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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Lucifer V2 CPU Cooler 6 Heatpipes 140mm Silent PWM Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy instal. Great PWM control. Excellent Value compared to liquid cooling. Fanless it will cool most any non-overclocked CPU all day. (My i5 4670k barely got above 35c idle not overclocked with this cooler in fanless mode.)
Using the ASUS Z87 Ai Suite I am able to slow the fan down to 300 RPM and make it completely silent under normal usage.

Cons: Tricky install if you don't follow these steps.

Other Thoughts: Before you start, assemble the mounting hardware for your particular socket aligning the correct slots in the mounting brackets for your CPU (be aware of the three bolt pattern on the back plate of the 1150 MB-keep mounting brackets vertical) and tighten it all up -checking that the longer end of the cooler (the one with the long slender key way) will face towards the back of the case. Then, detach only the base plate and insulation pillars. Place the back plate with bolts through the mounting holes on your MB being sure to align it with the three holes on the base plate to assure you get it right. Then, hold the base plate while placing two insulation pillars for one side and attach that mounting bracket loosely with nuts. Then do the other side. Then hand-tighten them all down. Now take off the retention plate. Apply thermal paste (arctic silver 5 or your favorite) Make sure to remove sticker from heat sink base NOW! Now insert the retention plate into the cooler and lower it onto the mounting brackets. They should line up perfectly. Begin with a long screwdriver and attach the mounting bracket to the rear (down through the key way groove) until it catches for a few threads, then screw in the mounting bracket closest to the memory. Tighten them both until they are snug and won't turn without force. Mount the fan on either side, being sure to utilize the extra fan cable efficiently, and also making sure the fan does not either hang too high or too low for your system, and then plug it into your CPU fan header. Done. If you are confident of space, you can mount the fan before installation and save some pinched fingers. It's that simple. This thing really does compete with closed loop water cooling so enjoy! Running fanless will increase temps on hard working systems. Beware: only go fanless if you are planning to NOT overclock. My temps jumped up over 100c when overclocking fanless...

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DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Lucifer V2 CPU Cooler 6 Heatpipes 140mm Silent PWM Fan
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extremely good cooling performance on i5-4670k. Zero memory interference on ASUS z87 Pro. (About 3/4" of space between the cooler fins and the memory.) Price is very good considering how well this cools. Solid mounting solution. Truly silent fan (at low RPMs which is all this really ever need even under load.)

Cons: Too big for a lot of cases. Needed to find a very long (7"+) screw driver to drive the mounting screw at the bottom of the key way cut into all the fins just for this purpose.

Other Thoughts: I benchmarked the Lucifer V2 against the Corsair H110 that was already in my case and it performed admirably. Was able to maintain my 4.3GHz OC with only slightly higher temps!

Stock i5 4670k @ 3.4GHz w/ 8GB 1866 Sniper
Idle: 25c
PC Mark 8: H110: 40c LV2: 47c
Cinebench: H110:50c LV2: 53c
AIDA64 Extreme: H110: 55c LV2: 58c
Heaven: H110: 43c LV2: 36c

i5 4670K OC to 4.3GHz (max my cpu will reach) w/ 8GB 1866 Sniper
Idle: 25c
PC Mark 8: H110: 71c LV2: 68c (!)
Cinebench: H110:62c LV2: 67c
AIDA64 Extreme: H110: 70c LV2: 72c
Heaven: H110: 54c LV2: 56c

A trick to make installation very easy is to assemble the mounting hardware including the base plate and rubber sleeves first, outside of the case, then detach the base plate. leaving the mounting brackets and retention plate secured to each other they hold the perfect position for the base plate screws to fit right back in to secure the brackets to the MB. Then take off the retention plate and seat the cooler. This tower of a cooler just fits into my Corsair C70 case with 1/4" to spare. With the pipes mounted vertically and the fan set to pull air through the cooler towards the back I had zero memory conflicts. The C70 has a perfect cutout in the MB tray so I didn't have to remove it from the case to get to the back plate. The fan is very quiet -didn't up the acoustics of my case at all. I'm actually considering keeping this cooler in my case instead of swapping back to the H110. It's that good.

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NETGEAR FS205 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very Small, 5 ports, not four, streams multiple Netflix / 4mazon videos simultaneously with no problem, stays cool under load, super simple setup (just plug and play literally.) Very low price.

Cons: 10/100 is only good for streaming video and general use. If you plan to ever move large files or huge folders you should pay the extra money and go with a gigabit switch. This thing is painfully slow at moving a 1- or 2-GB movie file. (only got around 20-30Mbps at most and sometimes slows to <10Mbps... Took almost 6 minutes to transfer a 1.8GB movie file...) It is so light you'll need to secure it somehow to keep cables from moving it around.

Other Thoughts: This switch is exactly as billed: 10/100 for $15 (on sale) I would never pay $25 for it when $30 would get me a decent gigabit switch. It just works when you hook it up, but getting it to sit still while moving cables is impossible unless you strap it down with something. If I was going to carry it around all day its weight might be a good thing, but this unit is a set and forget so it would be nice if they included some way to hold it in place (even good rubber feet would help but this thing is smooth on all sides so it just wants to travel.)

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