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A4Tech KL-5 2-Tone 88 Normal Keys 7 Function Keys USB or PS/2 Mini X-Slim Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: small footprint, no numeric pad, wired. layout intended to be someone more ergonomic than the usual (ymmv). Media keys work fine, but a limited set not quite the ones I'd want (fixable to some extent via keybinds? dunno). I like the large enter key, but it's a bit out of the way. Works fine so far.

Cons: layout is a bit odd; 3 punctuation keys btwn L and Enter, instead of the usual 2. That took getting used to, but is workable. Noisier than you'd expect; a hollow clacking sound. Priced high for the build quality; it looks and feels quite a bit lower end than the usual cheap name keyboards.

Other Thoughts: I wanted something less wide than the usual 110key, to ease strain on my shoulders from long sessions. It does fine for that. I do wish it made less noise, but otherwise it seems ok. The price is a bit high for the el cheapo materials.

ARCTIC F9 PWM Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 92mm PWM Speed Control,  43CFM at 23dBA
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs mixed blessing, doesn't help w/ warm rig much 08/07/2013

This review is from: ARCTIC F9 PWM Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 92mm PWM Speed Control, 43CFM at 23dBA

Pros: variable speed (pwm), *very* quiet at low speed, moves slightly more air than my stock case fan at high speed, and at full speed my cpu temp shows a few degrees cooler. Decent fan, just not able to make any kind of dent in my slightly too warm mid tower.

Cons: noisy (too noisy for me) when it spins up under load. The end result of swapping a 3pin fixed speed case fan for this fancier pwm fan is that the temp bounces in a range 0-4C cooler than I had w/ the stock fan. At speed it is quite audible. So, not really a great trade off, as the peak temp is no better, and tying it into the cpu temp control loop just had it cycling (in my case, yours may very well be different).

Other Thoughts: this might work well for someone else. My case is struggling a bit w/ temp due to upgrades, and in my rig this fan really doesn't help much (and increases noise). For a case closer to thermal balance than mine maybe it'd be good, but for me it's no good. My cpu and gpu are both running 67C under full load, and using this instead of the stock case fan doesn't change the peak temp of either. It does cause the cpu to cycle btwn 62-67 for me, but so what...and it's too noisy at full tilt.

Rosewill 90mm Computer Case Fan (Case Cooling Fan) - PCI Slot, Super Quiet Fan; RFX-100B
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: does drop my cpu temp under load a fair amount (by giving the hot gpu air somewhere to go, apparently)

Cons: doesn't drop my gpu load temp at all
way, way too loud, just unacceptable. A whoosh noise (likely due to the grating and the internal air dam), and a high pitched whine (the fan itself). Simply not something I can leave in there as is. I don't own a dremel, so I'm not sure I'll have much luck trying to make it quieter.

Other Thoughts: I'm trying to cool a Gateway mini tower that has a gtx660 stuffed in it; obviously more heat than a stock i7 igp. So I'm beyond the design intent a bit, although a 660 is pretty efficient for current tech. This slot cooler does a little exhaust hot air, and dropped my cpu temp by 5C, despite being necessarily below the gpu due to mobo slot placement. I've read of folks who've modded this cooler to increase airflow and decrease noise, I'll try that next. Cheap enough to discard, worse case. I think there are better ways to cool a warm tower than this, if you care at all about noise (unless you are able to mod it, and thereby decrease the noise...maybe??).


Christopher B.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 12/12/05

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 09/09/08
  • Last Review: 08/31/14
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