Joined on 01/29/06
Cool Cooler that lacks documentation
Pros: The Masterliquid ML240R RGB is priced right for an all in one cooling solution to put in your computer. The liquid hoses are some of the best I have seen and the connection points are solid. I was not afraid of them leaking at all. I mounted the radiator in the front of my computer because I had memory height clearance issues for the top. Fans were set to pull. There was plenty of length in the hoses and the hoses were easy to bend, making it relatively simple to install. The cooler mounts on a large variety of socket sets and the mounting hardware included was adequate for the 1150 install. I installed this cooler on an intel i5 4670. I do have the cpu overclocked to 4.8ghz without voltage adjustments. The stock intel cooler was not doing a very good job. To make sure I had fair comparison I removed the stock heatsink and reapplied thermal paste. I ran aida64 for 20 minutes and my max temp was 87c. After installing the Masterliquid ML240R RGB with the included thermal paste I ran the same 20 minute test and my max temp was 62c and I might include the first test was done in the morning when the ambient temperatures in my house were cooler so I’m thinking the results are solid. That’s a 25c temperature improvement over all 4 cores. Impressive. The RGB on the water block is great. I really appreciate the plastic cooler master insert that allows us to change the direction of the logo. It goes in and out easy but its snug enough to not fall out when moving the case. The RGB on the fans are bright, colorful and look great. The fans have sound dampening rubber on both sides of the corners and the thumb screw screws are a great touch. I would love to see all manufactures use these. I think it’s important to note here that the included screws were all perfect. They were not too long as to puncture the fins of the radiator. I have seen too many AIO’s where that is not taken into consideration.
Cons: The first complaint I have is a combined complaint about the included documentation. It was vague and incomplete. I can’t believe I had to pull up a youtube video to watch how someone put on the included side mounting brackets. The instructional manual should have been more descriptive or had better pictures. In addition to the mounting confusion there really should have been better documentation of the controller functions and wiring setup. Luckily there was one on line, but honestly I didn’t bother with it. With so many wires the controller was crammed in the underbelly of my pc. I set RGB and wasn’t going back. I noticed the controller was magnetic which was nice, but the magnet was not strong enough to stick to the metal insides of the case and with wires shooting off in all 4 directions of the controller it was incredibly difficult to stop the wires from bending the tiny pins and falling off. I would have much more preferred mounting tape for the controller or on my case there are SSD mounts on the back wall. Would have been nice to include an addon for mounting it in one of those. There are metal mounting brackets that screw into the water block prior to the water block getting mounted onto the cpu. The metal is strong and the screws are strong, but they screw into plastic on the water block? I don’t like the use of plastic in this application process and really wish something more rigid was used. In addition to the plastic used for the water block mount I thought I would mention the thumb screw nuts that hold the water block in place. Yes, they did the job, but they were tiny. I’m used to using caps that were a bit more robust and these just felt inadequate.
Overall Review: I had a motherboard specific user error mounting this cooler. My first attempt at mounting had the water block hoses at the top. It did not mount correctly because the copper block was too wide and it landed on one of the capacitors on the motherboard. This could have been prevented by keeping the hoses to the left or the right of the block, steer away from top and bottom. Hopefully this bit of knowledge will help someone else who reads this review. Fan Settings are important. I used hardware monitor to observe the pump speed and fan speed and with no real software included in this unit I had to adjust my motherboards bios to get the most out of the cooling. The max speed that I observed on the pump was 2410rpm and the fans were at an impressively quiet 2045rpm’s! I ran fans at full just for testing purposes. I do see someone did find some software, but after several google searches I was not that lucky. Again. Lack of documentation. I had to enable erp in my bios to stop power to the USB to shut the rgb lights off when the computer was shut off. Perhaps proper documentation would have shown how to install so this was not an issue. I have been able to test and review several AIO coolers from a couple of manufacturers. I really want to mention here that my tests on this setup really don’t push the cooler to test its full potential. The intel stock cooler is not very good at all and for the most part any replacement, even air cooler would have given better results than the stock cooler. I want to add that I had a 7700k overclocked to 5.0ghz and it should be noted that not one of the AIO coolers that I tested in the past were sufficient and I can only imagine the ML240R would not make the cut either. It is just my humble opinion that if you’re going for serious overclocking there is no solution like open water loops. The Masterliquid ML240R RGB is a good cpu cooler and It’s a solid option for someone looking for a liquid cooling solution. I believe its priced right and I believe that its built strong and does not have a risk of leaking. I want to thank Cooler Master and NewEgg for letting me review this product. I hope my honest review helps to inform consumers and improve products that are released in the future.
Great SSD for an upgrade
Pros: This review is for the Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD. The hard drive was recognized right away and formatted quickly giving me 1863GB of space. I liked how the Crucial logo was facing right side up when it was mounted in my motherboard and CrystalDiskMark gave my Gen 3 motherboard solid Reads of 3485MB/s and Write speeds of 3137MB/s. Came with an additional mounting screw which was nice. There was a get started manual that directed me to crucial.com/support/ssd where there was a lot of how to videos that were pretty helpful.
Cons: I did not hit the advertised speeds, more than likely because my motherboard only supports Gen3, but that's OK. I knew this going into it. The clamshell and box was bent. Luckily it did not bend the drive. Maybe this should be more of a Pro because it was protected against poor shipping.
Overall Review: There is nothing flashy about this drive. No thick heat spreader which is good because it can fit in a laptop. Temps hit 46c while testing which is not too hot. I think for the price, the size and the performance you can not go wrong with buying this Crucial M.2.
Great Gen 4 M.2. Double check your specifications.
Pros: This review is for the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX. Corsair products have a great reputation for aesthetically pleasing designs, quality craftsmanship and superior performance at a reasonable price point. This M.2 SSD lives up to that reputation. The hard drive feels like a tiny brick in the hand thanks to the built-in heat shield. Its surprisingly heavy and does not feel like you could snap in half if handled inappropriately. The hard drive was recognized right away and formatted quickly giving me 1863GB of space. The hard drive has a sleek look and was packaged very well.
Cons: When mounted on the motherboard the branding is upside down. I am not aware of too many motherboards that would mount in the opposite direction to make the branding face the right way. Maybe its just me? In addition, when I attempted to mount the SSD in the bottom slot of my Asus Z370-A motherboard the heatsink prevented the drive from laying flat due to obstruction on the side. Notice in the photo. Not really a con as I never would have mounted it there anyway, but I thought a different lane would give me faster speeds.
Overall Review: I was surprised to see my first speed test only provide 1700 MB/s Read and 1708 MB/s write. I know I have tested these M.2 SSDs before and had much better speeds. A little bios digging and I found the M.2_2 PCIe Bandwidth Configuration: needed to be set to X4 which gave me 3417 MB/s read and 3219 MB/s write. Much better, but not near this hard drives full potential. I dug some more in the manual and learned that my PCIe slots on my motherboard are Gen 3. This is not the hard drives fault and I am a bit ashamed I didnt catch this. To truly get the full potential of this hard drive you should really have a Gen 4 PCIe capable motherboard. I guess its time for an upgrade. Thank you Newegg and Corsair for providing this opportunity to review this amazing Solid State Drive.
1TB of Fast, Affordable Storage = WIN
Pros: This review is for the 1024 GB 670p Series Intel Solid State Drive. The SSD is an M.2 80mm PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 QLC internal drive. I installed this drive on an Asus Prime Z370-A motherboard with no issues. Knowing this drive would be the fastest in my computer and would have the most available space, I chose to leave my capable WD Black SSD in place as my OS boot drive. It boots into windows with an adequate 2141MB/s read and a 706MB/s write speed. Adding the 1TB Intel drive to the additional PCIe slot in my motherboard would provide the fastest launch speeds for all my steam games and it was simple to do. Line up the pins, push it in then tighten the screw to hold it in place. The drive was recognized right away in disk management and only needed to be initialized. Using CrystalDisk Mark the Intel M.2 achieved an amazing 3477MB/s Read and an even more impressive 2768MB/s Write speed. See the photos. The packaging of the drive was to be expected. Small box with the drive in a clamshell package. There was a very small instructional guide included in the box that had links that to my surprise, actually worked and had directions to initialize the drive. The SSD is more than reasonably priced. 1TB for just $128 is an amazing Newegg deal!
Cons: I found no problems with this drive. It should be mentioned however that this is the second NVMe drive that I added to my computer. There may have been bios adjustments that had to be made to get them to be recognized the first time around and I can not remember what that would be. So if your drive is not recognized, be sure to look at enabling the PCIe M.2 mode in onboard devices configuration in your bios.
Overall Review: With these speeds and at this price I would highly recommend purchasing a 1TB intel 6 NVMe drive. Intel has a great reputation and with a 5 year warranty it will last you for as long as you own your computer. Now if I could just afford that new video card...... :(
Amazing set of Knives from Rosewill
Pros: I am so fortunate to be living with my parents and have the ability to write this review. My mom has been cooking for over 60 years so she knows good knives. She went out and bought specific knives that cost her $100 per knife. When I introduced this knife set she was a bit skeptical because she already owns great knives. I opened the box and unwrapped every knife and looked at them in great detail. Each knife has its own purpose and I loved how there were instructions as to how each knife should be used. I really don't know better and the instructions even showed my mom a thing or two. The instructions were good enough to show where each knife should go in the cutting block as well. Perhaps the best thing I liked about the instructions were the detailed Maintenance instructions. For years my mom had been putting knives in the dishwasher. Well not anymore. Read the instructions, this set is fantastic and treating the knives like the fine pieces of cutlery that they are will get you many more years of sharp cutting. On to the knives... They were sharp! There was really nothing that it wouldn't cut through. I was amazed how thin I could get my grape tomato slices. Chopping was a breeze. The knives were strong and well balanced. The scissors were great for trimming flowers when needed.
Cons: I only found a couple cons. There were no instructions on how to use the included sharpener in the block. I have never used one before and fear I will dull the knives if done incorrectly. Some of the larger knives are just a bit too awkward to hold, but I have small hands. In general we used the smaller knives most.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend Rosewill to anyone. I know they have been making quality computer parts for many years and it does not surprise me that their knifes would be great too. At the time of writing this review the knifes were just over $50. Well worth the price.