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Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works just fine! 04/29/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Easy to install. I'm using this on an AMD Phenom 955. I like this model better than the T4 because you can actually mount it the "normal" method, with the fan blowing towards the rear of your case (the 212 and T4 require AMD boards to mount the fan blowing top/bottom, because the heat pipes are in the way of the mounting bracket). Keeps my 3.6ghz at 30c idle, and about 46c load. Cheaper than the 212 EVO and a bit smaller, too. I originally purchased this because I did NOT have a stock fan to use - I needed any fan, and this one will do.

Cons: Isn't the 212 EVO, which is what I originally wanted (bigger is better, right?), but this performs just fine, if not completely the same. If I want to overclock or get an 8-core, I may still need a bigger cooler, though.

Other Thoughts: The TDP on this cooler is 130, which is just barely above the TDP for some of AMD's 8-core processors (others are above 200 TDP). Obviously if you want "better than stock" cooling you may need something bigger than this, with a higher TDP rating. For those that don't know: TDP = Thermal Design Power, if you get a cooler with a TDP that's barely equal to your CPU's TDP, then you aren't going to get much better than your stock performance. I knew this going into my purchase, because "performance" wasn't my requirement as much as "having a cooler to use on my CPU."

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ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Everything works quite fine, never had a hiccup going into my 3rd year of ownership. Overclocks anything I want to (almost) whatever I want.

Cons: Two glaring issues, but they weren't dealbreakers for me and I didn't learn about them until recently: 1, the SATA 3 controllers are kittens compared to Intel controllers. My Samsung 840 Pro tops out at 360MB/s, so it's not worth the money to RAID SSD's on this system since you'll only get 20% the performance of a single SSD on any other computer with a reputable SATA controller. Also, 2) Some of the RAM listed in the QVL is actually NOT compatible, and I've tried multiple copies of the same versions of sticks. I currently have some Corsair 1600mhz installed but it won't run at the rated speed, even with MemOK! activated, so I'm trapped with 1333mhz performance while paying the 1600mhz price (this was a year ago when RAM was a bit more expensive).

Other Thoughts: RAID 0 with SSD's wasn't even in my mind until within the last few months, so I didn't purchase this board with that in mind, and is why I have chosen not to knock off an egg over it. However, if you want to maximize your SSD performance, you'd have to get a PCIe SATA 3 controller ($35-$75) or if you want RAID 0 then you'd have to get the more expensive ones ($110-300), which isn't worth it at all when you can just get a different motherboard. If I was buying this board tomorrow, I'd only give it 4 eggs.

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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Puts out more power (and draws less power) than the GTX 280 it replaced. I got it for free thanks to working in the tech industry.

Cons: Fan gets quite loud under load.

Other Thoughts: I have not experienced any problems like the other reviewers. Seems most people leave reviews when it's either a great experience or a terrible experience, never a "normal" experience like mine.

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Display Name: Andrew H.

Date Joined: 06/25/08

  • Reviews: 45
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 01/11/08
  • Last Review: 04/29/14
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