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James L.

James L.

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Most Favorable Review

One of the Highest Performing PSU's Available

CORSAIR AXi Series AX1600i CP-9020087-NA 1600W ATX 80 PLUS TITANIUM Certified Full Modular Digital ATX Power Supply
CORSAIR AXi Series AX1600i CP-9020087-NA 1600W ATX 80 PLUS TITANIUM Certified Full Modular Digital ATX Power Supply

Pros: + Incredible Efficiency + PFC on a full digital platform + Excellent Ripple Suppression + Quiet FDB Fan, can set speed in Link software + Corsair Link Software works well + 10 Year Warranty

Cons: - Cable quality is poor. The sleeving is cheap feeling nylon that snags and frays easily. Many cables came out of the box with frayed sleeving where they were bent for packaging. - Not enough PCIe Cables for a PSU this size (8) - The dual PCIe cables are almost impossible to use on graphics cards. The second 6+2 pin connector cable is too short and has what looks like 2 sets of capacitors in the short cable that make bending it difficult. Bending it back to fit a graphics card is just barely possible, feels like it's going to break. Poorly implemented. - Puts out a lot of EMI

Overall Review: Manufactured by Flextronics, they did a great job on the PSU itself, while cutting corners on the cables. This is currently one of the most efficient PSU's money can buy.

Most Critical Review

Loud Pump, Good Cooling

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: The cooling form this thing is great. Due to space limitation in my case I am only able to mount two fans in a "pull" setup on top of the radiator. This is not ideal, but still it keeps my CPU at 36C under load, amazing!

Cons: The pump on this thing is really loud. I have 4 120mm fans in my case and two video cards with 2 fans each. The only think I can hear is this pump. I can even hear it from across the room. I am going to have to RMA this thing because I can't work with that noise.

Overall Review: A lot of other users have reported loud pump noises in the Corsair forum. This seems to be an issue with the H100, possibly caused by air bubbles. If you are lucky you might get one that does not have this problem. Hopefully I can RMA this thing to them and get one that is not so loud. I will post an updated review if I do. Corsair support seems to be very responsive at least.

Failed Just Under 60 Days of Use

WD Elements 16TB USB 3.0, Micro-B 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBWLG0160HBK-NESN Black
WD Elements 16TB USB 3.0, Micro-B 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBWLG0160HBK-NESN Black

Pros: Was available for purchase at a reasonable price when I got it.

Cons: Just under 60 days of use, about 9TB written to 16TB drive, booted one day and this external drive was no longer recognized by OS. Tried everything, but the drive failed and would no longer initialize on any PC.

Overall Review: Drive does not seem to be reliable, high failure rate based on other reviews. Hopefully WD will RMA it.

Useless, Can only Stream Games at 720p on a 100GB Fiber Connection

NVIDIA VGA Gift - GeForce Now 1-Year Founders Membership
NVIDIA VGA Gift - GeForce Now 1-Year Founders Membership

Pros: None.

Cons: Obnoxious code redemption process, had to contact support to get the code to work. Won't stream games in 1080p or 1440p, despite having a 100GB fiber connection that is more than capable of it.

Overall Review: This seems pretty useless at the moment.

Amazing Processor for the Price

AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: - Keeps up with nearly any CPU in single threaded performance. - Multi-threaded performance is not bad. - Thermals are excellent if you get a decent cooler. - Lower end X570 boards are perfectly fine for this processor, as are most B450 boards as long as you can get the BIOS updated.

Cons: - Stock cooler isn't great; it will get you by if your budget is limited but consider upgrading to at least something like a Hyper 212, ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO, or any other reasonable air cooler. Ryzen 3000 performance is limited by thermals, a better cooler is worth it if your budget allows. Would have been nice to get the AMD Wraith Prism cooler, but that would probably be too much to ask at this price point. An option for no cooler at a lower price would be even better.

Overall Review: Probably the best value for the money CPU available at the time of this review. If you need a mid range to high end PC and are on a budget, this is the CPU to get.

Works at Advertised Speed, Looks Amazing

G.SKILL Trident Z Neo (For AMD Ryzen) Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16Q-64GTZNC
G.SKILL Trident Z Neo (For AMD Ryzen) Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16Q-64GTZNC

Pros: - Runs at 3600 CL16 on X570 - Looks amazing - RGB can be controlled by most motherboards without proprietary software - Enabled XMP profile and set voltage manually to 1.35v and it just works.

Cons: Not exactly a con but something to be aware of - these "TridentZ Neo" modules are slightly thicker than the regular TridentZ modules. I'm using a NZXT Kraken x62 CPU cooler and the water tubes coming out of the side of the CPU block bump into these sticks and nudge the one closest to the CPU just slightly. It still fits, but this didn't happen with the previous memory I had installed which was TridentZ (non-Neo).

Overall Review: This was the only 3600 CL16 memory I could get to run at advertised speeds on MSI X570 Creation motherboard with Ryzen 9 3900X. Several other 3600/CL16 memory kits would simply cause crashes if I enabled their XMP profile. Tip - check G.Skill's website to make sure your motherboard is on the QVL list, X570 seems to be particular about memory, at least in early BIOS versions that we have now.

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Nice CPU coolers. Good company.

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