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G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Dependable brand with powerhouse performance, 16gigs at 2133mhz! Cant ask for more, this memory is HOT (in every semblance of the word.)

Tortures and benches show these sticks (WHEN PROPERLY CONFIGURED) to pack a punch. Noticeable differences in Pro Tools (I run multiple VI's) and Photoshop performance.

Cons: Configuration. When I first installed these modules and turned on the user profile I had no problems booting to Windows and confirming the speeds for these modules. I thought at this point, "Wow! That was easy!" But, as any home builder should know and do, I had to confirm stability. Prime95 blend testing confirmed that in fact, there was nothing easy about these sticks.

I know G.Skill likes to think you can just enable them XMB Profile and everything is perfect but its just not true. Sorry G.Skill.

This RAM requires work on your end, thats just how it has to be (and the reason for a 1 star decrease). So boot to bios, adjust the voltages and run your tests; its going to be a long night.

Other Thoughts: Im a bit on the fence with these modules. On the one had, the performance is fantastic... however, on the other hand, these modules require quite a bit of work to get configured properly. If I had to choose one side or the other however, Id say I approve.

Now that comes with stipulations. See, if you are a bit tech savvy and unafraid to get in there and make adjustments to DRAM voltages and VCCIO (and obviously also have the time to test them!) then you can get these modules running at advertised specs within a reasonable amount of time.

But if you are only looking for a 16g setup that will work out of the box I really would have to recommend looking elsewhere.

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XIGMATEK Thor's hammer HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler REV.W with ACK-I5363 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 1150 Haswell and AMD compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This heatsink performs as advertised and lives up to its name. Nevermind the negative responses, I personally guarantee its effectiveness. On to the specifics:

Currently I have this heatsink used on an overclocked Z68/i7 2600k configuration (4.5g@VCC1.75 and 16g at 2133!) in a room that is NOT air conditioned. Temperatures under load never exceed mid 60's. This is of course after extensive testing: Ive performed several sessions of multi-hour torutre tests and benchmarks (prime95, intel burn in, etc...).

In fact, just for kicks I removed the heatsink after installation and installed the Noctua NH-U9DO Im using on my other rig to compare. Now, personally I love Noctua-- my u9do has served me very well-- but peak temperatures for the Noctua were hitting low to mid 70's (using their provided fans)! That sealed the deal for me. The thor is top notch.

Also, whether you are running a modern intel (i7 2600) or AMD platform this baby IS COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH. More on this later.

Cons: There are only two.

One. The thermal compound. It is absolutely worthless. In fact, its so bad that it is provided in the equivalent of a burger king salt/pepper package. Not kidding! And for its effectiveness, the compound might as well be salt and pepper to boot. Seriously, DO NOT USE IT. Buy a reputable thermal compound.

Two. The instructions. They really are unspecific to the "untrained" eye. What I mean to say, is if you have not had any prior experience installing a heatsink, you might be very put off by the installation process for this heatsink. While the instructions are in sequential order, only certain steps are necessary for specific processors. Like steps 3 and 4 are ONLY for AMD K8's. Then 5 and 6 are ONLY for LGA 775's. This is not intuitive whatsoever, you MUST read the instructions thoroughly (and use logic) to install this thing properly. So pull out the magnifying glass and phone a friend, youll figure it out.

Other Thoughts: I dont know about you, but Im definitely a sucker for aesthetics AND performance. Both are essential, which is what led me to the thor here. I suppose if I wasnt so vain I could find this performance at a lesser price... but then, no gloating rights.

All that being said this heatsink is obviously intended for the enthusiast market. It is not meant to be used as a standard, stock replacement (price being evident considering there is no fan included! pshhh). So before continuing, if you are only looking for slightly above average cooling I suggest checking out the lower end heatsink models provided by Noctua.

But... if you are looking for a sexy and effective heatsink that can match an enthusiasts expectations then this heatsink is for you.

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ASUS G Series G73JH-X1 NoteBook Intel Core i7 720QM (1.60GHz) 8GB Memory 500GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just from the title alone it should already be clearly obvious that this bad boy is loaded to the brim with the most current, available hardware on a mobile platform.

For the enthusiast gamer (and equally the intensive media editor) the ATI HD 5870 alone is worth the price. With a 128 bit memory bus and using 1G of GDDR5 memory (not to mention being one of the few currently Direct X 11 compatible cards out there) the card can handle pretty much any sort of beating you can dish out.

Pack that with an i7 processor and 8g's of RAM (and obviously a 64bit OS) and you have a highly adaptable, future proof laptop (as much as you can expect). Not to mention the opportunities for overclocking and cuztimization will meet any enthusiasts demands.

Finally with its sleek design, chiclet and backlit keyboard and a beautiful monitor anyone shopping for a desktop replacement or mobile gaming/workstation could not possibly ask for or find a more appropriate notebook.

Cons: ... that being said there are a few cons the should be mentioned.

First of all, given the hardware being used I was a little disappointed to find that none of the 3 usb inputs were 3.0.

The keyboard features are minimal. All of the shortcuts and media control are completely driven by the Fn keys (maybe a pro for a minimalist, but I like the convenience).

And as everyone else has mentioned on here, BLOATWARE. On first boot, you wouldn't believe the amount of shortcuts you'll find preinstalled on your desktop. An absolute con minimalist or no, most of these would never be used be either the ignorant consumer or the technically inclined. Furthermore, the provided disk for drivers tries to recommend a lot of this junk by default so be cautious when you do your reinstall.

Also, the lack of an OS disk is ridculous. And expecting the consumer to burn a backup disk onto DVD is unlikely ever going to happen at best.

Still, none of this was worth docking a star over!

Other Thoughts: Potential buyers willing to spend this kind of money for mobile performance might still be better off saving some money and going down in value a couple of hundred dollars. Really unless you are looking for top of the line performance for gaming and/or graphic/video editing than this would be unecessary.

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Date Joined: 09/05/04

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  • Last Review: 06/28/11
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