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ASRock Z97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Feature rich Bios that is exceedingly easy to use. I got way more that I was expecting when I bought this little board for a HTPC to stream from my Plex Server. BTW audio via HDMI on the motherboard works great. Boots very quick with SSD and UEFI. The board seems like it is build well, very solid circuit board and components. Not flimsy, very solid. It has only been up and running for a few days so this review is based on initial install. Great price, awesome board. Oh did I mention you can update teh bios without the OS installed while you are in the bios? Seriously awesome, while in the bios it will grab an IP via DHCP go out and find the latest bios.

Cons: None. Really I am beyond satisfied.

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CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs It works better than air 11/04/2010

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

Pros: Close sealed system, easy to install unless your case does not allow access to the back of the motherboard where the cpu sits, dropped temps over my ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 (not that the Arctic is bad its great) but the liquid cools simply works better. My Core i7-860 Lynnfield native 2.8ghz cpu @4ghz running prime95 all cores and threads stressed to the max for hours showed core temps between 68-72c, compared to the air cooling that shot up to 80c in minutes.

Sweet cooler, buy one if you are an over clocker otherwise an aftermarket cooler is all you need at stock clock speeds for a cool CPU.

Cons: A little more effort is required to install this versus air, no surprise and overall it is worth the 20-30 minutes it might take.

Other Thoughts: If your case does not allow access to the back of the motherboard opposite the CPU you will have to remove your MB for installation. I have the Antec 900 case so it was a breeze since there is a cutout in the case (MB tray).

There are two fans with this system, I put one push fan attached to the radiator inside the case and another pull fan outside the case using the screws to hold the fan outside and the screws go through the case and to the radiator inside keeping everything in tact. This replaces the fan in the back of your case usually behind the CPU. The instructions do not really give you a diagram on the fan/radiator installation, its up to you to do this. To make the above work I had to cut off the case fan grille as it protruded out and the screws were then not long enough.

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VIZO ARS-250 Stainless & Plastic 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very solid enclosure but....

Cons: The SATA connector will not allow a SATA cable with a clip to "clip" in place. Only seats and can be pulled right off. I like my connectors to click and lock in place when possible especially a cable carrying all my data to and from my SSD.

Other Thoughts: Fix the "click" issue and you have one fine little enclosure!

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David K.'s Profile

Display Name: David K.

Date Joined: 09/05/06

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/23/07
  • Last Review: 12/26/14
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