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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
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4 out of 5 eggs Great budget cooler 03/31/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan

Pros: + Beast of a CPU cooler ! This means it keeps your CPU cool !
+ Fantastic price !
+ Yes, it DOES work on the LGA1150 -- older boxes don't have the sticker that the newer ones do.

Cons: - Might be too big to fit into smaller cases
- Cooler Master manual is disappointing. Lacks detailed installation pictures and information.

Google "[Guide] Installing Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO\Plus\X on Sockets..." for an IN-DEPTH installation guide. Shame on Cooler Master for not giving a "real" manual.

Other Thoughts: NOTE: Some people are running into issues with the heatsink being too close to the 1st DRAM bank. On an Asus Maximus VI Hero motherboard you can ROTATE the fan+heatsink 90 degrees and you will never have any problems adding/removing memory !!

My i7-4770K @ 4.1 GHz ...
Idle: 35C
Games: 45C (Path of Exile)
Load: 81C with OCCT 4.4.0 LinPack AVX 64-bit

For extra cooling make sure UEFI Bios, Monitor, Fan Speed Control, CPU & Chassis Profiles are set to Turbo!

CPU: i7-4770K o/c @ 4140 MHz
MOBO: Asus Maximus VI Hero Z87 ROG LGA1150
COOL: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
PASTE: Artic Silver 5
GPU: GTX Titan
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB
PSU: Corsair AX760
CASE: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Artic White
Monitor: Asus 144 Hz VG278HE 27"
Mouse: Logitech G500
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Happy with 2 of them 03/24/2014

This review is from: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Wanted a quality AMD MB that had OC options. Asus delivered! You can play around with different settings and save them to different "profiles." Awesome when you need to quickly switch between different OC settings or boot devices such as SSD1, SSD2, USB.

I bought 2 of these: one for a good budget AMD gaming rig and one for a FreeNAS server.

Cons: - No bios upgrade option for FX CPUs, still deserves 5/5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Always leering of buying an Asus mobo and having it be DOA. Thankfully both worked and are still going strong after 2.5+ years!

* Asus M4A87TD
* AMD Phenom II X4 955BE @ 3.5 GHz OC
* eVGA GTX 560 Ti w/ 448 (OC)
* 128 GB SSD
* Windows 7 Pro
* Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler

In 2014 upgraded to the Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150. Went with Asus due to the strong overclocking support in the past.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
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Pros: I bought 16 GB of these sticks for a FreeNAS Box and 8 GB for my gaming rig (both have AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE + Asus m4A87TD.) Everything passed with memtest86+. 6 months down the road decided to bump up the gaming rig to 16 GB RAM. Ran memtest86+ and detected errors. Uh-oh! Re-tested just the new 8 GB (2x4GB) RAM. Everything passed. Re-tested just old new 8GB (2x4GB) RAM. Everything passed. With a combination of old and new memory would fail. I swapped out ram sticks one-by-one with the other 16 GB from the FreeNAS box until I tracked down the bad RAM. Requested an RMA from G.Skill mentioning which RAM stick was bad, and what test on memtest86+ it failed. Sent it off and within 2 weeks they replaced it no questions asked!

I couldn't believe a hardware company had a lifetime guarantee on RAM, but G.Skill made a believer out of me. No fuss, no muss. Just A+ customer service all the way.

Cons: * Memory prices are going back up again :-/ but that is the volatile nature of the memory industry.

Other Thoughts: G.Skillz customer service is top-notch. They set the gold standard for all hardware companies to match.


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Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 03/17/03

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