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Derek N.

Derek N.

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Finally a 280mm AIO cooler!

Corsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB, 280mm. Dual 140mm ML PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software. Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060032-WW. Support: Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4.
Corsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB, 280mm. Dual 140mm ML PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software. Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060032-WW. Support: Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AMD AM4.

Pros: Simple and effective AIO water cooling solution. RGB lights, if you are into that are nice, well positioned, and not too intense. Cooling capacity for your CPU is top notch and 140mm fans tend to be more subtle to the ear than an equivalent 120mm fan. Handles my i7-5820k overclocked to 4ghz with ease. New included updated magnetic levitation bearing fans are a huge upgrade over previous models. The LED in the pump/block base can change display colors based on a temperature profile, I've always found this little feature to be neat.

Cons: There is so little to possibly complain about, the screws for the fans are a tad long as may be hitting the fins crushing the corners a bit. This should effect performance however as they are not in line with the majority of air passage. This has been an issue (non issue) with every AIO cooler I've used, just something worth the note.

Overall Review: First I tried just the included fans, not bad and I was glad to see the unit fit inside the top of my case. Unfortunately for me I barely get to see the lighting effects, left to mostly what is displayed on top of the block itself. The unit slightly out performs my H100i with both slightly better temps given default configuration and slightly lower noise levels. I moved onto switch the fans out with some much higher speed and cfm fans in a push/pull configuration, this dropped temps down a bit under stress loads but I doubt it would be worth it to most users considering the excess noise and dust. The noise level more than doubled and the peak temps only came down by 4-5 degrees, this isn't giving much more room for overclocking. Switched back and left the new fancy fans installed, of which I may add a second pair to combat the radiator restriction. Corsairs software is getting better, it has always done the job just a bit awkward to jump into. Overall an excellent cooler, about the best you can buy before going all in with a custom complex and expensive loop. Very pleased and disappointed I didn't spend the extra money on a 280mm system before.

Most Critical Review

Nice bits, bad driver!

Rosewill RPCT-10001 32-Piece Precision Screwdriver with Bit Set/ Computer Tool Kit
Rosewill RPCT-10001 32-Piece Precision Screwdriver with Bit Set/ Computer Tool Kit

Pros: Bits are solid, includes most everything I'll need to work on various electronics.

Cons: The driver (handle piece) is terribly made, I feel the plastic threads will strip if the handle doesn't just physically break if I end up fighting a screw that might have some HD thread lock (common to find in laptops).

Overall Review: Price wasn't terrible I'll probably be searching for a new driver piece asap, probably wont find one that will fit in the handy little case but I would rather have one I can depend on.

NAND just keeps getting better!

Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 5000MB/s - CT2000P3PSSD8
Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 5000MB/s - CT2000P3PSSD8

Pros: Lots of storage, lots of performance, lots of value.. Included Storage Executive Momentum cache Included Acronis Minimal packaging (maybe too minimal) Available up to 4TB!

Cons: Write lifespan and warranty inclusion No screw No hardware encryption Not reaching performance claims

Overall Review: Storage Executive is a great piece of software for monitoring and managing the drive, it's clean and easy to use. Momentum cache is nice and can have a discernable impact on application load times. *ATTO test with momentum disable capped around 3GB/s, with cache 10GB/s, DRAM is fast.. Do take the power source warning seriously, and backup your data -- Acronis.. Is available from the Crucial website for this drive as well, this will help you migrate your data to the new drive, configure, manage, and monitor backups, and offers a security package addon. I wouldn't recommend this for heavy IO workload as an operating system or workspace drive. For someone who wants the space and performance but doesn't use a computer for a lot, this would be great. It's going to hold some of my larger applications. Another great use maybe in an enclosure as large portable storage, if it's not Thunderbolt it wont keep up but the drive won't be the slow link. The warranty shouldn't be terribly concerning, just be mindful if you find yourself still using the drive in 6,7,8 years, it's not uncommon. General test results and system specs: Seq Read - 3150MB/s -- Seq Write - 3000MB/s Ryzen9 3900x, 64gb DDR4-3600, Asus x570-E, Win10 Pro 64bit. Note: Momentum cache did not register the memory usage in the task manager.

10/20/2022

Amazing drive, great price, great brand

Corsair MP600 PRO XT M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.4 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F1000GBMP600PXT
Corsair MP600 PRO XT M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 NVMe 1.4 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F1000GBMP600PXT

Pros: Corsair is a long lived name in the industry, a respected brand, and one that's typically easy to deal with on the customer service side. 5yr warranty, which is fairly common among high end SSDs. Minimalist packaging, little waste, safe packing, and a screw for installation. Top tier parts: Phison PS5018-E18 controller Microns 176-layer NAND Performance is off the rails, it feels like it has been a long time since I've noticed a difference from storage performance in regular usage.. Coming from older generation NVME drives. During drive imaging I was seeing write numbers creeping on 1600 MB/s *this is around the read speed of my other drive* with sequential read tests peaking around 6500 MB/s. I wish I had a second one to get a more accurate idea with, maybe in the future. I noticed some steep reductions in load times on a few large games, ARK particularly, boot times increased by a notable few seconds, applications even the largest are typically snappy again.

Cons: Heatsink is pretty big, it might pose some blocking issues. Airflow cover on my mainboard wouldn't fit nor would it fit in any of my drive enclosures. Not a typical use case, but had to check.

Overall Review: If you're looking for crazy fast storage you can't go wrong here.. It's not much more expensive than much slower drives. I do not currently have a board with PCI-E 3.x for testing, but I suspect this drive will still out perform previous gen drives on older chipsets. Corsair -- Please create an enclosure for these with a USB-C connector, it's currently faster than my use case generally requires but with non expandable storage in many modern laptops I'm always carrying one. Tested on: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming - 32GB DDR4 @ 3600mhz - Ryzen 9-3900x @ 4ghz

Keep getting better, great product for older homes and apartments

devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit
devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit

Pros: I have been using powerline adapaters to get network connections throughout homes for over a decade. Early ones suffered from extreme packet loss, I would often test and see greater than 50%, latency for LAN above 300ms, but they worked in a pinch! Now devolo made a kit that also has access points, awesome - we can finally get wireless in the far bedroom. Important bits: Ease of use? Some of the easiest yet, no sync buttons, no software to install, the definition of plug-n-play. I could ship these to my grandparents and walk them through it over the phone. Performance? In testing local connections across circuits (connection passes the breaker box) latency was fairly good ranging from 5-50ms pinging the firewall, not solid ethernet but good enough for most use. Packet loss was minimal, tested 10 pings per second for 40,000 pings and had 6.1% loss, the loss may have increased while I had a box fan running off one of the outlets. Overall it was good enough to maintain connections gaming and streaming shows, including 4K netflix, throughput is fine for most use. Copied a single 50gb file over the LAN, SSD to SSD - landed at 82MB/s, not bad being bare gigabit ethernet is only 125MB/s before overhead, often closer to 100MB/s in ideal conditions. Wifi seems good, no problems there, streaming, gaming... Additional power socket so you don't lose your outlet.

Cons: Wifi is capable of being faster than the cabled network.. This isn't a hit on the product, more a general complaint that wired networks have not kept pace. On the expensive side. Individual units are a bit large and may limit installation. Not the strongest wireless signals but can be expected from the size, however due to the use factor I suspect this will be a non issue for most. Access point handoff is not zero latency and caused connection drops in games, thankfully most people are sitting in one spot when gaming so this shouldn't be an issue unless you have the perfect signal overlap - adjust settings or locations if this occurs.

Overall Review: If you need or can benefit from powerline ethernet and want to avoid the troubles that are often associated these are looking to be a great option. It's generally not recommended to run these across circuits but I fear that's the reality of most peoples use, at least in my testing they worked wonderfully passing through the breakers in my 1980s construction. I have tested many powerline adapters in my current home, these are by far the best but also the most expensive, in my opinion it's worth it! I deal with technical problems in my day job, I cannot stand dealing with more when I'm home.

Great OE replacement

Intel 670p Series M.2 2280 512GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNU512GZX1
Intel 670p Series M.2 2280 512GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNU512GZX1

Pros: Intel reliability and warranty support NVMW SSD performance Good entry price point Power efficient Encryption support 5 year warranty Good overall performance, copying my data from my old NVME drive it was averaging around 350-400MB/s {long term, appox 230gb of data}, slightly lower than I had hoped for but not bad. During system use everything is very responsive, slightly snappier than with the OE drive.

Cons: Not the fastest PCIE drive available Doesn't have a great write life rating Not much cost difference to get into premium tier drives OEM like packaging, no set screw or software to perform data copy included, drive and a little booklet.

Overall Review: I think this serves a great solution to replacing an OE drive be it due to failure, performance or size upgrade. Note: The 1tb+ sizes outperform the 512gb. Replaced the tiny barely usable 250gb nvme drive in my laptop, this one is certainly a little faster than the original Samsung. I have no concerns over the relatively low write life rating as it is being used in business use laptop that is likely to be replaced before the drive ever fails, for most the write limit should be a non issue. If you are still lumping around a mechanical drive or are still using a SATA SSD you are missing out on a world of performance and I would highly suggest upgrading your storage as this can be a major bottle neck to modern system performance.

10/18/2021