Date Joined: 06/21/02
Pros: Tempered Glass Side Panel
Good cable management
Plenty of room in back panel area
Good front panel connections with 4 USB
Doesn't "look" cheap
Could fit up to 4 radiators (if done right)
2 x 360mm
1 x 240mm
1 x 120mm
Magnetically held dust filters that are optional
Cons: PCI IO slots are attached with twist/snap off breakpoints. So once you remove them, they can't be restored. To be fair, they provide a few additional slot covers that can be installed, but not enough if you were to remove them all.
The materials "feel" cheap and flimsy a bit. However, overall the case is rigid enough to say it's solid once everything is installed. So despite not being built with the highest of quality, it's an excellent execution of cheap materials at the price point.
The tempered glass panel is attached such that it's not really integrated, but more just fitted over 4 rubber isolated posts. It works, but there are more attractive glass panel implementations out there. Regardless, it doesn't look bad, just that it could look better.
There bottom area where the PSU is installed is a bit cramped if you have lots of PSU wires to deal with. The drive bay rack installed in that area really robs you of space, making it hard to install modular PSU wires while the PSU is installed in place. So you might need to plan ahead.
The drive bay rack is chinsy and feels cheap. It has rails to attach by sliding in drives, which work, but just don't feel like they are of high quality.
The fan provided with the case is bad. I did not use it. Additionally, more fans would be better, but price/cost is probably preventing that.
Overall Review: I built my daughter's computer into this case. Previously it was in a case from a much more well known competitor that I also got from Newegg for review. This case costs less and is much nicer in just about every way imaginable.
I didn't use the provided fan and instead bought a RGB fan kit, installing 3 in the front and one in the read. I opted not to use the front fan filter as I wanted to ensure good case air flow. This was the right decision. The front panel's grate still restricts a little, but much better without the filter.
Temps in the case remain cool, much better than her previous case.
The combo of tempered glass and rgb fans really make for beautiful case.
The other huge improvement is cable management is much improved. Her last case had no room behind the motherboard tray area, so everything remained in sight. This resolves that. Not only that, but it has velcro straps behind to keep all wires channeled into a single column and looks elegant.
At the price they are selling this case, yes, you can expect it to be somewhat cheap in feel and the features aren't vast, they still managed to target the right features for the price, making this a great value.
I often have to build PCs for others and they often are trying to save money, which often gets them a poor case. I think I now have a good affordable option that I could build in for them where they will think they are getting a top tier case, when they are really just getting a great value.
If this is the price point you are targeting, I wholeheartedly recommend this case.
Pros: High Quality Power for a SFX PSU.
750W is more than enough for just about any small form factor PC.
Corsair warranty and brand quality.
Cons: It's not cheap. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth it either.
Overall Review: When small form factor PCs became all the rage and SF and SFX PSUs came along, I didn't think we'd see wattage ratings much higher than 500-600. So it's nice to see that there are good quality options coming on to the market that are fairly priced. So you can run a pretty high end machine and do so quietly with this little gem.
I'm pretty excited I was able to review this model. It's going to stay in my machine for awhile.
Pros: Pretty lights
Cons: System won't boot when set to XMP profile of DDR3200 and will just cycle until it defaults down to 2133 and then the system will finally start.
Overall Review: I'm running a Ryzen 2700X and a GIGABYTE X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI and this RAM just doesn't work at all with that board at all. Totally disappointed that after all this time no one can get working RAM with Ryzen still.
Pros: Defective parts can't have Pros
Cons: Dead after a few startups
Overall Review: Lasted a few boots and then stopped registering
Brushed Aluminum Surface
Minimalist Design if that's your thing
Sturdy design without flex
Ability to alter some lighting choices right from the keyboard without software
For the most part this keyboard has a good feel. I used it for a couple of weeks and had no issues typing or anything like that. No real big surprises with the keyboard. It just worked.
Cons: While fairly sturdy it still manages to feel less than solid.
The keys are not Cherry MX and instead are Gateron knockoffs. Maybe you can't tell the difference, but I can.
The backlighting is adequate, but has the annoying back bleed style that I hate. I prefer only backlighting through the tops of the keys.
While you can do some stuff with lighting from the keyboard itself, you still need their software to do everything possible. Which I don't mind until they try to market as if it's all capable from the keyboard.
Cord isn't braided and while I don't care that much, it's still a nice touch when it is.
Beyond the feel of the keys, they are also loud and jostle in place more than I like.
No wrist rest attachment (at least make it optional)
I like dedicated media keys or at least a volume roller. I find special function keys annoying.
Overall Review: The first few mechanical keyboards I purchases were built so heavy sturdy and weighted that I categorized them as items I could beat someone to death with. I think if i tried that with this keyboard, the guy would just be angrily hurt and I'd have a broken keyboard. Maybe that's a unfair assessment to put on a keyboard, but when it is that category, it just means to me it's a quality unit. This keyboard is good, just not the best. I think for the asking price it is anywhere from fair to maybe priced a tad to high. It hits most of the marks for what people look for in a keyboard that is mechanical RGB, but can't seem to shake the feeling of cheapened for profit.
Pros: NVMe (where the blue drives were only SATA)
Affordable (at least as much as the competition)
Cons: For be a Black series drive, it should be a little more high end and compete more against the 970 Pro. That's just my opinion. But I do find it odd the price diff between the blue and black isn't more.
Not as polished as competition in terms of accompanying software.
Overall Review: Newegg first gave me a WD Blue M.2 2280 drive. That drive I scored low because it's cost difference from the black was very little and it only supported SATA protocol.
So when I got a chance to review the black, I was happy to be able to up the score simply by it being a true NVMe drive.
Perceived performance during normal use was simply that it was a fast SSD. Loading Windows, booting, launching applications and launching games all felt great. I didn't have any weird compatibility issues and nothing to suggest WD drives were inferior in any way to the competition.
However, there is competition and when you start looking closer, I don't know why this drive gets the nod. Take a 970 Evo and see that it's cost is similar, it's performance is similar and know that that is probably the best drive to compare to then. I prefer the Evo software (unless you don't like running any that is) and I think the quality of the controller is going to be better on the Evo.
In the end this isn't a bad drive in any way. If you buy it don't feel like you are giving up anything. Its good. Its fast. It was stable and compatible. It's simple.
Pros: Finally a 360mm radiator in a Corsair closed loop cooler
The fans it uses are their better ML series fans that make use mag-lev bearings, so again quiet.
RGB lighting on pump/block (if you care about that sort of thing.
Zero Fan Mode for more quiet
Pump/block size good for clearance
I prefer the side inlet/outlet tubes on the pump rather than out the top
Braided tubes make it look nicer
Cons: Price is high
Not a lot gained in cooling potential for most CPUs, that is unless you are running any of Intel's latest power hungry & hot disasters.
RGB lighting is a little, meh....
No RGB lighting on fans (if you care about that)
Still lots of wires in play. I wish they could simply that somehow. But there are worse options, and it's no worse than before.
Overall Review: So this thing feels exceptionally built in most ways. I really appreciate them including their higher quality fans. I know the price of this cooler is high, but the fans sort of justify it a bit.
The pump is surprisingly light. Hopefully it's up to the task long term. I've had some of the Corsair coolers that have the tubes coming off the top of the pump that are thicker and less adjustable. I have to say that I prefer them coming from the side with the 90° angles that allow them to be rotated as needed.
To make use of all the features on this you're stuck running Corsair Link software, which has only gotten better in time, but still never feels super great.
So here's the thing about this cooler, it's largely unneeded from a cooling standpoint as most 240-280mm CLC's are more than capable of keeping up with the vast majority of CPUs on the market, even when they are overclocked. Yes Intel has pushed a few enthusiast CPUs as of late that could benefit from the larger 360mm rad used in this product, but that says less about this cooler being good than it points out that Intel is just pushing a bad product in response to AMD.
So why get this pricy cooler? Simple, to be at quiet as possible. That is where this thing excels. If you are going for quiet, then this is what you want. It does have a few caveats however. One you need a case big enough to accommodate it. Two, to make use of the zero fan mode, you may want to positioning it correctly. What do I mean by that?
A lot of CLCs get front mount on case air intakes. So they dual purpose in cooling the CPU while also bringing in air into the cooler. To use the zero fan however, you'd stop bringing in air into the case. Granted when the CPU/Water warm up the fans will spin, but again, they spin slow and quiet. So using this cooler at the front of the case could be detrimental for overall case temps. So I recommend that this cooler be used in case that can top mount it as exhaust instead. Furthermore the case should provide adequate air intake from the front to help the case while still providing enough air for the cooler itself to exhaust air that isn't heated extensively by the GPU. Bringing in air from the front to do all this however shouldn't undermine the goal of quiet, otherwise what's the point.
I recommend something like the Define R6 which would allow this to quietly bring in front air while allowing this cooler to be top mounted to work as it was designed.
A couple of other things. We are finally getting coolers that are AM4 capable out of the box and this is no exception.
I plan on using this cooler in a new build. Currently I'm using a Corsair Air 240 case. So I've had to hang this cooler outside the case for testing purposes. Like I recommended prior, after a lot of research am probably doing to use the Define R6 for my choice of case. I'll be giving up my smaller case, but gaining a lot in terms of quiet.
Pros: = Keyboard =
- Appearance -
* RGB backlit
* Multiple built in patterns and color schemes
* Speed control of lighting
* Direction control of lighting.
* Raised Keys
- Functionality -
* Key pressed feel mechanical
* Key presses sound mechanical
* Limited Flex (especially good compared to other budget priced decks)
* Simple in execution.
* No Software needed. Just Plug and Play.
* Heavy and Weighted. Stays in place.
* FN + style media key controls
* Windows Key lockout
* 24 Simultaneous key press readability
= Mouse =
- Appearance -
* RGB Lighting
* Per Profile Lighting
- Functionality -
* DPI selecting
* Comfortable for palm resting grip
* Mid to Light Weight feel
* Simple no frills straight to the point approach
* No Software needed for full functionality
= Summary =
If all the pros listed here are all needed at the price being asked, then this could be right for you. Read on though to understand the costs and trade-offs needed to pack all these features in at this price.
Cons: = Keyboard =
- Appearance -
* Back light bleed predominant over key cap lighting
* Limited lighting options due to settings being hosted from the keyboard itself.
* Most color profiles range from unimpressive to highly distracting.
- Functionality -
* Loud Key presses
* Keys jostle around when resting at their top position
* No wrist rest of any kind.
= Mouse =
- Appearance -
* Only back bottom of mouse light strip changes color when color profile is set to rainbow color changing
* Scroll wheel and back logo are always afixed to a static color based on profile
* The back logo doesn't light up anywhere other than a thin strip around the logo, which just looks strange and incomplete.
- Functionality -
* DPI is constrained to only 4 preset values to choose from
* Right side ring finger rest is comfortable only for palm grip
* Ackward feel when claw gripping.
* Side buttons area between has slit between buttons that can be felt a sharp edge when sliding thumb over from button to button.
* Mouse feet don't seem to lift the mouse away from the mouse pad enough as I can feel and hear scrapping as I use it.
= Summary =
Remembering that if you "use it" first and "look at it" second that you could do so much better for the price by getting a good mouse first, then taking the remaining cash and getting a more solid keyboard without the RGB and other things that don't matter.
Overall Review: I'm pretty middle of the road with this keyboard and mouse. Let me first say that I really like Cooler Master products having owned some of their best cases through the years and some of my first mechanical keyboards were from cooler master (some of which today I still use at work because of their built in macro keys not requiring software support). That being said, some of their more current products are pretty questionable (cough cough MasterCase H500P). I think it's no secret that the market they operate in is pretty cut throat and trying to bring a good product at the lowest possible cost is challenging. This is certainly the case with this keyboard (and mouse).
Today, who isn't selling a mechanical keyboard? I mean seriously, is there any peripheral on the market that inst' more saturated than mechanical keyboards? I think my Grandmother even has her own line. And like most of them, isn't offering anything unique to distinguish them from any other competitor. So everyone's looking for an angle. All the big names have done it with their own type of special mechanical keys and other gimmicks, the most of which no user can perceive a difference in daily usage.
Cooler Master is trying their angle too with the Mem-chanical switch. When I first read about it, I liked the idea of. Mechanical switches offer a very satisfactory feel when pressing them, but usually the cost of noise and sometimes other things such as travel distance and key press force. Of course there are plenty of mechanical key choices out there to help mitigate these things making it a sea of difficult choices when you haven't tried them all. Membrane however are usually fairly quiet, but often feel spongy, inconsistent and just plain cheap feeling. So when I heard Cooler Master was combining the two types into some type of a hybrid, I only assumed it was because they were going to leverage the strengths of the two types to form the basis and still come out ahead in terms of cost and therefore offer a competitive solution at a lower cost. Sounds pretty good right?
Unfortunately, the realization is what they ended up with is a switch that is as loud or louder than any mechanical switch I've ever used. I'm not sure what was gained with the membrane part of the switch (other than cost maybe, but even then maybe?). Quiet keys alone would have been enough to look past some of the other minor faults. But these aren't quiet keys. Not only that, but if I lightly rest my fingers atop the keys and wiggle around a bit, the keys jostle in place making them feel oh so cheap and further add even more noise to the picture. Yes the keys travel like mechanical. Yes the keys press like mechanical. But that's about it. I can't help but feel like they were trying to mimic the blue cherry mx "clicky" keys a bit, but took it too far. Regardless, most people around you are going to be quite bothered by the sound this keyboard gives.
Next let's talk about the lighting. I'm not a fan. Sorry. I like RGB back-lit keyboards, but none that show the under key light bleed. The Corsair keyboards do this also and I've never liked it. I prefer the Logitech Romer-G back-lit keys instead there only the tops of the keys are lit. So if you don't mind the Corsair approach, then this is no worse. That is until you compare tops to bleed. At least in the Corsair keyboards the tops are as brilliantly lit as the under bleed is. I can't say that for this. The under bleed is brilliantly lit, while the tops are dull.
The mouse is not terrible. But it's not great either. I can use it. I just can't enjoy it. It's most satisfactory part is the mouse wheel. It's got a good texture, turns at the right resistance an looks pretty good when lit up. It's easy to click also without accidentally scrolling up or down. But the mouse feel fairly cheap otherwise. Either the mouse feet aren't set right to properly lift the mouse away from the mouse pad, or the mouse bottom isn't supported and flat enough to keep ti dragging. Every horizontal movement creates a scrapping noise on my hard surface mouse pad. Maybe it needs to be on a soft cloth one instead. I can do without the extra width created by the extra right side finger rests also. After having used a G900 for so long, I simply prefer it.
I'm probably being far too rough on this product. For the features it's offering at the price, it's not bad. You get a semi-sorta mechanical typish keyboard that is RGB and a multi-DPI RGB mouse for far less than anything else it's competing with at the same price range. Yes there are other very affordable keyboards out there that are RGB (in some sorts) that can be paired with a decent mouse, but few bundled together. So it's good in it's own right and I can't say I don't like the product, because I do. But it feels like it's being sold a very small group of people looking for both items at the same time at this price.
If this has enough pros to outweight the cons, then by all means try it out.
Pros: 3D NAND is a bonus in that it allows the extra space for node sizes to be larger and therefore more durable. That's good because ultimately it is still TLC, which has it's theoretical pitfalls, none of which are usually realized by most.
M.2 is standard that all SSDs should be moving towards, and this is M.2. Motherboards manufacturers should foster this by figuring out ways to get up to 4 mounted on a motherboard without eating up all the available PCI-E lanes. 1 and 2 slots are OK, but more would be better.
Western Digital is a well established some what as a trustworthy brand.
The 3 year warranty is comparable to competition. Don't expect to ever make use of it though (good or bad, you decide).
Cons: It's not NVME. So if you have newer motherboard that supports the NVME protocol, spend the extra $10-15 and get and NVME drive. The WD Black M.2 drives barely cost more and offer much better performance. I don't why one would buy this and limit yourself to the utterly slow SATA standard.
Western Digital used to mean the gold standard in HDDs (at least that was my opinion). Over time though they just became one in the same, no better than the competition. When SSDs arrived, I found it so strange they lagged so far behind in adopting this technology. So now that they are peddling SSDs too, it feels very "me too", and SATA M.2 drives with an indistinguishable price point don't do much to help that image.
Overall Review: Gone are the days when getting the right SSD meant knowing the controller onboard. Late to the game, former HDD companies like WD are building run-of-the-mill drives that hit the mark, but do little to stand out. And I can't seem to pinpoint all the relevant information to make a better assessment beyond just perceived usage and synthetic benchmarks.
Their prices aren't high, but they aren't hitting price points that drive demand either. $10 more gets you a Black drive, NVME and just better. $15 gets you into a 960 EVO, in my opinion, the benchmark defacto drive at this price point.
Then there's the compatibility. I had troubles with this drive early out the gate. I just didn't want to work in my motherboard (GA-AB350M-Gaming). Of course a 960 EVO had no problems. Worried I had a bad drive, I tried in a friends board and it worked there. So I had to make special accommodations to review this drive under shorter terms and to lesser capability.
I would have liked to be more extensive in review process, but Newegg wasn't having it and call in an early review.
Benchmarks showed that it does operate around it's rated speeds. That's not too impressive though. Given a protocol change from SATA to NVME, I bet the same NAND would trounce the speeds this drive operates at.
If it seems I'm not too impressed with this drive, then guilty as charged. The strange compatibility issue left a sour taste in my mouth, but I can't blame anyone knowingly as the culprit with the limited test-ability and time I was given. Given that I had it working fine in 2 other boards after seems to suggest the drive itself was not fully to blame. Then when you factor what $10 more gets you in terms of performance, I just can't get too excited about this drive. I could give it 5 stars simply because it works, because they were able to get some great terms marketed with "3D NAND", "M.2" and "SSD". But I'm looking at what came before it, how it compares price-wise and what this does to distinguish itself in terms of added features and just not seeing much. The Acronis imaging software and dashboard software might be useful, but who isn't offering something similar (reputable company that is).
So 3 stars it is. I recommend getting the WD Black or 960 EVO instead.
Pros: Initial feel out period has shown out of the box reliability.
Performance seems consistent and competitive.
The brand Toshiba is usually left out of the "WD vs Seagate, which is worse" conversation, which indicates to me it's reliable.
Cons: Runs hot
Overall Review: I have a central home server NAS that I run for my day to day and family file options. The box is mostly comprised of WD Red NAS drives in different sets of disk arrays depending on the purpose. But suffice it to say that normally they are working in pairs of disks. I didn't have 2 of these to pair together, so I was forced to come up with a single duty task to test it with.
My internet connection tops out at 9Mpbs. I have multiple gamers in the household and the small bandwidth makes downloading games a multi-day affair. To mitigate this we'll usually delegate a single machine to download the game first, then back it up and store it centrally for all machines to restore from. So I have terabytes upon terabytes of game backups that get passed around.
So I chose this drive to handle that duty as I need a lot of space for storage, but don't necessarily need redundancy for this type of data. Also, it's probably the most frequently used share from the server.
I know newegg probably hates my turn around times for product reviews. But I honestly feel its a problem these days where reviewers give their opinion of something based on the spec sheet and how it performed for a few days. I've had this drive now for a month and a half using it the whole time. I tried putting through it paces and just making sure it wouldn't die prematurely, like so many products often do. Granted, in the span of time a drive should last, one and a half months is still relatively short, but I have to review it at some point.
It's worked great the entire time I've been using it. It's louder than any other drive I have in the system though. It also seems to run pretty hot for some reason. To mount it had to grab some front loading hot swap bays. Now because of the heat, I may need to figure out how to get better airflow over it too.
Regardless, I think the product competes well in the market. It's performance on reads are pretty good, beating out the other drives I'm using. Plus it costs less than either WD or Seagate.
So if you are running a central NAS with decent airflow and away from being heard, I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't use this Toshiba drive over the competition.
Pros: I missed any hiccups this board may have had as I got it when the BIOS updates were going AGESA 1006. So no issues concerning stability and compatibility.
X370 Chipset when a B350 would probably sufficient. Nice to have the more capable chipset onboard, regardless of whether it can be leveraged fully.
As with most Ryzen boards, it's affordable.
It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, which for me is better. No need to focus on what barely matters when it targets fully what completely matters. Less to get in the way.
IO has plenty of USB ports on the bard varying from 2.0 to 3.1.
UEFI/BIOS is simple enough that you can work with it and not much gets in the way. Not a lot of settings to make you ponder what it does and if you need to concern yourself with.
GPU PCI-E slot is strengthened and metal covered for protection and durability purposes.
If you are trying to do a color-schemed build, the red/black/white thing is pretty easy to match with other parts.
Cons: X370 isn't there to guarantee SLI/XFire with all PCI-E lanes available on both slots.
Audio is weak and the same as almost all boards out there. I recommend using either a sound card or external sound solution to better power speakers/headsets.
Power Users won't have much to play with in the UEFI/BIOS.
Overclocking is run of the mill. It can happen, but don't think it stands out in the pack. This maybe more an issue with Ryzen itself with its mediocre overclocking and typical headroom limitations.
If sexy appearance of hardware is your thing, this looks a little hum drum.
BIOS it ships with is to be avoided and you should immediately update to the latest offered.
The APP Center software that ships with this that allows you to manage certain things with the hardware from Windows is annoying in that it requires a main application to be installed and it doesn't really have any features. It then requires additional apps to be installed into the main application that is merely the launcher for these individual apps. Each app does it's own thing and the idea is that you can install what you do want avoiding what you don't. Honestly, the whole thing is tedious and confusing. I'd rather just have a single application installed that allows you to enable/disable what you do and don't want. Additionally provide better explanation of what each app does avoiding all the ambiguity. Gigabyte isn't alone in this department as most motherboard vendors are pretty terrible at providing worthwhile software to complement their hardware.
Overall Review: When Ryzen arrives I love it. The first few weeks I began to question it. After a month I hated it. I actually bought the Gigabyte GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 board (it was actually my 3rd board, but first to get working). The first month or so was pretty sorry state of affairs where the systems weren't stable and other hardware was barely compatible (coolers and memory particularly). After a couple of UEFI/BIOS updates though things started getting better.
When Newegg gave me the chance to review this board, I was well past most of the issues. I already had a liquid cooler that would fit. I had the G.Skill Flare-X memory that could hit DDR4-3200 speeds (I tried 4 sets prior to it that couldn't get past DDR4-2133 no matter what I tried). So needless to say by simply moving everything from my own board to this board was a much better experience than what I originally went through with my personal board.
That being said, this board is pretty much the same as my prior board in most regards, except of course for the fact that this board is a full ATX board whereas my personal was a Micro ATX. So the UEFI interface was largely the same and the settings I used the same. Overclocking was the same, hitting 3.9GHz with my Ryzen 7 1700X CPU. Even the price was pretty much the same.
I mentioned before that I was to the point of hating the Ryzen platform. Well, months later now, I've come full circle and am again loving the platform. I've ditched my prior needs that Intel put on me, buying overly priced boards full of things I thought I needed but never really did. I love finding ways to utilize all the cores you can get at a reasonable price. Seriously this board paired with a Ryzen 5 1600X and 16GB of G.Skill Flare-X DDR4-3200 is the base for a fantastic gaming system. I love what Ryzen is bringing to the table and I love watching Intel finally have to compete (and they aren't doing a fantastic job of it right now).
Besides gaming, this board is also fantastic as the base for a consumer productivity machine. Grab a Ryzen 7 1700 and get 16 threads of parallel processing all while sipping away only 65W TDP.
Anyway, back to this board specifically , I used it for about a month without issue. It worked great the entire time, whether I was gaming online or with my kids, or writing software with Visual Studio 2017. Feature-wise might only warrant a 3 or 4 star score, but when you figure it's only about $100, it's inline with expectations and the 5 star rating I gave it is warranted.
Go ahead and buy this board. It's probably going to be just fine for you.
Fan is always pushing some air
Enough cables to sport 2 GPUs
Good power range
Cons: I hate working with these hard cables where the ends almost always seem to be oriented the opposite to what it needs to connect to.
It's only Semi-Modular. That being said, the 2 permanently connected wires, of them for certain at least one would always be connected anyway even if fully modular. The 2nd wire to the extra CPU power is still almost always connected. So being semi is probably fine for 99% of people.
Cost is only ~$10 less than the next better Corsair model, which isn't enough to justify why you'd choose this one.
Overall Review: I ran this for a couple of weeks in my new Ryzen 7 1700X, Titan X Pascal system. It worked fine. The fan runs always at some speed and for me always stayed silent. I couldn't hear it running ever. I had planned on using my already owned AX1200i. The 1200 is overkill, but it has a zero fan mode and with the extra headroom, the fan has never turned on. So why does that matter over this 850 when it's fan was inaudible to me? Dust is why. With zero fan mode, because it never draws in, it doesn't ever really get dusty. With this 850 on the lower end without any zero fan or other bells and whistles, eventually you'd have to take the time to blow it out.
I don't understand Corsair and their 20 different lines of PSUs. They've got too many, too closely aligned with too many similar traits with not enough price distinction. I think this is a fine PSU on it's own merits. But when the next model up is only $10 more and it's fully modular and has a zero fan mode, why would this be my choice? Even from aesthetics, this PSU is just a run of the mill plain old looker and the next line up has some elegance in appearance.
Still I can't fault this unit. It's got quality internals for a decent price and enough power to cover a fairly high end system just fine. I certainly think you could buy it take your $10 saved for a decent meal out.
Pros: Worked right out of the box with no fuss. Just set XMP and done.
Cons: Only 16GB for DDR4-3200 speeds.
Overall Review: I tried 4 memory kits for Ryzen. None of them could get higher than 2133MHz even after AGESA UEFI update. These work as advertised and couldn't happier because of it. The only thing that sucks is that I have to give up 32GB and go down to 16GB because Ryzen is still too much garbage that it can't handle multiple ranks or dimms per channel.
Cons: Couldn't get to run faster than 2133MHz despite being listed as compatible.
Overall Review: Intel only.
Pros: 1070 in a small package
Cons: Too tall. It barely fits in the SilverStone Milo Series ML08B-H. I had to disassemble a structural reinforcement part on the case to get it in. Fortunately after doing so it fits.
Overall Review: Mini-ITX shouldn't just denote short length at the expense of extra height.
Pros: Flawless Execution without impediments.
Good build quality.
Easy to see and understand LED indicators to convey network speeds (helped me identify I had a bad cable)
Cons: I would have liked a wall mountable power supply brick rather than the fat blocking at-the-plugin brick with the cheap skinny consumer grade cord.
Overall Review: Been using this for nearly a month now. I can't find anything to suggest this doesn't work properly. I don't have 16 devices to load up on it, but I did have 5. For the most part I observed over time normal usage scenarios that were unremarkable in that everything worked as expected or simply that it gave the impression that there was no switch and that each device was directly connected to each other.
Recently I conducted an experiment where I attempted to load the device with all 5 machines each passing a very large file to each the other 4 machines. Astonishingly, I could find no evidence to suggest that any one machine was impeded by another such that it was locked or waiting on any other. Of course bandwidth was reduced by simply each sharing what was available at the time, but other than that, the test outcome was that it was nearly as unremarkable as normal every day use such that the awareness of the device was not prevalent to a misconception that each machine was directly connected to each machine in some capacity. To me, this is what a good switch should do.
If you have need for a good switch, regardless if you can fill it up, this is still a safe bet.
Pros: Compact for sure, but doesn't feel tiny.
Was able to get a working build together in it. But nothing about it was as straightforward as I had hoped and planned for. Still the final result was pretty good.
Cons: Back plate cutout wasn't large enough to allow for the CPU cooler backplate to fit through, so the mob sits ever so slightly off parallel to the mounting surface, which in turn lifts one side of the motherboard such that the stand offs don't accept the supplied mounting screws because the tops of the stand offs seem to have their threading stripped straight from the factory.
Needed to use a 3.5" hard drive in this build, and the only working location is where the GPU mounts. Fortunately Gigabyte supplies a short Mini ITX GTX1070 which allows enough space for the HDD. However, the GPU while shorter, is taller than normal. The case has a support bracket that provides case rigidity, but blocks the taller GPU from being able to be installed. Fortunately the bracket is removable without compromising case integrity too much and then the GPU will go in. However after the GPU is in, only 2 of the 3 screws for the bracket can be put in and therefore it's secured only on a single end defeating it's purpose of strengthening the case.
The next issue with this GPU and HDD sharing the same space is heat build up. It gets so hot that the surface of the case is hot to the touch, which in time would only serve to kill the HDD. I was able to add a 140mm slim fan mounted to the side panel in the top GPU area and that completely resolves the issue. However with the GPU, HDD and fan all tightly put together, the side panel goes on hard and special measures had to be put in place to keep the fan from catching against the side of the panel as it spun.
Overall Review: Ultimately I was able to get a 7600K, 16GB DDR4 2666, with 256GB Samsung 960 EVO, 2TB Seagate SSHD and GTX 1070 in a fairly small package.
But the case is tedious to work in and the panels come off with lots of little screws and sliding things into position just perfectly. I'm not sure what my GPU upgrade options are going to be moving forward either with the need for special sized GPUs.
I think if you need just an once of more flexibility, get something else.
Pros: Impossible to determine in a days time.
Cons: Dead in 1 day.
Pros: The appearance of quality construction is paramount when looking over the board. From the thick and solid heatsinks to the trim and precise solder points, to the metal reinforced PCI-E and memory DIMM slots, the board has a lot going for it.
In the Aesthetics department, they went with an elegant neutral color scheme that should work well in most cases. If you can match it with some black and white braided cables, this thing is really going to shine.
Next in Aesthetics is RGB. It's got it. It's got the software to configure it pretty extensively too, I may add. If you go in for that kind of thing, then you'll probably be pretty satisfied. It covers most major sections of the board and even offers the ability to swap out some stenciled patterned strips to change the appearance. It's also extensible where you can add your own strips external to the board itself.
NVMe M.2 drives are awesome. You can fit two of them on this board. Where? In the best spots conceivable. Above the main GPU location (rather than beneath it forcing you to remove the GPU to access it) where it's always visible and accessible. The other one is between the lower PCI-E slots, also where it won't easily be restricted. So you can drop in a high-performance main SSD into one slot for bleeding fast all around performance, and then give a 2nd one dedicated just for games, so load times are as minimalistic as one can expect. Meanwhile, you haven't even had to attach a drive yet for data. Nice!
Dual NICs. One Killer, the other Intel. Personally, I've never been able to extract observable benefits from the Killer NICs. That being said, I also have never had issues using the Killer NICs. Want to avoid it altogether, just use the Intel NIC. You have options here.
Optane. I'm not going into this more as right now no one can really say much about something that is as of yet not available for real world testing. But if it's something you plan to leverage in the future, you'll have support for it here.
The BIOS is super friendly to get around inside. If you don't know much about overclocking, it's got some out of the box offerings to bring you up to some reasonable speeds. This board has Gigabyte's notable Dual BIOS feature that they've offered for years now. With this one even more management around that with the ability to turn off the feature and to switch between them with physical switches.
G-Connector. I have to say the last time I used Gigabyte, they didn't have this. As a long time Asus user, I always liked how they provided an adapter to attach all the front panel connectors to so it could be attached and detached as a single entity to the motherboard. Gigabyte now has that too with G-Connector.
The onboard audio is better than what I expected for a Realtek based design.
Cons: I wonder a lot about the oversell of quality where quality isn't needed to the level it's being provided such that cost is a factor. The metal reinforced slots on the board seem like a great offering. But has anyone had an issue in the past where this was an obviously needed feature? I don't know what the cost difference is in having it vs not, but if you took all the little things like that and stacked them, how much more affordable could this board be and still be just as dependable in terms of quality. Granted Gigabyte does offer more affordable options and this is an "Aorus" branded board, which is essentially stating that it's going to cost a tad more for good set of neat things, but it still begs the question in my mind.
On the RGB topic, if you don't like it, you can turn it off. So that's not really the Con here. The swapping out of the patterned strips though seems pretty forgettable. Who's going to be actually doing this? Think your buddy is going to notice you made the change when he stops over and sees that yours is somehow different than anyone else. I think not. So I wouldn't go as far to say this is a useless feature, just one that provides little to no value in terms of it being a determining factor as to why you would choose this board.
The audio is good, but still not great. This is the K7 version of the Aorus Gaming boards. The actual Gaming-7 has an integrated Creative sound solution. As far as I can tell, between the K7 and 7, this is the most notable feature difference. I think you are selling yourself short a bit getting this board if you are planning on doing onboard sound. Is it worth the $40 price upgrade to go to the Gaming-7? I don't think that either. I think the K7 should not exist and only the Gaming-7 should instead; with it only costing a mere $20 more. Just my opinion. But if your headphones are decent sounding and benefit from a little more "oomph" and onboard is your preferred choice, I'd go for the board offering the Creative solution. When I used my Sennheiser G4ME ONE headphones on this board, they sound more empty and flat than usual. I normally use them with a dedicated sound card.
Overclocking is easy with this board, whether you use their instant gratification built-in profiles, or set it yourself. In my younger years, I had the patience to fiddle with every setting. Now I like to set a few settings and let the board figure out the leftover settings through "Auto". With this board, if you do that, expect things to run hot if the voltage is one of the settings you don't want to mess with. Leaving it be "Auto" simply pumps too much juice and therefore heat is the by-product. I was using a 6700K and when it was doing anything intensive, 90+C° was the norm. So if you don't enjoy fiddling with Voltage (I don't), then be aware you may have to. The counterpoint to all this is simply that whether 60C° or 90C°, both Skylake and Kabylake, it probably won't matter in terms of the getting the highest stable available overclock. These Intel chips these days simply don't benefit as much getting higher clock results from lower temps. But if I'm sitting for hours on end gaming next to this thing, I'd prefer it not wasting so much energy to simply heat the room and air around me. So lower temps are preferable all the same.
Overall Review: Let me preface this by saying that this is "Gaming" board and I reviewed it from the perspective of gaming. Running Linux, surveillance systems and the like can easily have that niche filled from other mundane offerings. If you are hitting up this line of hardware first to fill those requirements, you are overshooting the mark and quite possibly overspending (not that argument couldn't be made for gaming itself, but I digress).
So what falls into play when the term "Gaming" is applied. A few things, namely actually playing games, running the most prevalent occurring OS for gaming (which in this case is Windows 10), performance (out of the box) and overclocking (how far we can push it to extend performance).
Closely related and commonly associated is aesthetics. While not a necessary component, the RGB craze has infiltrated all things gaming hardware in the past year or so. So I touched on that also.
Aorus. Think Asus's ROG brand. Gigabyte obviously wants to get into this field too. I don't blame them. After watching Asus take a $200 board and slowly brand it out (and up) year after year so they can now charge $400 for the product line board, I have to imagine they fell like they are missing out.
Starting off, this is a great board. It's through no fault of their own, Giga-byte that being, that it's anything other than the best anyone could expect at this prince range (except of course simply just giving us the better onboard audio solution). Intel, on the other hand, has been giving us nothing to gain for a few generations now. A good argument can be made that if you still have a 2600K rocking a solid overclock, that upgrading to 270X and Kabylake is not much of an upgrade. We're talking 5+-year-old hardware that nearly keeps up in terms of performance (especially from the gaming standpoint). Power usage certainly is better here. I won't argue that. But I don't find it to be a common theme when talking to most that they chose to upgrade for minimal performance gains to save on the power usage front. Not to say it never happens, but largely isn't the case.
Intel is complete "hum drum" with their latest offerings, and that leaves Giga-byte in the position of coming up with purchase justification all on their own. I'd say they put in a good attempt with the things offered on this board. The RGB stuff is cool. I know it's not for everyone, but I like it, and I'm sure others do too.
To test this board, I didn't go out and buy a Kabylake 7700K. I used the 6700K I already had. I just couldn't justify it. So what I can say in terms of overclocking is that this board did exactly the same for my 6700K as did any other board the same 6700K has ever been used in. This seems to be the ever so boring case with Intel chips these days is that coolers, motherboards and other things don't change much about the CPU's overclocking experience. The outcome is nearly always the same. That being said, how easy it's achieved by simply interacting with the BIOS/software at hand is a minor factor worth considering. I'd say this board offers a lot in that department. It's easy to use. So the standard outcome of any given chip is easily achieved.
I used a 6700K with Corsair H80iV2, 32GB of Corsair DDR4-3200 RAM, a Samsung 850Pro 256GB SSD (wish I had a PCI-E NVMe available). GPU was a nVidia GeForce Titan-X Pascal. OS was Win10 Pro.
After hitting my CPU's paltry 4.6GHz overclock (my chip sucks), I was able to play games on this motherboard for weeks. I played Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Overwatch, The Witcher 3 and other various titles. Ran without a hitch. I did end up lowering the voltage though to keep heat output in check.
I think Gigabyte did a great job with this board. I think it competes well against the Asus ROG line. It certainly is more price attractive for the features you get. My only gripe is that I'd rather see the Creative sound option be the standard and then price it somewhere less than $240.
Here's hoping at AMD's Ryzen launch that the same Aorus line of AMD capable boards come along with it. Now that is a board that has my attention!
Pros: It's got this cool magnetic base. The cord is long.
Cons: Doesn't work with anything other than a cell phone.
Setup doesn't work at all despite multiple methods provided.
Requires paid subscription to a relatively unknown company for offsite access.
Overall Review: I tried multiple times over weeks over and over to get this thing to work, but it simply doesn't. The camera is really only designed to work with a smartphone. I absolutely hate companies living on that model with the assumption that everyone should have a smartphone and that it must be either Apple or Android. Why a $80 camera should drive the need for a multi-hundred dollar phone is ridiculous.
The first thing it wants you to do is to download their app on your phone. OK done. Then, of course, they want you to sign up for an account. I didn't want to for the sake of the review, but they leave you will little choice. So I imagine I can expect to receive marketing email either from them or whoever they sold my email to.
You can't interface with the camera to tell it how to get onto your wifi without the app and smartphone. So they have you scan a QR code for the camera from your phone and then ask what your wifi password is. I did this and provided the information. From there nothing happened ever. Either the phone could not talk to the camera or the camera couldn't seem to make the wifi password work. Either way, I couldn't tell as there wasn't any good feedback. The only options are to keep trying.
After enough attempts, it will finally let you try another method where you can take the same information and generate a QR code on the phone. The idea is that you are going to show the camera the QR code and it will see it, understand the info and set the wifi password and then the camera will be connected. This also never worked no matter how many times I tried.
I tried from multiple phones also.
To me, this is an undeveloped niche product that is worth $15 tops. Everything about it reeks of bad design decisions and catering to the illusion of mass market trends.
Pros: Very fast
Cons: A bit large
Overall Review: I’ve own two cable modems in the past because cable companies liked to charge you to rent them. They are simple devices, you connect them and they work. You never have to update the drivers or firmware, they either work or they don’t. I’ve had two Motorola surfboards style modems in the past. A DOCSIS 2 and when the cable company updated to the new standard, DOCSIS 3.
Recently, I’ve been having issue with the stability of my connection; meaning my network would go down for about a minute or two about twice a week. My last surfboard was a few years older, I had the cable company come in and take a look. They ended up fixing a few things, but they suggested I try a new modem to completely solve my issue. Luckily Newegg provided this to me around that same time.
The first thing I noticed is the size of the device. It’s about twice the size of my previous device. Other than that, about everything was the same. Same number of lights on the outside, same connections on the back.
I’ve been on it about 2 months now, and my network stability has gone way up. And I’ve noticed no other issues. I haven’t made any other changes. I’m not sure if the old surfboard was starting to go, or the new Linksys firmware supported newer features that worked better on my network (charter spectrum 60 meg, by the way), but what I do know is that it works, and things have been very stable, and no issues.
So if you still live where it’s cheaper to buy your modem over renting, I would recommend this model, I’ve been very happy with it. A big thanks for Newegg for offering this device right around the same time I needed one anyway.
Pros: Size is relatively small without being so small it's easily lost.
Performance seemed on par with other similar products in the same price range.
For 128GB price is fair.
I like that the USB plugin part is not always exposed, sliding in and out.
Blue. Nice touch.
This might not seem like much, but I like that it says right on it it's size and interface.
I used this without issue for about a month. I don't recall any hiccups along the way.
Cons: Moving parts. It's nice that it hides away the USB port normally, but to do so, it involves moving parts. Typically when something moves and another thing does not, the thing that moves tends to fail before the one that does not. In the time that I used this, everything worked fine. However, when I shake this, it rattles. So it might not be constructed with all the finesse possible.
When the plugin is fully extended, there is a button that slides and snaps into place. Should that snap-in mechanism ever fail, it would be pretty hard to ever plus this device in again as there would be nothing to hold it in place.
Overall Review: So there was a reviewer before me that complained that complained this was advertised as 128GB and said that you didn't get that in reality. I think they should go research about drive sizes and how they are marketed vs. how they are displayed in Windows (and other operating systems).
Also they mentioned that this drive came with programs on it. No big deal there either. They didn't automatically launch themselves or install any malicious files or programs on my machine. I didn't have to go all paranoid and format the entire drive. Just delete the files and move on.
Also the claim was made that it wasn't a USB 3.0 drive. I don't think a thumb drive has to deliver the performance of saturating the USB 3.0 bandwidth spec to be considered a USB 3.0 drive, but rather that it supports the interface and complies with it.
Pros: It looks better in real-life than it does in pictures. That's saying something because from pictures it looks like overdone shell around a plan case. They are trying to appeal to "gamers" with the appearance of this case. So if you like a little bit of flash, but not overdone, you might like this case.
I got the white and blue case. I don't really care for white cases. Not because they don't look nice, but because not much matches with them. From my monitor to my keyboard and mouse, speakers and headset, nothing is white (or blue for that matter). So the case itself looks fine, but pairing with matching surroundings will result in the case sticking out rather than blending in.
Same goes for the internals. Take a look around for motherboards that implement white/blue. Your available choices will be somewhat reduced. Personally I go for other things than color first, but if it's in the equation, color matching is a nice perk.
It's got a built in fan controller that is implemented nice and simple like on the front of the case. Two speeds only though. Slow is relatively quiet. Fast is more audible, but nothing outlandish.
3 Fans come pre-installed, 2 in the front, 1 in the rear.
Cut-outs galore occupy the majority of the board tray, so wires can be routed through. Plenty of tie-offs for using zip-ties also on the back.
USB 3.0 connector is in the cable set that runs to the front panel, as well as HD Audio and the normal assortment of power, reset & drive LED light cables.
The side panels are attached via thumb screws at the back. The thumb screws stay with the panels after they are turned out. A nice touch so that you don't lose them.
The feet of the case are tall enough to keep the case a few inches from the ground. So the bottom mounted PSU (not provided) can easily gulp up air from underneath.
Cons: I've had other Corsair cases. This case is a far cry from any other Corsair case I've used. Currently I use a Carbide Series Air 540. It's simple, yet complete and capable.
This case is simple yes, but complete it is not. I spent most of the time hurling expletives at this case while I transfered my daughter's computer from my old HAF X into this. Sure I wanted to get her something smaller and more managable, lightweight. But with every step along the way I was regretting it.
Let me explain everything that is wrong with this case.
There is a drive rack mounted at the front bottom of the case. The 3.5" bays are set crosswise and work fine. At the top though is mounting for 2.5" drives, or SSDs. One of those 2.5 bays will become blocked by the motherboard itself if you should happen to mount the motherboard first. It doesn't look like it would interfere, but I found out the hardware that it does. So I was forced to use the outside bay to install the SSD.
Jump ahead, I couldn't leave it there however as running the SATA power from the 3.5" drive to the fan controller to the SSD, it simply wouldn't reach the SSD. So I had to find another spot to mount the SSD. Luckily they provide 2 mounting points for SSDs on the back of the tray just above the drive rack mount.
For this I had to use little screws to mount the SSD. The mounting holes were on tie-off style stand offs and were a huge paint to keep in place. The screws fell from my fingers repeatedly. I eventually had to succumb to using my old magnetic screw driver, something I haven't had to use in years since the abundance of tool-less cases came onto the market.
Let's talk about the motherboard cutouts. First issue is that all of them are bare metal. I know at the price range rubber grommets are rarely found, but in some cases the metal is folded over. This wasn't the case here.
The next issue with the cutouts was that despite having so many, they were ridiculously and consistently in the wrong spot, Nothing lined up with common areas on the side of the motherboard. So wires coming through the cutouts always ran through at an angle to where they connected on the motherboard. I could excuse it if it were just a few wires, blaming then the motherboard. But it was nearly every wire that had this issue. Most of the SATA connectors on the side were inaccessible out of a bank of 8 potential ports to plug in to. The main power cable thick as it is, forced to run at the extreme angle from being offset and so close to the motherboard put undo stress on the board.
Next issue was the space around the motherboard. At the top and the bottom (by the PSU) there wasn't any. So the additional CPU power connectors needed to run the board couldn't be reached by going behind the board and over the top from behind. Instead they had to very crawl from the far right side of the motherboard. So they have to pass over most of the board. It looks ugly. It looks unprofessional. Not a huge deal if you are trying to give up aesthetics for size reduction. However the case isn't that small and has a window on the side panel. So why would I want a case that forces ugly through my window?
Next issue is the space behind the motherboard tray, between the back panel. There is little to none. I spent a great deal of time trying to route cables smartly, cleanly and efficiently. Despite this, when it came time to put the back panel on, it took me over 15 mins to get on correctly so every tab was holding. I had to lay the case on the front side and force hard down the back panel. There's no excuse for the lack of room these days in a case, cheap or not.
Also the cooling sucks. It's only using 120mm fans, 2 front, 1 rear. If you want keep the thing quiet, the fans will run quiet, but won't move enough air to keep anything else cool. After awhile even at idle the CPU started heating up spun the CPU fan at higher speeds than ever it did in the previous case. So quiet suddenly wasn't quiet anymore. Speeding the fans up only helped mildly also. I haven't seen a case move air so poorly in probably 10 years. Adding more fans is pretty much not an option either with no good mounting points left to mount.
Overall Review: I really hated working in this case. It was annoying all the way through the build. The outcome was a mess of wires I couldn't hide. The performance was pretty terrible.
If this was a $40 case, it would be right on par for what it is. At $80, simply putting "Corsair" on the front can't justify what it is. I like Corsair as a company, they make great products. But this isn't the first time they've lowered their standards to hit the mainstream market to sell something more to the masses.
The whole experience just felt like I was dealing with cheap un-thought-out product that was banking on the brand name and some gimmicky gaming style appearance.
Pros: By far the best experience with a router I've ever had. The setup was extremely simple and fast. The user interface is also streamlined, usable and sufficient.
One of the features that I thought would be a very bad idea was the smart connect. I basically makes the 2.4GHz and both 5GHz appear as one SSID and then every wireless device in the house gets automatically assigned and balanced to the best band based on capability and quality of connectivity. Sounds like a recipe for disaster right? The thing is though that it seems to work and work great. Most of the devices capable of 5GHz are still connecting as such and getting good throughput. In fact I've never had better connectivity overall than I've had with this router.
That brings me to the next thing, range and coverage. Never better. It reaches through multiple walls, garage concrete floor edges and through steel siding to outside in my yard. From inside my home all the way out to the farthest corners, I still get 60-80% on bars, whereas prior routers did maybe 20-40% in the same situation. I can't help but wonder if this thing isn't operating beyond spec because the difference is almost unbelievable.
NO-IP and DynDNS have built in support. So if you need to keep a domain pointed to this thing from outside it supports that natively . Some other check marks are Parental Controls, QOS, VPN. But honestly in this price range all that is pretty standard.
I want to say one thing about the QOS. Although it's a bit basic in how you configure it, unlike most routers touting QOS, this one actually seems to be doing something. In fact it is noticeably working correctly. I don't have the greatest internet. I have DSL 9Mbps/1Mbps. My two boys and I often play online games. In the past whenever my daughter or wife would start something like Netflix, it would crush our gaming experience by constantly working against it. No amount of configuring of QOS seemed to help at all. Before this router I was of the impression that QOS simply didn't work in the real world and that it was gimmicky at best.
This router however works. I simply setup some simple QOS rules stating my machine and my two son's machines got highest priority. I set my daughters machine to medium. Now we can all game at the same time with very low pings and no interruptions while my daughter streams from Netflix the entire time. It's fantastic. My family and I were actually considering moving a few miles into town just to get better internet offerings so we could all utilize it, the thought being with an over abundant amount of bandwidth we wouldn't be stepping on each other's toes. However, this router is making the slow connection I have work well enough that we can all stay satisfied. That's no small task.
I've been running this router now for a couple of weeks or more. Not one crash, restart, loss of connection, nothing. Just simple stupid stable awesome.
Cons: It's a great router, but it does have somethings that I feel are missing. I mentioned above that I have DSL 9Mbps/1Mbps internet. If you've ever used DSL you know that as long as every is downloading and not saturating the full download bandwidth all works great. However, the upload speeds which are much slower will still get saturated and actually affect the downloads. It's problem with DSL technology, not the router. Although I imagine the router could help alleviate some of this with the proper support and settings. Still my point here is that when something is uploading, it messes with downloading.
Why does this matter? How could this be a knock against the router? Well it isn't really except that when something is uploading and interfering, my normal procedure was to identify the device so I could address the problem and we could continue playing our games online or streaming media content or whatever. The router I normally run is an ASUS RT-AC68U. What was awesome about that router was that I could log into the router in that situation and observe in real-time feedback and statistics that immediately lead me to which device was causing the problem. This router doesn't have that. When my wife's phone begins to cloud sync her pictures from her phone, I don't have a good way to view that it is her phone and address the problem with this router. That is a bit unacceptable for a router that costs as much as this router does. It certainly has the processing power to accomplish this requirement. The firmware/software/UI is simply lacking in this department.
Other spots where it's lacking is in the parental controls. On my Asus I could turn on a service and target specific machines. The service could be configured to block content to things like adult-content and the like without much complication. This was because it was utilizing a back-end service to classify domains into categories I could block. Kind of like using a OpenDNS service, but by configuring it from the router just so to target specific machines. Mom and Dad can look at whatever they want, but the kids can't. This router doesn't seem to support to that level. So you'll be forced to utilize other means, like securing their computer accounts, or using OpenDNS and everyone living with the same rules.
MU-MIMO isn't there yet ??? Apparently that is to come. Unfortunately when it does, you won't be able to update to it from the router itself. As of right now there is still only the one firmware that it ships with.
Overall Review: I've received my fair share of networking items from Newegg for review. Items at all levels of the spectrum. None of them have been impressive enough for me to seriously consider replacing my owned equipment. Before this, the Asus router always went back onto the shelve and plugged into my network. That changes now. I'm not giving this thing up for anything. Sure it's got it's drawbacks in some departments, but it works exactly how I need it to where it counts for my situation.
We literally were considering moving just so we could up our internet so we could all play games and stream content at the same time. Today we are doing that already with this router and it's very much working QOS.
One thing I didn't get to test was it's USB connectivity options. One that particularity sparked my interest was the 3G/4G. I wanted to try it for curiosities sake, but I don't own a USB 4G modem and even if I did don't get great data coverage where I live. Other USB options are Printer Server and NAS/Share. Again, didn't get to try those much, so I can't comment.
I'm going to state though that overall this is a great wireless router. Despite being fantastic in performance and stability, the price really says it needs to be doing more in addition. However, since receiving this router the price has already dropped a bit making it a pill slightly more easily to swallow.
In the end, I'm keeping this as my new wireless router. It's that good.
Pros: It's modular.
It's cables are ribbon cables, lengthy and plentiful.
It easily supports all the big GPUs in SLI with enough PCI-E power cables/connectors.
It's ominously dark and carbon looking.
It's quiet powering my OC'ed 4770K & Titan X system at max load. It's providing enough power and doing so at low enough heat such that it doesn't even need to spin the fan.
It came with a 7 year warranty. Corsair just bumped it up to a 10 year warranty.
It's not overly expensive when you factor in the power delivery, features and quality aspect.
Cons: This is getting picky, but I've seen ever so slightly better layouts for the modular wire connection on the back of the PSU. Some of the different wire sets shared receptors when I was expecting they wouldn't. Not a huge deal by any means, but it did give me a "DUH" moment. At least it isn't physically possible to plug in anything incorrectly thereby wrecking PC components.
80 PLUS GOLD is good. PLATINUM better.
Makes me feel like a shill that I can't come up with more cons.
Overall Review: I find it hard not to be in love with Corsair. There is very little they don't get right. It's pretty obvious that their heart is in at least trying to offer the best options within reason. Their PSU lines are no exception.
Before this I was running a AX1200i in my system. With it I ran anywhere from 1 to 3 GPUs, with the biggest power draw coming from 3x 290X Crossfire. Loving the simplicity of a single GPU, I now sport a lowly Titan X. A 1200 watt flagship PSU is a big overkill. So using this 850 watt unit was perfectly acceptable.
So I've been running this for a couple of months now, probably far too long for Newegg's taste in terms of how long it takes me to write a review.But I can attest to certain amount of longevity having done that.
That being said, it's been rock solid supporting my 4770K @ 4.7GHz, GTX Titan-X (+210 MHz), Corsair 32GB DDR3-2400 cooled with a Corsair H80i V2 (CPU) and a Corsair H110 (GPU) all mounted in a Corsair Air 540 case. I haven't noticed a difference in the least between it and the much more expensive flagship unit I was using prior.
To my amazement I was expecting to be able to load the PSU with enough load to generate enough heat to spin up the fan. I've never been able to do it on the AX1200i and I just attributed it to having enough head room to spare. So a 350 watt rating reduction I figured would allow me to witness it here. Nope, same deal. But that's great in that it's totally silent. Sometimes I would be nice just to see the fan run to know that it works, but if it's anything like the AX1200i, which has never spun up, it won't matter. I've used that unit for over 4 years without issue. If the RM850x follows suit in terms of quality at the lower price, it's hard to argue with that.
To me this PSU is right in the sweet spot for price, performance and wattage. Gone are my days of multiple-GPUs and exorbitant budgets building ridiculously and unnecessarily over powered machines. I find it far more interesting to build powerful yet realistic machines that suffer less compatibility issues. A PSU like the RM850x is right in line with that thought process.
If you're eyeing this PSU and considering others, with the 10 year warranty now offered on this, you'd be a fool not to give this PSU a place in your machine.