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This review is from: Rosewill PCIE FireWire 1394a Card 2+1 Ports Model RC-504
Pros: Real life-saver. I've got an older g31 board that doesn't have many PCI slots. The only slot I had left was a 1x and I needed firewire for a DV deck, though for such an old technology, I wasn't willing to pay too much. This was the perfect fit for my budget and motherboard and works perfectly as well.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Processor BX80570E8500
Pros: I've had this processor for about three years now and it's taken a ton of abuse and is still going strong. Overclocked on stock cooling for the better part of these three years to 3.6 GHz and now at 3.95GHz with Shin Etsu and an aftermarket cooler. Reports of 4.5GHz are absolutely crazy though, as I'm fairly sure there's no way to volt up enough to get that clock stable.
Cons: Well, nothing that isn't advertised. Obviously you can't volt it too high or get a good overclock off stock cooling. Nothing surprising there, so they shouldn't really be counted as cons.
Other Thoughts: Though the age of the Core 2 Duo is coming to an end not long after it began, I'm sure it would be perfect for an everyday desktop user. For the newest video editing and gaming rigs, though... it does fine for me, but I can see it having a bit of a hard time. Might be time for an upgrade soon. Too bad it's LGA775 and incompatible with anything i5 or i7... going to need a new motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XIGMATEK ACK-I5361 Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 Compatible Bracket Set
Pros: Provides a way to mount the heatsink for those of us who don't have the stock mount. Never saw it, so I don't know the terminology, excuse me for that.
Cons: Does not fit my G31 LGA775 board. Screws only easily fit on one side, and with entirely too much effort, fit diagonally across from each other, providing enough support to hold the heatsink in place, despite not using all four screws.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't have used this it all if I had the original mount, but alas, the heatsink was obtained used (or possibly not, there wasn't any thermal compound residue, it's hard to tell) (and the heatsink is a great product, in stark contrast to this mount) and as such, it did not include the mount (presumably still in use for another heatsink by its original owner).
I'm still happy that this mount exists, without it I could not use my heatsink at all, but possibly the sale of the stock mount or something specifically designed for different chipsets might be something to consider.