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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazed with how well this cools my XFX HD 6870 2GB! On triple monitors, stock cooler would idle at around 60°C with a 50% fan speed, and max out at 82°C with a 80-90% fan speed. Loudest fan in my case at all times, even at the 20% minimum. This is what primarily drove me to purchase the Mono Plus - fan noise was starting to induce hulk-like rages after draining a year's worth of my patience.

After installing it, felt the need to stick my finger in the fan to make sure it was spinning! Now one of the quietest fans (regardless of the speed), and performs really solid. With the Mono Plus, card now idles at 48°C with a 50% fan speed. After a few hours of Crysis 2 (100% GPU load using 1.8GBs of RAM), MSI Afterburner registered a 64°C max temp with a 65% fan speed.

Happy to report that this cooler is now safely suppressing my inner green monster. Oh, and it keeps my card cool and quiet too.

Cons: Took a look at the install instructions online prior to receiving the cooler, instructions could use more polishing. Watched a German reviewer's You**be video installing it on a GTX670 instead, install is a lot easier than it looks.

Thanks to how well it dissipates heat, noticed an increase in my overall case temps. But the exchange of warmer case temps for a MUCH cooler and quieter GPU was a no-brainer. Skipped installing the included heatsinks, thanks to the infamously inconvenient mixture & cure process. Need to purchase thermal tape, expecting to see additional drop in overall temps.

Cooler takes up about 2.5 mobo slots, which may interfere with Crossfire depending on the placement of your PCI-E slots. But with all of the CF/micro-stuttering issues, rather hold out for the HD8xxx series.

Other Thoughts: The XFX HD 6870 2GB (XFX-687X-CNFC) board uses a 2-pin adapter, and is not compatible with the included 3-pin or 4-pin adapter. Ended up swapping the stock cooler's 2-pin clip with the Mono's 3-pin adapter. No splicing necessary, just needed to carefully remove the white plastic clip head on the adapters and route the red (voltage) and black (ground) wires correctly. The yellow wire isn't required, as it only reports RPM.

This mod should help those concerned with compatibility, as I prefer to have the card manage the fan speeds vs. my mobo or direct power from PSU.

SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still working as well! 04/29/2013

This review is from: SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter

Pros: Purchased in 2008, still does a great job doing what it's meant to do! I've tried comparing converted audio to non-converted audio, there is virtually no difference to my ears.

Cons: That it's discontinued?

Other Thoughts: Built-in sound card on my motherboard isn't the best, nice to have an optical audio out alternative. Even when using headphones, prefer to connect my headphones to my receiver getting the digital audio, instead of the standard mobo jacks.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5D-4GBSA
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Used this to upgrade a Macbook 3,1 from 1GB to 4GB. Immediate performance increase, Lion OS X 10.7.4 installed and runs great.

Get it while you can!

Cons: Dated technology, "relatively" pricey.

Other Thoughts: Love the memory, but amazed that for $5 dollar less was able to purchase 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 desktop memory.

This has always been the pricing game of legacy hardware, prices should plummet eventually.


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Display Name: Mario S.

Date Joined: 02/16/05

  • Reviews: 29
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  • First Review: 07/19/06
  • Last Review: 03/25/14
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