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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent replacement fan for the Coolermaster Hyper 212 series coolers. This is rated at much higher hours and similar airflow but with even more reduced noise.

Cons: None, but maybe price?

Other Thoughts: Orange and black color scheme looks good with other xigmatek and cougar cases. Otherwise, it might look out of place in the usual red/blue lighted cases. Great fan though!

Acer Aspire E E1-571-6856 Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Has a decent clocked i5, and a WD 500Gb HD. Windows 7 was preinstalled with a fairly standard bios. 4GB ram is definitely good enough for a while. The laptop feels quick even after installing my preferred AV/Malware combo of Eset NOD32 Antivirus and Malwarebytes Pro. Definitely a little better than what was on the shelves at the local stores for the same money. Vanilla Intel build, with HD 4000 Graphics, but also not cluttered with junkware or Windows 8. Trackpad is accurate and works well. Keyboard has an average feel to it compared to other chicklets, and spaced out with room to type.

Cons: Low res screen, which I knew about before purchase, and also some starting issues have been an issue with my friend who borrows the laptop as well. I have had no startup issues at all, so I am unsure if it was just operator error. Will post back if it continues. I personally disabled hibernate and just use sleep mode with no trouble, but it could have been a fairly common hibernate issue before I disabled it.

Other Thoughts: I can't comment on gaming ability since it is primarily a work laptop, but casual gaming and flash/java gaming should be no trouble as well as the average MMO. Fast startup, good drive, higher clocked i5. Happy so far.

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: These are the SATA 6.0Gbps version of my favorite all purpose drives from Western Digital. The WD AAKS series. I have purchased many of the originals and most have well over 30,000 hours without fail. These AAKX drives offer slightly improved performance compared to the originals. I have purchased probably less than 15 of these newer models and overall have been satisfied with the performance.

Cons: I have had a couple DOA units which virtually never happened with the originals. I have also had a couple of these drives pass a full format, Full Sector Read/Write scan, and HDTune Error scan before going into service, only to go about 2 weeks to 2 months and then either get massive amount of bad sectors, or click of death with no warning. No slow-down or suspicious running slow, just one day up and dead. I don't have the same confidence in these versions of the drives that I had with the AAKS SATA3.0Gbps series. I would say the failure rate for the quantity of drives I purchased of this model to be around 20%. That, to me, is terrible coming from the SATA 3.0 drives having failure rates of 5% or less based on quantity purchased.

Other Thoughts: I usually buy these models when the price difference between these and the AAKS versions is over $30.


Donald M.'s Profile

Display Name: Donald M.

Date Joined: 03/09/01

  • Reviews: 22
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 02/13/06
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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