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SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very sharp especially for a matte display. Bezel is comparatively small, panel is thin. Height, tilt, rotation adjustments are great: stiff enough to stay put, but adjustments are easy.

My eyes are a little older than when I used to play FPS every day, but when I do game on this monitor, I really enjoy it and don't notice ghosting. There's an adjustment for "Response Time" in the OSD; even on "Normal" (out of Normal, Faster, Fastest), it seems fine to me.

2 DVI and 1 DisplayPort input is nice.

Cons: The Eco settings make things really dim; I tried them but turned them right back off.

Other Thoughts: I use a similar 27" WQHD display at work but prefer this one, so I bought two for use at home.

There's a side-by-side mode (two sources at once on the display) but it's not useful for me.

I got red sparkles before I really cranked the DVI connectors down tight at both ends.

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ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great cooler 02/18/2013

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

Pros: Very good cooling performance. 120mm fan is quiet, especially at low load. Relatively easy to blow the dust out of. The blue LED is not obnoxiously bright.

Cons: Big, won't fit all cases. Install is a little more difficult than many coolers.

Other Thoughts: This is the second time I've purchased this model. Fits very well but the instructions must be followed carefully. I'm using this with Arctic Silver 5.

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EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great board; CNPS9900LED does fit (barely) 11/08/2009

This review is from: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Adjusting the OC is really easy either from the BIOS or from Windows with eVGA's provided tool. I've adjusted voltages, memory timing, QPI and PCI-E clock with no problems.
Huge number of SATA ports and USB headers and ports.
POST debug 7-segment LED display built-in, which is very helpful if your setup won't POST.
After bootup, the 7-segment will show the CPU temperature: nice attention to detail!
The mobo features (sound, USB, NICs, SATA, PATA, CPU throttling, ACPI) are compatible with Linux (I'm using Ubuntu Karmic 64-bit).
If your overclock breaks, it'll automatically fall back to a previous known-good setup; if all else fails there's a "BIOS reset" button on the back panel.

Cons: Barely fit a Zalman CNPS9900LED (heatsink butts against some power circuitry), but it did fit. Looks like this is not the fault of the E758-TR since it appears to obey the i7 keepout zone; but check around if your huge heatsink will fit before you buy.
Takes a long time (10s?) to POST; during most of this time the screen is completely blank or starting up the seemingly endless list of disk controllers. This is a minor annoyance, I'd still recommend the board. You can turn off unused disk controllers to speed this up a bit.

Other Thoughts: Overall an outstanding motherboard full of great features and tweakability. Not one feature that I'd want is lacking.
I would love a Linux tool to adjust the overclock just like in Windows.

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Display Name: Andrew J.

Date Joined: 05/19/06

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 11/08/09
  • Last Review: 02/18/13
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