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Pros: Overall, this isn't bad software, there's parts of it that could use a little extra polishing and better explanations, but not too bad.

Cons: -Although this software SAYS it comes with State, (which it does) You have to pay an additional 19.95 in order to efile your state return. WHAT THE EVERLOVING HECK?

I really don't mind paying a set fee for the software, but when it says Deluxe+State, I ASSUME that allows me to file a free state return to accompany my federal return.

Other Thoughts: No. I wouldn't recommend this software. Go to any number of websites that allow you to file online. You shouldn't get bilked an additional 20 bucks to efile your state return when the software CLAIMS it comes with state.

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ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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4 out of 5 eggs With a little work.... 12/19/2014

This review is from: ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: Now that I replaced the fan, it's perfect

Cons: Had to replace the fan

Other Thoughts: I wrote the previous review as well, in which I complained about fan noise. ECS told me to enable the smart fan controller.
I did, the problem was that when I set it to "quiet" or "silent" operation, it would run that way until the temps built up. The fan would then spin like a banshee for about thirty seconds and then slow again. Very annoying. The problem has been fixed. I purchased a 40mm Noctua fan to replace the stock fan, and the temps are better, and the computer runs completely silently. Good board, stock poor fan. It does the trick, but it's annoying beyond words until the fan is replaced. That is all.

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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 version)
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Pros: +Decent cooling.
+Inexpensive

Cons: Fan can get a bit loud when spinning at 100%.
Thankfully, this only happens when your computer is really loaded. Normally it's pretty quiet.

Other Thoughts: Picked one up when there was a 20.00 dollar rebate, making my net cost < a Hamilton.

Finally installed it with my Ivy Bridge i5 clocked at 4.3 ghz, replaced my aging Corsair H60.

Cooling is comparable, but without the annoying pump on the Corsair.

In my mid tower system I max out at about 81c running Prime 95.
No complaints, until the fan really spins up it's not annoying.

For the price, it's just really hard to beat this cooler. I'd probably compare this cooler to a Hyper 212+ for cooling, although putting this together was a bit easier.

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Stephen R.'s Profile

Display Name: Stephen R.

Date Joined: 04/30/05

  • Reviews: 47
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  • First Review: 12/29/09
  • Last Review: 03/31/16
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