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This review is from: Thermaltake NiC F4 (CLP0606) 120mm CPU Cooler
Pros: Cools much better than stock heatsink, and looks great in my case. It is nice and big, with plenty of mass. The whole thing seems well-designed, and well-built. It fit in my in win case with around an inch to spare (it has a protruding clear case, but it would probably fit inside a regular one, though barely). It has nice mounting gear so that once installed, it it will only lessen its grip if you unscrew the backplate. Quieter than my GPU :p I LOVE the fan clips. just bent wires, but very easy to work with. pure genius. I couldn't imaging trying to get a screwdriver to put the fans on (which, in my build, was the very last thing to do). If it weren't for these, I would have had one or two screws holding on each fan :o
Cons: It looks they designed this to be as big and efficient as possible... but wow, it is pretty hard to install. I know install difficulty is a trade-off with efficiency and effectiveness with a heatsink, so i debated about taking an egg off at all. But... it was just such a pain to install I took one off for it ... I kept running into what seemed to be an endless series of catch-22's with the install. So I actually installed it about 4 times, despite my best pre-planning lol I installed it inside my case, but I don't see how it would be much different outside, simply because it would be very difficult to get to the MOBO screws with this behemoth in the way. I dont even know if I would be able to run necessary cables with it installed before i put the MOBO in.
Other Thoughts: Overall I am happy with the purchase. It does exactly what I want and is quiet to boot. I had some issues with my case, but the though of having to reinstall this thing again made me think again :oREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: IN WIN GT1 Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: looks and works nice.. sometimes.
Cons: Great ideas for style, too bad these things only work with good quality control. The case light/fan at the back is nice.. when it works. It flickers on and off randomly. Bad connectors. I had to go BUY some new ends and redo them. SAME for the front case fan (which killed a hard drive when it failed btw. was quite upset about it). If that wasn't enough, the front blue lights failed after a couple weeks. same bad connectors and poor QC (quality control). And, if all that wasn't enough... when it came, the cables were just dangling around in there... which wouldn't be a problem, except that it scratched the hell out of the clear side case during shipping. Yet another horrible QC issue. So, i live with my case side off because it is scratched and looks cloudy in the middle. The SATA cables that came with it are junk, too. They kept dropping drives and screwing up my data every few days. I had to get new SATA cables and those fixed the issues. Honestly, I have never seen a product with so many quality control issues. I really, really don't like giving one-star reviews, and I have never done it before. But this deserves it. It is sad, too, because this case had SO MUCH potential. :(
Other Thoughts: I should have just sent it back day 1, before the other issues showed up. I didn't want to be out the shipping or the time. That is a decision i regret :( Now I live with a junk case, a lost hard drive that cost me more to replace than the case was worth, and a slimmer wallet because of the connectors as well.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Klipsch Synergy B-20 Premium 5.25" Bookshelf Speakers Pair
Pros: Far more bass than I thought they would have judging by the specs. They handle bass much better than other speakers in the 300-600/pair range.
The highs are incredible. Loud, clear, efficient. By far the best bargain in the lower level of the high-end audio market.
Cons: A bit heavy and large for some applications (check dimensions and weight). This seems to be the sacrifice for the deepness in the low notes, but size doesn't matter as much for my application.
Other Thoughts: I have B20 pair set up as stereo speakers with a small Lepai amp (20 watts RMS/channel) instead of standard computer speakers. The sound quality of these is far better than any computer speakers I have ever heard. I don't need a sub, either. they sound amazing with movies and even better with music. I have the privilege of living near numerous high-end audio retailers, and I compared these directly to other speakers in the $300-800 /pair prices range- brands like Difinitive, MartinLogan, etc.). These simply had a better sound to them for the club/pop/accoustic music I tested with. The bass really make the sale, though. The MartinLogans dropped off fast, and the Difinitive speakers held on for a while, but these took the cake and ran with it. I prefer the clarity and detail in the high end frequencies delivered by the horn tweeters as well. These also have a higher sensitivity and far higher power-handling than their competitors as well. Listening to them in person made it clear that the Klipsch were the ones to have. And at a sale price, they simply cannot be beaten. I strongly recommend these speakers, and several of my friends have identical setups after hearing mine. :)READ FULL REVIEW