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  1. Going through and reorganizing some loose PC parts and have a few modular PSU cables that are unmarked. I’m 90% sure these go to my HX750 but the issue is every cable with that PSU is marked “TXM/HX/AXi only”on the PSU end connector however these are blank. The only modular PSUs I’ve owned are: * Tagan BZ(does not match its connector style) * Corsair * EVGA (does not match their cable style) I have worked on and built PCs for folks who’s modular PSU wasn’t a Corsair, though I can’t imagine not leaving unused cables in their box. Also though the cables I’m questioning have similar cable training as the Molex and PCI-E cables that are marked HX. My luck would be if I just assumed, these would bite me if I ever need to use that PSU though these cables I’m questioning have very similar cable training bends to the rest of the HX ‘s.
  2. I'd really like confirmation on this as I've been trying to find one of these since early June. I was told by a long time gaming buddy who lives in NYC that B&H said it's been discontinued. I usually don't go by 2nd hand info but the person wouldn't have just made this up and his evidence was it's not listed on their site anymore(though I can't confirm it ever was).
  3. That was step number 1. I'm actually running 3 different bios versions on the Z97 classified and the picture I posted shows up no matter which is selected.
  4. I completely forgot about making this post. Here's a pic of the bios for this kit showing the XMP being incorrect. Bios says 11-11-11-31@1.5v for the XMP but the kit is 11-13-13-31@1.65. It worked great for me on a 4770k system but is whack in this Z97 on both an Asus Maximus VII and EVGA Z97 Classified.
  5. I have 2 that I plan on choosing from once mine arrives. One is a square case that was designed for a Microsoft mouse and has a separate compartment to the side to hold cable, receiver, etc. The other is one designed for an older Logitech that I've found works fine with just about any mouse I've put in. Even a corded Naga or Scimitar fit just fine with no movement since it has a mesh divider for cable/receiver storage. I happened to have both cases with me one afternoon and tested Dark Core fitment at Best Buy with it being a nice snug fit in both cases. I can tell you the latter has a Vectron tab on the zipper but I'm not sure who manufactured the larger square one. Both were purchased a few years ago off Amazon. Edit: This is the one for the Microsoft Mouse and I just confirmed the Vectron case is easily found there as well.
  6. So I think I finally have my RMA resolved on my K95 with the arrival if it's replacement today. I specifically asked for a re-manufactured OG K95 over the newer Platinum to retain the 18 programmable key function. However the one which arrived today doesn't have a rear USB. I didn't know this existed and I've gone back to where the first reviews show up in '13 and all have the USB port. I even have 2 USB cables, one with the pass-through symbol. Anyone have an Idea? I don't really think it's that huge of a deal at this point since I rarely ever used it and am very happy to be clackity clackin again after being down since November but I am curious what the deal is.
  7. Used probably isn't the correct term. It was definitely second hand. A few years ago I was helping a friend pick out some PC parts and didn't realize I had needed to be more detailed with my instructions. I had told recommended size, speed, and what brands I like but I didn't think to tell him "Check QVL". So he couldn't make it work with his board at the time. I felt a bit responsible so I swapped him my kit which was on the QVL for his. I then went on to use the kit in question on a z87 stinger without problem. I meant to make this post last week which is why I said I should have written it down. Asus is in possession of the Maximus board for random Q-Code hanging so I can't give you that info. However when I get home tonight I could pop it in an older X58 or a Rampage IV and see what it reads.
  8. I'm trying to put together a CHEAP build for a friend having a rough patch and with me having a spare 4790k as well as a 970 I thought I could get away with only purchasing a motherboard to get him gaming. Unfortunately that kit is the only DDR3 I have and when I tested it in my Maximus VII Formula there's not much I can do other than get into the bios. I should have written it down but the XMP is recognizing it as a completely different kit, setting voltage to only 1.5 and timings way off. I've tried to drop speed as well as opening up the timings but it will just crash trying to load into Windows. I've heard of finicky kits before but wow. Admittedly z87 is the only chipset listed on it's compatibility but this is the first time I've never at least been able to run DDR3 well under spec to work. Am I missing something VERY obvious?
  9. I'm with you on the overload but my plan is to have the LED strips and the Fans slow pulse out of sync with each other. It takes time to get them to properly un sync but it goes a long way to keeping the brightness down. That tubing idea might be worth trying. I have some leftover from redoing my kegerator so I might be able to scuff it up and attach it somehow.
  10. Originally I had planned on using the EVGA 280 for my upcoming build. However the more I look at other builds using the EVGA DG-87 case I'm now wondering if using the CLC280 is EVGA logo overkill. Performance between the two is close enough to call it equal(though the Pro might edge it out now) so the choice is purely from an aesthetic perspective. Before adding a cooler I'm going to have EVGA in quite large illuminated looking like this: ..................................................... ..................................................... ..........<cooler>............................... ..................................................... ...................................EVGA.... .........EVGA................................... ...EVGA........................................... .........EVGA................................... ..................................................... ..................................................... With my memory being Corsair Vengeance RGB I'm thinking it might be better to go with the H115 so I don't have a 5th EVGA logo. Thoughts?
  11. How do you know what anyone has every been exposed to? As I sit here right now typing from my LAPTOP, I'm staring at my dead Devil's Canyon build. I'm also staring at a stock pile of parts unable to assemble due to the 1000w PSU shortage delaying my new build. My old desktop has a dead motherboard which was still under warranty when I first contacted Asus support and created my RMA but fell out of warranty after it was returned unrepaired. Now Asus is refusing to continue the RMA. Am I disappointed? Sure! The last thing you'll hear me say though is "No One knows what it's like to only be able to use my laptop". I'm thankful I'm in a position to have this back up and plenty of people out there aren't fortunate enough to be in my position. Get over yourself. Anyway...../rant off.....sort of. I do have some concerns about using Corsair's coolers moving forward based on my experience with their customer service numerous times in '17. I had 2 AIOs go bad, one due to leakage(ok evaporation) and the other was a pump failure. I also had the A key on my OG K95 lose a channel so it would only do a certain number of colors. All 3 of those RMA situations were horrendous. For my H100i my CPU temps slowly were increasing over several weeks until it came to a tipping point where I was now getting close to TjMax after an hour. I suspected a thermal paste or seating issue but upon inspection the radiator was almost empty. There were signs of dry rotting on the rubber fittings at the radiator and I noticed a thin, slick, invisible film coating the entire inside of my PC. My only conclusion that somehow coolant was evaporating out of those fittings and some how misting all over my components. It took quite a while from RMA request to approval and when I called to inquire about coverage if there was any component damage it was met with deaf ears. I was told I'd need to speak to a supervisor who wasn't available but they'd give me a call when they could. That never happened but I never pressed it since my PC was in 100% working order. No I don't think that is the reason my Mobo above died. The 2nd RMA was on a H105 on my grandmother's PC. That RMA went fine except it took so long I ended up going to Best Buy and purchasing a replacement to get her up and running. If it was me I would have just waited but she's my priority and she lives for checking Facebook every morning. The K95 RMA was a nightmare. Before generating the RMA request back in October, I called to speak with a rep because I was apprehensive about doing the RMA. I knew it was likely I'd receive a NiB K95 Platinum rather than the OG which I had. I had purchased the K95 for one reason and I either wanted 18 programmable keys or none. He told me he'd do his best to get me the original but just in case, he offered alternative options to the K95. At first I chose this K70 but he pointed out that wasn't the RGB version. I told him that was ok because I really liked the red key caps. He came back and said since there was such a price difference between what I was rejecting and the RGB K70 that he could toss in the Red Key cap set which was the same thing included with the other. I agreed and generated the RMA request. Between then and just before New Years I received and shipped back 3 K95 Platinums. I finally spoke with a manager just before Christmas who remedied the situation by offering 2-way RMA meaning he was going to ship out the K70 before receiving the 3rd K95. Unfortunately during the time of all this mixing up the red keycap stock depleted but he assured me they were scheduled to be restocked on Dec 27 and I'd be getting them a few days later. While I'm happily using the K70 I've yet to receive the key caps and had it not been for the original agreement I likely wouldn't have RMA'd the K95. Now many years ago I did have a damaging leak from an AIO. I had pre-ordered the Coolermaster Eisberg back when they announced they were teaming up with AlphaCool. Within a year or so it sprouted a nice leak around the copper plate and shut my PC down. I was dreading trying to fight with Cooler Master over this issue because at the time they didn't have the greatest reputation for customer service. However that situation could not have gone more smoothly. The immediately agreed to replace the cooler and actually told me they were sending a different model as the Eisberg was discontinued. They also sent me a prepaid label for a UPS store that covered shipping as well as the store securely packing my entire PC. They went through it, cleaned it up and returned it in perfect working condition. Now I don't really have a concern with their quality. I'm confident enough that I put Corsair back into my system and am debating between Corsair and EVGA CLCs for my new system, but the only reason for the debate is aesthetics. However due to how terrible my interaction with Corsair's customer service has been this year I do have concerns if I was ever in another "Cooler Master" situation that Corsair wouldn't make it right so I do sympathize a bit with the OP's interaction with them. However he screwed himself by taking it apart.
  12. If I was still using HD Fans, I'd be fine with being able to see the individual LEDs like the fans. However with the LLs hiding the LEDs behind an opaque cover, I'd like the strips to match. I tried scotch tape but it wouldn't adhere well and coverage was inconsistent. Maybe if I pulled it from the spool slower I wouldn't get lines in the adhesive but that only solves one issue. Also hiding the strips isn't 100% possible. The only other idea I had was lightly sanding the clear cover until the desired opaqueness is achieved but I'd like permanently altering the strips to be the last resort.
  13. Thanks for the effort you put together in that post. It's quite helpful. It seems my original plan was accurate and the lack of the Mini-Usb - Female USB Header cable was what caused me to be unable to connect everything on my previous HD Fan setup. Judging by other's posts I'm not alone in the missing cable club
  14. On my last build I tried using the 6 HD Fans and the LED Kit but I was unaware they could not be synced together. There's a port on the Lighting node but no cable to attach it to the Commander. I gave up and traded the fans off to a friend in exchange for a TT setup which worked great when the software was in the mood to recognize the fan controller. So I've decided to give Corsair another shot. Will I be able to sync up all 9 fans with the LED strips using the Commander Pro and Lighting Node or will I need a 2nd Node?
  15. You aren't missing something. When I contacted Corsair support I was told I could try purchasing the Corsair Link Accessory Cable Kit but they couldn't guarantee it came with the cable I needed. It doesn't as it looks like that kit comes with the OLD proprietary link cable for the Commander Mini, not the Commander Pro or Lighting Node Pro.
  16. Not to be an *** but you do realize you could have ordered a superior product from Lutr0 or ensourced for 1/3 the price? I made the CableMod mistake once and was quite disappointed when they arrived just marginally better than the Corsair branded sleeved set they were replacing. When I heard they were adding a Pro option an increasing their already premium price I could only hope people wouldn't take the bait.
  17. I'm going to say yes but only just. Here's my former build who's motherboard died back in Oct and I'm currently waiting on 1200w availability so I can put together my Coffee lake build. i7 4790k@4.6 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3@2133 Asus Maximus VII Formula 2x EVGA 1080ti FTW3s 2x Samsung 840 Evo 500gb 2x WD Black 4tb EVGA G3 1000w Corsair H100i Corsair Air 540 w/ 6 Corsair HD Fans EVGA G3 1000w Various USB Devices(KB/Mouse/Headset/Etc) On a few newer, hardware intensive games like AC:Origins, Witcher 3, etc I'd see my UPS report 870-900w load. I could synthetic bench it to a hair over 900w. For me I prefer to have a bit more than 100w headroom which is why I'm waiting for Corsair or EVGA to restock retailers with 1200w models.
  18. I really dislike you Teshreve! GPU availability is what everyone is talking about but from my experience finding 1200w+ PSUs are much harder. I've been serching since before Christmas and haven't had any success with Corsair's AX or EVGA's T2/P2 lines. Sure you can find them 3rd party on Amazon, Newegg and heavily marked up on Ebay but there's no way I'm buying a PSU without a warranty.
  19. It's likely they didn't have any in stock. I have several PSUs set up to auto notify and have received 6 emails since just before Christmas. I've alwyas orderd within ~5min of the email hitting my inbox and every single order has been cancelled within 24hrs. The last cancellation I spoke with a support agent who connected me to a higher tier and was told it's likely a bug that hits the system when a return is processed as they didn't see any record of receiving new stock on any model I ran through him. I've actually received more than those 6 but I've been ignoring them for a little over a week. It's getting annoying. Anything above 1200w doesn't seem to exist. The fact Amazon has removed themselves as sellers on the majority of Corsair's and EVGA's top models is worrisome. Normally you can just click on "New and Used from Other Sellers", choose Amazon's link even if sold out and it'll auto ship when they restock. That tells me they may have so many presold they can't accept anymore orders.
  20. Posting an update. I spoke with a Corsair rep named Ceasar who apologized for the mixup and had me return the keyboard for the k70 w/ Blues. That was on or around the time I made the post above. Today is the Dec 13 so roughly 2 1/2 weeks turn around time on this and I received my replacement today. .. Drumroll......... wrong keyboard again. Now I can't get through to Corsair's support line. Live chat is disabled on the website and despite leaving a call back number over 2 hours ago and now have been on hold for 30min. 2 months now without a keyboard. This is beyond bad customer service and has moved into fraudulent business practices.
  21. Nope. One thing Corsair excels at is terrible customer service as well as doing nothing to gain customer satisfaction.
  22. I noticed this a long time ago and not just on the spacebar though it's not as pronounced on keys like enter, shift, etc. I just came to the conclusion this was the result of Corsair not using the traditional metal clip style stabilizer in favor of their own design.
  23. After not getting any information over the weekend I finally called on Mon, Nov 20th to inquire about the delay. I was put on hold while the rep contacted the warehouse and he came back with information that my replacement keyboard was being packaged right then. I was also told I'd have updated ticket status along with tracking information by end of day Monday. End of day came and went but thought I'd give them most of Tuesday to update before contacting again. Unfortunately I had to contact them late afternoon for a followup. Again I was put on hold to inquire with the warehouse who said the keyboard was packaged for shipment but UPS had failed to pick it up the previous evening. So I went from guaranteed by the previous Saturday to guaranteed by Wednesday to it not even shipping out before Tuesday evening. I was informed again I'd have tracking info either late Tuesday or early Wednesday. It's no Friday and my ticket status has not updated nor have I recieved tracking info however when I arrived home today there was a box from Corsair sitting on my sidewalk. Finally, I have my replacement. Or so I thought. Upon opening the box I found it contained a K95 Platinum w/ Cherry Browns and mine was a standard K95. I immediately contacted support and was informed by Jereme that according to the notes on my ticket I had been offered an alternative replacement. This is completely fasle and at no time was I ever offered a replacement The only conversation that comes close to that was the one I mentioned above with Dave. At no time did Dave ever offer an alternative or even communicate the original K95s were out of stock. He simply told me all they had were K95s w/ Cherry MX Browns and were waiting to recieve Cherry MX reds to which I said my RMA'd keyboard had Cherry MX Browns. Like I mentioned above he said there was just a part number mix up and with that new info my replacement would be sent out. At no time did he communicate the original K95s were out of stock and I'd be shipped out a Platinum instead. That may sound like an upgrade and even early on I inquired about changing to a different model. I originally ordered a K95 w/ Cherry MX Blues but they were on backorder for months. Eventually Corsair discontinued the version with Blues so I chose Browns. When I inquired about changing to a different model, I specifically mentioned trying to get a remanufactured Blue version. Now in that same conversation I did inquire about upgrading to the Platinum as well as downgrading to a K70 w/ Cherry Blues, in fact most of the conversation about getting a different model was heavily emphasizing getting a keyboard with Blues. Even though I did mention it once, I would have not chosen the Platinum K95 for the simple fact that it only has the 6 programable keys and I'd much rather go with none since the 6 would be equally as useful as having zero. Great customer service, Corsair.
  24. I created my RMA on Oct 23 and explained it was important to get the RMA approved quickly as I was heading out of town that week and would not be back before the keyboard's warranty expired on Nov 9th. I even called after submitting and further explained that I also needed the RMA process completed before the week of Nov 19th and if that wasn't possible then to see what we could work out about warranty window closing. I was assured there would be no concern getting the RMA process completed in that time frame. Oddly of all the spare parts I have, a keyboard isn't one of them. Wed, Nov 15th a call was placed to Corsair's support to inquire the status. I explained to a rep named Dave about time frame from the previous conversation and he acknowledged that info from the notes on the ticket. He put me on hold to see about getting me a different model which I had reservations about since there's really no where to go but down from a K95. When he returned it was explained the delay was caused from having no inventory of K95 Cherry MX Reds and offered a K95 w/ Brown instead. I told him mine WAS a K95 w/ CherryMX Browns and sending me one of those is exactly what should have been done. After putting me on hold again he came back with there must have been a part number mix up and they'd be sending me a K95 w/ Browns. I inquired about the time frame and was told I'd be getting the keyboard within 48hours. 72 hours later the RMA is still in the processing phase and I leave tomorrow with no choice now but to purchase a replacement before heading out of town.
  25. I'm fully aware of that info. Like I said it seems you all need to get on the same page. Saying "We always send brand new" is a pretty concrete statement.
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