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CORSAIR VS Series VS500 (CP-9020118-NA) 500W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS WHITE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Pros: - Good quality for a budget power supply
- Quiet operation
- 3 year warranty from a reputable company
- Branding stickers applied well and in the correct orientations

Cons:
- Lots of ketchup and mustard from the loosely sleeved cables
- A power indicator LED would have been a nice addition

Other Thoughts: This budget power supply has impressed me with its quality. The included mounting screws match the color of the power supply and install easily; the included power cable is thick and feels nice. The power supply itself feels relatively solid and is well put together. The branding stickers on the sides are applied well and are in the correct orientation to be right-side-up in either fan-up or fan-down orientation when viewed from the normal side. Operation is quiet and won't even be noticed in most builds.

As good as it is it does still have some flaws. Sleeved cables have become a requirement for modern power supplies and, in my opinion, the sleeving on these cables barely counts. At the bottom-budget level this amount of ketchup and mustard is normal, but at this price point I would have liked to see a little bit more put into prettier cables. The power switch on the back is nice to have, but I would have liked to see a power indicator light as well.

The connectors, cable length, and warranty are all on-par with competitors. There are adequate connectors and power handling for just about any modern single graphics card system that should be built. The cable length would be rather short in a full-tower atx build, but for a mid-tower micro-atx build it would be just fine. The 3 year warranty isn't bad and is very similar to what competitors offer, but a longer warranty would always be welcomed. On the topic of warranty, my warranty sticker was intact, but I can see how it could easily be split by the outer housing sliding around slightly in transit.

Overall, this is a great power supply. It has plenty of quality about it and only shows its budget friendliness in the colorful cables and the low 80 PLUS White rating. This would be a great power supply for a mid-tier computer.

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 120mm PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
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Pros: - Quiet pump and fan
- Premium feeling fan
- Manageable tubing between pump and radiator
- Unique aesthetic and an included case badge

Cons:
- No LED control
- Mounting hardware for only a single fan configuration

Other Thoughts: Let's start with quality. The fan seems to be good quality; it has a nice weight to it, vibration dampening corners, and quiet operation. The radiator is on-par with other similar coolers as is the tubing. The pump / block is quiet and easy to mount, but the plastic shrouds that give it the special look are a bit looser than I would have liked. It would have been nice to have control over the LED lighting, but the subtle breathing effect and overall brightness and color will work well with most builds.

In terms of installation, everything, again, is pretty standard. The plastic CPU backplate isn't amazing, but it is functional and that is what matters. The aluminum rails that go on the front of the motherboard make installing the pump / block easy - no juggling act to perform on both sides of the motherboard. But, where this cooler pulls ahead in the pump / block mounting, it falls behind when it comes to the radiator and fan. The included hardware only allows for mounting the fan in a push configuration, and the holes for the hardware in the radiator were not well threaded. I had to run a screw through each hole to chase the threads before attempting to mount the unit.

Moving to performance, this unit performs just about the same as every other liquid cooler AIO that I have tested. However, this one did come in a little bit quieter than some of the competition. One thing that I noticed that may impact performance in certain instances and computer cases is that there is a notable amount of back-air. Even with the fan at half speed, there was still a decent amount of air coming back out the front of the fan that didn't make it through the radiator. While this won't affect cooling performance for the CPU, it may impact airflow through the computer case.

Overall, this DEEPCOOL AIO offers performance to rival its competitors, but adds a bit of a different aesthetic for a small premium. If you are looking for a cooler that offers that intriguing aesthetic with a nice red glow to be seen through a side-panel window, this may be the cooler for you.

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Linksys CM3016 16x4 686 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
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Pros: - Good build quality
- Clean aesthetics
- LED indicators are not overly bright or dim

Cons:
- Housing is a little large

Other Thoughts: The overall quality of this modem is quite nice. The housing is solid and smooth, the rubber feet are soft and hold the device in place well, and the power brick is not overly large. The LED indicators are clearly labeled and easy to see while not being overly bright. My only complaints are that the entire top third of the housing is empty and that the base doesn't allow for the unit to be placed against a wall or another device.

The installation process can vary significantly based on Internet Service Provider. Installing the unit itself is easy: plug the cable into the modem, plug the modem into a router, and then plug the modem into power; the included Ethernet cable even has yellow ends to color match the correct port to plug it into on most routers. This is the point where installation begins to vary based on service provider. In some scenarios it will work right away, in others there may be a few steps that need to be followed. In my case, I had to call my provider and work with technical support to get it working.

Overall, I like this modem. I am a fan of the aesthetics and was really impressed by the build quality. The universal bits of the installation process are decently well documented and installation went exactly as I expected it to. I have no reasons not to recommend this modem.

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