card is also the best you can get for a 2k/144hz setup just as long as you combine that with a CPU like the Core i7-8700k. A fast CPU will really help out if your FPS fluctuate between 80fps and 100fps. Plays nearly all games at 4k while being able to give you 60fps The blower cooler shoots the hot air out of the case. Nvidia drivers are almost always stable. This card consumes around 230w which isn't bad. Originally I had a set of 8gb RX 480 cards in Crossfire that was being used to push that one 28" Samsung 4k monitor you (the person reading this) always see on sale. The RX 480 combo worked great in some games but it needed to be turned off for others. I got this because I needed reliability and stability at 4k.

Cons: 1. The F.E. cooler. It's horrible! Even if I run the fans at 85% the Boost Clock is still BOTTLENECKED by how inefficient this cooler is. I choose to buy the EVGA SC2 AIO cooler for this card which really allowed this card to shine. 2. This card doesn't score super high on synthetic benchmarks. Do not use pass-mark to base a decision on a Graphics card.

Overall Review: I intended to add this to my waterloop but I'm not sure if I will since any GTX Pascal card won't go much past 2100mhz on a good day. Eventually I got the SC2 AIO cooler for this card which is more than enough.

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Junk and more junk. Should have been called Crouching Tiger Hidden Junk.2/17/2018 12:18:52 PM

Pros: Nice heatsink that covers the x58 chipset and VRM/MOSFET. I really wish modern board makers would still use the copper fins instead of these beauty blocks. Functionality over Form I never had any problems with the Marvell controllers but I never tried using them either. I actually like the Legacy IDE cable and that was very convenient. I was able to hook up a bunch of legacy devices into this board. Most x58 boards had this stuff. The reason I picked this board is because EVGA didn't properly list the specs of their x58 3way SLI board.

Cons: The board ended up failing right after the warranty period expired. Don't know why or how. It stated with random system shutdowns then eventually the system would not work at all. I put the q-code reader in the debug port and it reads F.F.. I tried three different 1366 processors, different power supply, different RAM, tried to boot up with the board on a table......Nothing. Dead. This board wanted nothing to do with overclocking my old Core i7-920 C0 stepping CPU. Even the most modest overclocks would cause the system to crash and I constantly got the "Overclocking failed" screen. It overclocked the Core i7-930 D0 stepping chip just fine but it wouldn't touch my C0 stepping chip. I tried BIOS updates and all sorts of tweaks to get it to work. Later on I bought a revised EVGA x58 3-way SLi board and I had no issues giving that Core i7-920 C0 stepping chip a modest overclock. In fact, when it came to the 930, the EVGA board did a better job of overclocking that CPU. I didn't burn the board up because when I had the 930 in it, I only overclocked it to 4.1ghz, reasonable voltage, and for a very short period of time (3 weeks). Then I came across another P6T Deluxe v2 board and it was no better. Another pile of junk. I ran two RX 480 cards in X-Fire with a Xeon x5690 CPU, and a Bug Chip towards the bottom of the board fried. The board still worked for a while longer but it died. The previous owner never overclocked and used the stock cooler. The Driver DVD came with bloatware and other useless software. It looked like my HP Pavilion after I loaded everything. The PC ran like trash at first but I bought a couple of those old Samsung F3 drives and put them in Raid 0.

Overall Review: Worst f'in board ever. This is the worst board I have ever bought. Excuse me, I'm going to drown my sorrows in a Pepsi.

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5 stars so far2/17/2018 11:55:30 AM

Pros: Cheap and it's competitive with the Samsung 850 series. Great I/O times. These things are a specimen compared to 2012 era drives like the Samsung 830. I have seven desktop computers and I can't seem to get enough of these drives because of how fast it is to work on O.S. related tasks. Fast loading and startup times. If you're a gamer or a general user, you'll save money on this as opposed to an NVMe M.2 drive of the same capacity, and you would never notice a difference. These drives are a good value. Some people swear up and down these M.2 drives fail because they use Flash memory. Maybe the older and cheaper ones do but I doubt these newer ones won't. I've been running a 256gb Samsung 830 since mid 2012 and under normal use it's barely scratched it's TBWC limits. I'm confident that I'll have this Crucial drive for years.

Cons: The Rapid mode, aka Momenteous Cache doesn't work well and it causes the system to hang when: -I terminate an intensive program -When I shut down the system. -In the middle of an intensive program. -When I load a large program I don't like the plastic enclosure/case, but at least it's better than what Sandisk uses.

Overall Review: I would purchase this again but the next time I get a SSD, I'm going to get a newer Samsung 980/970 series. I just bought into the x299 platform and it's begging for a couple M.2 drives.

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Ultimate Gaming Processor2/17/2018 11:32:19 AM

Pros: The reason I'm writing this review is I've spent countless hours researching this processor and I want to pass along my knowledge. I bought this processor for my Dad's rig. In the single threaded CineBench R10 benchmark the i5-2500K chip is over 20% faster than the i7-980x. Overall, the i5-2500K is 12% faster than the i7-960 at stock speeds. Clock vs. Clock the 2500K is about 5%-8% faster than anything in the 800 or 900 series. So, if you're building a new computer the LGA 1155 platform is the way to go. Since games don't use H/T and can't make use of more than 6mb of L3 cache this chip is almost a no-brainer when it comes to putting together a gaming rig. Games also benefit this chip's high clock speed. Games that use the processor a little more like Starcraft 2, WOW, GTA4, Dragon Age and Minecraft will see a great benefit from this processor. You will only see a small boost compared to another Intel Quad-Core processor in First-Person games like Crysis 2.

Cons: OCing. Some chips are better than others. It all depends on how good the batch is. Pretty much anyone should be able to take one of these chips to 4.4ghz with the proper cooling. 5.0ghz is a different story. The most experienced overclocker probably won't be able to take this chip to 5ghz on air if it's from a bad batch. The common user or gamer won't see much of a benefit by taking this chip beyond 4ghz. These i5-2500K chips will be easier to take to 5ghz becasue of the lack of Hyperthreading. I know about this from my experience with the 2600K. If you plan to O.C. to a high level then you will want to splurge on the Heatsink and Motherboard. Budget motherboards aren't as effective at distributing the voltage. The bigger issue with budget motherboards is they can't sustain a high level of voltage for a long period of time. Personally, I've already fried a couple of cheap motherboards. I have never fried a processor or a well-built motherboard.

Overall Review: In my life I've never used the stock Intel Cooler. If you do a little research you will find that a budget cooler is far more effective than the stock Intel Cooler. If you read enough of these reviews, you're probably looking at an aftermarket cooler for your build. There is no difference between the 2500K and 2600K in games. In fact, the H/T on the 2600K will slow some of the games down a tiny bit. Your gaming rig would benefit more if you spent the extra $90 on a better graphics card. Back in this era many games actually lost a few FPS when Hyperthreading was enabled. This wasn't a big deal since this happens when framerates are well above 100fps. Alot of people want to build rigs for upcoming games like Skyrim or Battlefield 3. My advice to you is wait until the game you want is actually on the market. A lot can change in the computer hardware world in a span of 3 months. In most cases, new hardware is released during the second-half of the year.

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Runs cool2/11/2018 11:01:17 AM

Pros: Next to my Sapphire Nitro+ edition card I have, the Gaming X card Runs cooler. The Construction and build quality is head and shoulders above the Armour card and the XFX cards. XFX skimps on the shroud which puts this MSI card above it in build quality. The Armor card is flimsy.

Cons: Consumes more power than any other RX 580 card I have. The user will need to make adjustments to the voltage settings to curb excessive voltage usage. I have many other MSI gaming card and the cooler used on this RX 580 is not quite as thick as the cooler that's used on my GTX 1070 card or my R9 390x cards. This card uses a mix of Samsung and Hynix memory. At a similar memory clock speed the Gaming card will pull in 1MH/s more than the Armor card I have. That's considering the BIOS has been flashed for mining. If the BIOS isn't flashed then you will be stuck at 22MH/s using the AMD compute drivers.

Overall Review: MSI has been reliable so far. I still have problems with AMD drivers. If you're a gamer or you're building a system for someone who in not tech savvy at all then consider a Nvidia card. I rebuilt a gaming system for a client and I used an 8gb RX 580. Some driver issues prevented the system from working, and driver re-installations were not successful. I mailed the client a 6gb GTX 1060 card, gave them the installation instructions, and the Nvidia card worked like a charm. In fact, the client was happier with the Nvidia card.

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Bought 2 and they worked great12/25/2017 9:17:28 PM

Pros: These AIO coolers were easy to set up and I really liked the space I saved in the case. Sleek looking Gave me control of ways to cool the VRM on the motherboard. Beat the older H70 by 2c I bought 2 of these. One for a 2600k rig that ran for 8-12hours a day. The other one was for my brother's 3770k gaming rig. Neither of these died and they ran for 5 years 2012-2017 before being replaced by way preventative maintenance. No leaks and even in the end these were passing stress tests. Older AIO coolers were less refined than the coolers you can buy today. The H80 was good enough to keep the temps of an overclocked Core i7-2600k to 4.8ghz within good ranges during stress tests. I liked the 4 fan headers on the Water Block I also liked that you could control the Fans and Pump with a button on the block

Cons: Large twin tower cooler like the D14 outperform these by a few degrees. The Radiator has an Aluminum core. These would perform better if they had a copper core and if they could place the pump on the radiator. The hoses are made from a harder plastic that isn't very flexible. I hated the additional wires that came out of the block. What I really hate is all the wires that come out of the newer Corsair coolers. The speed button on the Waterblock quit working on both the H80's I bought and it does not work on the H100 I bought.

Overall Review: This was part of the 2nd Generation of coolers from Corsair. The H105 was the last great cooler corsair made.

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4 Years and no problems12/25/2017 8:19:02 PM

Pros: Easy to work in because of the size. Very roomy and frustration free. Someone once told me that I couldn't use a 240mm AIO cooler with this case but I had no trouble Installing a H100i V2. There is no way it would work with a 280mm radiator as far as I can see. 240mm radiator is pushing the limits and this may not work with a board that has a very large VRM heatsink. This will work with large cards like the Asus Strix that's nearly 6" wide by 12" long. Lots of room for an eATX motherboard. Lots of bays for Hard drives.

Cons: Seems a little flimsy compared to my Cooler Master HAF 932 and Corsair Obsidian 900d Lack of stock fans. Finding compatible 200mm fans through NZXT has been a headache

Overall Review: with the 240mm AIO cooler, This worked with an Asus z77 Sabertooth. Upgraded to the Gigabyte x99 Phoenix and there was barely enough room to make the AIO cooler work.

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