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Alexander D.

Alexander D.

Joined on 11/10/13

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Most Favorable Review

Stupid fast

Intel 750 Series AIC 400GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEDMW400G4X1
Intel 750 Series AIC 400GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEDMW400G4X1

Pros: WHQL support, works flawlessly with Win 10 Ludicrous speed on all benchmarks Low power usage It's Intel

Cons: Eats 4 PCIe lanes Most systems will NOT be able to boot an OS from this drive, Pretty sure you need a modern Intel chipset (z170a has no problems at all) Errors from sleep states, not a big deal, just don't use sleep functions.

Most Critical Review

Very good most of the time, see details

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK

Pros: Fast, potentially stable, fair price, XMP profile posts

Cons: Moderate instability, needs further testing to verify that both sticks are good. runs windows and software, had one reboot while away for an intensive load, FAILED burn in test with data errors in XMP, will reduce clock by small amount to be certain.

Overall Review: G. Skill has been good to me in the past, it's possible I have an errant stick, I will update if that is the case.

12/13/2016

Silent, very efficient

Corsair Hydro Series, H150i PRO RGB, 360mm. 3 X 120mm ML PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software. Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060031-WW. Support: Intel 2066, AMD AM4.
Corsair Hydro Series, H150i PRO RGB, 360mm. 3 X 120mm ML PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software. Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060031-WW. Support: Intel 2066, AMD AM4.

Pros: -Dead silent, probably 1/3rd the db over ambient as my h100i cooler per given delta t at equilibrium. -Fits perfect in 600Q case (bottom) -Really efficient with high TDP. (Using this on a 8700k @5 ghz/1.3v with the IHS in place, may delid) -Much better hosing and fittings than previous gen. -You can adjust pump speed! This is great coming from the h100i. -included fans are injection molded fiber reinforced nylon, which is a very nice upgrade from ABS -Almost efficient enough to use the zero RPM mode confidently -Definite increase in quality from previous gen. 240mm's all around -Included fans are high(er) static pressure, 3+ mmHG

Cons: -Zero RPM mode is not suitable for high TDP (maybe for delidded CPU), it's not adjustable -Pump speed changes are not automated -Corsair link software and hardware does not integrate with motherboard AIO 4-pin molex/hardware controls (but the AIO works great, in this respect), may be a con for some -*Strong* cantilever forces on processor (unmeasured) from hose memory. This concerns me when considering processor delidding. Last thing I want to do is chip my processor die, and cry for an hour.

Overall Review: -Corsair link software getting better with age, and no more busted STM32 chips on these units too (I blew out two on different h100i's) -(probably) contains ethylene glycol mixture, which is wise for a few reasons - No opinion on RGB stuff. It's in a 600Q case. I'm over the appearance of it, the bottom line is performance and silence for me, and you'll get it with this AIO cooler. It's definitely a near zero audibility AIO, not even kidding, you won't even know this thing is there, and it will keep your temps as low as you'd like them. If you are in the game for the looks, it's very clean looking. I don't think it'd even be necessary to put this in push/pull with 6 fans total, it really is incredibly efficient. Zero RPM mode lets my CPU core temps (calc from v/i) get a little higher than I'd like. Between my h100i and the h150i pro, h150i is night and day. My block temp would continue to climb with the h100i max speed from cold until my CPU temps got too high (low 80s, deg c), never seemed to find equilibrium. The h150i pro could handle this thermal dissipation requirement 2.5x over without breaking a sweat, or getting loud. That being said, obviously you're going to hear a three-fan AIO wide open, but it's refreshingly quiet compared to all of Corsairs other coolers, which basically sound like turbines. For reference, my unit is mounted on the bottom of my case, in a pull configuration. That's bottom up, case substrate, rad, fans. Bottom line, regardless of other AIO's prices etc, you will definitely not be disappointed in this unit in any way, unless you have a tiny case, then, what are you doing ordering a 360mm rad? :)

This is the best case I have ever owned. Period.

Corsair 600Q Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Corsair 600Q Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's amazingly quiet, it has phenomenal airflow, and the looks are absolutely stunning. Build quality is wonderful, there is so much space to work with in the case, and cable routing is perfect. I couldn't be happier with this purchase, I love Corsair cases, and I will always stick to the brand for cases 100%. It was well packed in the standard split foam packaging. I have never used an external fan controller before, but I am using the on-board unit on the case, and it's just right. Three settings, all of them basically silent with four 140mm fans and a h100i cooler. If I turn everything to max speed, you can hear it, but it's maybe half as loud as it was running in my C70 case. Ventilation filters are now magnetic, and they don't vibrate like the old clip in filters. This is a really good thin, and makes it easy to take out for cleaning, and then there's self-alignment too. The AIO cooler I have, or just about anyone else using an AIO, will love that you aren't restricted for mounting, you can get it on the front of the case in some circumstances, and the bottom of the case utilizes a 120mm and 140mm spaced track, so the radiator and fans can be slid around arbitrarily instead being forced to one depth. All in all, every feature offered on the description page works as intended, and in some cases better than expected. This is a quality case, you will not go wrong. Very clean looking installation, inside and out. I prefer the cases without windows now, as I strongly believe in function over form. I have seen so many builds that are just total bull performance/stability/configuration, where the user/builder was focused entirely on looks. This case has a much more grown-up and professional feel to it

Cons: I kind of wish there was a little less restriction for ventilation in front of the 5.25" bays, I'm using a 6x2.5" SATA drive bay there for my raid array on 2.5" drives, however, the bay adapter I have utilizes dedicated fans and secondary ventilation from the inside of the case, so I'm not really worried. There will definitely be cable crowding up top behind your power supply, with or without 5.25" peripherals. The (ATX full size) mobo comes up right to the edge of the case divider where the power supply is housed. If you have any sort of connector that faces down on your mobo (up, in this case) you will definitely not be able to use it. I'm fine with my mobo, but there are some with downward facing SATA. Size. H**y hell on earth, this case is HUGE! It's bigger than my Corsair Vengeance C70, from which I was looking to downsize. Oops. This may not be a con, as the airflow, sound dampening, and working room is absolutely amazing due to the size. However, due to the high air volume, you're definitely going to want to be running at least 4 140mm fans (not including your liquid cooling rad fans) for serious cooling. Behind the mobo, I feel that a great deal of my cabling is rather smashed. There are no pinches or kinks, but I had to forgo tie-wraps and bundling, and just kind of lay everything out side by side to get the case cover on without hurting anything. It's fine I supposed, but I know it's there. Haunting me.

Overall Review: Some people on other sites have been complaining about Corsairs QC lately, stating they receive cases that have smudged finish in some places. I had no such issue, everything is perfect and in great working order. I was able to get this on an awesome end of year sale for a sweet price. Even without that deal, you are getting an awesome quality case at full price. Two 140mm fans are included, I added two more to ensure pressure and flow characteristics for positive pressure cooling. I'm not using a single one of the 2.5" or 3.5" drive mounts, either, since my 6 disk RAID exists in the 5.25" bay, and my SSD is a PCIe 4x NVMe Intel 750, so I have no opinion to provide of those mounts. All in all, this case gets a solid 10/10 from me, a very picky and observant engineer. You cannot go wrong with this case unless it doesn't have the appropriations you need for drive bays or something like that, but that's your fault if you order a case without doing your homework, not Corsairs.

BAD VRMS, between .5 and 1 volt too high!

Solid Gear TFX 200 Watt Power Supply (SDGR-TFX200) High efficiency Switching Technology, Dimension: 7"x 3.4"x 2.5"
Solid Gear TFX 200 Watt Power Supply (SDGR-TFX200) High efficiency Switching Technology, Dimension: 7"x 3.4"x 2.5"

Pros: -Quiet

Cons: -VRMs are not set correctly, all voltages entirely too high. It's possible this damaged the motherboard I was using.

Overall Review: -Not recommended

Great, small

ARK ITX/CS-WI02 Black Mini ITX Server Case Optional (TFX power supply)
ARK ITX/CS-WI02 Black Mini ITX Server Case Optional (TFX power supply)

Pros: Easy to work with, fair airflow for a relatively low power machine, cheap, doesn't seem to vibrate or make any noise at all

Cons: Plastic is fragile, included feet don't stick very well, You will need to remove the HDD frame from the chassis to remove/install the motherboard

Overall Review: I recommend this for small applications Includes a single 50mm(?) fan to displace any hot air. I am using this on a small Intel system for a server, it is possible AMD products may not get enough ventilation without extra fans.