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Pros: Great cooler, I've been using these for a couple of years with LGA775 CPUs - including the 95W Intel Pentium D 925 3.0GHz (hot running beast) all the way to lower power Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale CPUs as well. Since the bolt pattern is square, you can rotate this for clearance when needed and point the open sides toward the mobo power supply for cooling if clearance allows - nice. Had to trim fins to make it fit once but that was a mobo layout issue and no big deal.
Cons: This is listed to work with newer CPUs, but I am holding one in my hand right now and it specifically states on the back of the package "Intel Socket LGA775 95W" - which matches the 72mm bolt spacing that I measure.
The newer Intel LGA sockets (1156/1155/1150/1151) use a 75mm bolt spacing and this cooler will NOT work for those - there is no adjustability or "play" that would allow any other spacing to work - it is ONLY for 72mm / LGA775. I wish Deep Cool or someone else made a cooler just like this (backplate / heatpipe / copper core / z-axis fan) for 75mm spacing of newer sockets.
Other Thoughts: As I write this review, the listing shows support for LGA1156 / LGA1155 / LGA1150 which is incorrect. I am now looking for a similar heatpipe / z-axis cooler for the newer sockets - this one won't work.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-G41MT-S2PT LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I've built 6 PC's for family members using this mobo over the last couple of years and they are just really solid - not a single issue yet. With a Core 2 CPU (cheap on the used market) they make a decent family PC and run Win7 64bit well - no issues with drivers either.
Cons: Only 8GB RAM supported - but that is known when buying this. Tried premium brand "high performance" 2x4GB DDR3-1600 RAM (tested in a different mobo) and it didn't work - went back to generic DDR3-1333 RAM without heat spreader and it works perfectly - a little picky with RAM.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I ordered a set of 4 of these. When they arrived, I ran the WD tools for a full surface test (I think it took about 4 - 6 hours) and every one of them was nearly perfect - I am impressed. They seem to run cool and aren't very loud. I have two of them in a NAS and a third in a computer for backup for several months and no issues. They even came with a cool sticker to put on the front of the case.
Cons: None that I've found
Other Thoughts: I was happy to see that these had the SATA locking cable compatible shell - the WD Black drives don't have a shell around the connector and the cable isn't supported and it won't lock. These drives are meant to slide into a NAS backplane but yet they have the SATA locking shell - well I like them this way so I'm not complainingREAD FULL REVIEW