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Jeffrey F.

Jeffrey F.

Joined on 07/06/06

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing build quality

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This thing is extremely well built. It just feels like quality. Part of that being that it is all metal, and therefore heavy. There's only a few plastic pieces on the whole thing. I was a little worried about this because I watched a video featuring the case that showed the side panel latches falling off when they unboxed it. Nothing of the sort has ever happened with my case. This case was a dream to work with. Organizing cables was very easy, coming from my last case which allow cable routing behind the rear side panel. The hole behind the CPU socket makes mounting heatsinks easy. The case also looks amazing. I realize this is subjective, and that reviewers can see the pictures and decide for themselves, but really - this thing looks even better in person. I love the hints of the military theme while still being classy and minimalist. Corsair has pulled off this theme very well. Lastly, handles. My last case had a great handle, and since then it's been pretty much a requirement for all future cases for me. These handles are very well built and I feel safe using them. The part of the handle that you actually grab is plastic, but it has a metal core that goes into the case fittings. The part that connects them to the case is very sturdy, and the handles are spring loaded to keep them flush against the top of the case when not in use.

Cons: Minor gripes: The power button is lit with a white LED, and this LED flashes when the computer is put to sleep. I would really like to see corsair offer a solid-window option for this case. The grills make your internal hard to see. However...

Overall Review: ... I ended up doing my own custom acrylic window. If you're interested, it's not too hard, and will cost you ~$30 assuming you have a drill: - Go to Lowes (or some other hardware store. Try and find one that cuts acrylic for you). Bring the stock window with you. - Find the acrylic panels. I chose a ~1/4 inch panel so that the nubs from the window fittings would be close to flush. If you don't pick a thick window, you may have to get some washers. - Give them your panel and have them cut the new panel to be 1/4 inch larger in each dimension than the stock panel. This will give you some extra room to work with when drilling (you wont notice the size difference once it's in). - Find a drill bit that fits the holes from the stock panel (there should be a size that fits pretty much perfectly). - Drill the holes. I ended up just taping the existing stock window to my new one, and then using the existing holes as guides. One thing to note - be very careful when drilling. When you break through the acrylic on the other side, it tends to grab and shatter the acrylic. After some trial and error, I discovered that drilling most of the way in the forwards direction, and then breaking through the other side in REVERSE prevents this. Alternatively, you may find a bit that is designed for drilling acrylic. - Then just fit the window into the case. You might need washers of some sort if the mounting nubs aren't flush with the acrylic. Try to be careful with the acrylic while drilling - I scratched mine in a few places, and while I'm sure there are ways to get out scratches, it's best not to make them in the first place. Hope this helped. I really do think it looks much nicer with a solid window.

Most Critical Review

Unacceptable durability for a $150 keyboard. Freshly RMA'd board has LEDs burned out within 24 hours.

Corsair Vengeance K95 CH-9000020-NA Black/Metal USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard (NA)
Corsair Vengeance K95 CH-9000020-NA Black/Metal USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard (NA)

Pros: - *Feels* very well constructed - Looks nice - Functions well... when it functions

Cons: I bought this keyboard back in April of 2013. I did not mistreat it. I used it on my desk, and occasionally would pull it down onto my lap when I wanted to relax. Within the first year, the cable started cutting out, making the keyboard completely non-functional. At first it happened only very occasionally, but within a month or so, I could rarely get it to work at all. The times that I did get it to work, I started seeing that the LEDs on certain keys were burnt out. Looking through the reviews here, it seems like an EXTREMELY common problem. I RMA'd the keyboard a month ago. It was about $15 shipping, and the entire process took about a month. A new keyboard arrived a few days ago. Within 24 hours (I kid you not), I was getting burned out LEDs on the brand new board.

Overall Review: There is no way that a $150 keyboard should have these issues. The cable connection problem might be an isolated case, but the burned out LEDs show every indication of being very widespread. The rate of incidence makes it impractical to even RMA the thing. Why pay $15 RMA'ing and go without a keyboard for a month when you have a reasonable expectation that the same thing is going to happen, and quickly? This is unacceptable. Corsair needs to do a recall on this product and do some serious inspection of their manufacturing processes. This is coming from a guy who has a Corsair: *Case *CPU Cooler *PSU *Mouse *Keyboard *RAM I have been in the market for a headset recently, and was considering adding a Corsair headset to this list, but I honestly don't know if I am willing to trust any peripherals from the company that makes this keyboard. This product is hurting your brand's reputation. Fix it.

Sabertooth Z77 Clearance

Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes
Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: Mainly writing this review to note that this model has 100% RAM clearance on the Sabertooth Z77 motherboard.

Cons: Fairly loud, though I have not compared it to many other coolers.