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MEElectronics A151-BK 3.5mm Connector In-Ear Headphone with Balanced Armature Technology
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great budget Balanced Armature 10/28/2011

This review is from: MEElectronics A151-BK 3.5mm Connector In-Ear Headphone with Balanced Armature Technology

Pros: These are great IEMs, especially if you get them on sale. The sound signature is definitely darker than my previous IEMs (Ety ER-6i), and only a little cooler than most sub-$40 IEMs. The secret to enjoying these earbuds is the choice of eartips. If you're looking for a lot of bass, then the Sony Hybrid eartips are the ones for you (it's the only eartips I've used since a month ago). If you use the stock double-flange eartips, then the bass is, in comparison, a lot weaker, and will only be apparent on deep insertion. You definitely won't hear or feel the bass on the train with the stock eartips.

The rest of the sound spectrum is typical for a BA, it has articulate, almost sparkling highs and very smooth mids. Check out the reviews on Head-Fi for more information.

Cons: Despite being a BA, the highs were less pronounced and much darker on the highs compared to my Ety's. Then again, Ety's are considered very cold and highs were the only thing that the budget Ety's excelled at.

Other Thoughts: The fit and comfort of these IEMs are great, they go over your ear and the cable is amazingly soft and pliable. You have to try these, especially if you need a cheap pair of good IEMs.

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Very good performance 07/20/2009

This review is from: Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Pros: Great performance. I used to get 95C load on the stock cooler. I now get 73C. That's a serious temp drop! Those temps are both with my i7 920 clocked at 3.9 GHz on stock volts. I couldn't go any higher on the stock cooler, but with this cooler I can probably hit at least 4.2. Extremely low price, especially considering how other top-tier coolers easily cost twice what this costs.

Cons: The installation is ridiculous. Dumb, dumb instructions with the washers. Install the screws a quarter of the way into the backplate first, then put the washers on to the screws. Requires motherboard removal, unless you have a backplate cutout in your case. Also, it requires removal of the CPU retention mechanism, which makes you a bit nervous about dropping the screwdriver into the pins...

Other Thoughts: The cons aren't so bad as they seem, I got the cooler installed in under 20 minutes and the performance was great. All for under two dubs!

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 100259L 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a very quiet card at idle. Idles at 53C in a very cramped case, could barely fit the power cable. Load is at 75C with the duty cycle barely even reaching 50%. That means it's very quiet during load too.

Cons: With Furmark burn-in, the GPU reaches 100C! No games pushes the card past 80C, I guess it's just specific to Furmark.

Only 512MB, which will be nothing in a few years. Get the 1GB version if you can, even though it only gives you a 5% performance boost, the large frame buffer will be more future proof.

Other Thoughts: It's a great buy if you can find it under $130. I recommend looking around bargain sites.


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Display Name: Edward L.

Date Joined: 08/19/07

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  • Last Review: 10/28/11
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