Date Joined: 02/16/05
Pros: - Bright and decent colors
- Easy to set up
Cons: - Vertical stripes on solid colors, primarily on the stock windows blue, when using 75hz. I had to turn it back to 60hz as it was very, very annoying. Other reviews mention this as well, I suspect this is a design of the monitor. I don't plan to game much on this monitor as it's main use is productivity, so not a deal breaker.
Overall Review: I bought this monitor while on sell for $135. Had I paid much more, I would return it due to the vertical stripe issue.
Pros: - Quiet! I can't hear the fan, even on load.
- Installation is a breeze
- Included thermal paste is well reviewed
- Instructions are well laid out
Cons: - Ruins my color scheme and it's hard to justify wife aggro for spending 20-30 more to get the color you want
Overall Review: I had bought a 280 AIO for my i7-8700k. Temps were great, but noise was not. For half the price, I returned it and grabbed this. Temps on the 8700k (stock, non-OC) do run a few degrees higher, BUT I'm still under 60 while gaming for several hours. Idle is in the low 30s, usually around 33c. This thing, even when using Prime95 to stress test, is very quiet. I keep my PC on my desk beside me for optimal airflow and I can't hear the fan. I would recommend this over an AIO any day.
Pros: - Ideal length and quality materials
Cons: - None
Overall Review: My case fan cables were stretched pretty far and made for lousy cable management in my latest build. Bought a few of these and easily solved the problem. Fan speeds weren't impacted and now my cable management is complete. Hard to beat for the price.
Pros: Easy to install and looks good.
Cons: Where to start? Flow software is horrible. It took numerous tries to get the fan curves to work. Precision OCX for my GPU and Command Center for my mobo was much easier. Even at low, sub 1k rpms, the fans are noisy. Temps were fine 33c idle and 55c load (Prime95). But, I couldn't deal with the fan noise. They are LOUD. RMA'd it for a Noctua NH-U14S and haven't looked back. Serious AIO regret. I don't blame EVGA, they are an amazing company. Cheap AIOs can't hold a candle to high end air coolers, even though they are half the price. I wish I would have started the build with the Noctua.
Overall Review: Seriously, if you hate hearing your machine as much as I do, look elsewhere. At 900rpm, you can hear the fans clear as day.
Pros: This drive is fast. Even from a SSD, it's quick. I didn't benchmark it, but could tell a difference. Installing it is a piece of cake too.
Cons: Runs hot, so much so I went ahead and RMA'd it and bought a regular WD sata ssd. After a few hours in game, I was seeing temps in the mid 70s. Since WD advises operating between 0-70, I was nervous that I'd start getting data loss or drive failure. Airflow in my rig is good. CPU maintains around 45-55c on load (game closer to the 40s, Prime85 it gets to the 50s). GPU in game gets in the mid 70s with quiet operating and 50-60s with default fans.
Overall Review: Other reviews mention the temps of this drive, but I assumed it may be airflow. I can confirm it is not. You can buy aftermarket heatsinks, but for me the speed increase just wasn't worth another twenty or so on an already sixty more drive.
Pros: I purchased this due to all the other reviews and am very happy I did. The machine it went into is placed in my living room as a Plex/Steam box.
After building the PC - with it sitting right next to me, I couldn't hear the fan unless I tried. In it's place on my TV stand, I can't hear it what so ever.
Temps are exactly what I expected for my CPU, in fact they seem to be even better than what review sites were reporting. On idle I get about 35c and under load, playing games on Steam or using Plex, I've seen it reach about 44-45c.
Very impressed with this cooler and highly recommend it.
Cons: The only downside, and I knew about it beforehand after reading reviews and watching install videos, is the installation on AMD mobo's. You have to remove the back plate and attach this with the fan laying on the table. Easy enough to do, but still not the biggest fan of doing so. Not enough to knock an egg since it works and do so very well.
Overall Review: Considering this is priced competitively, at least when I bought it, I can't imagine another cooler.
Pros: MemTest86 passed without errors
Overall Review: I've always used G.Skill in all my builds due to reliability. MemTest86 ran without any errors. Low voltage, slim profile, and even looks good. What more can you want?