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Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Joined on 12/05/14

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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK64GX4M2E3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK64GX4M2E3200C16

Pros: I am running a pair of these with a KW Waterblock cooling kit on an EVGA Z390 DARK motherboard. They are of course rated at 3200 and have run at 3800 with a CAS Latency of 19 since day one. Even with water cooling (on it's own custom cooling loop by itself) I was unable to get beyond 3800 or able to lower the CAS below 19 at 3800. Of course your mileage may vary but with my cooling and my particular memory it was the best I could manage. I admit other than checking for defect at stock speeds I did NOT test the memory beyond 3200 before removing the factory heat spreaders and converting to liquid cooling so I am not sure what you can expect out of the box. Proceed at your own risk! Having said all of that - I purchased these because at the time of my purchase (Dec 2019 I believe) you could not purchase anything with 32mb sticks that was faster than 3200. My advice is always to buy the speed you WANT and then optimize it beyond that the best you can. In my case this was my only route to get above 3200mhz so I chose this brand and model because of their phenominal decade long history of over performance and I was not dissapointed. Even overclocked to this level I have not had a single problem in almost 9 months of ownership and extreme usage.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I would highly recommend this product! It has been a great performer!

Most Critical Review

Size matters.

EKWB EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink, Nickel
EKWB EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink, Nickel

Pros: MUCH better than no cooler at all and better than many but not all coolers out there.

Cons: Size matters. Sometimes this (and most coolers) are just too large side to side and interfere with other components.

Overall Review: I will give you the Cat's advice for this one: If it FITS it SITS. If you have room you won't be dissapointed.

Arguably the best product on the market.

Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut Thermal Grease Paste - 1.0 Gram
Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut Thermal Grease Paste - 1.0 Gram

Pros: It's what I use and have used for the last few years on every overclocking project that has come through our bench. The most recent was an i9-9900ks that managed to hit 5.6ghz constantly on all 8 cores using this product in conjunction with a custom cooling loop, and a KW Waterblock direct to die water block.

Cons: Expensive It's liquid metal. It is corrosive and can destroy your motherboard and cpu if used incorrectly.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for. This is the best. If you can afford it and know how to use it properly buy it!

Does what you would expect.

ARCTIC COOLING ACTPD00006A Thermal Pad, the high Performance Gap Filler -6x6x0.06
ARCTIC COOLING ACTPD00006A Thermal Pad, the high Performance Gap Filler -6x6x0.06

Pros: Excellent project for anyone who repurposes and refurbishes old motherboards and computer equipment. You can never have too much around.

Cons: Their is higher performing pads. (Example Thermal Grizzly) But they are also signifigantly more expensive. The performance of these pads exceed or meet just about any factory standard of motherboards and computer equipment made to this day.

Overall Review: Perfect for what it is and cost effective. Buy it.

Solid cheaper SSD.

Crucial BX500 240GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-Inch Internal SSD, up to 540 MB/s - CT240BX500SSD1
Crucial BX500 240GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-Inch Internal SSD, up to 540 MB/s - CT240BX500SSD1

Pros: I have been using this in a home implementation of FreeNAS in my home network. It is one of 7 other 240gb super cheap SSD SATA3 drives set up in a RAID. I originally meant to just use it for a test bed to see what could be accomplished on 1gb 10gb and 40gb networks with bottom tier level hardware. Surprisingly after the project I kept using the setup reliably. (I also backup to a similar FreeNAS server that runs enterprise level spinning drives for security) Six months later I have not had a single drive failure after constant punishment.

Cons: Small size. Not the fastest SSD but you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: Excellent bargain for what it is. Don't complain about it being something it isn't.

Excellent Spot cooling solution for Overclockers and Networking enthusiasts!

Noctua NF-A4x20 FLX, Premium Quiet Fan, 3-Pin (40x20mm, Brown)
Noctua NF-A4x20 FLX, Premium Quiet Fan, 3-Pin (40x20mm, Brown)

Pros: I use four of those to provide spot cooling on my EVGA Z390 Dark and two of these in my Cisco Switch. They are perfect for both jobs.

Cons: Nothing.

Overall Review: Buy these. You will become cool.