Date Joined: 08/04/16
Pros: - Performs well thus far
- Expected to have a decent life
Cons: - Need to be very careful about the Market Place sellers
Overall Review: Now that I have both the 2TB and 4TB Samsung 860 EVO drives are ordered I have no complaints thus far and am satisfied with their performance.
The drives are listed under the /AM model number denoting American market drive and therefore US based warranty coverage and support.
I ordered a 2TB 860 EVO directly, this came without incident.
I ordered a 4TB 860 EVO through one of the Market Place sellers. They shipped me first a OEM drive and then an EU drive, both which have negative warranty implications compared to the 5 year US serviceable warranty advertised on the product page.
Basically, while a great drive and I would be again, you really need to be careful about what is advertised vs. what is sent to you.
5 egg product. 1-2 egg buying experience here. I think more should be done to protect the would be purchasers on this site (for example, as I now know, the Market Place seller I bought from has a sub 90% product accuracy rating).
Pros: - Pretty quiet
- Provides a nice light
- Appears to move a good amount of air
Cons: - Two wires, one for LED and one for fan PWM
Overall Review: First, I would likely buy these again. Second, the Lighting Node is necessary (and useful) for managing the LEDs on these fans with the Corsair iCUE software.
You will also need a Corsair Commander Pro in order to manage the fan speed using the Corsair iCUE software. In my experience this works pretty well and while there is a cost here, it is nice to have a software interface for controlling through the OS.
If I could make one improvement it would be to have a single connector to control both the RGB and fan speed off a single header, so long as using Corsair products, and then having a universal adapter / pigtail. This would make wiring simpler.
Pros: - Plenty of space
- Relatively simple design
- Includes dust filters
- Fits 360mm radiators
- Drive mounts work quite well
Cons: - Cannot fit optical drive with 360 mm radiator front or top mounted
None, I am extremely satisfied with this product.
Makes cable management too simple.
Overall Review: I have been building computers, as an enthusiast and once as an employee of a small business, since 2005. I have worked with many cases over the years. Computer cases have come a really long way and I am extremely satisfied with this case.
I am running a Corsair H150i front mounted with push / pull fans. I took the front shroud part and moved it back to be even with the motherboard tray. I am really happy with how open the space is.
There are lots of rubber grommets for cable pass through.
As someone who has worked with numerous economy cases and old designs such CM Stacker 932 (custom modded fire cable management); CM HAF X, HAF, and HAF XB EVO; and many others I must say this has been the easiest experience by far when it comes to managing cables and keeping a clean organized build from the front. (Granted, many new cases allow for this.)
This case was an absolute pleasure to build with, and if I have a situation where it makes sense to use one again I certainly will.
Pros: - Corners have rubber vibration dampening
- RGB LEDs look good
- Quiet and move a good amount of air
- Solid construction
- Works well with Corsair iCUE software
Cons: - Two wires, one for power and one for LED, would prefer single wire
Overall Review: I would certainly buy again, at least assuming these last a good long time.
Thus far happy with the first month of ownership.
I do wish that they maybe used a single proprietary cable that could control speed and lighting for use with the Corsair Commander Pro or Lighting Node and then have a pig tail for those who want to use non-Corsair fan control.
The reason for this is if you have a build with many fans the two wires per fan are a lot to deal with wiring wise.
Pros: - Clean to install
See below for other possible pros, but need more time to see if possible benefits bare out.
Cons: - Pad can slide around a bit during install, wound up using two people to install, one to hold pad in place with pliers along the edge, other to hold cooler
Overall Review: When looking at what thermal compound to use for my new build I came across these thermal pads and the features listed appear interesting to me. My intention in building my current rig was to have a long term maintenance free build, even if this would sacrifice a bit of thermal performance and cost a bit more.
According to reviews these pads do not have issues with drying out and degradation of thermal performance over time. Reviews of the re-usability of this product are not as clear. I also had a clear expectation that this would perform between 2-6 C worse than other high end thermal compounds, but that this should also last 5+ years without thermal performance degradation (which I have experienced with product like Arctic Silver 5 over time, and needed to re-apply).
So my review so far, after one month of ownership:
Ryzen 9 3950X @ 4.2 GHz across all 16 cores with a Corsair H150i in push / pull fan configuration idles between 36-38 C in my house (ambient is around 20-24 C so far). Peak temperatures are 70-72 C.
The real question for me is how long this will last and perform in the summer (my wife and I are a little lax on both heating and cooling).
If this product lasts 5+ years with no change in thermal performance I will be very happy with it, but time will tell.
Hopefully I remember to amend this review.
Pros: - Appears well built
- Plenty of hose length
- Long screws provided for up to 6 fans mounted
Cons: - The "RGB" advertised in the product name is a lot less than you might think
Overall Review: I have been running a Corsair H110i in my old system for ~4 years prior to this purchase and have had no complaint. So I was quite willing to revisit Corsair when planning a new build.
I am currently running a Ryzen 9 3950X at 4.2 GHz across all 16 cores at 36-38 C idle and I think the peak temperature I have seen is 72-74 C. Not the most impressive numbers, but well within the thermal range I would like the CPU to stay within (keep in mind, I decided to go with a graphite based thermal pad over high performance thermal paste and am likely losing some cooling performance there). This is in a Fractal Design Define R6, which may not have the greatest air flow through the front mounted radiator.
I am running this with the included 3x Corsair ML120 PWM as push on the radiator and an additional 3x Corsair ML120 Pro RGB as pull on the radiator.
The kit includes screws and washers to mount fans in both push and pull (i.e. up to 6 fans).
I am very happy with the performance and sound levels and would both recommend and consider buying again.
Regarding the "RGB" aspect of this product though, the RGB on the pump is okay, nothing too fancy. The included 3x Corsair ML120 PWM have no RGB. So, if you are very concerned with aesthetics and lighting this is not a particularly "wow" inducing kit.
Pros: - iCUE software provides a convenient fan speed and RGB control hub
- Included USB and lighting headers allow for a lot of cooling / lighting to be run off one single motherboard USB header
Cons: - iCUE software still needs some better integration with motherboard / RAM / GPU RGB
Overall Review: First, some people do complain about cost on these, but I would argue that the fan speed management provided by this unit (compared to old front mounted fan speed controllers) equalizes its cost.
Second, while ASUS and Corsair have announced that iCUE and Aura should work together, in my experience this is true for the motherboard, but does not seem to work across the RAM or an ASUS GPU yet. Hopefully with newer versions of both the ASUS and Corsair software this compatibility will increase.
Overall I am happy with the unit and its performance / interface for the month I have been using it thus far.
I would consider buying this again just as a fan speed controller for another build.
Pros: - Fast
- Seemingly well designed heat sink
- Warranty length
Cons: - I question if the heat sink is necessary, and if yes, should it not have fins for more surface area?
- In my system this runs at 34 C, about 10 C higher than my other 2.5" SSDs; time will tell if this proves to become a reliability issue
Overall Review: I am thus far happy with the product. It has been up and running for a month with no complaints or issues.
I do have some concerns about the comparatively high temperatures (I use CPUID HWMonitor, but this agrees with the Aorus SSD Toolbox application readings as well).
In my brief bench marking it performed as promised.
I use this as my OS / boot drive and where I keep all my programs on a Windows 10 Pro machine.
I will apparently need to dig into the Linux support concerns should my wife and I consider this as a boot drive for a home server / NAS project.