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Louis D.

Louis D.

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Awesome fans, colors are slightly different from LLs

CORSAIR QL Series, iCUE QL120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED Fan, Triple Pack with Lighting Node CORE, CO-9050098-WW
CORSAIR QL Series, iCUE QL120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED Fan, Triple Pack with Lighting Node CORE, CO-9050098-WW

Pros: -They look amazing, both on and off -Typical outstanding Corsair build quality -Quiet like all Corsair fans

Cons: -Expensive (not really a negative though as this is to be expected at this level of quality) -Airflow is not as good as basically every other Corsair fan (LL, ML, SP) -If you are going to be mixing these with LL fans, note that some of the colors are ever so slightly different - I bought three QLs to use as intakes on my rig and some of the colors don't quite match up with the LLs. The biggest differences are with white and yellow, however all of the colors are just slightly off. With blue and red its hardly noticeable, but white is easily noticeable. The QLs are more brilliant than the LLs, which is why the colors are a little different. Most people won't really care about this difference because it is very slight, but its something to be aware of if you are a stickler. My photo is with everything on blue so you can't really see any difference.

Overall Review: -The QLs are definitely a step up from the LL, not just because the back side is lit up, but also because of the sides, which have visible RGB lighting. In addition, the colors are slightly more vibrant with the QL as mentioned. -Note that the lighting on the back of the QL is actually better than the front. Why? Because the center hub actually has 6 LEDs on the back side, rather than 4. The front center hub of the QL only has 4 LEDs, the same as the LL series.

Looks nice but space is a little tight for ATX build

LIAN LI O11D MINI-X Black SPCC / Aluminum / Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI O11D MINI-X Black SPCC / Aluminum / Tempered Glass ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Great size (pretty much the smallest ATX case available) -Looks nice, mostly glass and metal panels visible

Cons: -If you have an ATX build that you are moving to this case, make sure you are aware that this case ONLY FITS SFX or SFX-L power supplies. -Even with the back chamber, space is still limited for cable management because the case is so small. With a lot of drives, RGB and controllers, it could get pretty difficult.

Overall Review: I just moved my Z390/i7-9700k and RTX3080 build over to this case. I did so because I needed a shorter case to fit under my desk hutch. I really do like this case, it looks nice and I love that it can fit an incredible number of fans! I actually have 11 in mine (I have a 280mm rad with push/pull). The only negative that everyone should be aware of before buying this, especially with an ATX build, is that it can only fit SFX form factor PSUs. I found this out the hard way, I had my whole system removed from my old case and ready to put in here and my PSU wouldn't fit (I had a Corsair RM850). I had to order an SFX unit, which are generally more expensive, particularly for the higher wattage models. It isn't a huge deal but this isn't a detail I noticed in the spec sheet prior to buying this case and it does kind of limit how much hardware you can have, even with an ATX build. I think Lian Li should have made the case slightly wider and longer to allow for full size PSUs. They could have done so without effecting the height of the case, which is really the biggest benefit to this, imo.

Another rock solid performer from Intel

Intel Core i7 9th Gen - Core i7-9700K Coffee Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.9 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I79700K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i7 9th Gen - Core i7-9700K Coffee Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.9 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I79700K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

Pros: -Been running for a year now @4.9 GHz and 1.250V, no problems to speak of -Idles at 28-30C with a Corsair H115i -Fast as f*ck, however see the Cons section

Cons: Yes its fast, but the performance gains are getting more and more marginal with every new generation of Intel processor. I went from an i5-4670k (OC'd to 3.8 GHz) to this chip and the only noticeable performance gain is while playing modern games on ultra settings on an ultrawide 3440x1440 monitor. My frames went from 75 max to 120 Max (the monitor's max). For everyday stuff my old 4th generation i5 rig was basically just as fast. Having said that, I look at this as a good thing...This means I probably won't need to upgrade again for another decade.

Overall Review: The question of whether or not it is worth it for you to upgrade is very highly dependent upon what you have now and what you want to do. I would say if you are running 6th gen Intel or newer, it probably is not worth an upgrade unless you have money to burn and/or you just HAVE to get into 4k gaming NOW. If you do want to upgrade and your #1 goal is gaming than I highly recommend this chip. Its a beast, and probably a better value than the i9 if you are only going to be gaming. For heavy 3D rendering/video editing stuff you might want the i9.

Great but basic card

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2080 VENTUS 8G
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2080 VENTUS 8G

Pros: -Getting over 80 FPS on a 3440x1440 ultrawide but it is definitely being bottlenecked by my i5 4670k even at 4.3 GHz. I think it will easily do 100-120 Hz after I upgrade to i7-9700k -Great looking card -Typical outstanding MSI build quality -Runs cool, less than 70C max -Unbelievably quiet, can't even hear it at full fan speed in my system

Cons: -No RGB lighting of any kind, literally NONE. I was actually surprised that the MSI or RTX logos didn't light up, I thought that was the norm now. Not really a negative for me because I don't care.

Overall Review: If you are into the whole RGB lighting thing than look elsewhere. Frankly I don't understand the obsession with it. It is kind of like building a Ferrari and then staring at the engine instead of DRIVING IT. If you are like me and don't feel the need to stare at the inside of your computer, then this is a great card and will save you money.

4 years and still going strong

Intel Core i5-4670K - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54670K
Intel Core i5-4670K - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54670K

Pros: - Ran for four years @ 4.0 GHz air cooled, no problems to speak of - Recently switched to an NZXT Kraken x62 liquid cooler and now running at 4.4 GHz, still no problems to speak of

Cons: None

Overall Review: I'm about to upgrade to a 1440p ultrawide G-sync monitor and RTX 2080 so I seriously doubt this chip is going to keep pace, but I'm going to find out. If I get any frame drops with a 2080 I am immediately upgrading my system to a Z390 and i5 8600k. But honestly I hope its not necessary because I love this CPU, I want to run it until it explodes.

12/27/2018

Still going strong after 3 years, but...

ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Still works -Price (when I bought it)

Cons: -The built in "turbo" overclocking in the BIOS doesn't work, or at least I haven't been able to get it to work. I have tried several times with my i5-4670k and can't get windows to load when set to Turbo 4.0 GHz. I've never tried manually overclocking because I don't have a lot of experience overclocking