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This review is from: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
Pros: I initially bought this for my LGA 1366 board. Came with everything needed. & I think I paid quite a bit more for it than what it is going for now, impressive deals on such a solid HSF. It is a beast, but its supposed to be. Its size is why it works so well. The direct contact of the pipes seems to be the other main reason why this HSF ranks above all others. Can't believe it took so long for somebody to figure out that this was the way to go for a great HSF! It does make install a little trickier. I used a guide I found online to learn how to optimally apply thermal paste. 1st try I was getting the temps I was hoping for. I like to overclock with little to no voltage increase & I like to keep all cpu features & power saving options enabled. Only disabled turboboost. Got an i7-930, & despite all of that (including having HT enabled), I was still able to get a full stable 1ghz OC to 3.8ghz, & after 1 yr, my coolest core is at 36c as I type this, & load temps are always safe.
Cons: Install can be tricky & take a little time, but it is all worthwhile once you are done.
I got this about a year ago, & unfortunately it must of been before they started adding the 1155/1156 compatible bracket. Bummer. I'm upgrading to a 2600k, so I just needed to spring an extra $10 for the 1155 kit (but at least there is a kit! I won't let a $10 kit prevent me from continuing to use this HSF on my sandy bridge). It sounds like most people these days are getting this with the product now, so hopefully this isn't a con for most people.
Other Thoughts: Yes it is very important to fill the gaps between pipes, even though they are tiny & might not seem like much of a gap, you want that optimal contact.
Look online for install help, I was able to find a video guide on how to best install this, I lost the link but I'm sure google can find it. It really helped & made things easier.
Also, I've found this HSF very easy to clean & doesn't clog with dust very easily. A little air duster every 4 or 5 months & my temps are still as cool as they were just a few days after I installed it.
This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Pros: Amazingly, after all these years AS 5 is still as popular & reliable as ever. AFAIK it is still the king of all paste! Until the day comes where somebody shows me a compound that is CLEARLY better than AS 5, I will never buy or use anything else.
I work on a lot of PC's, even laptops (I had a dell XPS laptop, real nice but it was given to me cuz it was fried, turns out due to heat. Once I got a new mobo for it, I liberally applied AS 5 to both the CPU & GPU, & now I have a sweet laptop that once burned laps, to one where at times the fan doesn't even need to kick on!
& even with a stock intel or amd heatsink, I'll remove the pre-applied junk, & use AS 5. AS 5 instantly can take a poor quality heatsink & make it very dependable for years. & we all know how important temps are, especially to home users that don't think about heat or think to do anything about it.
I know for a fact that AS 5 has given years of life to PC's I've worked on that otherwise would of overheated by
Cons: None when used properly. Just use common sense & be careful when using this. If you can't do that, then play it safe & get the Ceramique (white paste).
Other Thoughts: AS 5 rules! I didn't even need a new tube, but whenever newegg runs a nice sale on a tube, I can't pass it up. I'll use it eventually, & AFAIK the stuff doesn't expire.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Price: Even at retail, its pretty amazing how cheap storage is these days, especially an HDD with this kind of speed & tech.
-Performance: I can't think of a better option to get loads of HDD space while getting great performance for your buck.
-Flexibility: I say this is flexible cuz it was so easy to slap these together into a raid0 array & then restore my backup image onto it, despite the fact that I had to install new drivers & was using a different controller. My mobo's only 2 sata 6.0gb ports are of the "marvell" variety. But so far so good.
That said, I've been using raid0 array's for years now, & while I like seagate, I have had their drives fail on me a couple times. Luckily I started to get warnings that the drives were failing, so that was a plus to avoid major headaches. I believe both drives that failed were from the 7200.10 line, hope reliability is now improved. Btw, I only run raid0 because I do keep full backups that I can restore at any time.
Cons: Not really a con, I just have worries due to previous seagate HDD failures in raid array's.
I was just running Western Digital for nearly a year in raid0 with no issues. I decided to give seagate another try here since I liked what I read about this drive & it being on sale.
Time will tell. I've made it a week & worked them hard, & with mechanical HDD's that is definitely a good sign.
Other Thoughts: raid0 using SATA 6.0gb/s... NICE!
I can't get this kind of performance without spending A LOT more $$. & almost no amount of $ can buy me SSD performance & also 2-3tb of storage. Can't wait til that day comes though!
I got 2tb of storage from my raid0 array (my main storage). Then I bought a 3rd one of these for extra storage. Just have it in 3.0 gb/s mode, but on top of the extra storage, its nice to have an extra identical drive should 1 of the drives in my raid array fail. In the meantime I formatted it with the largest allocation size, for storing large files & such, & its performing very well for that. Also nice to have this extra drive to put page file on (on its own partition as well), or use as scratch disk.
I'm real happy with my setup, it really suits my needs. I highly recommend a 3 HDD setup like this as long as you have a good backup drive for your main drive (I have a 2tb 3.0 USB drive, fast) & keep backup images using a program like Acronis True Image.