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Silicon Power 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model SP004GLSTU160N02
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Pros: 4GB Capacity
1600MHz operating frequency.
Low 1.35v operating voltage.

Cons: CAS 11 is a little slower than I would like.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it isn't the fastest DDR3L RAM, but it performs well. I tested two of these in a notebook together, and they were rock solid the whole time. They are fairly inexpensive modules as well, which makes it perfect for users performing an upgrade to an existing system. As I mentioned above, the CAS latency is a little higher than i would like, which makes it a little noncompetitive, but it still will outperform the large number of DDR3 DIMMs that operate below 1600 MHz. This RAM also uses 1.35v, which is great as it slightly reduces your systems overall power consumption.

In the end, there are a few RAM kits that are faster for just a few dollars more, but they don't really add much and this RAM works perfect as is.

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CORSAIR CX-M Series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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2 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but overpriced and somewhat lacking 09/04/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR CX-M Series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply

Pros: Semi-modular cable design
Quiet
5 year warranty
80 Plus Bronze certified efficiency

Cons: Limited power connections
Way overpriced

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying that this is not a bad PSU. It works well so far, and remains relatively quiet. The PSU has two issues, however, and one of them is fatal.

The first issue is the limited number of power connections, and the arrangement of these connections. There are 4 SATA power connections, but all of these are on the same cable. This can make connecting devices difficult without the use of extension cables. For example, it was impossible to connect both HDDs and an optical drive in my ATX case. The cable was just too short and couldn't reach the optical drive once the HDD was plugged in. There are also just three MOLEX power connectors, which is a less serious issue nowadays, but still can prove problematic.

The more serious issue is that it is priced at $49.99 right now. At that price, there are numerous PSUs that offer more features, better efficiency, better MTBF ratings and are all around better power supplies. For $30, this PSU would be a great deal for a light-gaming system. At $49.99, it is a complete rip off. So if you are considering this PSU on sale, then go for it, but otherwise check out some other PSUs on Newegg, as there are plenty of better ones.

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DEEPCOOL GamerStorm ASSASSIN II CPU Cooler 8 Heatpipes Dual PWM Fans&FDB Bearing 300RPM Min. Nickel-plated fins
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Pros: Eight direct heat pipes.
Two Heatsinks
Two large fans
Nickle plated base to avoid corrosion
Very quite when at idle.

Cons: Somewhat loud at full load
Less expensive than some Noctua products.
Huge, trouble fitting in most cases.

Other Thoughts: Compared to my older Phanteks cooler, this one managed to drop my CPU temp by roughly eight degrees. Granted, this cooler is much larger, which gives it a clear advantage. This cooler certainly isn't for everyone, however, as it is simply enormous. I have several large ATX PC cases, and it doesn't fit inside of any of them. The only way I could test it, is to mount it with the side-panel off the PC case.

While the cooler is clearly well designed and works wonderfully, users need to be very careful that it will fit inside of their system. If it does, then it is the best high-end air cooler you can buy from a price/performance standpoint. Unless your system is exceptionally large, however, you will need to consider a smaller cooler.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 05/26/12

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