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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent cooling capacity 11/19/2011

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: - Maintains low temperatures even at the hottest times of the year

Cons: - Cooling capacity comes at (an obvious) price: it is very large
- Not a quick snap-on job to install - requires replacement of stock motherboard cooler bracket, which may require more work depending on your motherboard and case combination.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace the stock Phenom II X4 cooler which worked fine during the colder times of year, but tax the processor during the summer and I could easily see 65+ deg Celsius temps. With this cooler, the hottest temp I've seen recorded is 52 C (again heavily taxed, over the summer).
When buying anything like this, be wary of its dimensions - don't be stupid and buy it without measuring the inside of your case and then complain that it doesn't fit! Consider the proximity to other tall-ish objects on your motherboard as well (e.g., RAM with a tall heatsink). It requires the removal of the stock cooler bracket on the motherboard which may or may not be a challenge depending on your case or if your motherboard happens to be installed in it at the time. Fans clip onto the heatsink easily and can be moved up or down it to make room for other components.

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SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Great performance (Unigine's OilRush mostly 50+ FPS at 1920x1080 at full detail, minus AA)
- Plenty of memory
- Not obscenely large
- Modern connectivity (1ea HDMI, DVI, Mini DP)
- Thermal sensor

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought this card based on the price at the time vs its average placement among graphics cards benchmarked by Phoronix. Not all manufacturers choose to build their cards with a temperature sensor; I'm glad Sapphire did. The fan makes no noticeable noise over other fans in my case, which I don't think are particularly loud. It works and behaves well with both the Gallium3D and Catalyst Linux drivers.

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Motorola Behind-the-Neck Bluetooth Stereo Headset Black Bulk (S9-HD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great form, lightweight, incredible sound 11/19/2011

This review is from: Motorola Behind-the-Neck Bluetooth Stereo Headset Black Bulk (S9-HD)

Pros: - Simple, elegant construction
- Lightweight
- Incredible sound
- Easy operation

Cons: - Poor range
- Retention of pairing information seems inconsistent
- Can become somewhat uncomfortable if wearing them while sedentary
- Rechargeable battery is not replaceable

Other Thoughts: When looking for wireless solutions, I found many bluetooth headsets that, while I'm sure worked fine still had a relatively long cord connected to a battery pack! I was excited to come across these, which are a really great solution. They sound *incredible* (note I'm not an audiophile) and when you're active, they're so compact and lightweight you hardly notice them. The over-the-ear portion can become a little uncomfortable if you are sitting down relatively inactive for long periods. The range is a little disappointing at times: I find if I have it in my pants pocket, the audio frequently drops out. A shirt pocket, or placed on a desk nearby works fine though. The non-replaceable battery sounds like a deal-breaker, but consider how long most conventional wired earbuds last before breaking or the connector wearing out. I find the battery lasts about 6hrs. It has controls for Prev, Next, Play/Pause, and Vol Up/Down/Accept call. Personally I would say the Pros outweigh the Cons.

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Date Joined: 11/20/05

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  • Last Review: 11/19/11
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