Date Joined: 03/16/06
Pros: * Solid build.I've used many video extenders in the past and they usually feel small, cheap, and plasticky but the Rosewill 4K Extender uses solid construction, it doesn't slide or wobble when placed on a surface, and it feels weighty enough to stay in place. For a product like this one I was impressed at how well put together it was.* Easy to use and convenient button layout.It's nice to have an extender that isn't just a dongle hanging out of the TV. The ports being lined up along the side make them much easier to see and access, and it helps keep everything organized. Definitely the best design for an extender that I've ever seen. I'm surprised that it seems so difficult for companies to get it right.* Simple setup.Connect the HDMI cables, power both on, and wait for them to pair. It only took a few seconds and required basically no effort. I do like how the transmitter and receiver were automatically paired, I fully expected to have to go through an annoying sync process.
Cons: * No included HDMI cable.For this price I would expect to see one, especially on a device like this that needs them. Probably not standard for most extenders but it feels like they should be here.* Signal is easily degraded by obstructions.Doors, walls, inanimate objects in your room. Pretty much any physical object between the transmitter/receiver will most likely create a problem. The ideal setup for this extender is basically a single room with nothing blocking the two. I imagine this is mostly useful in situations where you can't run a cable, but you also don't need to stretch the signal very far. I wonder if putting an antenna on the boxes would've helped at all?
Overall Review: The extender does seem to work fine over the 60 foot range, tested on a PC streaming to a 4K 30 Hz TV. Walls and other objects negatively impact the signal, I'm not sure how viable it would be between rooms. However as long as you keep the physical distance short, it should work. But it won't work at the full 60 feet with a wall between the two. I didn't notice the transmitter or receiver running hot, they were warm to the touch, but that seems to be the same for most electronics.For my use case the Rosewill 4K Extender seems to do the job just fine, although I think it may be overkill for most people due to its limitations. Most people won't need anything this fancy to simply stream video nearby, or within the room itself, when there are more accessible options which work just as well. I would have preferred a stronger signal quality, something that could at least work across rooms, and more port options to give the Rosewill extender more use-cases.Overall as long as the extender suits your environment, it works fine. Just make sure your setup can support this extender with its limited application. I'm scoring the Rosewill 4K Extender 3 Eggs simply because that's what it is: Average. When it works, it works fine. It's easy to setup and it does the job. But it's lacking in many key areas, missing some bonus features, and offers lackluster performance overall.
Pros: * Beautiful all-black coating (Leto PRO RGB Black).
I run a fully black system so it blends in perfectly. Normally with heatsinks like this, the fins/pipes would be a metal gray color, so it's nice that Raijintek took the extra steps to make the whole heatsink match.
* Direct heatpipe contact for the lowest temperatures.
This has become increasingly common in recent years. The heatsink base has the heatpipes exposed directly onto the top of your CPU for maximum heat transfer. There are four in total. My only concern is that they are spread out quite a bit, normally it's better to have them condensed as much as possible to ensure as much of the heat from the middle of the CPU heatspreader is transferred to the heatsink. Still though, in my experience any form of heatpipe contact is better than the solid plate that many other heatsinks use.
* Good cooling, considering the size.
By modern standards I would consider the LETO PRO to be a pretty compact heatsink. Even by single-tower specs, it's moderately sized. However it does not even come close to any dual-tower designs. The cooling efficiency matched my other powerhouse single-towers, the Ultra 120 Extreme and S1283. I was also pleasantly surprised by the fans, although I used a controller to manually adjust the speed, there were no audible sound anomalies like humming/whirring/grinding. I've never used a Raijintek fan before, it's always good to see more competitive fans on the market. It kept my 8700K at a respectable 65C, which is about where the other competitors kept it, although mine is delidded.
Cons: * Crossbar mounting mechanisms are annoying.
I was really disappointed when I opened the box and saw the crossbar. For non-dual tower heatsinks, crossbars seem to be the popular choice, but they are annoying and inefficient. It works fine, but it's cumbersome, and it makes installation/uninstallation more complex.
* More RGB issues make it a pain.
Before I even installed the LETO PRO, I did some research and it seems like the RGB controls are the most common complaint and I have to say I agree. I managed to get it partially working with my motherboard connectors but I feel like the options are limited to what you have available in your existing PC and not enough is provided by Raijintek. Buying your own 120mm RGB fans and simply replacing the one (or two) fans on the LETO PRO is probably a wise decision. Just make sure you get something with high pressure.
* Poor cooling value makes matters worse.
The LETO PRO is priced to compete with dual-tower heatsinks. Aside from the questionably usable RGB, it really does not compete with dual-towers on the market. If you absolutely need a single-tower, RGB, solid black heatsink then it may be exactly what you're looking for.
Overall Review: I mounted this on an Intel LGA 2011 (8700K). It requires a backplate, a frontplate, and then finally the crossbar attaches to the frontplate with 2 screws. It takes quite a bit of screwing and aligning to get the LETO PRO onto your motherboard, but ultimately I wouldn't say the experience was better or worse than other heatsinks, on average. There are definitely more convenient, and possibly sturdy, mounting designs on the market, however. Also, the LETO PRO doesn't block any RAM slots so there's no issue reaching them to add or remove RAM.
The Raijintek LETO PRO Black isn't the best heatsink on the market, but it does occupy a niche of its own. This heatsink is going to appeal to people looking for a very specific aesthetic: Solid black, with RGB, and ideally a single-tower. If that's what you're looking for, then the LETO PRO will get it done.
As a sidenote, be careful when shopping the LETO heatsinks, there are several different designs and variations that can become mixed up. There is the LETO (1-fan), the LETO PRO (2-fans), and the LETO PRO Black (2 fans + Black heatsink). The heatsink listings seem to be swapped around on some stores -- check twice before you buy.
Pros: * Beautiful design with tempered glass.
It's a very clean, sleek looking case. The outside feels sturdy and the frame doesn't feel flimsy or woggle. The front ports are well-positioned, not pointing sideways or vertical, and are easily accessible. I can't find any real complaints about the external layout and feel.
* Insane amount of SSD slots.
The Air 900 holds two SSD's behind the motherboard tray as well as three extra slots in the front/back by the fans. I don't think I've ever seen a case with these many SSD mounts. Routing cables around SSDs in the front was kind of awkward, there really isn't a lot of room to work with. Depending on how many other components you have in your case, increasing cable clutter, it could become a problem. The two back mounts worked fine, though. They are much more conveniently placed.
* Plenty of air filters.
There are detachable filters on the bottom, front, and top of the case. Additionally, the two side in-takes have a non-removable filter but the frame itself snaps off for easy cleaning. Unfortunately, they are the paper-thin wiggly filters. They won't be the most effective, but a lot of times I see cases with unfiltered openings, and it's nice the Air 900 has them all covered. For most uses, it's going to be plenty.
* Huge clearance behind the motherboard tray.
A common complaint with modern cases is that there isn't enough room behind the try and between the side panel to fit all the cables. Well that's not an issue with the Air 900. It has probably the most clearance I've ever seen, enough to fit two giant 20+4 motherboard cables on top of each other, and still close with ease.
* Great airflow.
Fancy, modern tempered glass cases have struggled with airflow. Usually there's not enough space at the front of the case to pull in fresh air for the fans. The mesh panel covers the entire front of the case, along the sides and bottom. There's more than enough open gaps for your fans to breath.
Cons: * Only two 3.5" HDD slots.
The Air 900 has the opposite problem with HDDs with SSDs: There's not enough. There are only two trays available, underneath the fans at the front of the case. For most general purpose rigs this is probably enough. But if you're planning any mass storage for this case, you may end up needing external HDDs. I should mention it *might* be possible to mount an extra HDD at the bottom of the case, in front of the PSU, but it's not an intended slot.
* The front air filter is loose.
The two side filters snap on and off the case, so you can take them off to clean and then pop them back on. However there's an extra long filter at the front of the case, running top to bottom. This filter just sits at the front and the magnets don't seem to be holding up. I'm not sure how well this would work with large fan setups, particularly if you filled all three front fan slots.
* Radiators won't fit above the motherboard.
I only have one 240mm to test and it won't fit with a standard ATX board there. The only place it will work is in the front.
Overall Review: You can't see it in the pictures, but there are two extra cable routing holes in the shroud, above the PSU and below the motherboard, for your front IO ports. I should also mention that only the two main routing holes on the side of the motherboard have rubber on them. All other holes are just empty. It's nice to have all the cable routing options, but it's going to get messy. Especially if you use front-mounted SSDs.
The fans seem adequate. They weren't exceptionally quiet nor did they move a significant amount of air, but as stock fans they are fine. I can't speak to their bearing type or lifespan, though.
Overall the Montech Air 900 is a great middle-of-the-road choice for anyone who wants a PC case that does everything pretty well. It has an excellent layout, build quality, and features, and doesn't really do anything bad enough to hurt your build.
Pros: * Excellent build quality.
The frame feels sturdy and solid. There's no bending, rattling, or other inconsistencies found in some laptops. The casing itself is smooth and comfortable to the touch. The laptop is also surprisingly light and thin, considering the specs. Apparently the case has also been reinforced in certain areas to make it even more resilient, and that's definitely noticable when handing it. It's nice to see manufacturers take the extra steps to build sleek, high quality laptops even in this market segment. I hope this starts a new trend.
* Quiet and cool.
Throughout all of my testing and daily use, the VivoBook remained much quieter than I expected. Even under heavy use, the fans were barely audible, and I didn't notice any uncomfortable amounts of heating. This is a stark difference compared to other laptops I've used. This is a testament to both the hardware inside as well as the VivoBook's cooling efficiency.
* Lengthy battery life -- but with the ScreenPad off.
For general use, I was getting about 6-9 hours of battery with the screen on 50% brightness. The screenpad reduces total battery life by about 10~20% when enabled. Depending on how much you use the ScreenPad, it's noticably beneficial to leave it off.
* Insanely fast and spacious NVMe SSD.
This model of VivoBook comes equipped with a 512 GB NVMe SSD, which is not only among the fastest SSDs in the consumer market, it should also be plenty of space for most uses. I benchmarked it around 1,500 MB/s which is a little more than twice as fast as a standard SSD, and about seven times faster than a standard hard drive. In other words, you won't have any disk bottlenecking issues with the VivoBook.
* Great specs for the price.
The i7 8565U is a 4-core/8-thread CPU, which is great for a laptop of this tier. The included MX250 also works great for light gaming. For what is a mid-range laptop, the VivoBook packs a lot of power under the hood. The efficiency of the CPU/GPU under load is actually quite impressive.
Cons: * No touchscreen.
I don't know how much of a Con this is, however there was some confusion about this based on my early research. The small touchpad is a touchscreen LCD however the main panel is not a touchscreen. I feel like this detail might get mixed up within the specs.
* Battery (42 Wh) suffers with the ScreenPad.
The battery seems more designed for light-spec laptops and when put under heavy usage it will dwindle. Perhaps the ScreenPad is mostly intended for use on the charger, as a bonus feature. But either way, with the pad enabled, battery life suffers tremendously. With that in mind, I feel like the VivoBook -- at least the models with the ScreenPad LCD -- would have benefitted from a larger battery.
* ScreenPad is nice in theory, but maybe not in practice.
Functionally, it's like having a smartphone remote control attached to the laptop. Yes, it also functions like a TrackPad from regular laptops, but it can also be customized with various apps and shortcuts. Personally, I didn't find it very useful when enabled, especially when considering battery life. It's usefulness is also dependant on 3rd party app development and I'm just not sure anybody will really feel like they need it. For certain productivity workloads, particularly graphic design, it's useful to have the extra utlity screen space. In other words, if you can't already think of a specific reason you need the ScreenPad, then you probably won't eventually find a reason.
Overall Review: * I had no issues with the screen; although others might.
I've done a lot of monitor testing over the years, various IPS, TN, and VA panels, for both desktop and laptop monitors. I didn't see any standout issues with the S15's monitor. From my research, it seems washed-out colors and lighting are common complaints, but based on my experience it seemed adequate. The relatively small screen size also improves pixel density, which gives the whole screen a nice, sleek, clean looking picture. Lighting and colors both looked great. I won't list this as either a positive or negative. Be aware, however, if you demand a laptop with high-end color reproduction than the S15 may not be for you.
* Single-slot of upgradable RAM.
Inside the S15 there is one available slot of RAM, it comes occupied with an 8 GB module and supports up to 16 GB total.
* Don't expect exceptional gaming performance.
The VivoBook can sometimes mananage 1080p30fps in modern games at low settings, but it's going to struggle. For old or lightweight games, it should be fine. For modern gaming, it will work, but the results are mixed. This is not truly a "gaming" laptop, so if this is something you really care about, you're probably in the wrong place.
The VivoBook S15 S532FL-DB77 is a great mid-tier laptop. It's not going to blow away every other laptop on the market with its performance, but its featureset and qualities it does deliver on, make it a standout in its segment. It actually goes above and beyond in some areas, like the ScreenPad and build quality, to set itself apart from the competition. The S15 will work great as a daily driver laptop, for office use and general tasks, it's hard to find anything better.
Pros: * Great passive fanless mode, especially for a SFX PSU.
The fan on my gaming PC managed to stay off entirely during non-gaming loads. While gaming it did spin up, but was totally inaudible compared to the rest of my PC. It seemed about the same as other ATX PSU's I've used in the past, which is saying a lot considering how small the SF600 is. If you value noise, it's a great option.
* Braided cables.
I was totally surprised by this because I haven't seen it in a while, even on high-end PSU's. It makes perfect sense considering the SF600 was designed for small cases, the individually sleeved cables are much easier to manipulate compared to generic plastic ribbon cables. This is probably the best feature I've seen on the SF600 so far. Also, there are no in-cable capacitors (obviously).
* Single 12V rail.
This is becoming standard these days but it's still an important point to note. A single rail ensures better stability, especially for high-wattage components like GPUs. Some PSUs come with a switch to toggle between single/multiple rails, but the SF600 does not have this switch.
* High quality, custom fan from Corsair.
Probably rare praise for a PSU, but Corsair has opted to include one of their own fans and not some generic mass-produced fan from some random company with the lowest bid. The fan used in the SF600 Platinum is the 92mm Rifle bearing NR092L. Also worth pointing out the quality of the bearing itself, something significantly better than a ball bearing we usually see on components like this.
Cons: * 6+2 PCI-E cables are single-connector.
There are two separate 6+2 cables included, each cable has 1 connector on it, as opposed to the 2 separate connectors that most typical PSUs have. This means for video cards with two 6 or 6+2 connectors you will need to run two separate cables. I should point out that, in general, you are supposed to use a single cable for each connector -- even if the PSU has a double connectors. For stability reasons, this is a smart choice. For cable management, this is a bad choice. It also limits your options as a PC builder.
* Only includes a 4+4 Pin CPU power & other cable limitations on the PSU itself.
The SF600 isn't compatible with 8+4 motherboards, which make up a lot of high-end motherboards these days. There are 3 total plugs on the PSU for these cables, even if you could connect an extra power cable, you would be limited to a single 6+2 PCI-E cable. If this is your intended use, contact Corsair to see if an extra cable will actually work and if they can provide one. It would have been nice if Corsair included at minimum FOUR plugs on the PSU -- two for the GPU, one for the 4+4 cable, and an extra unused connector for an optional extra cable. This is not unusual on PSUs.
I won't be holding either of these criticisms against Corsair, since it's a SFX PSU and concessions have to be made due to size and capacity limitations. These details are clearly shown in the specs, so please be aware of what you're getting!
Overall Review: OEM for this unit is Great Wall, according to available info. Keep in mind the PLATINUM version is a 2018 model, not to be confused with the old GOLD model with the same model name. I'm not really a fan of releasing multiple products with the same model name, since it's needlessly confusing.
This is my first and only SFX power supply, the only other units I can compare it to are standard size Gold/Platinum units of similar quality. From my own experimentation and research, it seems like the SF600 Platinum can be called the single best SFX power supply on the market without hesitation. That is no small feat.
Pros: * Single vs Multiple rails, power and stability.
Most modern PSUs these days are single rail since it improves the unit's efficiency and stability. But it's always nice when a manufacturer gives the user a choice whether they want that or the potential of higher capacity support. Personally though, you should probably leave it in single rail mode. I wish the rail switch was on the back of the PSU though, near the power plug.
* Fanless mode under 40% load.
I do believe the fanless mode data is an estimate based on temperature. Surprisingly, I could not get the fan to spin up on my 8700K + 1080 Ti build.
* No coil whine or buzzing at any load.
I always make a point to stress my PSU's with various load types to check for abnormal noises. Thankfully in the HX1200's case, I heard nothing. This was at idle, gaming, synthetic, and production workloads -- Totally silent!
* 10 year warranty.
PSU warranties have been skyrocketing in length over the last few years. The HX1200 is no exception, 10 years is about the most you can expect from any PSU warranty these days. Although I expect it to last a lot longer! My Corsair HX620 just turned 12. A quality unit can last you for years to come.
Cons: * Longer than a typical PSU.
Even though it's listed as an "ATX" spec, it is several inches longer than a normal PSU. It should fit in *most* cases however you should verify that the fan will correctly line up with the air in-take on your case. You should also ensure it has proper clearance to extend into the case.
* Ribbon cables.
Yes, probably a superflous complaint, but I like to see the lightly braided cables on high-end PSUs. The ribbons split near the plugs themselves into separate, solid-black braids. So that's better than nothing! I did not find them exceptionally rigid, and they were easy to maneuver.
* PCI-E connectors have a short length.
This will mostly be an issue for CrossFire/SLi users, although there should be plenty of cables included to make things work. It's pretty odd, I don't think I've ever seen the two PCI-E cables have such a short length before. You may end up needing to use extra cables.
Overall Review: The OEM for this unit appears to be Channel Well Technology (CWT). The fan is a Corsair NR135P, FDB 135mm.
Pros: * Four customizable weights.
I personally like my mice to be as light as possible but it's nice to have the options. There should be some combination of 0-4 weights that give all users the feeling they want.
* Three side grips.
Unfortunately they only fit the right-side of the mouse. Each has a different size and feel so most users should be able to find something that feels comfortable. This is a pretty unique feature, I've only ever seen one mouse with adjustable grips before.
* Wired or Wireless support.
The packaging includes both a USB cable and a separate wireless USB dongle. You can use the cable for wired support, or simply as a charging cable.
* Lighting & Macro support with Hera.
The Gamdias software suite is pretty generic, compared to all the others I've used. I still found it to be perfectly functional in changing colors and setting up mouse/keyboard macros for the Hades M1. With the RGB gaming mouse market becoming more and more competitive, the importance of bundled software is drastically increasing. Sadly I don't have anything particularly notable to say about Hera.
* Excellent scroll wheel.
It has a soft, easy click and a tactile scroll. Probably the best aspect of the entire mouse, if I'm being honest. I've seen a lot of mice with stiff/hard wheels that are annoying to use but I can gladly say the wheel on the Hades M1 is basically perfect. It was a joy to use, for sure.
* Great ergonomic shape.
I found the mouse fit perfectly in my hybrid claw/palm grip. Unfortunately it did feel a little small, I'm more accustomed to large mice that can hold my entire hand on it. Aside from that, it felt great to grip and maneuver.
Cons: * Poor RGB customization.
The mouse only has a single controlled light and the options in Hera are very limited. We've reached a point where people who get RGB products expect a large variety of options. You just won't get that with the Hades M1.
* Stiff movement.
I assume this is an issue with the feet on the bottom of the mouse but I found it significantly harder to slide than any other mouse I've used. Good for precision and control, but bad for ease of use. This is just a personal complaint, though. If you like a stiffer mouse than it might be perfect for you.
Overall Review: I didn't have any functional problems with the Hades M1 at all during my testing. Even when I first plugged it in, it worked fine right away. The software itself also worked without issue.
In the currently explosive gaming/RGB market, Gamdias is making strives to remain competitive, but they have more progress they need to make. Still though, I find myself continually impressed with products from a company I've previously never heard of, and I'm definitely keeping my eye on them. The Hades M1 is a great entry for the RGB mouse arena, if you want a mouse of this style with customizable RGB, weights, and grips.
Pros: * Dual fans.
It's nice to see 120mm AIOs coming with an extra fan for push/pull configuration. Not everyone can fit a 240mm radiator for the extra dissipation! But it's nice to be able to get the maximum airflow out of the used space.
* Independent RGB controls and headers.
The fans and pump blocks use separate RGB controls, so you can customize the colors and patterns for both separately. Additionally, there are individual RGB cables included if your motherboard has plugs for them. Cooler Master really went all out on the RGB features for the ML120R. Despite other people's complaints, I didn't have any problems with on my ASUS Maximus X Hero.
* Great fans and bearings.
I'm not sure about the bearings used on the fans, however the 70,000-hour MTTF suggests they use high quality bearings and not generic ball/sleeve bearing fans. If I manage to find more information, I'll try to update the review. But with the information currently available I can say the fans had a pleasant, smooth ambient noise that I didn't find intrusive at all during use.
Cons: * MasterPlus+ isn't out yet.
So this was announced/showcased as late as January 2018 and it still doesn't seem to be available. At least, I couldn't find the download link anywhere. Even though the official MP+ page is on Cooler Master's website, there's no download. CM Plus works fine, though. I imagine there was some debate between CM's software engineers and marketing department about launching new AIO products when the software wasn't ready!
* CM Plus is... servicable.
Another point about the software, it seems. CM Plus works fine for colors/pattern/speeds but it's not the most comprehensive software suite I've ever seen. I imagine MasterPlus+ will be a big improvement when it launches. For now, it seems like you're stuck with the "old" software solution which leaves a lot to be desired.
Overall Review: My testing environment is an 8700K @ 5 GHz inside a Fractal Define S. I have a few other old model 120mm rads from other manufacturers to compare to. My chip is delidded and, ultimately, the ML120R keeps it around 60C. So it's a gorgeous AIO with beautiful RGB lights, but does it cool well? Sure, as good or better than comparable AIOs in my case. I see CM is putting a lot of marketing behind their dual chamber design. It certainly appears to be an improvement over the 'last-gen' AIO model. It's great to see improvements on existing technology like this.
Forewarning, installation can be a bit messy. Make sure you check documentation and know where each cable needs to go. You don't want to have a malfunctioning pump or RGB when you power your PC on.
For the ML120R, you're paying a premium for the more advanced RGB features and refreshed AIO technology. I feel confident in claiming that you can find 240mm AIOs for a similar price and they will probably cool better. However the ML120R has better fans, better RGB and customization than other AIOs. Simply put, it's new and the others are old. It really depends how you prioritize the features you want. For RGB customization I believe the ML120R is the king of the hill for now.
It's a generational improvent on a tried-and-true design and it's difficult to find any real faults with it.
Pros: * Over 62A on a single 12V rail.
Plenty of power, and a single rail ensures greater stability.
* Lots of extras in the packaging.
Includes a carry bag for PSU, screws, and plenty of foam. These aren't things that everyone will really care about, but it's nice to see Corsair go the extra mile for their customers. It's appreciated.
* Extremely quiet.
I struggled to get the fan to actually turn on with my 8700K and 980 Ti. Probably the quietest PSU I've ever tested, however my gaming rig in general is pretty loud, so it's difficult to properly measure the noise levels. Corsair markets an "optimized" fan curve for silence so this seems to be the result. Job well done.
* Impressive 10-year warranty.
One of my favorite trends in recent years is how PSU manufacturers are getting so much more competitive with their warranty lengths. We're reaching a point where 10+ years is becoming more common and it's fantastic that we're able to buy units and keep them virtually forever. I have an 11-year-old Corsair HX620 that I bought in 2007 that is still running!
ATX spec for PSU length is 150mm -- the RM750x is 160mm. So while Corsair advertises this as "compact", it's actually larger than the standardized ATX spec. Is it smaller than other units in the same category? Yes, absolutely. Is it a 'small' PSU? Not really.
Cons: * Single 4+4 pin CPU power.
This is a problem if you plan to run any 8+4 motherboard, which several HEDT chipsets use, and several Ryzen boards. I'm actually shocked they didn't include the extra connectors. In my mind this is a massive flaw, since it prevents you from using A LOT of high-end boards! Some engineer at Corsair is reading this right now and saying "See, I told you so!" I'm with you, non-specific engineer, I'm with you. Looking at the unit's plugs, you might be able to request a 2nd 4+4 cable from Corsair. I'm not sure if that will actually work in the RM750x, unfortunately.
* No ECO switch.
By default, the RM750x will rarely run its fan. This is great! However, most PSUs with fanless modes include a switch on the unit to toggle between "ECO" and "Normal" modes, effectively disabling the zero-RPM modes (the fan runs all the time). Some people with poor ventilation, or those who don't care about noise, prefer this since it keeps the PSU at lower temps. This might be deemed 'unnecessary' these days, but I never like seeing features removed from PC components.
* Ribbon cables are annoying.
So I'm not going to mark against the RM750x for this, I just don't like them. They're stiff and unmalleable. I love seeing modern PSUs switching over to braided/cloth designs especially on premium units like this one! Some of the thicker cables (20+4, CPU, PCI-E, etc) do use a large braided cable which is pretty much standard.
Overall Review: All things considered, this is a great value Gold 750W unit its in price range. According to the Orion PSU DB, this unit is Channel Well Technology OEM. Personally, I wish Corsair would use more Seasonic OEMs like they used to. Some of us notice these things, Corsair! The RM750x performed amazingly during my testing, so it's definitely a high quality unit. The RM750x has a great reputation and this new revision certainly keeps that tradition.
There are now at least two models of RM750x. The unit tested here is the CP-9020179-NA, the newest (2018) model.
I'm taking off an egg for the missing ECO switch and the CPU power cable (mentioned in the Cons). A perfect power supply has those features. Otherwise, I absolutely love this unit. Just make sure it'll actually has enough EPS (CPU) power connectors for your motherboard, and plan accordingly.
Pros: * Red switches for gaming.
These are Kailh Red switches which, in my experience, have the same feel as Cherry MX Red (for comparison). There is no tactile bump at the bottom of the switch, and it is very light to press. Excellent response times for gaming and even regular typing feels very smooth and responsive. It all comes down to personal preference, though.
* Viper Software is easy and intuitive, but very basic.
Don't expect any frills from this. It allows you to change effects, brightness, speed, colors, and that's about it. For customizing the RGB, it gets the job done. It also includes Macro setup for the 5 Macro keys, and various profiles to save your settings.
* USB & Headphone jacks.
The board comes with passthrough jacks, each on the side of the motherboard. This is a nice, unexpected bonus that I haven't seen on any of my keyboards before. Additionally, the power cable is braided, which is always nice to see.
* Costar stabilizers.
The bar keys are using the costar (metal bar) stabilizer, as opposed to the mushy Cherry. This gives the bar keys a more responsive feel. These are increasingly uncommon on modern keyboards, I'm glad to see it's still being used here.
* Solid, all-metal build.
This is probably the sturdiest keyboard I've ever felt. The entire build is aluminum, it feels rock solid and totally smooth. It doesn't rattle, vibrate, or slide. It's a joy to handle.
Cons: * Keys are louder than you probably expect.
Compared to Cherry Reds, these Kailh Reds are louder. Some people like loud 'clacks' on their mechnical keyboards, other people don't want to annoy those around them. Just be aware of what you're getting yourself into!
* Onboard USB is only 2.0.
This will severely limit bandwidth to about 40-50 MB/s. Not a good choice if you're using it for data transfer. It will work fine for other devices, however. I don't think it was really designed for USB Flash Drives.
* Squeaky bar keys.
You'll probably need to apply your own grease to the stabilizers on these. It's a side-effect of the Costars, however most manufacturers apply their own grease to prevent it. It took me a few minutes to fix, I used generic plastic-safe lubricant.
Overall Review: The lettering on the caps appears to be laser-etched (ABS Plastic) which means they will smudge over time. Still though, there are worse options and this is acceptable for most keyboards in my experience. I didn't have any problems setting up the lighting effects or macros, everything was very straight-forward and worked as I expected it to. Overall it was a pleasant keyboard to use, the Kailh switches hold up to Cherry Reds in my experience, and still feel great to use.
Considering all of the features offered by the V770, it's an incredible value.
Pros: * Sound quality better than expected.
I've had a generally bad experience with other "gaming" headphones. I'm glad I can say these performed to my expectations, didn't give me any trouble, and actually sounded pretty good. At least compared to everything else I own.
* Best microphone I own, apparently.
I tested a variety of other headset and desk mics in Discord with my friends and they chose the Hephaestus P1 as the best quality.
* Good isolation.
The earpads use a full over-ear design and I was pleased with the sound isolation. They naturally cancel out a good amount of external noise. I'm not sure if the 'cooling vents' did anything useful, but I can say my head and ears did not feel overly warm during use.
* Structurally solid.
Despite being slightly too heavy for my taste, the Hephaestus P1 felt really well built. The frame itself doesn't creak, they don't bend easily, and they stayed in-place on my head. Nothing bad to say about the physical design of the headphones.
* Deep, rich bass.
This is a matter of personal preference as it seems everyone has a different taste in bass. I will say, it does not sound tinny/canny like some headphones. Once again the Hephaestus P1 surprised me here. It's not the best bass I've ever heard on a pair of cans but it definitely holds up well against its peers.
* Excellent controls on the headphones themselves, and a braided cable.
You can control the volume, mic, and vibration using buttons on the headphone frame. The jack cable is also braided, which is so nice to have compared to rubber.
Cons: * Poor surround sound.
This is a common trend I've noticed with headphones, unfortunately. It's probably just an issue with the nature of headphones. The effect was barely noticable.
* HERA software not intuitive.
I don't have anything good to say about this utlity, really. It works for small tweaks (surround sound mostly) and adjusting the RGB colors. There's also no included instructions or software on how to use it. You'll have to manually track it down on their website.
Overall Review: Full disclosure, I'm not an audiophile. I do have a collection of (mostly) budget cans I use for different things like gaming, working out, music, etc. I found the Hephaestus P1 to be quite good across the board although the headphones are clearly designed for gaming.
The cans also have a vibrate feature meant for gaming. I won't list it as a pro or a con but I will say I didn't really see the appeal. But who knows, maybe it's something "professional gamers" can find a use for.
GAMDIAS really needs to work on their software bundles, though. The Hephaestus P1 basically just mention the HERA app on the box and the rest is up to you. It's also poorly featured, it's not really useful aside from RGB controls. Compared to other headphone manufacturers who have a robust software suite, the Hephaestus P1 are really lacking here.
If you're after specialized features like vibration, RGB, cooling vents, and more, then the Hephaestus P1 are an excellent value. Especially for gaming, they offer quite the arsenal of neat features. In terms of sound quality exclusively, there are better options. Other than that, I will say I am very impressed with the sheer amount of features GAMDIAS managed to cram into these cans.
The gaming headset market is already very, very competitive and despite the Hephaestus P1 offering a large variety of features, I would say their overall execution is pretty good.
All tests were done using onboard SupremeFX S1220 (Realtek) on my ASUS Z370 motherboard.
Pros: * Great extras included
Package contents include an RBG fan hub and Lightning hub, for controlling fan speeds and Corsair RGB fans/strips.
* Corsair Link software is great
There's been a lot of debate recently about so many manufacturers rolling out their own RGB software but my experience with Corsair's has been the best so far. All of their products are combined into the same software, so no matter how many Corsair products you own, they're all controlled from the same place. The RGB lights have several different toggle mods, and a custom slider for each color. Setting up the color and style I wanted was easy, and only took a few minutes. Fan profiles can be individually controlled, setting the desired RPM/temperature values. The program itself I've found to be lightweight and easy to navigate. It's definitely my favorite software suite on the market.
* Magnetic bearing is a noticable improvement (...for Corsair)
I'm an obsessive fan hoarder, I have multiple fans from every major manufacturer. Compared to the previous-gen Corsair SP fans, there's a significant improvement on the magnetic bearing fans. The bearing has a much smoother sound, less 'grindy', although it's hard to compare noise levels since the fans are different sizes and pressure. The maximum 1200 RPM might be a problem for some heatsinks which prefer 1600+ RPM, I would advise to only use these as case fans.
* RGB looks great
Full disclosure, I usually don't run LEDs on any of my parts since I find the lights distracting. With that said, the level of customization is insanely impressive. There are multiple modes to choose from like Rainbow/Rainbows Wave, Pulsing, Blink, Shift, and Static. You can also chain modes together between fans to create a long, singular effect. And of course each mode has customizable colors. There's a lot of ways to have fun with this and whatever kind of lighting effect you want for your build, you'll definitely find it here.
Cons: * No Ring LED
This RGB LED was available on previous Corsair fans. That is, the around the inner edge of the fan was a controllable LED. With the ML140 PRO, the LEDs are only present in 4 separate spots around the bearing, with no ring effect at all. It might be personal preference on whether you like the ring LED or not.
* No LED strips included
This isn't really a 'Con' and more of a point of fact: There are no LED Strips included in the packaging. If you research the Lightning Node PRO, you will find results that seem to be exclusively discussing LED Strips. In this case, you will use the 2-port Node to control the fans.
Overall Review: As far as cooling is concerned, I didn't find anything notably impressive or problematic with the ML140's. I suppose most people are buying these for the RGB LEDs, though. I can say this is a strong improvement for Corsair over their past models, and definitely a step in the right direction. I'm glad to see Corsair trying new things, these are the first MagLev bearings I've ever tested and I'm definitely pleased with the results overall. They've also opted to release up to 3-pack versions of these fans, which is a nice way to offer bundles to people who are going to need multiple fans anyway.
I'm giving these fans 5-stars based on what they were designed for, and a caveat: If your goal is to maximize noise/airflow within your case, keep in mind you will be sacrificing some of that in favor of the LEDs. If customizable RGB LEDs are what you're looking for, then I can unequivocally say Corsair is the best manufacturer on the market for that.
Pros: * Excellent read/write performance.
Using HD Tune Pro, I averaged around 190-200 MB/s sequential read and write which is simply amazing for a standard HDD of this capacity. I suppose this high bandwidth is why the drive is categorized as a "gaming" drive.
* Quiet, for a platter drive.
It's obviously not as silent as a typical SSD. But for normal operation it only admitted a normal hum and slight noises during heavy writing. For normal use, it's inaudible. If you are having noise issues with this drive, it may be a sign of failure!
* 7200 RPM & 128MB Cache.
Most drives of this capacity are 5400 RPM. It's nice to see some large storage drives that still have some speed. This certainly helps with the high throughput I saw in my benchmarking.
* Runs cool.
I took note of this since the drive does run very fast, I was worried about temperatures. However, during all of my testing it hovered around 35C (far below 40C at all times), which is quite cool, especially for the performance this drive offers.
* No errors/failure issues.
I don't know if Toshiba issued a new revision or perhaps silently fixed their issues, but I didn't have any stability problems. I've seen a lot of reports from people having problems but the drive ran flawlessly throughout the week of my testing. SMART returns a healthy drive and I didn't experience any other read/write errors at all.
Cons: * 2 Year Warranty is disappointing.
This is a premium drive and as such deserves premium coverage. Perhaps when/if WD takes over Toshiba, things will improve? As it stands, it's risky to put 4TB on the line with only 2 years of coverage.
* Possible long-term failure issues.
This drive has many reports of failure after 3-6 months. Unfortunately I have only owned the drive for about 2 weeks. If any problems do occur I will update this review as soon as it happens. But for now, my X300 is running stable.
Overall Review: All things considered, the Toshiba X300 is a pretty standard HDD. Where it really packs a punch is, of course, its excellent data bandwidth. Unfortunately a drive like this falls between a cheaper/slower HDD vs a more expensive/faster SSD. So what is the market appeal of the X300? If you have high capacity storage needs but also want the added bonus of fast speeds, than the X300 is exactly what you're looking for -- but you're going to pay a small premium. Toshiba deserves a lot of credit for squeezing even more performance out of the old platter-based HDDs, and for that, I think we can say these drives continue to survive another day.
The formatted capacity of the X300 4TB is approximately 3.7 TB.
Pros: * Silent operation.
It's an SSD, therefore it makes no noise! It never spins down or up, and it doesn't need to turn off the disk drive at idle.
* USB 3.1 Gen2.
Supports the newest USB interface for the fastest speeds. This is going to be very helpful in most cases since you'll need it to max out the drive's bandwidth.
* Compact size.
It's a little over 2 inches square, about the size of a credit card, but slightly thicker.
* Password-protection included.
The drive includes a password protection feature pre-installed, you simply need to enable it and then choose your password. After that, all of the files become hidden and nothing can be read or written to the drive until the password is entered. It can be disabled at anytime thereafter, if you decide you don't want it anymore.
* Excellent SSD speeds.
I averaged around 480~500 MB/s sequential reads and writes, which is pretty standard for most SSDs these days (SATA3). You will not see 1+ GB/s NVMe/PCI-E speeds with this drive. After all, it only uses the USB interface. All things considered this is very impressive, especially for a portable drive like this.
Unlike external HDDs, the T5's temperature stays very low during operation. It stayed around 30C during the extent of my test. It felt slightly warm to the touch, but nothing major, and certainly a lot cooler than regular HDDs.
Cons: * Small capacity.
With the performance of an SSD, you're going to sacrifice capacity at this price point. This drive is aimed at people who need superb speeds more than storage space. This isn't something I can criticize the drive for, but anyone shopping for this drive needs to be aware of their needs from a portable drive. If you need larger capacities, the T5 series is probably not for you.
The portable aspect of the drive also increases the price premium, internal SSDs are also signficantly more affordable. This drive is clearly targetting a niche market.
Overall Review: I tested the drive on a Windows 10 x64 system. The OS recognized the T5 immediately and it worked right away. The drive has 465 GB of usable space, and comes pre-formatted. It's ready to go right out of the box!
The T5 uses the exFAT file system, designed for flash drives and high compatibility. I have no experience with this file system prior to this SSD, however I didn't have any issues using it. If you plan on using this drive outside of a regular Windows 10 environment, you should ensure your OS/system can handle exFAT. I managed to re-format the drive to NTFS with no apparent issues, although I doubt Samsung recommends doing that.
The Samsung T5 series includes a 3-year warranty, which is standard for Samsung's consumer SSD lines. I would like to see 5-year warranties on SSDs, since they have such long lifespans, but 3-years is all that's expected.
Overall, if this drive fits your needs, it's a great choice. It's an excellent performer, meeting all of my expectations and more. Not many people need a portable SSD like this one, but if you're one of those people, you can't go wrong with the Samsung T5. Samsung has been leading the SSD market for many years now and the T5 is an excellent edition to their line-up.
Pros: * Rated at 180TB/year.
An important aspect of extending drive life. These disks are meant to be running near constantly in surveillance systems, so it makes sense WD would target that kind of environment when building a sturdy drive. The WD100PURZ should last many years, even under constant stress.
* Huge 10TB capacity.
Ideally a surveillance drive will do its job with minimal user involvement. With 10TB of storage, the WD100PURZ should be able to run effortlessly for extended periods of time without needing to clear space or create backups.
* Write-focused bandwidth.
This is an interesting concept that I've not seen on past surveillance drives, at least not to this degree. This HDD, unlike others, has a much higher Write speed as opposed to Read speed. This is particularly useful in surveillance systems since the drive will spend almost its entire lifespan writing, not reading. I used HD Tune Pro to analyze various sequential speeds.
Minimum, 1.6 MB/s
Average, 152 MB/s
Maximum, 172 MB/s
Minimum, 1.4 MB/s
Average, 84 MB/s
Maximum, 92 MB/s
For most surveillance systems, this should be plenty of throughput.
I was impressed to find a lack of humming/churning/clicking noises, especially during writes, with the WD100PURZ. Other Enterprise drives I've tested seem to put little focus on maintaining silence, and are often quite noisy! But the opposite is true of this HDD, it's as quiet as any of my other smaller, consumer-tier drives.
Cons: * 3 year warranty.
Not necessarily an issue but I would have hoped to see at least 5 years from an industrial (non-consumer) targeted drive like this one. Additionally, 10 TB is a lot of space to risk on such a short warranty. This isn't necessarily a criticism of the drive, but something people need to be aware of.
As others have mentioned, the WD100PURZ ran several degrees higher than my other drives during testing. I'm not sure if that's due to the capacity, or how the WD100PURZ manages platter rotation/speed. If you're going to be storing this drive in a tight environment, you may need to make considerations for its temperature. The WD100PURZ is rated up to 65C operational temperature. In my open-air environment, I had a delta of 10C~20C to spare.
Overall Review: I've tested another 10TB surveillance drive from a different company and it pales in comparison to the WD100PURZ. Western Digital has continuously proven themselves as a leader in the HDD industry and what I've seen from this HDD definitely reinforces that. I wasn't expecting to see this kind of performance disparity, but the WD100PURZ is truly an impressive surveillance drive.
The market value of these drives seems to be quite inflated; partially due to the large capacities, and also due to their non-consumer nature. Before purchasing an HDD for your camera system, I highly suggest analyzing your capacity needs and make sure you buy the appropriate drive for your environment. But also keep in mind, these drives are investments, and are meant to last for many years.
Pros: * Plenty of connectors.
Some online spec listings for this PSU are incorrect. It actually has 4 SATA Cables, each with 4 SATA Power connectors, for a total of 16 connectors. It also includes two 4+4 pin CPU power cables, and 4 6+2 PCI-E power connectors. There should be plenty of cables available, however if you plan on running TWO OR MORE HIGH-END video cards each with 3 power connectors, you will not have enough. This is the most cables I have ever seen on a 750W unit.
* Cables are easy to bend, and long lengths.
I had no issue moving and bending the cables into place, it seemed easier than other units although I didn't notice anything special about the material used in the cabling. Each of the individual cable pieces are attached together with soft plastic.
* "ECO Mode" fanless operation at idle and low loads.
I spent some time trying to fully load my system (around 400W-450W from the wall) and the fan still didn't spin. The amount of heat this unit can handle passively is incredible. It would take a very high power usage GPU to activate the fan. Even then, it should operate below 1000 RPM which would make it nearly inaudible. I wasn't able to get the fan to spin up aside from boot-up, so I couldn't test the noise. In that respect, the unit is totally silent!
* 12V Single Rail vs 5 Rail Mode.
A new feature, the first time I've seen it, is the included 12V Rail switch. While in "Multiple" rail mode, each connector has an over-current protection at 40A. While in "Single" rail, each connector has access to full capacity. This is a nice way to both protect your components and also unlock extra power if you need it. This is a great new way for users to customize how their PSU distributes power and I'm glad to see it.
* Platinum efficiency.
Cons: * Large size, may not fit in some cases.
Be warned, this is a 180mm PSU so it won't fit in all cases. Also, if you're going to mount the PSU with the fan facing down, make sure your case's PSU in-take is large enough to allow space for the fan to breathe. It should be fine in most cases, but this is something you should be aware of before trying to install it.
* Connector labeling can be tricky or confusing.
Lastly, the connector labels on the PSU itself are a bit sloppy. Generally you can't plug something where it doesn't belong, however it's always a good idea to make sure everything is hooked up properly. Also, do not try to re-use modular cables from other PSUs -- even if they're also made by Corsair, or even the older HX750 or HX750i units -- as that will risk frying the unit. ONLY use the included cables.
Overall Review: As with previous HX-Series units, the OEM supplier for this HX750 Platinum is Channel Well Technology (CWT).
This is without a doubt the best PSU I've ever tested, while also being an incredible value. It's not only quiet, but nearly always completely silent. I didn't notice any coil whine or buzzing noises of any kind, installation was a breeze, and it handled everything I threw at it gracefully. With a surplus of connectors and cables, it should be perfect for nearly all builds. And with the Platinum efficiency, it should waste less power and run the full length of the warranty (10 YEARS) and beyond.
Great PSU, well done Corsair.
Pros: * Very quiet. Similar noise levels as my other (smaller capacity) HDDs, perhaps even quieter.
* Excellent read speeds, 140+ MB/s sequential.
* Overall a great drive with no stand-out issues.
Cons: * Write speeds seemed a little low, around 80-90 MB/s sequential peak. I examined some of Seagate's past 4TB HDD benchmarks and see write speeds in excess of 100+ MB/s. I'm not sure if this is due to the ST4000DM004 being more focused on efficiency or if the drive itself is just slower. For large capacity drives like this one, it shouldn't be a big issue for most. UserBenchmark results seem inconsistent, YMMV on this issue.
Overall Review: Available formatted space in Windows is approximately 3.64 TB. Recognized immediately in my computer's BIOS, formatting and partitioning went smoothly.
Also, not necessarily a con, but the drive appears to spin down during idle periods. This is a similar feature a lot of "environmental" drives use to save energy. For a drive with this capacity it seems like an obvious feature to include, however if you plan on moving a lot of data back and forth frequently, be aware you have to wait for the platters to spin up from idle state.
Pros: * RGB lighting with customizable display modes and LED strip.
* NVMe support.
* Full solid caps.
* All 4-pin, hybrid fan connectors (4 total).
* USB Type-C, 3.1.
* Memory reinforcement (anti-bending).
* Intel LAN.
Cons: * Rear I/O is somewhat disappointing; needs more USB.
* Only a single M.2 slot.
* New BIOS can be hit or miss.
* Some 'Auto' voltage issues reported.
Overall Review: Despite its minor flaws, the GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming is an incredible value among Z270 boards, offering an impressive amount of features without breaking the bank. I was glad to see RGB lights added to the board in a classy way, providing spacious lighting effects without being intrusive. The customizable LED strips and RAM lights are also a nice touch. The RGB Fusion software was a breeze to use and provides an easy and intuitive way to adjust the colors. Gigabyte deserves a lot of praise for their RGB implementation.
The board also sports all of the new data transfer formats: USB Type-C, 3.1, and plenty of onboard support. The additional fan headers including pump support are also a welcome feature. When installing my two RAM modules, the lack of bending behind the slots was also very noticable and a pleasant improvement. Although I'm not sure how much it actually matters, I don't think breaking a motherboard during RAM installation is an actual problem. Even though it seems typical at this point, the board also features full solid capacitors. A quick search also reveals the board uses alloy chokes, although that is not specified in the marketing material.
My complaints about the GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming run few and far between, but they are worth mentioning. My primary complaint is the moderately disappointing I/O ports, which are lacking on USB ports. There seems to be a trend to "minimalize" I/O ports in recent motherboard generations and I have to say, I am not a fan of it. At this point I'd like to see motherboards expanding their I/O features, not reducing. We should be getting MORE USB ports, not LESS... We have the technology! If you're researching this motherboard for your PC build, make sure it provides enough ports for your devices.
Another small issue is the lack of M.2 slots, the board provides only a single slot. However at this tier it's to be expected, and with U.2 support, it's an issue we can pretty much overlook. Gigabyte deserves some credit for that.
And finally, the "new and improved" BIOS Gigabyte is touting on this series. Having used many of Gigabyte's recent past boards, I'm not sure how much of an improvement it is. Gigabyte's BIOS' have always seemed par for the course to me, I've never had issues finding features that I was looking for and any feature I needed was always supported. At least compared to other motherboard manufacturers, I've never had a problem. They did add new fan support (curves, temperature triggers, etc), which are a welcome change.
Overall Gigabyte has hit a homerun with the GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming. I'm really happy to see 'Premium' features making their way into the mid/high-end motherboard market and things getting more competitive. During the last 10 years, I've owned nearly a dozen Gigabyte motherboards at this point and all of them still run flawlessly and provided me with a great experience. The GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming is no exception to that rule, and once again Gigabyte continues to innovate and push the bar even higher in the motherboard market.
Pros: * Quiet fan with optimized fan curve, especially at low loads.
* Surplus of connectors, notably 7 SATA Power and dual 6+2 PCI-E.
Cons: * 80-Plus certified, but NOT Bronze efficient.
* No fanless/eco mode.
* Not modular.
* Sleeve-bearing fan might be a problem down the road.
* Questionable market position.
Overall Review: The product information page is totally blank at the moment, so here's the VS Series summary from Corsair's website:
"The VS Series offers a high quality name with 80 PLUS efficiency at affordable pricing. The VS Series offers many upgrades from traditional designs. It is black with black cable sleeving and black connectors, offers a large diameter, thermally controller fan, and is nearly silent when running at idle."
The VS Series is Corsair's new line of entry-level, budget PSUs designed for general purpose use. They are best suited for family and office PCs. It's important to note that these are NOT designed for gaming PCs (like Corsair's other PSU series) however if you're on a tight budget, the VS Series will still work fine for gaming.
Here's my issue with the VS600 in particular: 600W is more than most general-use PC's are ever going to need, while at the same time this is supposed to be a budget unit. If you're just running a generic family/office PC, you probably don't need 600W, which means you can just get the 400W or 500W VS PSU and be just fine. On the flipside, if you actually need 600W then you probably also need a better quality PSU -- Especially if you're gaming. There's also the middle-ground where you can get a higher quality 500W unit for a similar price as the VS600 if you need better quality without the extra wattage.
So I don't really understand where the VS600 belongs. In short: It's too powerful for it's tier and it's going to have a hard time serving anyone's needs, because no matter what you're needs are, there are better choices than the VS600. Just make sure to compare prices/sales for Corsair's other PSU models to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck.
One final note, at the time of this writing, there's no information available about who the OEM supplier for the VS Series is.
Pros: * No BURN-IN time; works at max efficiency from start to finish.
* Not too thick; spreads easily both manually and via pressure mount.
* Rated to survive 8 years of usage; can confirm that's true from personal experience.
* Doesn't get 'hard'; easy to detach heatsinks if you need to remove them.
Cons: * Not edible.
Overall Review: I've been using MX-2 and MX-4 for about a decade now. Some of my CPUs are 8 years old and still running the same paste, this stuff seems to work forever! It's by far my favorite paste, although not 'the best', it definitely has the best value among pastes. It's easy to apply, it cools very well, and it'll work for the lifetime of your electronics.
Pros: * Noticably quieter than my other 1200 RPM fans while moving a similar amount of air. Noctua has really perfected the art of fan design.
* 140MM moves a ton of air even at lower RPMs.
* 4-pin PWM connector to make fan speed control a breeze.
* Lots of extras included: Y-Connector and anti-vibration screws.
Cons: * The anti-vibration mounts might cause space problems in some chassis.
* Ugly brown/tan color (not the new black design).
* Power cable seems a bit short.
Overall Review: This fan is 1200 RPM. On a related note, the NF-A15's included with the Noctua NH-D15 CPU Heatsink are 1500 RPMs. There's a more detailed explanation on Noctua's website, they claim the NH-D15 needs higher RPM for CPU cooling. As far as I can tell, it's impossible to buy the 1500 RPM NF-A15 model, which is somewhat disappointing. This isn't a PRO or CON but something some people should be aware of.
I don't really understand the practical purpose of the square-shaped anti-vibration mounts on the side. I suppose in some situations you might want to orient your fan that way and it will reduce noise and/or make the mount itself more secure. Either way, I own three of these fans and I'm still not fully certain how useful they are.
That aside, Noctua is truly the premium of premium when it comes to fans and coolers. You will not be disappointed with ANY Noctua products you get your hands on. Been a happy customer of theirs since 2006, now owning 6 Noctua fans in total.
Pros: * Large 10TB capacity to hold months of video footage.
* Industrial build makes it perfect for 24/7 usage.
* Large cache size for maintaining steady reads and writes.
* Sturdy metal frame.
* Very impressive bandwidth for a standard hard drive.
Cons: * This is an OEM product: Does not include any software, screws, or SATA cables! Just the HDD.
* 3 year warranty is quite short, would like to see 5 years minimum.
Overall Review: I first installed this drive into my PC to make sure for stability/error testing and to make sure it performed adequately. I got around 180 MB/s Read & Write bandwidth from HD Tune Pro, which is very respectable for a platter HDD of this capacity.
I live on a large property with three separate surveillance systems setup around the exterior, so I decided to use the SkyHawk drive as a backup for the footage. After using it for about 2 weeks it has performed superbly. Based on current capacity I estimate I have several months, maybe at least six or more, of space available for footage. I clean it out every week or so, it's more space than I need for now -- However if I decide to add extra cameras to the system, the extra space will become useful.
This drive is clearly targeted at Enterprise implementations; large surveillance areas with possibly dozens of cameras and years of footage. The SkyHawk series was designed for 24/7 surveillance usage, meaning it is capable of handling always-on writes. In my experience it performs above and beyond and hopefully over the next few years it will continue to impress!
Pros: * Cubed design, easy to fit on your desk/shelf.
* Large, sturdy stand holds the modem in place.
* 24 Downstream channels for up to nearly 1Gbps connections.
* Provided my full connection speed @ 300/30 without any issues.
* No overheating; this is the coolest modem I've ever tested.
* Good solution to replace your ISP modem.
Cons: * ONE (1) Ethernet port!
* NO built-in router. You will need your own for more than 1 LAN connection & Wi-Fi.
* NO USB port. External data transfer not possible without another router.
* NO battery.
Overall Review: The CM3024 took me about half an hour to setup. I called my ISP, provided them with the MAC address and I was good to go. I'm very familiar with this process by now and I can thankfully say it was a breeze as always. I ran several ping and bandwidth tests and did not notice any anomalies with connection speed or stability. I ran an always-connected server for almost a week straight with no connection drops. During large file transfers, my connection ran at full speed for the duration.
If you plan to use this modem on any kind of network, specifically more than ONE WIRED PC, you will need a router, including wireless devices. It's that simple. For most people, this will be a necessity. Given that you will be nearly required to run the router permanently, I suggest doing proper research and picking the highest quality router that suits your needs, because you're going to rely on it. Linksys makes phenomenal routers, I suggest starting there.
I wouldn't consider the lack of router a true 'con' for the CM3024 as it's a standard practice for premium models. If you're the kind of person to use a modem like this, you're going to want a premium router anyway.
ISPs provide customers with a modem, however they usually charge a monthly fee. This is typically a few dollars, $3~$5 per month. Cost and quality of the modem will vary depending on how generous your ISP is feeling. A modem like the CM3024 will pay for itself in as little as a year, while providing higher quality and potentially better service. I highly recommend considering replacing your ISP's modem if you are a power user. Better service at a cheaper cost is always a good idea.
The CM3024 is a great all-around modem for high-speed (~300 MBps) connections.
Pros: Lagom Test: Incredibly precise contrast, wasn't sure what "Mega" Conrast Ratio meant from the specs but apparently it's 1mil+ to 1 ratio. I see an amazing distinction between each color tier, not quite HDR quality but definitely impressive from this type of monitor. All types of black colors are visible, there's no crush effect and even the darkest color is distinguishable from the rest. I do see very slight white crushing at 250,250,250 and beyond, which is pretty typical for all of my IPS panels. Gradiant test was smooth, as expected, with no visible banding effect.
Alien Test: Motion blur looks great, I believe we've reached the maximum capability for modern IPS panels as it seems very similar between all of them. The 144 Hz refresh rate helps here, it's a very smooth and clear picture at all times. No visible overshoot. Backlight is non-PWM so there is no skipping effect on moving objects, this is also good news for people who might suffer headaches from PWM lights -- Not a problem with the 34UC79G-B. Frame drop/skip test passed with flying colors, as well. Overall, as perfect as a monitor can be for motion testing.
Glow/Lighting: A common complaint about IPS panels is the effect known as "IPS Glow", or an overpowering white haze visible on dark backgrounds. The effect is present on the 34UC79G-B, be warned, however recent generations of IPS panels have drastically reduced it. Unfortunately if you're the type of person who finds it intolerable, you will be bothered by it here! The improvements, though, are definitely noticable. It's a lot better these days.
I also didn't see any backlight bleeding along the bezel, although that will vary widly from monitor to monitor. Overall, very impressed with lighting across the board.
Panel Quality: No dead pixels on my sample, which is very impressive given the sheer size of the panel. Colors appear to have some calibration out of the box, but the menu does include multiple color profiles to choose from along with individual color sliders. Should be easy to calibrate, especially if you have the proper tools. It shouldn't be necessary for most people, however. Also supports multiple display modes (aspect ratios), gamma modes, picture adjustments.
Cons: I'm happy to say I didn't see any standout issues with the 34UC79G-B. I will note, to use FreeSync you will need an AMD GPU!
Overall Review: The stand has both HEIGHT and TILT adjustments. Sometimes the specs leave this information out, so I just wanted to clarify.
The monitor is CURVED. I highly recommend you test out a CURVED monitor before buying one, just to make sure it's a feature you like! Not everybody enjoys it, before buying you need to make sure it's a feature you actually want.
Over the last year or so I have tested dozens of IPS monitors, the majority of which are LG panels (not necessarily LG monitors). LG has consistently been a pioneer in the IPS industry, always releasing new and improved panels. These days I try to stick exclusively to buying LG-manufactured panels and I recommend them whole-heartedly. The 34UC79G-B is yet another iteration in LG's successful Ultrawide series. The 21:9 aspect ratio, 144 Hz, fast response time, and FreeSync make this monitor a perfect choice for gaming PC's.
Pros: I decided to use the Wi-Fi setup route on the EA3500 and it went smoothly. Simply access the admin panel, follow through a few options, and it's ready to go. The control panel on the EA3500 is different than others I've seen from Linksys, probably due to Cisco's involvement. It uses a more traditional text-based layout which (I personally feel) is easier to navigate.
*Wired* connection worked fine, utilized my bandwidth at full capacity and I didn't experience any stability issues or other problems. All of my desktop PCs and mobile devices (three phones, two tablets) were immediately recognized and connected to the router.
Has ONE USB port for external use. No issues streaming up to 1080p videos on my network.
Cons: Literally the worst Wi-Fi capability I have ever seen, which is very disappointing to say the least. Consistent issues maintaining a connection and proper bandwidth even over what I consider to be minimal range. It is incredibly weak compared to my other routers and any average/normal sized home is going to have a problem without extra access points. Hard to cite the exact problem but I speculate it's due to the small antenna on the EA3500 itself.
If you plan on using the EA3500 for Wi-Fi extensively, I don't recommend it.
Admin panel is missing some other unique features I've grown accustomed to on Linksys routers, namely the monitoring and filtering options (parental controls, for example).
Overall Review: Control panel GUI may be trickier for less advanced users, you have to know exactly what you're looking for and where to find it otherwise you may get lost. Even though some of the newer features are missing, it still has the old classics like DMZ, port filtering, Wireless settings, etc. Anything you need to setup your network is available, however some of the customization features are missing from the outdated panel.