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Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 - High Performance Thermal Compound
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The "utilitarian" 08/27/2012

This review is from: Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 - High Performance Thermal Compound

Pros: I had to replace the stock thermal solution on my i7 920 which I still run with the heatsink it came with. Picked up this one from Cooler Master and so far it has done exactly what it's supposed to do - to keep a close contact between the heat-spreader of the CPU and the heatsink base.

The solution itself is very easy to apply, spreads nicely and effortlessly than many other of its class. Neither is very sticky nor does ooze out - ideal to work with. The included spatula thing really came very handy to administer a thin layer, a nice addition indeed!

I noticed the temps came down from 60*C/65*C to an acceptable and steady 56*C under load. I have a cramped CM Elite 335 case without much air-circulation, so that's a good result for me.

Cons: Not much except I've a good amount leftover which I have no use of right now. Well, maybe next build!

Other Thoughts: Overall the ThermalFusion is a very easy to work with compound and for the price does its job very well. Under the stock fan-sink I don't think this compound (or any other in the market for that matter) will help reduce the temperatures dramatically as that's not the thermal agent's primary function. People claiming temp-drops of ~10*C by just changing thermal paste brand either don't understand how thermodynamics works or just attributing credits to the wrong recipient!

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AOC 2436Vwa Black 24
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have this monitor for more than a year and I'm quite satisfied with this model. This is my first AOC and honestly, was somewhat skeptical about what I could expect from this panel. But this one proved to be a very good performer for the price. The monitor is very bright and crisp but the brightness is not to level of being irritating as I find in some newer LEDs. The colors are just about right for my taste, not too saturated and by no means dull. I set it to the neutral (?) color scheme in the menu to produce faithful colors but can change the profile anytime to sRGB or warm/cool tones. Viewing angle is nothing spectacular given the fact that it's a TN panel but still, the colors look fairly well from odd viewing angles which was a nice surprise to me. I've seen much worse in higher priced TN monitors. This one also has USB but never bothered about that. I'm using this monitor for gaming/modding and image viewing/editing (non pro) and I'm content with what I see!

Cons: Nothing major but still there are some flaws and the back-light bleeding is one of them. While not terrible, it rares its ugly head more often than I'd like. There is also a good deal of uneven back-light distribution which is prominent when looked at from the sides. My brother has an AOC 2236VW and that one is also prone to these issues! But since these symptoms are generic to entry-level LCDs I can't blame AOC much. The lack of HDMI doesn't bother me either as I use DVI for display and have no complain there. This panel is not as thin as the some LED ones but that's understandable.

Other Thoughts: As I mentioned earlier, this monitor isn't going to win any contest for visual excellence but this is not what you're looking for in this price segment to begin with. For performance and reliability I can't complain and those what matter me most. I run this monitor in a gaming rig with an i7 920 CPU and MSI 6870 Radeon and it has complemented the rest of the system nicely thus far. Next time I upgrade my display I'll definitely consider AOC again.

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Display Name: Shayne G.

Date Joined: 03/19/12

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  • First Review: 07/29/12
  • Last Review: 08/27/12
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