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This review is from: Dynatron K666 60mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler for Intel LGA Socket 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156
Pros: This heatsink was primarily designed for server applications. Which makes it design great for those low-profile case users. Heatsink works better than Intel's stock OEM heatsink. Keeps a 3570k cool under 100% load at 70*C. Even thou it was designed for a LGA1156, it will fit a LGA1155 socket too. 4-pin PWM 60mm fan makes it variable control by motherboard controler.
Cons: Heatsink pre-applied thermal paste is not protected when boxed. I found mine with bits of cardboard stuck to it. Expect to clean and re-apply TIM before use. Also the fan has a slight low-noise buzz sound. From a distance or in a well sound proof case this wouldn't be a bother. But the case that I use is a bit thin & airy, so the buzz sound does bother me.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: These WD Red drives are built for the home user NAS systems. I am amazed at how quiet and low vibiration these drives are. They do also run cooler than other companies HDD.
Other Thoughts: If you are building a NAS or Raid volume system, forget anything else and get the WD Red HDD drives. Compared to Seagate, these WD drives beat them hands down.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The layout of the board is thought out. I can easily access all the ports and lay the wires out of the fans way. The Z68 chip gives me flexability to clock the CPU to be quiet running or raw power.
Cons: Unfortunely this board comes with more cons than I would like it to have for being a Z68 chip.
1. Asrock tech support is very lacking. Don't expect to hear a reply back on a issue within a week or a month for that matter.
2. This board will overclock, but it does not overclock stable. I'm running a i7 2600k, 3.4GHz it will do fine at. Anything higher, the voltages and clock speed will bounce. For a regular user, this will be fine and provide the short time speed boost. But I keep this CPU pegged at 100% workload.
3. The BIOS is really simple, but lacks fine tuning. The fan control will only allow a max temp of 65*C on the CPU &/or board. So if you work this board hard or have temperatures issues, it will become noisy. I've upgraded to aftermarket cooling to keep the temps below the 65*C threshold.
Other Thoughts: This board will best suited for lower power CPU's. Not that it can not handle a i7 95Watt, you just will not get the full benefit of it. This was the first and will probably be the last Asrock mobo that I buy.READ FULL REVIEW