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This review is from: NZXT RL-KRG10-W1 Sleeve Kraken G10 GPU Bracket
Pros: Works really well. Fits the cooler to the card, instructions are pretty simple. Looks really good - I got the white bracket to match my white case with white cabling. It's a cool combo with UV lights :)
I have this on an AMD 7950, 29c idle and 51 under load (Furmark extreme for 3 hours, never broke 51c).
Cons: There are no stops on the screws to mount the cooler to the GPU, so if you aren't paying attention, you WILL over-tighten the screws and bend your PCB! A little bend is ok - but make sure you pay attention!
Other Thoughts: Don't match this to a Corsair cooler - their pipes are way too short. I barely reach the front intake fan port on my smaller-than-average mid-tower case. "Why don't you put it on the rear fan port?" Because that's where the CPU radiator goes, of course!
If you match this to an AMD card, MAKE SURE you are aware of the GPU die and whether or not you need a copper shim, like I did. more information about this is on the manufacturer's website, NZXT.
This review is from: NZXT S340 White Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: "Simple elegance" is what I like to call things like this case! Not a whole lot going on visually - in a good way. Nothing to distract you from the sleek white steel and large side panel. Hiding the HDD and PSU under a built-in shroud with smart, accommodating cable management really makes any PC build in this case look stunning.
Easy mount location for 2x120 or 2x140 radiator at the front of the case. I have an old Corsair H60 that fits just fine on the rear fan location, though.
Cons: The back panel has no "bulge" in it to accommodate all the cables you will be routing. Trying to make the cables fit nicely (and attractively) next to the PSU or behind the white shroud is quite difficult.
As you can see from the pictures, there is no ODD drive slot - so I hope you have your OS pre-installed or ready to boot from USB drive!
The rear screws (for removing side panels and PSU bracket) are a bit finicky to get in and out of the holes. If you aren't tinkering with your PC all the time (like I am) then this really wouldn't be a problem.
Not a lot of space for HDD's. You get 3 spots for HDD (not including the SSD spots on top the PSU shroud), which you BETTER INSTALL BEFORE THE PSU. Your PSU cables will be in the way for accessing the HDD screw holes (which you can only reach on the right side of the HDD's). I used thumb screws to make it easier to fit my hand in and twist when working on HDD's.
PSU shroud is built right up to the 7th PCI slot, so a 3-way GPU setup will not work with any motherboards with the 3rd PCI-E slot in the 7th position. Not a huge con for me, but it might be for some.
Other Thoughts: My wife told me not to buy any more computer parts, but then I purchased this case anyway. I told my wife "honey, this case is so beautiful, I said to myself that I simply MUST build my PC inside of it." She was so mad...but when she got home, she looked at it and said "honey, you are right...that really is beautiful."
I purchased white-sleeved cables for the mobo power and GPU's, I plan to buy the NZXT Kraken G10 for the GPU's to complete the "white" theme. I also have UV tubes hidden behind the white portions of the side panel to make the white innards glow. It really is a beautiful case.
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."READ FULL REVIEW