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Charles E.

Charles E.

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Fantastic water cooler. Corsair always deliveres.

Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO Low Noise 240mm RGB Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm (CW-9060033-WW) Support Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4
Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO Low Noise 240mm RGB Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm (CW-9060033-WW) Support Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4

Pros: Love the RGB option. Quiet Super easy to install Cools very well Did I mention it is quiet?

Cons: None

Overall Review: OK; let me start by saying I currently own 5 Corsair water cooling kits. 3 are currently being used and two are waiting on the shelf for their own builds. My point is I like Corsair water coolers. They work great, they are quiet and they provide long service. My oldest one has been running strong since 2009 and it still works as new. Before I got into the retail water cooling systems I was an avid custom water loop builder. Over time I started to get tired of flushing and exchanging water, cleaning the system, and replacing pumps as they wore out. I finally decided to try one of these all in one kits and haven't looked back since. This new cooler from Corsair is much the same that they have been putting out but it performs about the same as my best Corsair water kit and a bit better than some of my others. I love the RGB feature as it allows me to set the color I like to match the other RGB lights in my cube. Much nicer than the other Corsair coolers with just the logo lit up in white. So if you like RGB and enjoy the ability to change colors and such...this cooler is right for you. I find that with my overclocked 7800X @ 4.7GHz that this cooler performs well and keeps temps within the safe zone. It does not cool as nice as my Corsair Hydro Series H115i extreme 280mm but it is not as far off as I would have thought. Put it this way; I plan to keep this cooler in and not put my H115i Extreme back in my main gaming rig. That alone should tell you how happy I am with the H100i Pro. It is without a doubt quieter too which is a huge plus for me. Being able to control the pump speed is killer and something I didn't realize I was missing but I do like it. Crank it up while gaming or doing heavy multitasking, video editing and then turn it down for light duty, web surfing etc. Pretty neat if you ask me. The iCUE software is much nicer IMO compared to using Link (which I always hated). It has a bit of a learning curve to it but all in all offers more features. Installation is super simple and anyone can do it. All in all this is one of the best units they have come out with and they did it at a very fair price. I'll get many years of use out of this cooler and you should without a doubt feel confident in buying this unit.

Most Critical Review

A budget keyboard

Gamdias Ares P1 Membrane Gaming Keyboard, Multi Color Lighting
Gamdias Ares P1 Membrane Gaming Keyboard, Multi Color Lighting

Pros: It works! Has lights Spill resistant

Cons: Terrible software (Hera) membrane keys a bit ugly

Overall Review: I'm going to be honest here. I don't like it. It works, it lights up and I even purposely spilled a glass of water on it and it continued to work without issue. It just isn't a great keyboard but for $43 (at the time of this review) it is not all bad. Instead of the multimedia keys I would have preferred them to be marked as hot keys. I couldn't get the software to run. It kept crashing so I gave up. As a mechanical keyboard user I have a hard time with the membrane keys but they are fairly quiet and if used in a bedroom at night I'm sure my wife wouldn't complain. Without software the keyboard works fine and though it is a tad on the ugly side it does get the job done. There are better keyboards at this price point though. YMMV.

Easy setup and it works! But at a cost....

devolo Magic 2 LAN triple Starter Kit
devolo Magic 2 LAN triple Starter Kit

Pros: Nice looking kit Easy setup (literally plug N play) It works

Cons: -Once plugged into a power outlet's lower receptacle, another standard 3 prong plug will not fit into the empty upper receptacle. That means I lose access to one plug outlet, (See picture). -Slower speeds than WIFI in my house.

Overall Review: I was excited to try this out as I have a PC in the kitchen that is forced to use WIFI. I never wanted to run hardwire through my walls so I have been using WIFI for a long time and I've been happy with it. Now along comes the devolo Magic 2 and I have a chance to use hardwire where only WIFI was used before! Awesome! Unpacking the unit I found an instruction manual, a couple of ethernet cables, two power units, and an extended warranty offer: if I decide to regester the device. After setting everything up, the units linked up automatically, detecting the world wide web and I had internet! It was as easy as plugging everything in and that's it!! I ran a few speed tests and found that my WIFI actually outperformed the Magic 2 kit. I have a pretty decent web connection using a Fiber 1GIG down and 1GIG up service. The best I could get using this kit was 81.11 Mbps down and 54.73 Mbps up. My WIFI router is pretty far away and with it, I am getting 97.33 Mbps down and 88.95 Mbps up. I ran these tests multiple times and in the end, my WIFI connection is faster. Sure the ping is a bit behind but not by enough to care. All of my other hardwire connections are receiving 970 Mbps up and down. So this kit works but in my house, I just don't see the point. My biggest gripe wasn't even the speed, I mean in a pinch the speed is good enough but when using both of these bricks plugged into any standard power outlet, you have to place the Magic 2 into the lower receptacle. Now each Magic 2 offers a passthrough for a power plug but the units are so large that I cannot insert another standard 3 prong power cable into the upper free power receptacle in the outlet, (see picture). So in the end, this unit does work. I do not see anywhere near the speeds it claims to provide but maybe that is due to my house? But the design of the unit, and not allowing me to use the upper power receptacle of the outlet is in my humble opinion a huge design failure. I honestly can't recommend this unit as is. I will give it two eggs only because it does work and it's simple to hook it up. In a pinch, this will get you by.

Solid memory at a reasonable price point.

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMG16GX4M2E3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMG16GX4M2E3200C16

Pros: Slick looking. Very nice RGB lighting. Runs at its stated speeds. Fair price. Made by Corsair.

Cons: Not the fastest timings. Cue software is not my favorite.

Overall Review: Overall I like this ram. Being a Corsair fan, I have not purchased anything Corsair that has failed or did not perform as intended. This memory is no different. It looks slick and the RGB lighting looks fantastic! The black aluminum heat spreader has a very nice pattern and the RGB lighting is just the Cheri on top. Let's face it, many of us want the most performance out of every piece we buy and install in our computers but we also want it to look cool too! These sticks run their rated speed, run in XMP and just work. No-fuss at all. I run 32GB of G. Skill in my gaming PC and after installing the 16GB of Corsair, I did not detect any difference in performance. Both the G. Skill and Corsair ram are DDR4 3200. My G. Skill cost a hell of a lot more though. After benchmarking the ram I found performance on par with ram of this class and I also found that the ram was completely stable under XMP. That is not always the case but the Corsair performed well. Is it the fastest memory out there? Nope. Does it do what it's supposed to do? Sure does. It won't break the bank either. I am not the biggest fan of the cue software so I opted to use a 3rd party program to control the RGB. The lighting on these sticks is fantastic and easily controlled without the bloat of Cue. I will be knocking one egg off for the software and that the timings are a little slower than the Pro model (which is cheaper).

10/20/2021

Very stylish mid-tower!

RAIJINTEK SILENOS PRO, ATX Tower with Clean Transparent Front and Side Tempered Glass (4.0mm) Design, Comes with Pre-installed 2pcs ARGB 200mm Fans at Front and 1pcs 120mm ARGB fan at Rear
RAIJINTEK SILENOS PRO, ATX Tower with Clean Transparent Front and Side Tempered Glass (4.0mm) Design, Comes with Pre-installed 2pcs ARGB 200mm Fans at Front and 1pcs 120mm ARGB fan at Rear

Pros: Price. Design. Well thought out wire management. Magnetic top filter. Actual glass. Plenty of room inside for most needs. Glass windows with no screws or anything visible. Feels fairly solid. 6 slots for SSD's + 2 for HDD's 200MM front fan x2! Quiet fan operation. Very bright RGB lights!

Cons: Very bright RGGB lights! Not a lot of room inside for a custom water loop but an AIO water cooler fits in just fine. Plastic doesn't look as quality as other plastic cases. Has a cheap feeling to it. Not a fan of the glass window behind the mobo tray. Restricted airflow upfront due to glass cover.

Overall Review: First I'd like to point out I received this case for free for my unbiased opinion. I believe in providing my honest opinion no matter if it is positive or negative. Overall this is a nice case. I'm not very familiar with this brand but I love cases with windows and windows made from tempered glass is a huge plus in my books. Opening the box showed a well-packed mid-tower case. On first inspection, I found the case to be pretty solid and all panels to be straight and even. This is important to me because I treat my towers as almost art. There is a bit of an art form involved with building computers and configuring the inside to look beautiful. There is plenty of room inside to install a full-sized ATX board, a Corsair H115i water cooler, GTX 1080Ti, and all other bits and bobs. I found cooling to be pretty good even considering airflow would be even better without the glass front (though I admit it looks awesome but this is a clear example of form over function.) Wire management was pretty easy. There are a couple of areas behind the back panel that allowed me to tuck cables well enough. This set-up meant that only a few cables were visible that plugged into the motherboard and graphics card. I love the top vent filter and how it is magnetized. Very easy to pull off and clean. The bottom filter is not magnetized though and removing it is a little harder. It is a thin piece of plastic that can be bent slightly away from the 4 tabs holding it on. This one would have been better utilizing a pull-out filter from the rear of tower. There isn't a filter upfront though so blowing out the case to clean the dust will need to be done more often. Plenty of front ports including one USB 3 and two USB 2 ports and just about any AIO water cooler rad will fit in the top of this case, (120 to 360 30mm rads). All in all this case should meet just about anyone's needs. I'm not a huge RGB fan but my son absolutely loves it and of course, he claimed this tower as soon as he saw it powered up. So, all in all, I think this is a very nice looking case with great wire management options, a clean look and offers enough space for most anyone's needs. It's really a slick looking case. My son gives it 4 eggs but I have to give it 3. Quality could be better, I mean it looks very stylish and the glass looks fantastic but some of the plastic look's kind of cheap. Parts of this case look high-end while other parts look cheap. That's just my opinion though. For the most part, I do really dig this case and I'd proudly place it on my desk for all to see if not for my son claiming it. :) Raijintek has caught my attention for sure so I will be keeping a close eye out for their future products. This really is a solid choice for the money and three eggs might seem low but they are three well-deserved eggs for sure. This case lost two eggs because I think that the design though nice, could have been improved easily making this a 4 or 5 egg review.

A worthy upgrade!

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset

Pros: Comfort Easily works perfectly with glasses Spacial sound inside out tracking works GREAT! EASY setup!!! MUCH clearer visuals PRICE!!

Cons: Spacial sound is weak and doesn't have the impact of the old speakers.

Overall Review: So I also own the Oculus Rift CV1 and love it. My biggests complaint with the CV1 was the sensor setup when using three sensors. It was always a pain to get right and moving it from one location to another was a right pain. All the wires was a pain too and running extension cords was hit and miss. Back to the present I noticed that the new Rift S was out and at $399 I was sold. I wasn't expecting much but what I was treated to was the most simple setup ever that took just a few minutes and no sensors to set up! Yay! Putting the headset on for the first time was awesome! The clarity of the LCD screens and higher resolution alone made this a worthy upgrade. I mean WOW!! it is so much cleaner visually than the CV1. I mean a BIG difference. I can clearly read text and I can not really see the screen-door effect at all. I really have to look for it and depending on the game...it is not even there for me. Inside out Tracking works flawlessly. I was worried about this but it just works. The controllers work great though it goes through batteries quicker than the CV1 for sure. Lucky for me I have rechargeable batteries so a non issue. The one down side are the speakers. The impact is gone and now we have these tiny speakers built into the headband. On one side the speakers really sound spacial and make sounds around you seem more realistic but the impact and loudness is just not there compared to the CV1. Of course there is a 3.5mm headphone jack in the band so putting in some ear buds works fantastic. Comfort! Wow these are so much more comfortable than the CV1 and it fits all of my prescription glasses easily! I mean it literally fits without issue at all and is easy to put on and take off when wearing glasses. I could not do that with the CV1. All in all I am very pleased with the Rift S and this has renewed my interest in VR for sure. The clarity of the screens are so much better that I cannot even use my CV1 any longer. I tried but I just can't do it. This was worth every penny to me.