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Pros: Runs cool on stock heatsink under normal usage (28-35C), even after hours of extended usage.
4.0 native GHz with 4.4GHz Turbo Boost.
Fastest Quad Core CPU built!
Cons: To some, same heatsink that's included with many Haswell CPU's, including the Pentium & i3 series. Not an issue for me, but may be for some.
The same old push pin retention clips that's been used by Intel for 10+ years. Cure described below.
Other Thoughts: Installed as a temporary replacement in my XPS 8700 to break in the CPU while saving for a custom build. Had to snip off the 10+ year old style push pin retention clips carefully from the bottom & push through the top to remove/discard. Here's the trick that I learned on a Tech forum. Using 4 of the screws that holds an optical drive in place (the long ones), one can install this cooler with those screws with no problem. Prior to install, I removed the installed thermal solution & used a small pea sized drop of MX-4 thermal paste that's often on promo here for $5.99 for a 4 gram tube. Do not spread the paste, rather lower the cooler slowly & level, once in place, give it a very slight wiggle, this spreads the paste.
Now tighten the screws in a criss-cross pattern until it's snug, should take about 4-5 rounds to do so, just make it snug, do not over torque the screws. If desired, one can use a slight amount of whatever that blue coating on the screws to hold in place, I didn't have any at the time, but it's OK.
For those who says this BEAST runs hot, under normal usage, that's an untruth, as I pointed out on Pros. I run my PC 10-14 hours per day, and rarely does the CPU surpass the 35C mark, maybe when running an extended AV/Malware scan, but during normal use, it runs cooler than the i7-4700 that shipped with the PC, which was initially cool, but when swapping was hitting 50C often during AV scans, idling at 30C, under light (normal for me) usage with 15-20 Web pages open, about 35-40C.
So properly prepared & installed, the i7-4790K runs like a champ at lower temps, that's the key. Don't skimp on the thermal paste, what comes with the CPU also does for most any Haswell desktop CPU, that's not good enough for a high performance CPU.
Anyway, am very satisfied with purchase, and to put the icing on the cake, PassMark scores for this CPU cleanly beat the 6th gen i7-6700K by over 200 points. In fact, the 6700K is not in the Top 10 Common CPU's, though the 4790K is, and even the 4700 I removed is in 4th place. So it appears that Moore's Law has maybe ran it's course, the dies cannot keep shrinking & maintain the power of the 2nd through 4th gen i7 CPU's.
Enter Devil's Canyon, while you can, as the final run of these will be very pricey, there's no more $289-299 promos for this chip on Newegg. Get it while you can, once they're gone, the secondary markets will charge a fortune for this fantastic chip. :-)
This review is from: TDK 700MB 52X CD-R 100 Packs Spindle Discs Model 48555
Pros: TDK is among the best of CD's I've ever used & most certainly the most of (see more in 'Other').
TDK Quality, though CD's aren't the kick of this decade, there will always be a need for this media for at least another 10-15 years.
Cons: Sleeve arrived partially broken at opening seam, probably happened during shipping, fortunately the box was tight enough to prevent CD's from being everywhere. So at least I didn't have to open the product :-)
Other Thoughts: Not a lot to say about a CD, either the brand is garbage or it's a good one, and TDK has always been one of my 'go to' brands, even if the parent corporation has changed hands, some reviewers has stated this. What counts the most is that I've burned thousands of CD's with these, and only 2 were coasters. And I blame that on my well worn out notebook optical drive that was wobbly & the entire unit ran hot, so these factors could have easily led to the coasters. One must have an adequate burner to produce perfect burning jobs, especially those nearing the 700MB mark.
Though CD's has their heydays back in the 80's-90's, there's still lots of good use of this media. Back/partition software is upgrading all the time, and why waste a DVD to burn what's a 200MB ISO? These CD's fits the bill for these jobs, and will continue to for a lone time to come.
TDK is one of the better brands out there, with a near perfect blend of quality & price.
This review is from: Rosewill RDRD-11003 2.5" SSD / HDD Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay with 60 mm Fan
Pros: Retail packaging
Near Silent fan
Can be used as a 2 SSD adapter if fan is removed.
Keeps SSD/HDD very cool (see below in 'Other').
Rosewill Quality, have always has good results with their products.
Cons: SATA power adapter should be included to keep from having to purchasing another component in modern PC's (more below).
Other Thoughts: This is my 3rd-4th purchase of this item, had one not knowing & ordered this one by mistake, though there's always room for a PC accessory in my home.
The best use I had of it was the 2nd time, purchased a Syba mSATA to 2.5 SSD adapter, and the mSATA SSD was no cooler in it than when in it's native slot (50-70C). The crucial technician, for lack of words if I posted here, stated that this is NORMAL. I'm thinking 'What the H***', this man must be out of his mind, all components in the system were running below 30C or barely over it, and the Crucial mSATA SSD (purchased here) is normal to run 2x hotter than the CPU. Now my Crucial M550 mSATA SSD's temps are in line with the rest, extending it's life by Years! 70C is NOT normal for these drives to run.
Since moving away from the other components with the Syba 2.5 adapter didn't work, the last resort was to try one of these adapters. Only catch was that my PC (Dell XPS 8700) doesn't have Molex power plus, so had to order from here the StarTech SATA to LP4 Power Cable Adapter - F/M to power the fan from a SATA power cable, used a SATA power cable splitter to the SSD to finish the job, still less power is used. So remember to order that part if going to use in a full SATA PC & there's no Molex plugs available (check before ordering), when this product is on promo, the combined purchase cost no more or no more than a dollar.
Being that I have yet another PC w/o Molex power adapter available & about to install dual SSD's, this will surely come in handy.
One thing that I don't recommend, is removing the fan to install dual 2.5" HDD, these will be too close together & will run HOT!!! You'll need an adapter with more space between the two HDD's, which Newegg has, just costs a little more. If not mistaken, it's of the Silverstone brand, here, SilverStone SDP08 2 x 2.5" to 3.5" Bay Converter.
This Rosewill product is an essential item to have on hand at all times, if working on computers.