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ASUS VX279Q Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Sleek, very thin bezel, looked very good on my desk.

Cons: 1920x1080 is very pixellated at 27". This monitor might look good, have a fast response time, nice color, etc., but that means nothing to me if I can actually see the pixels in diagonal lines. I RMAed it.

Other Thoughts: Coming from an old Dell Ultrasharp 24" monitor, I was expecting better resolution, smoother lines, and somewhat crisp text. As soon as the "Asus" splash screen appeared, I noticed the pixellation. I really think we are all becoming spoiled by the high resolution smartphones and tablets. I would spring for one of the higher end Asus monitors. Don't get caught up in the "outer beauty" of this one.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Effective cooling, low price 08/01/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan

Pros: It's rare to get this kind of performance for such a low price. At $35, I wasn't expecting much from this cooler. It actually keeps my Haswell cpu under control, as long as it isn't overclocked too hard.

Cons: The mounts can be a pain, but they aren't that hard to figure out.

Other Thoughts: This cooler isn't as good as my old trusty Noctua cooler, but it comes in at a much lower price point too. If you intend to overclock hard, I would pay more for better cooling. Otherwise, this cooler is great.

Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs strong. Overclocked easily to 4.7ghz with an inexpensive Hyper 212Evo cooler. This is plenty fast enough for my needs.

Cons: Runs hot. In a Gigabyte Z97 board with default bios settings, it was hitting 100C under load! As many other people did, I checked the cooler thinking it wasn't mounted right, but it was fine. I guess the 4790k really does run that hot. I'd suggest going into the bios and getting the temps under control before doing anything else.

Other Thoughts: This is a very fast, very hot cpu. I think Gigabyte boards are somewhat overclocked right out of the box. I found out that "Auto" translates to "as fast as possible," so you might have to go in and set some things manually just to get the temps down.


Scott F.'s Profile

Display Name: Scott F.

Date Joined: 03/02/06

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 11/14/06
  • Last Review: 07/08/15
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