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Pros: Runs the included Assassin's Creed game at ultra details at almost 40 fps on average in 1080p. Very impressive!
Firestrike demo - 6740 with stock 4670K
Cons: Louder than my old HP Envy dv6 notebook. :P Not really a con I think.
Other Thoughts: I don't have much to offer as far as noise level or size comparison. I built my desktop to accommodate this card.
I wish they would have given a Steam key for AC4 instead of a uPlay key haha oh well.
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Pros: Installation was easy. Just had to screw in the backplate to the mobo, then screw in the CPU fan. A lot easier than Intel's OEM push-pin design, although I can see where users can get frustrated if they're trying to install it to a mobo that's already mounted and doesn't have access to the bottom.
Fits perfectly in my mid-tower ATX case.
My temps are higher than average because I don't increase the fan speed until the CPU goes over 60°C so my temps are worthless to post here. I will say that it only speeds up when I'm encoding video while I'm OC'd. Other than that it stays nice 'n quiet. :)
Other Thoughts: Dunno about this performance compared to stock fan. Never installed it on this build.
Used this fan in another desktop I built about a year ago. When I decided to build another, I knew exactly what to use.
The included thermal paste works well enough, but you may want to go with something a little bit higher-end if you're picky about your temps.
Don't listen to anyone who says this isn't compatible with Haswell mobos. Working great for me!
Using a cheapy ASRock Z87 mobo.
Pros: Sleek form factor, light weight
Great gaming performance for the price. Plays all games in at least medium detail settings, very fluid in low details.
Keyboard is excellent, misses no keystrokes and is easy to use
Speakers are very good, clean crisp mids, decent volume, misses out on the lows and the highs. Added Dolby effects are pleasing.
Great battery life. About 4 hours of internet/work use, 2 hours of gaming with just the APU, 45 mins of gaming with the added graphics card.
Easy access to memory, hard drive and wifi upgrade.
Stays cool enough for your lap during internet/work use, gaming with just the APU.
The display tilts back very far and the hinges are nice and strong.
Cons: The display betrays its competitiveness in the thin and light segment with narrow viewing angles and low res.
Touchpad is a pain. The buttons are integrated into the pad, so button clicks have to be precise or you'll move the cursor while you click.
Only three USB ports.
Gets uncomfortably warm for the lap when gaming with the dedicated GPU.
5400 RPM hard drive is sluggish blah blah blah
Bloatware blah blah blah
No optical drive, who cares.
Other Thoughts: Students get a thumbs up. Long battery life and light weight with a terrific keyboard is all you need for at least three hour-long classes away from the plug. The price makes is a no-brainer.
Casual Gamers can rest assured they'll get their money's worth if this notebook is all you can afford. You'll need to shell out at least $150 more to get a noticeable bump in performance. Or you could get this notebook and upgrade it with an SSD.
Competitive Gamers should look the other way, unless you want an accompanying mobile solution to your desktop, but only for "funsies."
Desktop Replacement seekers won't find enough power out of the AMD A8 APU for power browsing or productivity software like video editing or 3D modeling. Also, a lack of ports and low-res screen should be the final nails in the coffin.
The Average Home User will love this notebook. It's lightweight, stays cool when browsing or using office software, and looks great. It's also cheap and can play the family's favorite games.