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Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Disappointing, lousy compared to the Hyper 212 10/21/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Better than stock cooler
Quiet
Easy to mount (AMD, no backplate to deal with)
fan uses a rifle bearing so it is safe for horizontal use
inexpensive after rebate ~$15 in this case
Clears normal height ram in N/S orientation

Cons: Just barley handles a measly 300MHz OC on a Phenom II 965 (vcore = 1.3250)
58-59C during prime

A hyper 212 evo can handle 4.2GHZ on this chip with a vcore of 1.4125 with the same or better temps, but that requires a wind tunnel for a case

With a AMD socket you can ONLY mount it in the N/S orientation, definitely not optional for the budget 90s case i am using

thermal paste is in a cheap tear open bag, not a nice easy to apply tube

Intel backplate is plastic

Other Thoughts: Got this for a budget AMD system for a very mild 300Mhz OC
was hoping it to be able to handle 4Ghz, but it struggles at 3.7

this thing is closer to a Hyper TX3 than a Hyper 212

the fan is rated for 600-1800 RPMs, more like 400-1500
i had to set the fan to performance mode on the motherboard to get it to not complain about low rpms

Would i recommend this to anyone?
Only if you want silence at stock clock speeds (may as well get a Hyper TX3 for this situation)
I would never recommend this for overclocking, it sucks at it (unless CM provides lousy paste with this and the TX3/212 have better stuff)


I have used a Hyper TX3, Hyper 212 Evo, and a NH-D14 before this cooler

*My hyper 212 evo use was in a case with far superior airflow (rosewill challenger)
*All test used same mobo/cpu

-1 egg for orientation limitation with amd
-1 egg for being a pathetic OC cooler

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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router, Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port, 3 Detachable Antennas / IP QoS/ QSS Button
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I set this up at my moms a few weeks ago and it is working great, it is able o get good speeds on wifi (considering it is wireless N not AC)
It has a option to enable Wireless N 450, i can't test this as my laptop only has wireless N 300

It is DD-WRT compatible, you just have to use a beta build ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/
i have not found any reason to replace the stock firmware (which is still maintained by TP Link) aside from more DDNs providers

Gigabit LAN, given the rate our ISP's speed is growing (min speed has been doubling the past 3 or 4 years every year, at this rate gigabit will be required to fully use it by next year)

really large detachable antenna

Cons: Wireless N is not as fast as you think, unless you are close enough you should be using a wire you will get about 32Mbps over wireless N, While wireless N is rated at 300Mbps, most of it is consumed is overhead (at close range it can do about 62Mbps)

Getting it wall mounted is little tricky when it comes to antenna locations and wires
No wall-mounting screws are provided (my buffalo router came with them and so did my asus switch)

For proper cooling this thing should be wall mounted, however the layout was designed for sitting on a desk, only ventilation is on the bottom since heat rises it is best to wall mount to for cooling, keeping hardware cool will extend it's life

Other Thoughts: if you are looking for a budget router for use in today's world go for it
If you need over 30Mbps over wifi you should get a wireless AC router you will also need to be sure your other hardware has a wireless AC card (beware most laptops have a BIOS lock on the card, that will not let it boot without a approved card)
if you have several devices using your wifi at the same time you should definitely get a dual band router

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D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N300 Router, 4-Port Switch, DD-WRT Open Source support
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap
Works
Gets the job done

Cons: Stock firmware is junk, the wifi crashed in under a week, luckily this was the week the DDWRT dev's fixed the crashing wifi bug on the Atheros based chips and released the 23720 build
No usb port
No gigabit lan

Other Thoughts: I threw DD-WRT build #23720 and it has run without a issue for a few months.
My neighbor got this for $15 one day as a shell shocker sale
It was the DIR-615-I1 reversion

I set the wifi to run on the 20 MHz channel width for better range (range > speed)
* running on the 20 MHz channel width limits the speed to 144Mbps which after overhead is about 3MB/s

Some people reported wifi crashing on the 23720 build with a high number if wireless clients so i would not suggest this for a business environment's public WiFi

I have also setup a DIR-615-E3 (not from newegg) with that DDWRT build, too soon to know if it is stable on that but when using dynamic 20/40 and turbo 40 channel width my client old's wireless G laptop could not see the access point. i think that laptop has a Intel 3945ABG card in it, both linux and windows had this issue, only wireless device i had was that laptop so i don't know if it was the router or the laptop that was the issue

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Display Name: Chad M.

Date Joined: 08/05/11

  • Reviews: 37
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  • First Review: 12/03/11
  • Last Review: 08/26/14
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