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ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid Extreme VGA Cooler-nVidia/AMD, Liquid/Air Combo Ultimate Cooling
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's the only self-contained water cooling option for video.
It does the job.
I'd probably buy another one.

Cons: It's way over-priced.
It's a nightmare to install.
There is zero margin for error.
There is no way I would recommend this to a friend.

Other Thoughts: My first PC was an 80286 using a piece of foam as a case and a stripped and cross-wired PSU. Graphics; 256 grayscale VGA. So, I've been building for a while in all kinds of conditions. My point? This install required every trick I learned over the span of 30 years to complete and it is just NOT for the casual builder.

OK, there are some people that will say, "30 years, blah, blah, who cares. I can still do this." I say 2 things, "Lots of luck and prefit the cooler over your card." The reason for the pre-fit is because you probably want to toss the plastic shroud since the fan will overhang most cards and is useless, making the plastic shroud a waste of space. Really long cards will be fine, but what do I know? I've only got 30 years of experience building these things.

The 3 eggs is simple. This is a 5 egg product, minus an egg for being overpriced and another for being a nightmare to install. But, and I stress, once your backside heals from the reaming and you've stopped throwing tools from frustration, this is a solid 5 egg device.

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Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 69W TDP and this is easily the cheapest Ivy quad.

Cons: Equivalent performance level with the older AMD Phenom II 965 at a much higher price.

Other Thoughts: I bought this CPU so that I could have a Hackintosh, either as a dual boot or separate virtual machine.

This CPU and an 1155 LGA motherboard was over $300, while an equivalent AM3+ motherboard with a Phenom II 965 was less than $160. The performance levels between the two platforms running 8GB Corsair 1600 RAM is too close to call. The WEI for both is 7.5 for the processor and 7.6 for the memory. Real life usage, i.e. gaming, surfing, etc yields no noticeable difference.

But there are two big differences, price and heat. I built 3 rigs, 2 on the AMD platform and one on the Intel. All 3 use the Corsair H60 as CPU coolers. With the Intel a single fan is sufficient but a push-pull is required on the AMD, and even then it's a few degrees C hotter (40 C for the i5 and 45 C for the 965).

Is the cooler and slightly quieter i5 worth almost $150 more than the 965?

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IOGEAR GCS62HU 2-Port HD Cable KVM Switch with Audio
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs This one's good 02/02/2013

This review is from: IOGEAR GCS62HU 2-Port HD Cable KVM Switch with Audio

Pros: HDMI and USB inputs and outputs.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I had the IOGear USB/VGA 2-port switch and it was fine except one of my PC's didn't support VGA. Fortunately, my HD monitor has VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports with an internal switch so I was able to connect both systems to my KVM with the caveat that for video I would switch sources at the monitor. It worked but was a pain. Now the IOGear does all the switching and I have no issues.

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Display Name: Robert E.

Date Joined: 12/16/06

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 02/12/09
  • Last Review: 06/12/13
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