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Brandon W.

Brandon W.

Joined on 11/22/12

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Most Favorable Review

Works like a charm with i7-8700K.

EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix CPU Water Block Module - Intel/AM4
EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix CPU Water Block Module - Intel/AM4

Pros: -Install is a breeze. -Keeps my CPU below 40c.

Cons: No cons.

Overall Review: Best advice I can give is take off the QDC balloon before you install and do it over a sink. When connected to other modules there are no drips when connecting and disconnecting the QDCs but the balloons do contain fluid and they will leak when you disconnect them - this goes for the GPU and the Radiatior as well. Check out my review on the Phoenix 360mm radiator and the Nickle GTX 1080Ti GPU module - item# 9SIAC8W6MV1012.

Most Critical Review

Awesome rad. (UPDATED) 2 fans have locked up in 7 months

EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix 360 Radiator Core Module 360mm
EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix 360 Radiator Core Module 360mm

Pros: -Keeps my i7-8700K and 1080ti below 40c. -Love the no drip quick connects. -Install is a breeze if you pay attention.

Cons: -The only con I can think of is the instructions. The GPU block uses instructions from their open loop blocks which is basically the same thing but there are a few points that it tells you to remove the hoses and mess with plugs - this is a pre-filled system so common sense should tell you not to do anything that would release fluid from the system.

Overall Review: I do want to say that this fit nicely in the front of a Phanteks P400 with CPU and GPU core modules. I did not pay attention when I installed the rad in the front of my case and noticed after every thing was installed that the fans were set to exhaust. So, if you plan to mount this in the front of any case you will have to flip the fans over. Last thing and it's very important is the QDC balloons, these do contain fluid and once disconnected there is nothing keeping the fluid in the balloons - best advice is to take whatever modules you buy to the sink when you disconnect the balloons. I reccommend disconnecting the balloons before you get these around your components. But, once the QDCs are connected to your other modules you wont have to worry about this because they are no drip connections. Almost forgot, you will get bubbling and gurgling for the first hour or so - it eventually goes away. Good luck! UPDATE: I have now owned this Radiator for 7 months and 2 of the 3 Vardar fans have locked up. I have dropped my rating to 3 eggs - for the price there should not be any issues this early.

Best thing ever - 1080Ti FE.

EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix GPU Core FC GeForce GTX FE GPU Water Block Module - Nickel
EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix GPU Core FC GeForce GTX FE GPU Water Block Module - Nickel

Pros: -Keeps GPU below 40c under load. -Just looks crazy cool.

Cons: -The only issue I ran into was the instructions, the instructions included in my box were for the open loop GPU module. I'm pretty sure this is how they come. But, setup is basically the same except there are a few points it tells you to open the system. Because this is a pre-filled system common sense should tell you not to do anything that would release fluid.

Overall Review: Don't be intimidated, the whole process is simple just read the instructions carefully and don't worry about all those extra screws. Be careful of the QDC balloons, I can't stress this enough because the GPU was the worst when I removed the balloon. Take the balloon off before you install it on your GPU. The QDCs on the other modules are no leak but the balloons have nothing to keep the fluid from pouring out. If you plan on installing a backplate I would read the backplate instructions before you install the module - it will save you some work. Good luck!

Destroys the Naga

Logitech G600MMO Gaming Mouse - Black
Logitech G600MMO Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: Before I owned this mouse, I had 2 - Razer Naga's and both died around the same time (about a year and 3 months.). I bought the G600 for $20 less than the price of the Naga and in the 4 years I have owned it I have not had a single problem. Worth every penny if you want a product that will last.

Cons: -Here is my only complaint, keep in mind I was having this issue back in 2012 when the mouse first released so it's totally possible its not an issue any longer due to a firmware upgrade. But, I gave up on the G-Shift button after about a month. I play WoW, lets use a hunter as an example. Say you are running and you have "Arcane Shot" bound to Shift+1 so you hit G-Shift and G9 (Shift+1 on my setup.) your character will STOP then fire "Arcane Shot" which in PvP (Player vs Player) is a no no for me because I need to be constantly moving. This wasn't make or break for me because 1.) It's very easy to hit the shift key with your pinky. 2.) It's literally 2 clicks in the Logitech software to disable the G-Shift key so you don't accidently hit it.

11/12/2015

Impressed.

Seagate Desktop SSHD ST1000DX001 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop SSHD ST1000DX001 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I'm not going to lie I am pretty impressed with the boot times on this 1TB - SSHD. This is an incredible substitute for an 120GB SSD that is around the same price point. If you are on the market for a SSD but you are wanting more memory and trying to save little cash this is worth every penny.

Cons: I've had the SSHD for about a month now and no cons yet.

11/12/2015

Wow...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100352-2L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100352-2L

Pros: Runs pretty cool and quiet

Cons: Frame drops in about every game. Screen tearing after about 15 min of FarCry 3 on "High" Screen tearing that carries over to your desktop Having to look at images streching across your screen Having to uninstall and reinstall your drivers a million times in hopes that the issues will go away.

Overall Review: Okay, for those of you out there wondering which card you should go with "The Radeon 7950 or the GeForce 660ti." Just save you up a little more money and get the 670. Also, if you're thinking that the 3 free games is too good of a deal to pass up, think again. I'm currently trying to RMA this card for a refund so I can get the GeForce 670 and they're only wanting to give me $130 back. So, they're actually charging me for $169 worth of "free" games. My build: Intel i5-3570k Quad Core 1TB Seagate HDD 2x4Gb GSkill Ripjaws Corsair 400R Case *Sapphire Radeon HD 7950* -soon to be Geforce 670.