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HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bright screen. No bad pixels. Good color depth and contrast. Clean lines. VERY attractive price.

Cons: Poor button placement (on the bottom of the display) with nearly-invisible labels makes the UI very difficult to use.

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Palit NE5X56TS1102-1140F GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) SONIC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very high performance card. Clean installation (power jack on the top, not side). Good features (mini-HDMI port is a nice touch). Very attractive price.

Cons: As mentioned, it runs a little hot. In my Antec 300 (case fans on "low") I saw it stabilize at 82C under OCCT's GPU benchmark, and its fans came up to 2500RPM or so (and were therefore quite noticeable, though I wouldn't say "loud"). This is probably because the added ports leave little room for ventilation, only 1/4 of the rear area of the card is used for fan exhaust.

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

2 out of 5 eggs 08/15/2011

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

Pros: Cools magnificently. I have my 2600K at 4.6GHz and the package temp is at a stable 70C. The included thermal compound is likewise first rate, and the built-in fans are nearly silent at 1200 RPM.

Cons: The mounting is AWFUL. The 2-point (!!!) mounting of the main assembly has a flexure axis that means that all the "jiggling" force along that axis is borne by the CPU mount (!!!) and not the mounting bracket.

On 1155 boards, the mounting plate arms don't sit flat against the back of the motherboard (there is a built-in center plate that cannot be removed), so tightening them causes the arms and motherboard (!!!) to bend to meet each other. I could hear creaking as I tightened the plate, though I don't appear to have damaged anything.

Finally, the mounting hardware attached to the motherboard blocks the arm of the CPU socket lever, so you have to install the CPU first and cannot swap it with the bracket installed.

Seriously, this thing is a disaster of mechanical engineering. While it works very well as a heat sink, I'm absolutely terrified of moving my computer with this attached.

Other Thoughts: Just to add insult to injury: the included screwdriver is a piece of junk; the soft metal stripped almost instantly, leaving filings on my motherboard I had to blow out. Don't use it. It shouldn't even be in the box.

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Display Name: Andrew R.

Date Joined: 01/28/04

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  • First Review: 08/15/11
  • Last Review: 08/15/11
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