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Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Case has a lot going for it. The side panels are about 20 LB's each, primarily because they are made of the same material that Wolverine's skeleton is. Everything about the case is well thought out and functional. It's like as if in the 20-ish years of computer building, a company sat down and came up with the notion that 1. a case wouldn't be a gigantic plastic clump and 2. not look like an alien sneezed on it. Quiet, and has the capability of hooking up to three fans on its 5/7/12v fan switch. Hard Drive trays are full metal, have a removable section and can accommodate anything from the 80 GB SATA I drive that sounds like a coffee maker to a ultra high speed SSD that will die before it.

Cons: Weighs about 27 LBs empty, so if you go hog wild and add tons of stuff you will have a heavy computer. Not sure why this is a con, as my computer stays there and I like the challenge. Not a LAN party case, but those don't exist anymore so you're ok. Had a Motherboard standoff snap due to my beast-like strength.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Is about the size of a car radiator, capable of cooling the surface of the sun, or AMD FX chips. Prime95 runs a solid 20 degrees cooler than the stock fan AMD provides. Quiet, can't hear over the sound of people complaining about how big it is or why I need it. Easy enough installation, had to remove motherboard to do so. Found out my blood type by the large amounts of blood that escaped my body because of it.

Cons: Fins made out of scalpels, will cut you while installing (maybe you're into that). Won't fit in small cases, because big things don't fit in small places. Instructions are fine, but might as well have been written in wingdings as the pictures seem to be enough.

Other Thoughts: It works, takes a bit work to get it right, especially with those weird mount screws, but its solid. Good buy if you don't go watercooling. AMD stock fan sounds like a jet engine compared to this and had the cooling capability of a soda can taped to a processor. I swear they have been handing out the same heatsink since K7.

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Right between an i5 and i7 in performance benchmarks, for less than both. Idle's around 31 c. AMD gives a lot of bang for the buck. Boards are typically cheaper for more features. Heard this has a lot of overclocking potential, but would need better cooling.

Cons: Heatsink itself (the base of it) comes pretty rough. Still uses the old pin system on the chip, which can lead to bent pins. Heatsink latch seems to leave a lot to be desired. Higher power consumption, but not by much. Run hotter than Intel stuff.

Other Thoughts: I took the heatsink and saw the base is pretty rough. Took wet sandpaper and rubbed it down. I took the stock heatpaste off and put AS-5 down. Full load under Prime95 tops at about 60c under the ASrock utility, but those measurements are notoriously bad. It does the job, just don't expect miracles. Can't really complain much about the new chip, it performs better than expected. Outpaced a Xeon 4 Core / 8 Thread with triple-channel memory by a good 100 pts in Cinebench.

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Display Name: Greg C.

Date Joined: 06/16/05

  • Reviews: 31
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 09/07/05
  • Last Review: 04/25/14
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