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Pros: Relatively inexpensive and quiet
Cons: Moderately fiddly installation procedures.
Takes up 3 slots installed.
Doesn't get the job done. Temps always above 70C.
Other Thoughts: This device was purchased to replace the defective closed loop water cooler, also made by Arctic, for my HD 7850.The first Arctic product failed within a few months and this one might have lasted longer if it didn't allow my Sapphire, a good video card maker by the way, to cook itself.
I know better than most that stock cooling on VGA cards is almost never adequate and so the VGA cooling aftermarket will thrive. But, Artic has failed twice with two different product lines.
Buy their stuff if you like but I'll pass, thank you.
Pros: 1) This is a cheap WiFi solution for most users.
2) It is "generally" reliable. See other thoughts.
Cons: 1) This is a cheap WiFi solution.
2) The driver support is almost non-existent. You download an package for Win 7/8 and it installs. There is no control over the installation location or user input.
3) There is nothing to modify in the Device Manager or the "driver suite". So, if this goes bad, sorry about your luck.
Other Thoughts: This is a generally decent product. It works. It's a bit fiddly but it still works and I've had only one (1) network failure. The problem was resolved by the disable/enable technique in the networking window.
Other than my one problem, this device is trouble free; so why only 3 eggs? Well, it's a PITA to install because the MAC is not on the device and you have to use netstat.exe to find it for those of us who use MAC filtering on our WAP's (-1 egg), and there's no real way to troubleshoot it if it fails (-1 egg). Other than those two things, I have two of them (one for me, one for my son) and they work fine.
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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