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XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Use tweezers to insert the rubber mounts 10/05/2012

This review is from: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

Pros: 37-60C temps on i5 @4.4 Ghz with SpeedStep enabled.
Mounting system allows removing heatsink without removing mobo, like certain others.
Super price/performance.
Fits perfectly in my HEC Blitz case.

Cons: Fan felt unbalanced spinning by hand and hummed when plugged in - had to toss it.
So many small parts and many more wrong ways to fit them together. Simple drawings don't convey the complexity of installation, a video would be more appropriate. This is not supposed to be a puzzle. But the results are worth the surprising effort required - if you don't break something.

Other Thoughts: Use tweezers to insert the rubber mounts all the way in !!
I like the three fat heapipes and cool fin shape :)

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Priced similarly to competing Sandforce 2281 ONFI synchronous 180GB drives.
Read performance running my search application is identical.
My first SSD under 1$ per GB !
32nm Toshiba toggle nand permits more write cycles than the smaller nm devices.

Cons: Write speed measured by running my indexing application was couple percent lower than the 2281 based ONFI synchronous drive. But it's not enough to make me change preference.

Other Thoughts: I've bought three different SSD brands so far. Never had a problem with any of them. Performance is within a few percent for all. They are all fast enough, so I buy based on price.

I prefer Sandforce because they don't burn up as many write cycles for garbage collection as Marvell. The performance difference is insignificant.

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ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Handles 32GB - not 16GB as in spec 02/17/2012

This review is from: ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: So far I tried the 870 and 880g based mobos I checked which spec states max 16GB ram take 32GB - this one included.
No complaints from memtest86, or me. Memtest86 shows DOUBLE the memory bandwidth of my 4x and 6x Phenoms.
Semi-auto FX 4100 overclock to 4.67 GHZ !!!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This mobo + FX 4100 blows away all Phenoms for integer performance. I saw it myself.

I almost didn't go with FX 4100 cos of all the 2nd hand shill opinions out there..
It's unbeatable for my purposes.

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Arthur C.'s Profile

Display Name: Arthur C.

Date Joined: 05/05/06

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 10/24/09
  • Last Review: 10/05/12
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