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This review is from: NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Case cooler
Pros: Large fan, relatively quiet (initially), high CFM
Cons: I've bought 4 of these fans now, the first two that came with the Phantom went bad, and started rattling, possibly the ball bearings. I replaced them now 2 times, and all of them have the same rattling sound.
Other Thoughts: Buy the silent 200mm NZXT fans. They move less air, but i've found they don't rattle after a few months like this one does.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: lenovo IdeaPad U410 (43762CU) 14" Ultrabook
Pros: -Great price point
-Low weight (maximum allowable wieght for an ultrabook)
-Ivy Brdige I5
-Fast boot up due to hybrid HDD+SSD
-6gb Ram (up-gradable)
-Good battery life - Full day's use of web browsing and word processing YYMV.
-Great standby battery life
-Fast charge time
- Dedicated graphics / smart switch with integrated graphics for battery saving.
-Lenovo Software suite and recovery
Cons: - On the heavier side compared to other ultrabooks
- I recommend a screen protector, or a "key sheild". The keys leave imprints on my screen due from being compressed in my bag.
- "Flex" - When in my bag, I can hear the laptop flex, and pop which worries me to death. So far no performance issues due to this.
- Size - Aside from the weight, the U410 has the maximum allowable dimentions for an ultrabook as specified by Intel.
Other Thoughts: I keep bringing up the price of this machine, because for the price I do not think you can find a better ultrabook, with the specs and features this packs. This is not a gaming laptop. It is not the thinnest ultrabook on the market. Its doesn't have the "umph" or "wow factor" that a true ultrabook, or powerhouse laptop would have. What this is a solid 4 egg machine, and very cost effective, well preforming computer.
In my opinion there is simply the best ultrabook for the cost. It is a bit on the heavy and thick side, as I mentioned earlier, it maxes out the allowed specification for Intel's ultrabook classification.
The U410 comes with a fair amount of Lenovo's goodies built in. I usually hate pre-bundled software, however with this model, I didn't feel the need to uninstall anything.
It comes with a hybrid HDD-SSD, which have been on the market for a while now, and I'm glad started making the transition into the notebook market. I believe also that Lenovo makes use of the RAM to cache boot files. These two together give a very competitive boot time to other more costly ultrabook's with true SSD's.
At time of purchase the U410 was around $650-700, and was comparatively cheaper then most other ultrabooks on the market.
Bottom line is that this is a great machine. It packs great hardware and some welcome software, in a small form factor.
This review is from: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
Pros: 1090T no o.c. idle temp dropped from 28c to 21/22c, highload dropped from 45c+ to 36-38c. With slightly modified configuration. (*see other thoughts)
-Not Difficult to Install
-Universal Compatibility and Mounting
-Perfect Price Point
-Great for consumers who are looking for a water cooling solution, without the true water cooling price.
Cons: The instructions were not the clearest to follow.
You may have to rotate the radiator depending on the clearance with your side panel.
Other Thoughts: *To me the main difference between this and the KUHLER H2O 920 (aside from the slightly bigger radiator and software) is that the 920 comes with 1 additional 120mm fan. Most rigs should already have a 120mm fan where the radiator goes anyway. By sandwiching the radiator between the fan already in your case, and the one provided, you should increase the airflow through the fins in the radiator, boosting the performance your $70 kit (7/2011), and getting it closer to that $120 kit (7/2011).READ FULL REVIEW