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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10D-8GAB
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Fast, reliable, pretty

Cons: Not plug and play at rated speed. Currently only able to maintain 1866Mhz. I tried setting all manual timings and advanced timings and still BSOD shortly after starting.

Other Thoughts: More detailed instruction need to be included on how to achieve rated speeds if they are not plug and play.

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XFX Double D FX797GTDFC Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, reliable, decent price, pretty, mid-range quiet level, takes whatever I throw at it game wise.

Cons: Frequency oscillation causes notable shudder in game when switch frequencies due to card load.

I created a how-to to force the card to move to and stay in one freq setup, (2D, 3D) on command and then go back when done.

XFX support department sucks. They just stopped helping me when they changed their site. Went off and made a solution to the oscillating problem myself.

Other Thoughts: Very loud buzz when running it 60% or more. Changed depending on how many shadows you have on the screen and how much. It's an attribute of the components they used, (caps and such). Not very bad but annoys some. Locked voltage, but I guess that keeps these alive. Even at the stock locked voltage of 1.213V I managed to get this cad to run at 1185Mhz Core and 1575 Memory. An alternative clock is 1120Mhz Core and 1600Mhz Memory. It's all in what runs your games better.

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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Out performs low end closed loop water coolers! 05/08/2013

This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: Straight forward installation. Quiet operation even at full speeds. Very versatile design. Decent fans, best combination between air flow and noise.

Cons: Only 3-pin fans, could have come with an extra 120mm fan for all side coverage, and could have used 4 more vibration isolation for the third fan install. Does not ship with AMD back-plate. I luckily figured out with a combination of the Intel and AMD mounting parts I could still utilize the back-plate I did have. It does however say that if you contact the company they will send one to you, but I didn't want to wait another week to install this.

Other Thoughts: Recommend ordering higher CFM fans if your gonna use this as a extreme overclock cooling solution.

Used thermal paste that came with product.

Cold start temps dropped 21 Degrees C. After burn-In temps were lowered by 7-10 degrees C. Max temp burn-in went from 38 sec to max temp from idle to 10 min to max temp from idle.

Running a AMD 1090T Black @ 4.03Ghz 1.5v w/ ASUS Sabertooth 990FX original revision in an Anec LanBoy case.

Expecting another 1-5 degree drop once burn/cure time finishes.

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Nathaniel V.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel V.

Date Joined: 05/23/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/01/10
  • Last Review: 02/19/14
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