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This review is from: Thermaltake BigTyp Revo. CPU Cooler w/ 120mm fan
Pros: We used this cooler to build a computer for a friend so thought I might try it in my own machine. It keeps my AMD FX - 6300, mildly overclocked to 3.8 GHz, running between 27 and 46 degrees. The range of variation in temps by activity: 27-30 email, music, and a few utilities including disk/file scans at same time: 40- 46 during 2-3 hours of GW2 or other game. This cooler can be mounted in 2 different directions (for AMD users), is lower profile for narrower cases, and is quiet.
Cons: The documentation installing the thing might be better with illustrations one could actually see. The printed directions were adequate though.
Other Thoughts: The cooler may be lower profile, but does take a lot of space. It requires removal of the cpu bracket and replacement of the back plate so it's not the easiest air CPU cooler out there. But if you need to remove the cooler to do some work in your rig, it is a piece of cake putting it back into the unit.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is perhaps my 5th ASUS mobo. It installed easily, set up was easy. The UEFI BIOS is easier to switch from easy to advanced mode than others I have used. USB 3.0 header for case front panel. I used this board to help two teenage friends build the their computers for the first time. It is a good board for first time builders (and experienced builders too).
Cons: The Turbo EVO in the AI Suite (on support disk) does not install. The installer says it is not compatible with this model. Sadly, I really thought that to be handy for those of us who don't want to spend incredible amounts of time overclocking, or don't know a lot about it. Running this program helped me overclock my Phenom II x 6 1035T to as high as 3.4 GHz on the old board. Usually, I ran it at 3.2. Stock is 2.6 GHz. Otherwise this is a solid board and I am happy with it.
Other Thoughts: The board is a bit narrow for an ATX board, so supporting the edge while plugging in PS power and such is advisable. Has no eSATA port on rear of board if you need it. This board replaces an M4AGTD Pro/USB3.0 which showed signs of imminent failure. I tend to upgrade my computer incrementally so a new CPU for this board is due next, I think.
Current set up:
Phenom II X6 1035T CPU
8 GB PC 1600 DDR3
ASUS HD 6670 video card
Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
2.5 TB Storage (WD 1.5 & 1 TB black drives)
2 optical drives and a hauppage HDTV PCI card.
Pros: inexpensive, easy to install, directions actually didn't read like gibberish (a rare thing these days), no unnecessary software.
Cons: Not really a con: If you plan to use it on an eSATA you may need a power adapter. This was not included, but for the price, I did not expect that.
Other Thoughts: I was a little unsure about the "tray" as it was just a frame. But the drive fit into it perfectly and once the drive was secured with 2 screw (included), it seemed solid. Also the heat dissipation is better with this enclosure than two others I have owned.READ FULL REVIEW