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Most Favorable Review

So far works great!

ASUS ROG Ryujin 360 RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 360mm Radiator (Three 120mm 4-pin Noctua iPPC PWM Fans) with LIVEDASH OLED Panel and FanXpert Controls
ASUS ROG Ryujin 360 RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 360mm Radiator (Three 120mm 4-pin Noctua iPPC PWM Fans) with LIVEDASH OLED Panel and FanXpert Controls

Pros: - Keeping i9 9900k Nice and cool. Running a 9900 OC @5 and keeps it chill. Have yet to see temps climb over 60 unless in stress testing. Running 3Dmark benches saw temps hit barely 70-73 only once or twice. This is much better then I get on my 8086k on a H115i with same clock speeds. - Noctua fans -

Cons: - Can be very loud once things go up to that 70+% 100% is LOUD which I have not seen outside of stress testing and tuning/profiling. - Did have the RGB freeze to a color once or twice when first setting up system and playing with RGB. No issues since initial set-up day, and anytime it did, a reboot of the system allowed it to Re-Sync, again this was only occasionally when messing with settings/RGB initially and sinking 6 different items together (Case/Mobo/PSU/Ram/GPU/AIO) Not a big deal to me as has worked fine and booted to correct color/setting every time.

Overall Review: - Additional software needed for the OLED display features... not a big deal but is another piece of software. - RGB matched all other Asus RGB without issue. - Comes with Noctua fans, usually considered some of the best. This makes the price hurt a bit less, would I have bought it without the Noctua fans? Probably, however I think it makes the price easier to swallow a bit. No seriously these fans can run $25-30 each easily and there are 3 of them. - Price is what it is, product works well. - AIO review is written after use time of around +/-150 hours; 40% idle time, 55% normal usage, and 5% stress/benchmarks - The cover(the part you see on the pump) is just a cover, its perfectly fine, works well, however. If for some reason you were doing a build that required extreme angles on the tubes out of the pump the cover could potentially interfere. But again this would only be if you were trying to use extreme angles of the tubing for installation any normal installation is no issue.

Most Critical Review

Works OK

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: -Nice size does not cluster things -Does a good job of keeping things Cool -Idle to moderate use is extremely quiet.

Cons: -Hoses are a bit stiff & short and can limit your ability with installs in a large/tall case may run into issues. I almost did not have enough hose for my install... -LED light does not stay at the colour selected...

Overall Review: The LED problem is a pretty big cosmetic issue... I built a pretty sexy PC and went with a military style/theme all OD green with RED lighting and effects... everything works perfect except for the logo/light on the cooler it will not stay set to the colour I select and turns pink instead of read after use.

Looks as good as it does in the videos!

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C16Q-32GTRS
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C16Q-32GTRS

Pros: - If you want to bling up a build... not sure there is a better way! - Packaging is definitely a nice touch! Comes in attractive case with even a custom cleaning cloth that has the series written on it.

Cons: - Price but honestly... it's not that much over the non bling models to really knock it on price.

Overall Review: - Coming in either the Silver or Gold they are providing a nice bling solution for any case that is going over the top. - Seems to only be the CAS 15 no CAS 16 version... not a big deal unless you were really wanting that. With the price and how marginal of differences between the two I do not see it as a issue, realistically you can have the bling 16 for the same price as the non bling 16... so whats a better deal? CAS 16 with Bling? or The regular RGB with CAS 15 which equates to what? 0.25 nanoseconds of speed? - Seems to be the same as Trident Z CAS 16 versions. So paying a +/-20%? upcharge for bling/custom look, depending on price and stick. Worth it for some, salt fuel for others.

Solid Case

ASUS ROG Strix Helios GX601 RGB Mid-Tower Computer Case for up to EATX Motherboards with USB 3.1 Front Panel, Smoked Tempered Glass, Brushed Aluminum and Steel Construction, and Four Case Fans
ASUS ROG Strix Helios GX601 RGB Mid-Tower Computer Case for up to EATX Motherboards with USB 3.1 Front Panel, Smoked Tempered Glass, Brushed Aluminum and Steel Construction, and Four Case Fans

Pros: - Seems to be pretty well built, no obvious quality control issues that would impact use or enjoyment. - Case while it came in a overly large box, the packaging was done well enough to ensure safe/secure shipment, as well as the case itself being inside a dust/scratch bag/cover thing.(which also had ROG printed on it... a surprising touch and something that may entice someone to re-use it as a dust cover or to do a unveiling with) - Has a nice larger sticker warning people of the tempered glass incase they didn't know on the window/side panel. - Internals/wires were packaged/tucked away nice and neat. I did not notice any issues with them, that were reported by some earlier reviewers. - Overall very happy with the quality of the product, and will make a nice display piece for a 9900k / Asus build.

Cons: - The main reason I did not give this 5 stars is the shipping... Rather its NEWEGG or ASUS or a joint issue, the idea of a giant RED box sitting outside someones door is a un welcomed advertisement for theft in this day and age. I am glad I went home at lunch as while my other $2k in merch/packages were hidden like normal there is no hiding a giant red box that could hold a 40"+ TV.. with "ASUS And STRIX" plastered on it.

Overall Review: - I know there was some jokes about its weight and the straps... but it's not that bad, but its not light either. It weight reminds me of the old full tower metal TT cases from the early 2000s. Fully built it will be a bit heavy up to likely 50 pounds however not outside what should be expected when building something like this. Its roughly 35 pounds empty (manu fact spec claims 18kg i.e. 39 pounds but I dunno I would have to weight it to confirm and I had just worked out so felt lighter then it might have been). So the "Carry to a LAN" thing is maybe not ideal advert... While I can toss 50 pounds around no problem may be quite awkward/difficult for a person of small stature. - If you are looking for a "LAN"/mobile rig this is a horrible idea, between the weight and the tempered glass, this is not something you want to be lugging and tossing around without care and effort taken. To put the weight into perspective my cases I use for LAN/Travel are Corsair C70, a metal case with handles and the same size while weighing approx 60% less and cost 60% less as well. However If you want a case to show off, and will take time to ensure its handled carefully sure travel with it, I bought it more as a display piece for my SO new streaming build. - While I found the manuals to be adequate, they are definitely high quality yet extremely barebones, and do not approach the level of detail and information I have been accustomed to with other case manufacturers. Perhaps reduce the quality of paper/print to produce a manual of actual substance. Reality is 90% of this case users will barely look at it but for those who do need it, the illustrations and instructions are quite vague and poor. Ive been building computers for 20 years and looked at it to confirm how the Vertical GPU adapter worked as I wanted to mount a single 2080ti as close to the motherboard as possible and I got the gist of it, but yeah diagrams and overall instructions could use improvement. Enough to downgrade it? No... but something for them to improve upon. - The shipping/packaging box size could likely be reduced with packaging redesigned? While this item is likely low volume enough not to matter, if Asus continues its dive into selling cases they should work to improve the packaging to be smaller/cheaper/efficient.

Not for everyone

Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M MO-LTM009DTK Military Green 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 8200 dpi Gaming Mouse
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M MO-LTM009DTK Military Green 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 8200 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: -Unique -Accurate, Fast & Precise -Decent Software

Cons: -Can take a while to get used to... I year ago gave it a less favorable review...

Overall Review: Update: After years of use this is the best mouse I have every used. It is amazing and I have grown to love it. I wish they were more readily available.

Where has this been hiding?! Great for PC

RAZER RZ05-01260100-R3U1 Leviathan - Elite Gaming & Music Sound Bar
RAZER RZ05-01260100-R3U1 Leviathan - Elite Gaming & Music Sound Bar

Pros: This fits nicely under a monitor. The bottom legs are tall enough and wide enough to allow the speaker to likely straddle any/most monitor stand/base. I was shocked at how loud this is, and honestly it sounds good. Sounds better then my $200 2.1 Corsair system and better then the 2.1 THX certified $120 Logiteks it replaced. On a tile floor, the Bass is pretty dam good... even better then I will say again my Corsair SP2500.. I bought this for the wife and now I wish I had one. Maybe if my Corsair dies I will(5 years old and going strong). Its a maybe satin(ish) finish so not gloss which is nice and the razer logos are low key, so it has a very clean appearance and does not detract aesthetically. One of the more clean and adult styled Razer products I have seen/used.

Cons: Buttons are on the backside/blind side so may take a while to get used to.(but they are logically layed out so not the biggest deal No remote / remote controlling device There is apparently a auto-off feature but this has not been a issue for us, and seems only a issue for people using this as a console or TV audio device where they are more then a couple feet from the system.

Overall Review: Not a con, but people should know that for Dolby you need to use the optical cable. Other wise its standard stereo(Which still sounds great) On this system we are already using the optical slot on the mobo for Astro A50, however the regular audio jack quality is still amazing and has not bothered us, if we watched movies with this system maybe a issue.. but for gaming who cares, but you should still be aware. Of note you can adjust the sub volume separate from the speaker, however this requires holding one button and using another, just read the manual, many are unaware of this. At first I was concerned this may be a bit expensive... but honestly, its I feel a solid value if it fits your use. I have bought a few sound bars, and this is definitely better then the cheaper $100-150 ones I have installed in guest rooms. This is not a home theater system... so yes it does not sound like my $1k home theater and I wouldn't expect it to, but when at $200 it is cheaper then many of the headsets laying around my house, I feel its a fair price. In closing if desk space is a premium these should fit under your monitor nicely(measure if you need to first), and if I needed one and wanted to spend a bit, these would make for a pretty intense sound system for bedroom theater. So my only hesitant use would be as primary audio for a living room or console experience, this has to do with the lack of remote and auto off... things that really wont impact a PC or guest room experience.