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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: As an addition to my previous review (by Christopher M. - above) I would also like to mention that the heatsink/cooler surface is no even CLOSE to the pictures. It is actually a MIRROR finish!!!
Plus something I didn't realize before was when the CPU runs cooler, the processing abilities are MUCH faster; something I never knew until NOW. I am playing Sniper Elite III, and my load times went from 12 seconds from a load save file to 4 seconds!!! THIS is freaking amazing!!!

Cons: Newegg doesn't put my nick name "Majestic One" on my reviews any longer.

Other Thoughts: I HATE to slander because it is unbecoming of me, but kevin u.'s review is simply not correct. I think he may have a cheaper/older motherboard that is causing him problems. I would ALSO like to comment on his views of the bolts that hold the backing plate on are simply not true. These bolts are NOT "flimsy" in any way shape or form. There are also included rubber mouts for the backing plate. I simply used a pair of pliars to tighten the backing plate to the motherboard until they stopped turning and it squeezed the rubber to a nicely uniformed arc on all four corners.
Yes as kevin u. says, if you have an older case with no hole behind the motherboard, you will OBVIOUSLY have to pull your motherboard to install this cooler. But MOST people requiring this sort of cooling solution will inevitably already have a case that has an opening behind the motherboard tray to do such things.
I am almost offended by kevin u.'s review.

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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-This thing is HUGE!!! I am using a full tower (INWIN Dragon Rider) so no problems for me, but beware mid-tower folks; this thing might not fit into your cases!!!
UPDATE: EVEN in my HUGE full tower case my 220mm side fan had to temporarily be place on the outside of my case until I get me a 4-pack of XIGMATEK eXTREME SILENT Series XSF-F1252 120mm Case Fans. My case side panel supports the ability to put 6x 120mm fans which I will be using 2 along the bottom PLUS 2 more going up just to the right of the panel surrounding the big HONKER of a CPU cooler that is DEEPCOOL’s NEPTWIN CPU cooler.

-Lower cost than the Noctua NH-D14/D15 series and looks a WHOLE lot cooler (pun intended) - especially with the blue LED fans that come with it!

Cons: Absolutely NONE!!!

Other Thoughts: -The CPU the DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler was tested on is an AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition over clocked from the stock 3.4Ghz to 3.7Ghz. No voltage increase, just Stepping increase.

-The thermal paste I used was OCZ Freeze brand. It is no longer manufactured but I had a small stock left for this cooler. OCZ Freeze was famous for lowering temps anywhere from 4-6 degrees Celsius. THAT is an AMAZING claim that happened to be OVER 100% true. My CPU and GPU (video card) have seen temps from 6-9 degrees drop in temps. I have also done what is called “Lapping” to my CPU. Simply all this means is I have used various high grained sand paper (all the way up to 3000 grit) to sand my CPU to a shiny as possible surface removing any possible “warps” and gaps in the surface of the CPU itself. Doing this ensures a MUCH flatter surface for my CPU to be pasted to with thermal compound to the heat-sink/cooler. So keeping this in mind I will cover the temps I have on my current gaming machine.
*Update: I ran out of my OCZ Freeze, and scraped my 2 containers and mixed it with some cheap off brand white thermal paste. I will be getting some Arctic Silver soon and fixing this issue and totally expect even better temp drops than posted here. (I mean that white stuff is CHEAP!!!)

-While using a very famous CPU stress tester called Prime95, I ran the test for 25 minutes each on my current stock cooler and then with the DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler.
NOTE: I used 2 programs for temps; ASUS’s motherboard utilities (1) and CPU Thermometer (2).
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Stock AMD 965BE 4 heat pipe air cooler (actually a VERY nice stock cooler with a copper base. Google “AMD 965BE 4 heat pipe air cooler” to see a pic of it). The NEPTWIN is EASILY 6-7 times bigger than my stock cooler.
* Pre Temps – IDLE – (1) 37.0 C / (2) 38.0 C
* Pre Temps – STRESSED – (1) 61.0 C / (2) 69.0 C
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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU 6 heat pipe air cooler
* Post Temps – IDLE – (1) 32.0 C / (2) 32.0 C
* Post Temps – STRESSED – (1) 48.0 C / (2) 50.5 C

-This cooler in mine eyes is BETTER than any self-enclosed liquid cooling solution, AND keeps the water AWAY from my system.

-Also to be noted: I am using an ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 motherboard, and this cooler bolted right up to it with no problems what-so-ever. Pretty straight forward instructions if you use common sense.

-Bravo DEEPCOOL, my hat is off to your company.

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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-Some people may argue that the “PC” version (both are the same) is $10 cheaper. However, if you take a look at the STBV5000100 (“PC” version) there is ZERO ventilation on the external casing. PLUS the PC/Mac version (this drive) has a cool looking bottom DESIGNED for superior ventilation. Although there is NO internal fan, at least the heat can dissipate much, much easier. The case itself has vent holes on all sides accept the top and front face.

-Can be taken apart to be used as an internal HDD (Hard Disk Drive).

-One thing I DID like was there was no blinking lights on it which is annoying when in the dark sittin on the bed watching a movie. Good job Seagate.
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Cons: -2 year warranty? Really? That is sad.

-The bottom (blue) side looks like alloy aluminum in the pictures. It is not. It is an ugly muddy blue color. But I don’t care. I just thought if it WERE aluminum, it would act as a radiator of sorts to help dissipate heat. But it does not. Just plastic. However the plastic is not too thick and actually stays pretty darned cool to the touch; even after running it hard copying mass data to it for over an hour straight!

-There is no on or off button. You must unplug it to quit using the drive.

--Note to MAC users: This drive is USB 3.0 only. There is NO Thunderbolt connection. Not really a con for me since I am a PC user.
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Other Thoughts: -At the time of this writing, there were only 2 Newegg reviews, and both were one egg; due to the drive not being able to be left plugged in on reboots and running all the time, even when the computer was off. I however did not encounter either of these problem. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit edition.

-The first thing I did after testing as an external HDD was take it out of the external enclosure and run/test as an internal HDD. Copying 500 GB of movies, my transfer speeds averaged about 105 MB/s compared to 70-90MB/s (MB/s = Mega Bytes per Second) as an external USB 3.0 device. I was copying from a Western Digital 1 TB Blue 7200 rpm 32MB cache HDD. The main reason I made the drive an internal drive was to keep my system streamlined.

-I use a program called Hard Disk Sentinal to monitor all my drives, and this drive shows up as flawless and perfect on first boot after converting the drive to a GPT drive after Windows installed drivers for the drive. I converted the drive to the more advantageous format to get the full 5TB out of the drive, where as if I used the standard format of Dynamic Disk, it would have been divided into 3 “partitions” of 2TB, 2TB, 1TB (approx.). After the cost of “overhead” for the drive to simply operate, you will be left with 4.54GB of useable drive space.

-Large volumes such as this drive are for storage, not a ton of read and writes. Get a 750 MB or 1 TB drive for those needs. Because when you start zipping and unzipping and deleting and moving and copying, you’re just putting miles on the drive; and to loose 5TB of data because you thrashed the drive too much, well THAT is a tragedy. I have a 3TB that I store nothing but games on, and with the addition of this drive to my system it can stay dedicated as such. This new 5TB will house all my movies, music and other important archive items. With the addition of this drive, I am pretty sure I am done buying storage drives for quite a while.

-Also I didn’t even try the software that comes preloaded on the drive. I have used it before and I don’t really need all the features if comes with (social and media sites backups). I use a 3rd party program called Acronis True Image for all my backup needs.

-And if you ARE just using this as a system only backup device instead of storage, the USB 3.0 connection is fast enough for anyone to do an external backup solution.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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Display Name: Christopher M.

Date Joined: 04/07/11

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