What started out as a "budget" monochromatic 1080p gaming PC has evolved into an absolute beast. I give you, White Widow.
This PC is mainly for gaming, general desktop use and folding. Desktop runs at 120Hz for smoother video playback(and to counter the GeForce bug that prevents GPU's from downclocking when above 120Hz refresh rate) and most games I run at 165Hz with G-Sync enabled. Some games that drastically surpass 165FPS I drop to 120Hz and enable ULMB and vsync instead. 2 more Dell S2417DG's for surround soon to come(here's hoping for that Black Friday/Cyber Monday special!) with G-Sync ensuring that those 11M+ pixels are delivered smoothly. I also decided to mount my 2 850's on top of the HDD shroud with Velcro because I didn't like the idea of them being suffocated on the other side of the case and to give me more room to manage the 8 fan cables.
Prices listed are my final cost for each part. Sources include Amazon, Fry's, B&H, Best Buy, Newegg and Corsair's webstore.
The main thing everyone wants to see other than pictures:
- BCLK: 125
- Core multi: 38 (4750MHz)
- Cache multi: 32 (4GHz)
- vcore: 1.395
- FCLK: 8x
- XMP: disabled
- DRAM freq: 3000MHz
- Micron "try it" preset used(16,18,18,38)
- GPU power limit: 120%
- GPU core: +100
- GPU mem: +500
Currenting playing: Warframe, Paragon, The Talos Principle, LawBreakers, Ghost Recon Wildlands.
Side note: I currently live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my husband. The final upgrade was my first anniversary present(1080 Ti, monitor and SSD's. Yeah, my husband is amazing :P). We're making due until it's time to move into a real house :3
Bought this on sale when Coffee Lake was still projected to be Q1 '18 after I ran with a 6850K for a week, which just wasn't cutting it because my usage prefers clock speed over cores. No real regrets, at the time I bought this my PC was being used for nothing but gaming. Delidded, TIM replaced with Liquid Ultra, IHS reseated. Stupid low temps(no thanks to Intel) and a nice 4.75GHz overclock. Pushes high framerates which is what I needed for my 165Hz monitor. I'm honestly not even salty about Coffee Lake bumping up the core count.
Ok...maybe just a little salty.
Good closed loop cooler. Mainly because the pump is made by Asetek. Fans that come with it are good, but they're not very quiet so I threw them back in the box, put a pair of ML120's as push and another pair of ML120 Pro as pull. That's more like it.
The "quiet" profile in Corsair Link is buggy and randomly ramps the fans up for no reason, but Corsair is known to code like *** so that shouldn't be a shock. I use the Commander Pro(which I've also reviewed) in tandem with the included splitter to run the fans how I want.
Good Z170 board for the price, with great looks to match. Using an NVMe drive disables 2 of the SATA ports so I had to rethink my cabling. Plenty of fan headers, but MSI cheaped out and the sysfan headers are dummy 4 pin headers(the 4th pin is just for show, so those headers are not PWM), but they at least included 2 CPU fan headers which are PWM. I've had this board for almost a year now and it's still going strong. The look of this board is honestly the main thing keeping me from upgrading to Coffee Lake. Pssst, hey MSI, make a Z370 Krait that looks identical to this and I'll buy it like a fool ;)
Micron IC's so they don't overclock as high or have as tight of timings as sticks with Samsung IC's. That aside, I was still able to push them further than XMP. My motherboard has the "Memory Try It" presets and I used the one for Micron 3000MHz, which set the main timings to 16-18-18-38. Passed MemTest86 and 8 hours of RealBench.
The LED's can be configured with Corsair Link, but your options are limited. You can change the speed of the flashing and the brightness, that's about it. They still look good though. I've got them static instead of flashing and lowered the brightness a touch.
I will NEVER switch back to a SATA SSD for my boot drive! My system is so much snappier and more responsive now. Will your system boot faster? Not really. Will your games installed on it load faster? Some will by a little, some will by A LOT(Cities Skylines). Will your system be much snappier and more responsive overall? Ohhhh yeah. Love, love, LOVE this drive. NVMe OR BUST!
Running 2 of these in RAID 0 as my primary game drive. Over 950MB/s sequential across the board. Games install super fast, load super fast and moving files around takes a second. By now it should be common knowledge that these are some of the best SATA SSD's you can buy, and they scale near perfectly in RAID 0.
Good drive. Good amount of space. Good price. Couldn't really ask for more.
My benchmark tests are weak because I have 1TB partitioned as my "Program Files Overflow" and the remainder as a storage partition. I might just combine the partitions and defrag frequently instead.
Reference PCB, factory overclocked, liquid cooled. The $50 extra compared to non-liquid cooled models was worth it in my opinion. I bought this instead of the EVGA Hybrid because it came with a fan that matches the rest of my build(I'm sorry EVGA! I'll be back before too long, I promise <3). I don't mind that the fan has to plug into the motherboard because I have the fan hooked up to a Commander Pro with fan speed tied to GPU core temp.
Overclocked to 2062Mhz on the core, 12Ghz on the memory. Peaks at 54 degrees with a modest fan curve. Has coil whine when folding, but other than that is fairly quiet. Much quieter than my air cooled 1070 was.
I am pretty annoyed that the accents on the back plate are grey. The pictures on Corsair's website showed white accents. I know it's petty, but when you spend $800 on something, you tend to want to receive what was pictured. The pictures also showed a lack of a DVI port(which means more room for heat to exhaust) but it does have one.
I've built inside this case 4 times now. It's spacious, very nice looking and plenty of options for airflow, as well as a good amount of dust filters. It's a little wobbly though, the door doesn't line up right unless I have a thin coaster under one of the feet(which makes it more wobbly). Poor QC, as per usual, because it's Corsair.
Paid a hefty premium for this model, but I really liked that it's white and comes with white individually sleeved cables and some cable combs. Those extras sort of even out the increased price. Corsair had to cheap out somewhere though and didn't give any Velcro wraps for the cables.
Now let's talk about the voltage regulation. This unit has some TIGHT voltage regulation, very impressive. My vcore used to fluctuate under load with my EVGA GQ-650, doesn't budge one bit with this new unit. Was even able to push a slightly higher overclock thanks to the vcore not fluctuating at higher frequencies. I also like that the fan only spins at 40%+ load.
But the main reason this unit is so good is because Corsair didn't make it, they just slapped their logo and a new paint job on it(cream on the inside, clean on the outside).
Cables faded within a year, but it still performs well.
Bought this to have a fresh air intake at the bottom of my case instead of all the intake coming through the radiator. This blows straight at my drives and helps to keep positive air pressure and pull cool air into the case. Looks nice, is fairly quiet and doesn't suffer the same issues as the ML140's.
Bought 2 to use as "pull" fans on my H100i V2. They look great, have pretty good performance and don't suffer the same issues as the 140's. I technically have 3 of these because my Hydro GFX 1080 Ti also included one. No problems with these yet. Very wide RPM range with PWM, and when you're using PWM the LED's are fully lit no matter the fan speed.
Scratch that, one is now clicking after just a year or so and Corsair is hassling me over the warranty.
Bought these to replace the fans that came with the H100i V2. They are MUCH quieter and perform just as well. These are my "push" fans that are in between the front of the case and the radiator. These don't suffer the same issues as the 140's.
These are junk. Corsair refuses to admit there's a design flaw with the 140. I've had 6 of these. 4 of them were returned because out of the box they either buzzed or chirped(this is a common complaint about these that I wish I had known about). The 2 I have in my build now were great at first, but after a few weeks also developed that same annoying buzzing noise once you hit 1000 RPM. Within a few months I just took them out because the noise became obnoxious and I was having a hard time maintaining positive air pressure when the system was idle. About a year later I reconfigured my PC and moved them to the front. They don't make much noise when vertical. Still overpriced. Screw Corsair.
At first I loved this monitor. Then I hated it. Then I thought it was alright. Then I hated it again.
Then I let it sit in the box for a few days. Pulled it back out, did a factory reset and gave calibration one last go before returning it. And I'm glad I did. You will have some color banding(because, TN panel) and you do have to compensate for the factory gamma settings using Nvidia Control Panel, but no matter what kind of panel you buy there are compromises to be made. The fast response time, high refresh rate, high pixel density and G-Sync made up for the slight color issues. I love this monitor. I'm buying 2 more as soon as they go on sale again.
After using my Logitech G710 with MX Blues for a few years, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted something a little more quiet and a little more responsive. Not a fan of Razer switches, MX Browns or MX Reds so I was having a difficult time finding something. Then I read about the MX Speed switches in this keyboard. I was skeptical but decided to just buy it and try it myself. Wow. Ok, first thing's first, these keys are sensitive. Very sensitive. Shortest actuation distance I've seen(1.2mm) so a light touch is all that's needed. I've definitely seen an increase in my typing speed(from 90WPM to over 110) and I feel I'm a bit more accurate now that I'm used to these keys. Now with gaming, this keyboard is definitely more comfortable because the switches are linear and smooth, I'm also able to strafe/juke much quicker too. I was in love by the end of the first day.
But...being a Corsair item...the software is a joke. It's not as buggy as Link, but it's still got issues. I ended up creating my own custom RGB profile that I'm pretty happy with, and I've seen others create some cool game specific profiles as well. I don't care as much about the RGB aspect, so it's still a 5 star keyboard to me, plus I got it on sale.
My favorite mouse to date! I've had at least 5 different gaming mice and this is the one I will be hard pressed to replace. The middle mouse button is stiff, but a quick, solid tap ensures actuation. I do have to charge it twice a week, but the charging cable included fits in a way that makes it feel just like the wired version, I often forget it's even plugged in. The sensor is very accurate with a high DPI range, and I prefer a mouse with only 2-4 thumb buttons(so this has the bare minimum for me). I also don't have very big hands so this mouse's slightly smaller than average size is perfect for me and very comfortable, no cramps yet and it's been at least 6 months since I got this.
The bass. The rock. The mic. The treble. I like my coffee black just like my metal.
Seriously though, these speakers are amazing. And at $100? Go away audiophiles, I don't care! Volume knob about 30% of the way up is plenty for me to jam to. I don't even have the sub turned up either and it thumps. I wanted the digital version, but I just couldn't justify spending an extra $50 just to use an optical audio cable. If you've got a local store with these set up, take your phone and an audio cable and test them yourself if you're still on the fence about these. I personally don't think you can beat them without spending triple the money. I plan to upgrade to the 5.1 version after we move.
Would never pay the full $30 asking price for this, but when they go on sale I think they're definitely worth it. It looks nice, performs as it should and gives you something to put your keyboard on to help keep it from sliding around/scratching your desk.
Need a SATA cable that will fit in tight spaces and is easy to manage? This is the one for you!
Buggy software is buggy. Fans would randomly ignore my custom curves and sometimes just stop spinning(I've had this happen in the middle of a game on multiple occasions). Closing the Corsair service and attempting to restart it would sometimes result in the service not starting at all, forcing me to restart my PC entirely.
I highly recommend this to anybody with a full sized GPU.