Joined on 08/24/03
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Pros: AWESOME SIZE. It fits with tall memory! It's seriously great in every way, shape, and form. If you want high end performance, without the complexity or relatively poor performance of any/all lcs systems, this is the ticket! Great looks to boot!
Cons: The slim fan made a grinding noise. I have a FT02 (Silverstone) case, so the heatsink is rotated 90 degrees...I was bummed...
Overall Review: until I contacted Cryorig via email. They responded promptly to my issues, and sent a new fan out to me. Not only did this fix my issue (I had a bad thin fan, and the new fan does NOT make ticking noises) but I received a full box of the new fan, which came with some peripherals that didn't come with the heatsink. I am SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS COMPANY...THEY DESERVE YOUR MONEY. Get this...these guys are great!
Great for some reasons
Pros: The keys feel great (the mechanical ones, anyway) and the keyboards features seem great. The red keys you can replace the normal keys work wonderfully and feel really cool when gaming out. I love the feel and light touch necessary to hit the keys you want to while gaming. I "feather" the keys now and they just feel super responsive. build quality is great, and this keyboard is heavier than my previous wireless Logitech keyboard that is near twice the physical size.
Cons: The reason for writing this product as only 2 stars is because of customer service. The red keys 1-6 show in many pictures that the Shift-symbols above the 1-6 are there, but in real life there are no symbols, so if you want the red keys 1-6 with symbols so you know what symbol will be there while typing, you are out of luck. For not selling a product as advertised, even while its not a huge deal, I'm taking an egg off for that.
Overall Review: I'm taking two eggs off for customer service. After contacting Corsair about the key issue (obviously, at some point they had red keys with symbols to take pictures of!) their response was "sorry for not selling you what we said we would. You are out of luck." This is infrustrating to me as a consumer of such an expensive keyboard, and makes me wonder how well they'd take care of me should I need future support. For me, a large part of a product rating is the support of that product. For example...I have a Silverstone Case that needed something replaced...I called, no voice menus, and a guy named Dave took my info and sent a replacement out that day, hand addressed. Now THAT'S good customer service. I expect that kind of service on higher end components. In short; I would buy another mechanical keyboard if I were to consider something in this price range again.
Pros: Cold, frosty, fast. Also...did I mention this card is very quick, and COLD? I live in the hot desert not far out of Vegas, and even in my office (where the ambient over 80f) this card hit 54c at peak, and 59 when overclocked. AMAZINGly cool. Also...removing the 970's I had in SLI, and moving the heat to a rad, cooled my cpu by 5-7c to boot! Less hot air in the case means longer longevity of my parts. So now I have clc's on both cpu/gpu, and the case is full of cold air! Brilliant!
Cons: Make no mistake...while the cooler on this card is incredible, especially for such a powerful card, the stock fan IS loud. I'll replace it soon when I find a fan that matches my build. The good news is that it doesn't change much when gaming, because the fan works on idle/gaming at near the same speeds. To boot, this is a reference board! There is no custom pcb, no nifty doodads to ensure a higher clock. I was disappointed that the highest boost clock I could get on this was 1463, stable. I hoped for one of those that boost over 1.5k, but there is no guarantee about the silicon lottery! Memory on mine was hynix though, and I got 500 offset on the memory, so that's neat. Some of the air cooled products have a better chance of a better clock, which is a real bummer. This card has so much room for higher performance with this water cooler.
Overall Review: If you want a system that removes the heat from your case, is outrageously cold, and you have a nice 120mm fan to replace the stock one, this is the card for you. Just know that you sacrifice some potential overclock ability to get the thermals down with this card. Overall, I'd take the 1463 boost clock I got over 1510 or so other cards have been getting, for the temperatures I'm getting. My oc'ed 4970k now games at 60c, peaking lower-mid 60s, meaning both my cpu/gpu are downright frosty for having these little clcs on them. Also...BACKPLATE. Awesome. Thanks EVGA (One last note...the card isn't all that pretty, but evga is giving away free shrouds that look much better. You have to pay shipping/handling though.)
Pros: hmm...970 is a great base for a gpu
Cons: Crashed to reboot consistently. I got 2 for sli...temps were decent, though far above where they should have been for these types of coolers. This is a far cry from any evga/asus/msi type cooler. Quality is shoddy as could be...I repeatedly crashed INTO A COMPLETE REBOOT. I've replaced these with some evga 970s and not been able to repeat this problem. I'd spend the extra money to get a real brand...I gave Zotac a try and found it's best to get a real brand's quality.
Overall Review: Maybe you luck out on quality. I'm sure not all their cards had whatever issues mine had. I came away unimpressed with these save for the packaging...I have to say they WERE indeed packaged well. But then the only nice thing to say about the product is that I liked the packaging for 2 minutes, that's sad indeed.
Less than wonderful
Pros: Moves a good amount of air. Look very neat, great leds.
Cons: 1 of 2 fans I got clicks when mounted horizontally. I had these on a H100 rad, and one fan consistently clicked and was very annoying. The fans are also much louder than I would have liked. While on the rad, a HUGE amount of air was being thrown out the sides and down into the case (it is set up as an exhaust).
Overall Review: DO NOT GET THESE for radiator use. Between the very poor radiator performance (air not being forced through the high fin rad) and the clicking, I'm very upset about my purchase. Bitfenix's Spectre Pro series work better on my rad, as do Corsair's offerings.