Date Joined: 12/14/10
Pros: Very cool looking heatsink. Nice to be able to switch between silver or black top plate (Plastic). MSI Dragon emblem lights up and looks sharp. Very tall heat sink, ensure it will fit before you purchase. Does it job keeping the CPU cool. This is an awesome option if you are keeping with MSI Gaming theme. Decent heat sink, kept Ryzen 3 2200G in the mid 20s to low 30s under load.
Cons: Was disappointed that the base was not lapped, at this price point I would expect that it would be mirror smooth. Fan that came with heat sink is airplane loud even when I turned the CPU fan speed in Bios as low as I could get it. Ended up putting a LL 120 Corsair RGB fan and it was whisper quiet. If you have ITX or Micro ATX board you will have issue if you have tall memory. Ended setting it up as a pull and did ok. Also to install you will have to have the fan off to secure the two screws. Securing fan to heat sink will make you use some GI language in smaller cases. The wire that powers the light on heat sink is set up on the top of heat sink with a fan connector which then plugs into the board CPU fan header is a bad design. Not a fan of trying to hide wires that no mater what you do will be seen by everyone that looks in your case. Would of like MSI to plum it to where the wire was hidden and was at the bottom of the heatsink. This would make it easier to hide instead trying to run it down the heatsink and trying to tie it to make it look half decent.
Overall Review: Decent heatsink but not without issues which I discussed in the cons. This in my opinion is for those that are into MSI themed build which it has some cool factor to it. In my opinion there are better heatsinks out there at a cheaper price point.
Pros: I ordered this card because it was lighted and took a chance on ZOTAC. Overall I am happy with the cards performance. I getting great frame rates with this card and it is was easy to overclock. This water block has great flow and stays cool, I run around 36-42c. I have a slight overclock on it but will in the future push the card to actually see what it has under the hood.
Cons: There is a few things that I am not happy with this card. My card seems to be warped which doesn't affect the performance and cooling of the card. Just a little disappointed that with the money spent for the card to find out it is warped is a little disappointing. I am using a blue colored coolant in my system and even on white it is blue. The other colors are muted a little but will come through. Note if you are just going to use non colored coolant the current LED brightness would be fine. I expected the LED would be brighter on the highest setting but it gets the job done.
Overall Review: If I could go back I should of went with the MSI Nighthawk which uses the EK water block. Don't get me wrong the Thermaltake which is on this card does a good job. I expect when spending good money for a card you get a perfect and not warped one. This is why I docked two eggs.
Pros: Picture on Newegg does not do them justice, looks better in real life. I have three of these on a 360mm Rad in a P3 Thermaltake case and they are quiet. The most important is the wife loves then since they are on her system. If you are looking for quiet fan that has a different led look, these are the fans for you. They are bright and quiet.
Cons: I have no cons with the product
Pros: This thing is huge. I could of stayed with the 150mm X3 150 that came with the EKWB 360X but it looked out of place in the P5 case. The 250mm X3 250 would of been fine but since this is my first water build, why not, go big or go home. I researched a lot of water cooler brands but EKWB is one of the best and it had a killer starter kit. I received my X3 400 in perfect condition and set it up without a hitch and is a show stopper. I ended up getting a second one and when I go from flexible to hard tubing I will figure out how to setup the second one.
Cons: Not really a con but finding a lighting option for something it difficult. There are some 50mm LED rings but the problem is this res is 60mm.
Overall Review: It is large and in charge.
Pros: This is a replacement case for wives wall divider case she had. Like I said in the title, if you want to show off your build then this case is amazing. Still waiting for the Thermaltake 360 close water loop to come in which will replace the EVO 212 which fits behind the Plexiglas. I have a ATX board but in my opinion the P3 case is better for micro ATX and or ITX but this is my opinion. The cable management is excellent and is all hidden in the back. Love the flexibility of wall mounting or using the feet that comes with the case. I elected to use the feet since I have a shelf that the system sits on. Again this is a stunning looking case.
Cons: Instruction are kind of hard to follow and it really doesn't tell you what screws to use but with a little trial and error you can get through it. A little advice, install your power supply first then put the bottom left Plexiglas peg in. If you don't you will have to remove it to secure your power supply to mount, not really a con. Overall I don't have any real complaints. Everyone first question that has seen my build is dust and my reply, I don't have take off the cover to blow it out.
Overall Review: Only option I see if you are running any type of water cooled system, open or close loop, I can see the back getting warm. Not really and issue except the SSD/Hard drive is in the enclosed area. I do not have anything to base this on until I get the closed loop installed and see how it goes. Overall love this case and look.
Pros: Great product and cable combs provided with Kit. This is a great option instead buying a whole sleeved kit which in my the better option if it comes in your color scheme. Since I had a semi modular power supply I went with this option and it fit the color scheme I was going for. As in most reviews that I have read, one thing people say it that the cables are stiff, duh, it is an extension of course they will be stiff. With a little work you can get the pretty bend that people see and the cable combs hold them in that shape. Overall this is a great product for those that have non modular and semi modular PSUs that want that single sleeved cable look in your build.
Cons: I went back and forth about docking this product an egg due to the fact this is an expensive kit when for about 30-40 dollars more you can get a complete single sleeve kit. Plus after I purchase my kit, 3-4 days later Newegg has a sale on the same kit, sigh. Overall I did not dock an egg for price because it is what I needed and achieved the look I was going for.
Overall Review: Note: If you are running a single video card this kit works good but if you are running a SLI or X-Fire you will have to purchase additional cable to support the second card. Overall very happy with the product and wife loves the look since it is her computer.
Pros: I first used this heat sink on a build for a friends system, first assessment was how large it was. I was so impressed with the look and performance of the heat sink I decided to put one in my system. I use G.Skill TridentX 2400 DDR3 Memory which has a very tall heat sink profile. The offset of the R1 allows me to use all four of my memory slots with this heat sink. This was one of the pros when I selected this heat sink.
This will be the heat sink that I will use on all future builds.
Cons: Read the reviews and do not, I repeat, do not over tighten heat sink mounting screws. Once the mounting screws are completely seated, stop. The thermal paste that comes with the R1 is ok but an Artic Silver or another paste would give you a little better performance.
Note: When installing heat sink, remove the fans, makes it easier to install
Note: If you get the Colored Cover Mod, install them before installing heat sink, save the headache of removing the fan clips which can scratch the covers
Overall Review: Replace a Corsair H100i in push pull configuration with R1 Universal.
CPU: Intel i7 4770k at Overclocked to 4.2 Ghz
Motherboard: Asus Z97 Sabertooth
Case: Corsair D750
I was getting the following temps:
H100i: idle: 32c, under load: 46-49c
R1: idle: 25-26c, under load: 35-40c
I have not tried it yet but on other reviews, this heat sink does better then the H100i with higher OC settings.
Note: Make sure your case is deep enough to house this heat sink.
Pros: Ordered the Red covers to go with the Red Corsair single sleeve cables. The covers are a deeper red then the cables but still in my opinion gives a little contrast between the reds.
Cons: Not a con for me because I have a larger case, have the Red covers and installing before mounting heat sink would make it easier.
Overall Review: One piece of advice that I would give is if you have a color scheme, order this with the heat sink and replace before you attach heat sink. Don't get me wrong, not difficult to replace. I can see it to be problematic in smaller cases to replace.
Pros: Review will be similar to the 24 pin review. As I stated before, looks amazing in my Corsair D750 case. The cables were a dream when it comes to management. As stated before, cases with thinner cable management space would work well with these cables because they would mold to the space.
Cons: Like I said with the 24 pin review, I wish the kit came with the 24 pin cable.
Overall Review: As stated before, make sure you have the supported
Corsair Power Supply for these cables.
Pros: Looks amazing in the cases in windowed cases. I have the Corsair D750 which has a large window. The D750 has great cable management space but I could see that with cases with less space would benefit with these cables since they can would mold to the space more efficiently.
Cons: I just wished this would of came with the kit instead of having to order it in addition with the kit.
Overall Review: If you want to get rid of the plastic coated Corsair power supply cables and add color, great option. Only thing I would say is make sure that you have the Corsair Power Supply models that support these.
Pros: If I was not going to go over 16gigs of memory I would of went with home premium but since I am, I went with the pro. I am not a fan of Window 8 and love that fact that 7 is a solid OS.
Overall Review: Windows 7 Home prem - 16gigs and Less Memory
Windows 7 Pro - 16gigs and more of Memory
Windows 7 Ultimate - 16gigs and more of Memory
Pros: What can you say bad about WD Hardrives, been using them for years and have never had one fail on me. Using this as a mass storage drive. Totally happy with it.
Pros: Does what it is supposed to do and it is cheap.
Pros: Looks very cool, conectors stay connected and offers single sleeved wiring for PSU without single sleeved options. Love the white, picks up the blueish white light wonderfully and contrast with black and red inside of the case. If you are looking for single sleeved wiring look and don't want to spend $$$$ for kits that you have to do or expensive alternatives for Corsair or Seasonic, this is a great option and it is cheap.
Overall Review: PSU - RM850
Overall Review: PSU - Corsair RM 850
Pros: Using this SSD as my Boot Drive and can't be more happy with the perfomance of this little speed demon. Should of gotten a second on and put it in Raid O but very pleased with it. I didn't run any performance tests but then again if you want that info there are many reviews that will give you that info if needed. All I was looking for is a fast stable SSD and got both with this product.
Overall Review: Don't be fooled with the lightness and almost toyish feel of the SSD. Inside what seems like a tin box is a nothing but goodness.
Pros: Great fans, moves a lot of air and they are quiet. Can't go wrong with Corsair. Very happy with product
Overall Review: They look Good
Pros: I was looking for a closed loop water system and the H100i fits that bill. I am running a i7 4770K OC'ed to 4.0 Ghz and it is running around 86 F under load. I pushed the the processor to 4.7Ghz and under load stayed in the 105 F range. I am very impressed with the this cooler. Does everything I wanted which is a cool running CPU. I went with the NZXT 5 channel fan controler so I can manage the 4 Corsair AF120 and have not need to to push fan RPMs any higher then lowest setting to maintain low temps. Very happy with this product.
Cons: Not really on Con: Only one set of long fan screws. Wished they would had added a second set of fan screws because most people like myself will go with a push pull fan set up. Had to go to Home Depot and get screws and all is good in push pull setup.
Note: Make sure your case is compatible with this cooler, ie you have room for it
Overall Review: i7 4770K (OC'd to 4.0 GHz)
Asus Z87 Sapertooth
H100i (Push Pull with Corsair AF 120s)
NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controler for the AF120s
16 Gigs of G.Skill Trident DDR3 2400
Dual MSI GTX N760 in SLI
Corsair Obsidain 750D Case
Pros: For those that are looking for individual sleeved cables which are not available for your PSU this option is for you. They are very cool looking. I am very happy with the look of theses extenders. Looks great in my Corsair 750D with bluish white LED lighting.
Overall Review: The contectors stay connected and they are not so stiff that you can't work the cables
Pros: Daughter picked out this case for her build. Took the componets out of a older Acer and slapped it into this case. Added 4 Courger 120mm fans, 2 in the top and a push pull on the EVO 212. Note: you have to face the EVO 212 to the top of the case or it will not fit. Keeps the AMD Phenon x2 very cool. The one Red lite fan in the rear of the case gives a muted red glow so if you want addition brightness you will have to add lighting due to the smoke color plexy glass window. A decent Mid Tower if you are not going to try to put everything in it including the kitchen sink.
Cons: Not really a con: Cable management can be challenging
Overall Review: Not a bad case.
Pros: I hated the ribbon style PSU cables that came with the Corsair RM850 and was torn between the red and white color. Decided with white and extreamly happy with the look. Extentions were easy to install and the look against a black motherboard and a blue/white led gives a uv glow to the white.
Overall Review: Corsair 750D Case
i7 4770K (OC to 4.5Ghz)
Asus Z87 Sabertooth
MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC
G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB DDR 2400
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
Samsung EVO 250GB
Pros: Happy with the performance. Was able to OC to 4.5Ghz without stability issues. I noticed higher processor temps with 4770k then the Ivy Bride. Would not recommend air cooling if you are going to OC this processor due to heat. Running Corsair H100i and temp is running between 40c idle and around 50c under load. If I had the i7 ivy bridge I wouldn't of upgraded.
Cons: If I had to put down a con it would be the added heat this processor puts out. A solid closed loop water cooling system helps.
Wives i5 3570K runs 10c less processor temp being air cooled.
Overall Review: i7 4770K (OC to 4.5Ghz)
Asus Z87 Sabertooth
MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC
G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB DDR 2400
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
Samsung EVO 250GB
Pros: Very sexy looking memory. Initial boot up memory was set to 1333 but went into Bios and set to XMP and it was off to the races. Been using G.Skill for years and totally happy with performance. Totally happy with purchase
Cons: Not really a con but all the other reviews covered the initial boot up will be clocked at 1333. Simple Bios change and I was at 2400 as advertised.
Pros: Normally I don't order parts that are new to the market but then again it is Corsair so I took the chance. Time will tell how well this PSU performs. Have a Corsair HX750 in the wifes computer and still going strong after a year. That being said I am pretty sure the RM will do just fine. The RM cables are ribbon style simulare the the HX. The modular design lets you use the only the cables you need. Intial assessment of the PSU is I love it, Looks great in my Corsair 750D Case.
Overall Review: Love the looke of this PSU
Pros: Read reviews with people saying this is not a 350D or 800D, come on guys, really. This is the case that is in between the two. This is great full tower case that room to move around without getting loss in like the Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra and yes I have that case too. Excellent layout, love the options of HD Chage options. Unlike most fans that come with cases, the 3 140s push nice air but most of all are quiet. Love the fact that there is a large side window which ment I didn't have to cut up the side panel to put in a new window. I was surprised how light this case was. I was torn between the NZXT 810 switch and this case. I choose wisely.
Overall Review: Would of liked if corsair would had put a screen under the fan grate on the bottom front like they did in the rear. Was able to put a H100i with push/pull configuration on top of case. You get a lot of room for cable management.