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Thermaltake CL-P001-AL12RE-A 120mm NiC L31 Aluminum CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great for Micro ATX 03/14/2015

This review is from: Thermaltake CL-P001-AL12RE-A 120mm NiC L31 Aluminum CPU Cooler

Pros: -The low height (140mm) means this will fit into an mATX case
-Despite that, still has a 120mm fan
-Heatpipes are relatively large in diameter and have very little gap on the mounting plate
-Designed to ensure it allows enough clearance for RAM
-Fan is not loud if run on a 4-pin connector or at controlled speeds
-A mounting solution that doesn't use push pins
-Price is very reasonable

Cons: -The backplate uses foam that can be punctured easily by solder points on a mainboard, and can compress enough to bring the metal close to these solder points, risking contact with them. Solid rubber would be a better option with less give.
-Difficult to mount tightly enough that the heatsink cannot move a little on top of the CPU heatspreader. This could be improved; problem is similar to what Thermalright used to have back in the day.
-If you run the fan at full-tilt, it will be loud. This isn't a con, per se; just use fan control to limit its idle speed. You'll probably never get hot enough to hit maximum.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for the wife's system; it brought temperatues down 5-7C at idle over the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro it replaced, while still fitting into a Lian Li PC-A04B microATX case, being reasonably priced.
If you really wanted to, you could probably sand it down to make it even smoother. I used Thermalright Chill Factor 3 paste; the package includes basic goop, but this is better stuff.

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A good board with a few flaws 10/19/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Tasteful in appearance (none of that Sniper green-black or old-school rainbow)
-VRM heatsinks bolted down. This should happen on all boards costing three digits or higher, sadly, it doesn't.
-Board is solidly constructed, and performs up to spec

Cons: -Fan header placement. Seriously guys, what were you thinking? No fan headers for case fans at the top of the mainboard? Except for the CPU, they're all at the bottom. Glad I have a fan controller.
-The E2200 NIC is marketing fluff. PC enthusiasts know the Intel NIC, and swear by it, and the drivers are rock solid. Leave off the KN and drop the price a little, or add two Intel NICs like one of your top-ranked competitors.
-Any time I upgrade the BIOS, the system goes to default settings. I've owned three GB boards in a row; they should have made it possible to save settings through a BIOS flash long ago. It shouldn't be that hard to do, and people who tweak don't want to have to write down every setting change they've ever made on a premium board with tons of them. Once again, a pain.

Other Thoughts: As a long-time Gigabyte customer, this is a great board. However, it's the little things that make a board stand out at each price point. The Black program is one of those --but Gigabyte needs to do just a little more to ensure they stand out against their competitors.
Running with an i7-4790k Devil's Canyon, 4 x 4GB RipJaws running in XMP 1866MHz CAS 9 CL2, two XFX DD Black R9 280x cards in Crossfire, X-Fi Titanium PCIe, Velociraptor 600GB and WD Black 1TB hard disks, NEC DVDRW, in a Corsair 650D case

Black 200mm Case Fan 1000RPM
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Acceptable, but not great 07/24/2014

This review is from: Black 200mm Case Fan 1000RPM

Pros: The fans have a reasonable life. I had one as the intake fan in my Corsair 650D for several years, without issues.

Cons: NewEgg sells this fan for a fair bit more than the OEM.
The fan costs more than the higher quality, higher airflow, lower noise BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm, or the CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200mm which NewEgg also carries; I have owned all three.

Other Thoughts: At a full 12 volts, this fan gets a bit whiny. It is much more tolerable lowered to about 7.5v with a fan controller, but you get less airflow. Cooler Master's MegaFlow 200mm and BitFenix's Spectre Pro 200mm operate at their full 12v with much better noise quality. I would purchase these from NewEgg rather than the Corsair.


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Display Name: Douglas T.

Date Joined: 07/14/01

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  • First Review: 10/14/05
  • Last Review: 03/14/15
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