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This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler
Pros: I almost never write reviews (especially for something I have only used for literally 5 minutes), but felt that I needed to for this GPU cooler. This thing is awesome. I was contemplating going water cooling, but decided that $50 to see if I could go cheaper seemed like a worthwhile risk (and it was!). It took maybe an hour to install, kind of self explanatory by the pics. I ran the Tomb Raider benchmark that used to shoot my MSI 7950 TFIII to 70+ degrees after one run, and it never went higher than 52 degrees. It is also infinitely quieter (fans at max all the time). I am so happy that I took a risk on getting this cooler, saved at least $200 vs getting a GPU only loop. Sure, it may no be as good as a custom loop, but it is cheap and works extremely well.
Cons: The instructions were hard to read due to me being far sighted and the text being too small, and it came with a heatsink that was shorter than the rest (there were plenty more normal sized ones), which I didn't realize until after it was stuck on, but other than that, this is a solid cooler.
Also the tape is hard to use, but seems to work well enough.
Other Thoughts: This thing is great, and if I ever get another GPU that is supposed to have decent cooling but doesn't, I would definitely get another Gelid GPU cooler.
Will update later with more info when I do more testing, I was just so happy I had to write a review asap.
Pros: Cheap, I got mine for $30 with a one year exchange warranty (just in case)
Works okay, see cons
Great if you are buying for storage
Cons: I have a 1tb green WD HDD as my primary drive, so I got this to replace it as the primary drive because it is 7200rpm vs 5400rpm of the green drive. So I installed windows and I had trouble reading, writing, and transferring files between the two drives, so I booted up the green one (which still had everything on it) and everything was fine: transferring, reading, writing.
Other Thoughts: I probably would have gave the drive 3 eggs, since there is no 3.5, but for the price and since it does what I (now) need it to do I rounded it up.
Also the boot speeds were the same between the two drives, I do no know what is up with that, but whatever. (I did try reinstalling windows to no avail, and I do not think that it was my windows disc, it worked on another computer.)
This review is from: MSI H55M-E33 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: HDMI was wonderful to use with my G6950, I got an AMD 6850, so it is not used anymore. Overclocking results were pretty good, I got to 4.2ghz with almost no effort. Bios are decent, nothing special. The audio out ports can be reconfigured. Worked well with my adata ram.
Cons: The blue phase change light is a little annoying, it is always flashing. No s/pdif out, but analog audio is pretty easy to set up. RAM defaulted at 1333mhz instead of 1600mhz? -It took like 2 seconds to fix that.
Other Thoughts: I was sad to see that someone rated this board badly because they did not do any research to see what was compatible with it. With my old case, a stock HP case, some of the screw holes did not line up, but it seemed fine without them, but with my current one, cm690, they line up fine. I accidentally killed the audio out ports, the green line out, and was able to use a different one for it.READ FULL REVIEW