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This review is from: SilenX EFX-12-15 120mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan
Pros: Inexpensive for a fluid dynamic bearing fan. Very quiet operation. Good CFM flow for fan speed. Two power options.
Cons: Does not have variable control.
Other Thoughts: The included silicone mounts decrease fan noise on the side case mount position. Use regular fan screws for rear position. Dropped CPU temperatures by 7*C on a Phenom II 965 @ 4.0 GHz system replacing the rear and side fans in an Antec 300 Series case with stock fans.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Diablo III PC / Mac Game
Pros: This game runs on a variety of systems. Even users with laptops having integrated graphics (Intel HD 4000, AMD's A4, A6 and A8 series) can enjoy the game. Combat is simple and straightforward. The story is great and the game is well laid out.
Cons: The main campaign is short, but more challenging difficulties are offered.
Other Thoughts: Despite the number of "core" players out there who hate this game and give it 1 egg here, the game is worth checking out and enjoying. No one can deny that it was released early, but would you rather wait another year for all the content or play now and get it free with a patch?
Diablo 2 had similar complaints when it was released. Future patches addressed issues and now that game is considered Godly and Untouchable. The same will be said about Diablo 3 ten years from now.
Intel HD 3000 graphics and below run like molasses on this game. Even with an i5 or i7 and low settings, it still comes to a crawl. If getting a laptop, make sure you get one of AMD's A-series chips, preferably A6 or A8. The new A10 trinity chips run it GREAT! If you have a desktop, invest in a $60 Radeon 6670 card and you'll be able to play up to 1080p with even a modest dual-core processor.
Pros: This chip quite frankly is the best price/performance ratio of any chip on an AM2+/AM3/AM3+ motherboard. 6MB of L3 cache is a nice benefit. Also the stock cooler is FANTASTIC despite what you may read about OEM coolers. The cooler I received had a copper base with copper heat pipes extending through an aluminum cooler. The cooler by itself is worth $25-30 on its own. I clocked this at 3.8 GHz on air and stock voltages and passed Prime95 and did SuperPI 1M in just over 18s.
I was able to get a stable overclock at 4.0GHz on air and 1.4v, but I always lower clocks 5% after a stable run, so 3.8 GHz is where I left it.
Again, I want to point out that the stock cooler supports air cooling at 4.0 GHz with proper case ventilation.
Cons: For gaming and amateur home video editing this is great. Anything that is time-critical or professional you should be looking elsewhere in the market and check benchmarks for the applications that are critical to you.
Other Thoughts: You really can't get better performance at this end of the market. Sure, in an unnamed FPS shooter the Core i5 may get 100 FPS, the Core i3 gets 80 FPS and the Phenom 965 gets 70 FPS, but your monitor still only displays 60 FPS and the average human can't distinguish higher that 60 FPS anyway.
If you're a gamer on a budget, pair this chip with a 970 chipset AM3+ board, a Radeon 7770 or 6850 and 8GB of DDR3 RAM you can't go wrong for under $350 for a complete upgrade that plays all of today's titles in 1080p at 60 FPS or higher. (The FX-4100 is also an option, but this chip out performs it.)
This chip also is a good final upgrade for AM2+ boards. You can even put it in your new AM3+ board when you eventually upgrade.