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

4 out of 5 eggs 03/11/2014

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

Pros: -cools exceptionally well
-excellent thermal paste
-relatively easy installation considering size
-either amd or intel
-large fans
-much quieter than i was expecting
-much more room under the cooler itself than folks have been reporting.

Cons: -premium fans should have 4 pin pwm connectors. (its strange these do not). As result my unit runs full speed all the time.

Other Thoughts: I gave this 4 eggs because on a premium unit such as this, it should include 4 pin pwm fans (they are 3 pin). My unit runs full speed but that isnt really an issue for me because this cooler is so quiet anyhow (my gpu fan is louder than all 5 fans in my case at 50%). This unit is large, but thats where its exceptional cooling capacity is derived from. I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much clearance near the ram slots which allowed me to keep the ram and heatspreaders i was already using (although my ram is not low clearance). It looks as though i may even be able to use all 4 ram slots!

relative hardware specs:
-ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL RAM
-old raidmax smiladon case

On another note:
-newegg service = 3 eggs

-newegg service has dramatically declined over recent years. I have been a customer since the early days and i remember the real newegg when shipping was fast and rebates were honest. Now days your lucky if free shipping shows up anywhere near on time to file your rebate within a reasonable amount of time. Allowing hardware vendors to take advantage of your customers by offering rebates with a tiny success window is deceptive at best... Good news is that neweggs competitors have improved over the years. newegg, im not going to pay you more for the good service i once had... Ill just simply take my business to someone who is paying attention to loyal customers...

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Thermaltake TR2 TR-700 700W ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -price point vs. wattage make this a choice PS.
-quiet

Cons: -CABLE MANAGEMENT OPTIMIZED. -as it states in the description, is usually achieved by reducing the amount of wiring by use of a modular plug system (which this unit does NOT have). The wires are exceptionally long as indicated in the fine print, and this is how optimized cable management is achieved (not by the unit itself, but by the installer).

Other Thoughts: if you have a large case with lots of room and worries about cables not being long enough; then this is your PS. It doesnt have an efficiency rating so its prolly not the most efficient. Considering the price point vs. wattage you will be hard pressed to find similar PS's that perform as well.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -fast (not tested myself but other more comprehensive testers have indicated so)
-heat spreader
-looks nice (if thats your thing)
-compatibility

Cons: -the only con to consider may be its height. While not as tall as some heatspreaders, it may impose restrictions on usable after market cpu coolers.

Other Thoughts: a fast and versatile set of ram usable in most any platform. Provided one does the proper homework in regards to hardware selection then this set of ram is an excellent choice for most.

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Date Joined: 07/30/07

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  • Last Review: 03/11/14
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