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GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent cooler for 7950/7970 02/17/2014

This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler

Pros: First I should note that I did not use the thermal pads, I used thermal epoxy from AC TwinTurbo units I had left over.

This dropped the temps on my LTC mining XFX 7950 from 75-80 C to 50-55C, and an XFX 7970 from 79-84 C to 60-64 C.

Cons: These may not work with Sapphire 7950s because the gpu sits too far below the metal support on the car (conversely, the copper step on the heatsink does not protrude far enough).

Other Thoughts: I would like to see far better heatsinks because the ram and vrm get exceedingly hot. I took several 70x70 mm heatsinks from Enzotech and cut them into strips 3 or 4 fins wide (3 works perfectly for the vrms). I am also going to try Enzotech mosfet heatsinks and shorten them (14 mm or less).

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Rosewill RDRD-11006 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs easy to install, outer threads are fine thread (for cdrom screws) 12/08/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RDRD-11006 3.5" HDD Mounting Kit for 5.25" Drive Bay

Pros: These have plenty of options for mounting holes on the interior.

Cons: The external holes are tapped for the metric fine-threaded screws used to mount cdroms. This is inconvenient and it would be much easier to install if they had the standard HD screw threads.

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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs not ideal for multiple video cards 12/08/2013

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: This is a follow up to my previous review because I forgot to mention anything regarding the pci-e slots.

Cons: The placement of the pci-e slots makes it less than ideal for having more than 1 dual-slot graphics card. I have 2 x 7950s in here and there is only a few mm between the fans of the primary card and the back of the second. On top of that, there is only a few mm between the fans of the second video card and the bottom of the motherboard (so for a smaller case, such as my thermaltake v3). This means the power supply is very close to the psu. I replaced the stock fans; one ac tt ii and one gelid. The ac would not fit at all, but the gelid did, though I had to forego using the mounting screw. Instead, I used a cable tie to pull the bracket toward the first card, otherwise the fans would not clear the psu.

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Display Name: Benj F.

Date Joined: 05/29/01

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  • First Review: 07/13/01
  • Last Review: 02/17/14
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