Joined on 09/22/21
Great AIO for a bigger budget.
Pros: This is used on a Intel i7-10700K, ASROCK Z590 Steel Legend. -THE LIGHTING. The Capellix LEDs are absolutely amazing and are completely programable via the use of software on your PC. Although I think Ill keep at the stock setting. I love unicorn vomit. But if I change my mind? I can change it! -Performance, I decided to replace my older Thermaltake TH240 ARGB Sync with this cooler, and it performs just as good with cooling the CPU. But the main difference is -Sound, the sound of this cooler is whisper quiet. It makes very little noise compared to my TH240 which basically screamed if you looked at it the wrong way. The fans equipped on the capellix are quiet and even have a 0 RPM function built into the controller. -Installation, mostly a breeze, but with one little critique. The instruction manual shows almost everything, but I would still recommend watching a tutorial on YouTube just to make sure you have visual reinforcement to help guide you. Corsair provides a video for this, but its only for the AM4 socket. I use LGA 1200. Fortunately this cooler is extremely popular so its easy to find one on YouTube for LGA 1200. Another pro is the fact that you can replace the AIOs pump cap for the LCD display as an aftermarket-type part. This is GREAT for keeping customers in line and allowing people who bought the last gen item to still get the next gen experience without having to sell another Kidney. Props to Corsair!
Cons: -Cables, The coolers cables are not the greatest, the ones coming from the pump feel fragile and unfortunately the small AIO cable that plugs into the motherboard cant wrap around the block once to hide the cable a little better. The cable that plugs into the commander core is definitely long enough, but it felt extremely fragile and was hard to move around due to it being looped around so much in packaging. -Instructions, The biggest con with these instructions is that, at least i dont think, they tell you that the screwheads for the intel backplate are adjustable, so I was sweating for the first 5 minutes of install because the cooler wouldnt fit, of course until I looked it up and found out Oh, you can just move the screw mounts to fit the right motherboard. -Software, I dont like ICUE, but this is just an opinion. So its almost a non existent critique. I dont like software that is tied to one ecosystem and thats it. Feels very anti-consumer. So instead I use a different program to sync RGB across all of my devices. No critiques here, but it also seems that there might be a QC issue with the Commander Core fan controller for some customers. Fortunately, mine works just fine, and it seems Corsair is doing a alright job offering RMAs for new controllers. Just be cautious, and keep your warranty in mind.
Overall Review: I love this cooler. Its a massive improvement over my Thermaltake TH240 I got with my prebuilt at ABS. Ive pretty much upgraded almost every part of this prebuilt now, and all that might be left is the ram. The cooler looks amazing, stays silent, and even better I got it for a good price on Newegg. I can see why people go for Corsair for AIO solutions and will definitely (If I ever have to) consider picking another AIO from them again in the future. Would definitely recommend if you have the budget for a more flashy AIO. If you just want an AIO? There are other options, and Id definitely agree with the reasoning for picking the budget option. But unfortunately for those options, they just dont have the flare that the Capellix does, and thats exactly why you would buy the Capellix in the first place. 5/5 eggs!
Great Value Motherboard
Pros: -Everything worked right out of the box. -RGB, in my personal opinion, is absolutely gorgeous for the price point of this board. -The board is also aesthetically appealing, and works with both black and white cases/build types. -Good OC potential for a less expensive board. -Wifi 6E is blazing fast and allows for great download speeds. -VRMs are great. -USB-C port.
Cons: -BIOS isnt hard to navigate, but it was not as convenient and easy was my ASUS board in my personal opinion. This is only a small critique. -The PS/2 port should have been forgotten in favour of more USB. Although I dont necessarily need more USB, it would have been nice to have more in case if my upgrade path required it in the future. -It seems that one of my wifi antennas is loose (in the motherboard, not the antenna itself) compared to the other antenna coaxle, I dont know if this affects performance or not, (Which I dont think it has.) but it doesnt feel good. -Polychrome RGB software needs work. Also has been reported to install patriot software that harms computers. If you do install the software, make sure to uninstall the patriot stuff that might come bundled with it for no reason.
Overall Review: This isnt for the review program everyone is talking about. I already got a good price on this board already, and for that price, the board offers great options and is good. What the board should have had however, is definitely a forego of the PS/2 port and a little easier to navigate BIOS. But overall, the board is easy to use, has plenty of potential, great VRMs and multiple fan headers as well. Overall, if youre looking for a pretty white themed board on a budget and have a 10th/11th gen processor, it is a great motherboard for the price you pay for it.
Good rig. Impressed.
Pros: -Came packaged very well. No damaged components. -GIGABYTE RTX 3080 GAMING OC / I7-10700K. Games run very fast and very well. It feels weird playing Fortnite at 4K, Epic settings, at 144+ FPS since Ive been used to 60 for long. -No Bloatware. Not today Norton. -Airflow focused case, so far, temps seem to be very good. -RGB lighting is very nice. Keyboard and mouse have been working very well so far and it feels nice typing on said keyboard. -Wifi antenna doesnt seem too bad. It works ok. -Good budget motherboard. No-nonsense and gets the job done. -Cable Management is OK for what the case itself allows.
Cons: -As with others, XMP is not enabled when you start. It runs at 2133 MHz. Youll have to go into BIOS and enable it. Easy fix. -Unfortunately, probably due to shipping concerns, the RGB for the Thermaltake AIO is not installed, Ill have to work on that sometime soon. -Thermaltake Toughpower 750W power supply seems to work fine, no weird boots or shut-offs, but it seems to be making a very slight rattling noise. Its a little annoying.
Overall Review: Im a big fan of this prebuilt. Was gonna build my own and found out Im not in the mood to pay $2000 for a similar GIGABYTE card so decided to bite the bullet after hearing this company wasnt too bad from other people. Im impressed with how well it was packaged and the components work very well together, no proprietary parts. The looks of this machine are very nice as well. Only issues I have is with the AIOs RGB not being connected (the AIO itself works fine) and the power supply being a bit weird. So thats why it gets 4 stars. Other than that, its a very well made machine using high quality parts and has plenty of room to be upgraded in the future.