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Rosewill RCX-Z100 One ball bearing for over 45000/hrs life CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs False advertisement apparently part of their business model 03/04/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z100 One ball bearing for over 45000/hrs life CPU Cooler

Pros: Nice CPU cooler for an aging socket (A / 462).
Copper base for better heat absorption.
Quiet (until now anyway).

AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (Barton Core) @ stock settings with Artic Silver Ceramique 2.
Idle temp @ ~44C
Load temp @ ~57C

Cons: Poor housing design.
Difficult to install
Hasn't lasted as long as the original fans that came with my case (10+ yrs. and counting).
False advertisement as a business model. Claims 5 yr. (45000 hr.) fan life-expectancy. Mine is dying in under 3 yrs of use and they won't RMA because the 1yr. limited warranty expired. Don't make claims about a product if you're not prepared to uphold them.

Other Thoughts: The fan housing is a worthless piece of structurally insufficient, and airflow-losing garbage. Take a close look at the picture and you'll see slots running all along the outside of the housing. Those slots allow air to escape from the side, instead of being forced down onto the heatsink. Not even docking an egg for it.

Structure (-1 egg)
The main problem is that the (minimal amount of) plastic they used to make the housing is SO structurally insufficient, that if you screw it down onto the heatsink too tight, it will warp out of shape and come into contact with the fan blades. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that's not a good thing. Since there's no real mounting solution on the heatsink (the screws just wedge in between a couple fins), there's not enough support to keep the fan from flexing. This tells me they tried to cut costs by sacrificing material.

Longevity (-1 egg)
As stated previously, my original case fans (80mm and 10+ yrs. old) outlasted this thing, and they're STILL going strong with no signs of quitting.

At times this CPU-fan sounds like it's about to break loose and sprawl through my case, killing everything inside. That is when it's not spinning down to UNREADABLE RPM levels. I've seen it run as high as ~2100 RPM. As I write this it's hovering between 1700 and 1800 RPM. Earlier, the fan was running SO slow I could clearly see the logo on the sticker spinning at the center. Not cool at all (no pun intended).

False advertisement (-all eggs) This would be a 0 egg review if I could do it. I hope you like losing my business and anyone else I can turn away from your products.

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Rosewill RCX-Z100 One ball bearing for over 45000/hrs life CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Worked for a couple years... 03/04/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z100 One ball bearing for over 45000/hrs life CPU Cooler

Pros: Nice HSF for an aging socket (A / 462).
Copper base for better heat absorption.
Quiet (until now anyway).

AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (Barton Core) @ stock settings with Artic Silver Ceramique 2.
Idle temp @ ~44C
Load temp @ ~57C

Cons: Poor housing design.
Hasn't lasted as long as the original Antec fans that came with my case (10+ yrs. and counting).

Other Thoughts: The fan housing is a worthless piece of structurally insufficient, and airflow-losing garbage. Take a close look at the picture and you'll see slots running all along the outside of the housing. Those slots allow air to escape from the side, instead of being forced down onto the heatsink. I fixed it with some tape. Not even docking an egg for it.

Structure (-1 egg)
The main problem is that the (minimal amount of) plastic they used to make the housing is SO structurally insufficient, that if you screw it down onto the heatsink too tight, it will warp out of shape and come into contact with the fan blades. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that's not a good thing. Since there's no real mounting solution on the heatsink (the screws just wedge in between a couple fins), there's not enough support to keep the fan from flexing. This tells me they tried to cut costs by sacrificing material.

Longevity (-1 egg)
As stated previously, my original Antec case fans (80mm and 10+ yrs. old) outlasted this thing, and they're STILL going strong with no signs of quitting.

At times this CPU-fan sounds like it's about to break loose and sprawl through my case, killing everything inside. That is when it's not spinning down to UNREADABLE RPM levels. I've seen it run as high as ~2100 RPM. As I write this it's hovering between 1700 and 1800 RPM. Earlier, the fan was running SO slow I could clearly see the logo on the sticker spinning at the center. Not cool at all (no pun intended).

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BYTECC IDE Adaptor IDE to SATA Converter For Drive
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Great idea! Horrible execution... 02/04/2013

This review is from: BYTECC IDE Adaptor IDE to SATA Converter For Drive

Pros: Easily convert a SATA device to work with your existing PATA/IDE interface.

Comes with a molex-to-floppy power adapter, in case you don't have a spare floppy power cable on your PSU.

Works seamlessly, until it breaks.

Cons: The product has NO structural support whatsoever. The SATA connecter WILL bend, and the leads connecting it to the PCB (circuit board) will break, leaving you with an inoperable unit.

Other Thoughts: Couldn't test if the device would connect an IDE device to a SATA interface, because it broke :/

I would recommend buying an appropriate SATA/PATA/RAID controller card for your needs instead of this unit.

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Display Name: Chris V.

Date Joined: 05/02/09

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  • First Review: 05/26/09
  • Last Review: 03/04/13
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