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Pros: Very clean installation. The modular design is a great improvement over the "standard" cord configuration that comes on non-modular PSU's. This replaced an 850W 80+ standard rating PSU, and it does just fine. I was actually surprised that I could drop 200W and still get the same performance. At $119.00, the price is really reasonable for what you get with this unit. Overall, I am very glad I chose Corsair.
Cons: None so far. I have only had this unit for a few days, so we will see. I am not one to just sit around and "wait" for things to fail. So, don't expect to hear back from me on this.
Other Thoughts: I was up in the air over several different manufacturers. I'm glad I chose Corsair. Their build quality and attention to detail seems to be very visible in the products they deliver.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Cool design. Cooler Master makes great products. Great price point for this product. I have my i7 2600K overclocked to 3.8 Ghz, and it runs between 32-40 degrees under continuous heavy loads.
Cons: Overall a great product. There are 2 reasons I docked this product an egg. First, and this may partly be my fault, but the way that I had to orient the unit in my case made it block one of my memory slots. Not a big deal since I only use 2 modules, I just used slots 2 and 4 instead of 1 and 3. Second, no matter how tight i get the screws, I can still torque the cooler back and forth, which is a little unnerving. It takes a moderate amount of torque, but it moves, and that just makes me uneasy. Hasn't caused a problem so far, as you see above, it still cools fine.
Other Thoughts: Overall, easy to install, and a great buy at this price point.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy installation, as always. Not a whole to say here. It's an Intel chip, so you expect it to be stellar, and it is. Overclocking capability, which is nice. Able to overclock without much extra heat (maybe 5-10 degrees celcius). Runs cool, at around 29-35 degrees, overclocked to 3.8 Ghz. Really good investment. Can't say much about the built in graphics, as I use a stand alone GPU.
Other Thoughts: On paper and benchmarks, the difference between this chip and it's i5 counterpart doesn't appear to be that different. I can tell you from experience (I've owned both) that this chip vastly outperforms the i5 from the same generation of chips.READ FULL REVIEW