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ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet, and cool, 06/13/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler

Pros: Very quiet, cools effectively, low profile fits in shallow HTPC case with no issues.

Cons: Not the easiest to install, machining of the base could be a bit smoother.

Other Thoughts: Unlike some of the other reviewers, I had no problem getting this installed on my motherboard. I suspect the others who had problems were doing something incorrectly. Perhaps they installed the tabs upside down? Yes, it is a bit hard to get a screwdriver on the screws, but if you are gentle and don't try to over tighten, they go on just fine with the screwdriver at a slight angle. I had no clearance issues with mine. Plenty of room to the memory slots, and my tall VRM heatsink did not interfere either.

Because of the exposed heatpipes and the gaps, it is important that you pre-tint the base of the heatsink with thermal compound so that the gaps are filled in before installation.

Overall, this is a very good choice for a HTPC case as long as you don't have a CPU that is more than ~90W or so. My 65w AMD A6 stays very cool and I never hear the fan ramp up.

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ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model AXDU1333GC2G9-2G
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Hope this is the same as older Adata (low voltage 05/16/2014

This review is from: ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model AXDU1333GC2G9-2G

Pros: Stable, low voltage, nice heat spreaders (probably doesn't need them). No issues in over 3 years of using them.

Cons: Probably not something you want to overclock

Other Thoughts: I bought a pair of this exact (I'm hoping it is the same anyway) memory about 4 years ago. It worked flawlessly in a Phenom II x6 build that I had at the time. I never tried to overclock the memory, but it was very stable using SPD timings. It worked so well, I bought a 2nd pair and filled up all the slots in that old Gigabyte 890GPA board. Never an issue with the memory. I eventually sold that board and memory to a friend. He is still using it. I just bought another pair of these sticks to use in an HTPC build. The low wattage should help with heat and keep the power consumption down. Hopefully they work as well with a newer Gigabyte FM2+ board that I'm using. I will update after I complete the HTPC.

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Ubiquiti UAP Network - Wireless AP/Bridge
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works exactly as advertised 04/22/2014

This review is from: Ubiquiti UAP Network - Wireless AP/Bridge

Pros: Nice looking device, passes wife scrutiny, very good wireless coverage from a single device. Speeds and throughput are as expected for an N300 device. Setup software works very nicely and has some cool features including the map (which can be easily pulled from Google Maps or from an image you have of your floorplan)

Cons: Wish it had 5Ghz and unable to setup Guest network with security (I was able to set it up as unsecured with different VLAN though).

Other Thoughts: I am using this in a home environment because I have not been satisfied with the stability of most consumer routers/WAPs. The reviews for the Unifi AP are true. This simple device just works. I used one UAP to cover 3-floors / 4800sqft and I get enough outdoors to get good signal on my back deck as well. The sever software worked flawlessly on my network. Setup and provisioning was done in less than 15 minutes total. Guest feature is nice, but I thought I could setup a Guest network that had at least some level of security. Unfortunately I could not find a way to do this (other than putting it on a separate VLAN). Perhaps there is a way using a CLI interface but I could not see a way to password protect the Guest signal. Ultimately, I disabled it for now. If I have family visiting, I will enable it again, but I do not feel comfortable having it on all the time. BTW, I am using the non-beta 2.4.x version of the software on this device. I do not need the zero handoff feature (since I only use 1 UAP), so I don't see a need to test the beta version 3.x.

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William W.'s Profile

Display Name: William W.

Date Joined: 12/01/03

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 06/27/12
  • Last Review: 06/13/14
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