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Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Not for AMD socket 3+ 06/09/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: None ...for AMD users. You Intel people can ignore this (which is my second negative review of the Hyper T4); really, this doesn't concern you. It's between AMD users and CM marketing. Seriously: if you have an Intel, you might even like this. Who knows ...especially on sale, the T4 might be the proverbial "good deal" for you IF you're doing an Intel install.

Cons: Limited fan direction orientation in AMD sockets. I was unable to use the T4 due to the loss of usage of a DIMM slot by the up/down orientation (front/rear orientation is not possible on most AMD socket installations). I called that out as "deceptive advertising" in my original review, and I'm standing by it in this.

Other Thoughts: I reviewed - expressing my dissatisfaction with the *marketing literature* ...which I characterized at the time as deceptive (and unless CM has changed that, I stand by that assessment) - of the Hyper T4 back in January.

12 people thought I added little to the discussion. 3 people agreed with me (a search today of AMD T4 reviews finds that the vast majority of AMD reviewers have not been happy with the T4 ...and several for the same reason: limited fan orientation).

The only reason I'm reviewing this again (and subjecting myself to likely thumbs-downs again), is that Newegg sent me an email saying that CoolerMaster responded to my review.

Well ...not that I can see. And the phone number I was emailed to call, got me to the CM switch board. I'm like "yeah, that's helpful". Dorks!

CoolerMaster support? I've taken the time to review this cooler *again* (and probably to the ire of another dozen or so Intel purchasers who are going to dun me for being all whiney for the second round too) JUST BECAUSE really, really need to make it "Hyper CLEAR" IN THE MARKETING of the T4 that fan orientation for AMD installations is limited to top/bottom facing ...and which installation will almost certainly result in the loss of usage of a DIMM slot. For AMD sockets.

If you were to do that, AMD purchasers would have no one to blame but themselves for purchasing this unsuitable (i.e., to AMD users) cooler.

...someone at CM should take notice of the generally unhappy AMD purchasers here. All it would take is changing the marketing by putting a disclaimer sticker on the box. I *really* don't think that's asking too much. do that, and I'll change my rating to a neutral warning.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, 4GB Ram, 160GB HD, Webcam w/ Carrying Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: see previous

Cons: see previous

Other Thoughts: I was looking at the pix, and realized after posting my first review that only the first and last pix were of the X200 Tablet.

The middle four pix are of the X200 Tablet. You shouldn't rely upon those "middle photos" for the X200 Tablet's appearance.

...the appearance of the "regular" X200 is quite different than the X200 Tablet. (As I mentioned previously, I owned an X200 for a couple of years.)

...sorry, I should have paid closer attention.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz, 4GB Ram, 160GB HD, Webcam w/ Carrying Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Solid. Screen flip works well. Matte display.

Cons: Vista Business. Battery life (partly due to the touchscreen display). Performance with HDD.

Other Thoughts: We've owned an X200 tablet for a few years (my wife's main laptop) which we purchased direct from Lenovo, and it's been a solid machine. My wife uses hers every day.

First, Lenovo makes great laptops in general. And this *is* one of their very solidly built laptops.

The X200 Tablet does add considerable weight over the non-tablet "regular" X200 (which I owned for a couple of years, and would still have if my last employer would have let me buy it from them lol); the weight difference between the X200 and the X200 Tablet is over a pound coupled to her Tablet's extended battery.

You'll only get a couple of hours plus battery life with the regular battery, but the still available extended battery (we bought a refurb through Newegg a couple of months ago) is good for over 5 hours.

As configured here, the X200 Tablet is not a sterling performer.

But you can easily remedy that.

We added an SSD to her machine, and reinstalled W7 Pro, over this past Xmas. I added the SSD on a bet, as I figured for the $70 on sale price (from Newegg), it was worth a shot, considering the alternative was a new laptop.

The difference was like night and day. Her old slug is now - while not a thoroughbred - at least a well mannered quarter horse.

If you were to add a modestly priced, say 120GB, SSD to the X200 Tablet - especially at the current Newegg sale price ($180) - you will be inordinately pleased with your purchase.

Moreover, because this does come with a high quality touch screen, it would be good candidate for W8.1.

(We didn't go this route with her SSD, since we reused the W7Pro license hers came with, and since she didn't want to learn a new OS. We recently went to WP8 phones from 'droid Nexus phones though, and she's already re-considering her decision about W8.1 lol).

The addition of an SSD would make this a solid 'Recommend' IF 1) you need a solid tablet performer at a bargain basement price (I'm not going to say what we paid lol, but it was a LOT more than $180 lol), and 2) especially if you are also going to go with W8.

...caveat: you will not be nearly as pleased with the HDD version though; the performance is less than merely mundane.


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Date Joined: 01/16/04

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