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Intel Core i3-4340 Haswell Dual-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1150 54W BX80646I34340 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, acceptable everyday use with on chip video, stable and relatively 'cheap'. Processor running at 100%, 4 thread, load on BOINC (cpu cycle sharing program) and maintaing 50-52C over 24hr period. Idle tmps are about 25-30C. Ambient about 20C. Cooled with a single fan Hyper 212-evo on a ASRock extreme4 MB with 8Gb Adata pc-1600. Coupled with a 64Gb SSD drive running Linux UE-4.2-64, it boots insanely fast.

On chip video does appear to be equivilent to GeForce GT 610-30 discrete graphics card as reported elsehere. I'm not a gamer so good enough is good enough.

System was built to be a 'travel box' for use in warmer climes during the winter months of northern US weather.

Cons: lnone

Other Thoughts: This is a good chip for the casual user of 'surfing', e-mail and probably some light gaming. I would highly recommend this chip for an all purpose non gaming rig. At some future date, chip upgrade may take place for a reason I cannot currenty justify.

ADATA XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600C4G9-DR
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Minimum profile heat sink. No gaudy 'fins'. Fits under Hyper 212 evo on ASRock MB. Recognized on first boot by UEFI. Price was lower than similar Gskill units. Works well with I3-4340 processor and Linux Mint 16-64. .

Cons: non

Other Thoughts: Running with BOIC, Like Folding@home cycle sharing program. Ran with CPU load of 95% and memory load of 95% with no crash issues for 96 consectutive hours.
Had good experience with an Adata SD card rma previousely.

Xigmatek MIDGARD II CCC-AM36BS-U01 Black Steel + Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Removable drive cage is a plus. Side panels are reasonably sturdy, not prone to 'flexing'. External drive "Hot plug" is nice feature. Clean visual esthetics. Ventilation is balanced. Vibration mounting pads for PSU are benificial. Case fan noise is relatively low. Close out price due to new model being introduced was a plus. Uniform black interior.

Cons: Unacceptable that top mounting holes for 120mm fans are mis-aligned preventing fan mounting without drilling new holes. Cougar 120mm fans mounted perfectly in front and bottom. Use of bottom 120mm fan mountings, complicate cable managment into my modular PSU. Tabs on removable drive mounts break easily if your not careful. Cable routing space behind the motherboard tray could be 5mm wider. A few more well placed cable tie mounts would be an improvement. Same flimsy dust filters as some other cases.

Other Thoughts: I consider my CM-690 2-advanced case superior to the Xigmatec case due to the fan mounting issues. If the model 3 fixes this problem, it's probably a draw.


larry r.'s Profile

Display Name: larry r.

Date Joined: 08/10/06

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 04/21/08
  • Last Review: 04/17/14
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