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Nextbook 7
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Charges via USB/1 GB RAM/Dual core/good enough resolution at 7"/HDMI out

Got this for 60; it's a great deal at that price, I have had to pay 70-80 for lesser specs (4GB/1.2 GHz)/comparable build 3 times within the last 6 months(bad luck with tablets being broken by neglect).

Touch screen sensitivity seems "just right" and is consistent screen-wide. Battery life is decent at 4-8 hours. Wifi reception is excellent.

Streams a 1080p 3 hour movie from youtube via the HDMI out without lagging/heating up(too much) or running out of juice. The speaker is functional/audio out jack gives impressively decent sound with cheapo headphones.

Cons: No bag as shown. There is also some confusion as to exactly what is being sold.

Other Thoughts: Don't bother with lack of USB charging or 512MB RAM; there are too many offerings in this range(albethem at on sale prices) to spend time looking for/replacing a proprietary charger and/or settling for slow response/limiting yourself to single-tasking.
The display is good enough for a 7" screen. I thought it was just fine until I saw that of my kid's LG G2(which, btw, is the sickness). I guess that we are going to become more demanding/exacting when it comes to display quality, compared to our expectations for responsiveness and build quality.

This makes a great entry level tablet. It's not a Tab/Nexus7/MeMO, nevermind an ipad, but at 1/3 the price, it's really good enough for kids or people that don't want to risk big money to accidents/theft/hdwe failure(not that 60 bucks is small change, to me at least.)

Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Rosewill delivers again! 08/19/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler

Pros: Hits the sweet spots for cooling/size & weight/price/noise/looks.

Decent enough pre-applied TIM on a beefy, and reasonably smooth copper slug that is just about as big as the CPU's can. This may keep your project going forward if you didn't know you'd need it/ran out of or mislaid your go-to TIM.

Snugs nicely onto HSF bracket and feels good heft-wise, but not like it's going to warp your mobo.

Cons: NEWEGG timing me out three times while writing this review. Could you make an
option to save progress on a review?

3-pin, so no PWM. At 100% RPM straight into the mobo system fan header(I have a quieter 92mm Rosewill plugged into the CPU fan header), it's kind of loud,
even for me, and I have a high threshold/tolerance
and significant background noise most of the time.

Other Thoughts: PhenomII X3 720BE OC~20% to 3.4GHz/decently vented mid-tower case/27 ambient/90 minute timings/100% RPM

rktik 64 geetee rev 2 with MX-2; rated for 70W max,
but tried it based on reviews to try to save ~ $5.00 and several ounces tugging on mobo

42 idle/58 50% load/70 95+% load(for only ~ 10 seconds; yikes!)

AthlonII X2 stock HSF with Ceramique; rated for 65W, I guess?

34 idle/48 50% load/56 95+% load

RCX-Z1 with Rosewill pre-applied TIM; rated for 95W max

29 idle/34 50% load/42 95+% load

Per other reviews, I may reinstall with Ceramique and/or install the included controller to try to find a happy median between noise & cooling.

ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT Rev. 2 CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Probably great for spec'd wattage 08/06/2013

This review is from: ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT Rev. 2 CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA

Pros: Cheap, quick shipping, let me evaluate MX-2 vs Ceramique, silent/4-pin PWM.

Cons: Cable to fan header is ~ 3x longer than it needs to be, resulting in clutter.
Attachment scheme is kind of hokey.

Other Thoughts: Based on some previous reviews, decided it's worth $7 to give it a try on higher than rated PhenomII X3 720.

The heatsink itself is practically identical to the AMD stock; the fan is silent, whereas the stock is not. I have a wife, 3 kids, a dog, and two aquaria contributing to background noise(but not necessarily in that order, right?), so sound has never been an issue for me. If you're a bachelor, or setting up an HTPC, the silence might be worth what I infer would be a modest trade-off in cooling at rated wattage.

80 degree ambient/Ceramique/decently vented case:

Athlon II X2 240 stock hsf ran Athlon II X2 240 65W
100/118 idle/80% load, >6 month burn-in time

Athlon II X2 240 stock hsf ran Phenom II X3 720 95W
110/130 idle/80% load 1 week burn-in time

ACALP64-GT did not run Athlon II X2 240 65W
so that I did not use pre-applied MX-2

ACALP64-GT ran Phenom II X3 720 95W
118/155! idle/80% load 2 hour burn-in time

I know I would have seen some drop after a more throrough burn-in. In my limited experience, with Ceramique/Rosewill's preapplied TIM, I have typically a drop on the order of 8/5 after around 100 hours.

I think this would probably be okay on a 65W, if you must have silence.


ALBERT B.'s Profile

Display Name: ALBERT B.

Date Joined: 12/07/12

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 12/29/12
  • Last Review: 01/17/14
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