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Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs update from 5/21/14 review 01/01/2015

This review is from: Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Replacement legs are much better. They are are made of a black plastic, which feels solid. I like their push-pin design over Intel's. Very easy to install. Keeps my i5-2500K at 40C idle.

Cons: I wanted to add to my review from last May. I had the same experience as some of the other reviewers. The clear plastic of the push-pin legs are cheap and fragile feeling. Like, Michael, I was tightening down the screw for the CPU (not even all the way down) and a leg popped right out. The very bottom of it broke. Seems they only offer phone support, doesn't list any hours, but if they are like most, probably 8a-4p, which doesn't work for me when I am out of the house from 7a-6p. Why not offer email or a ticketing system? I know some like the personal touch, but I am not one of them.

Other Thoughts: I've own/owned many Cooler Master products. I have the HAF 932, HAF 922, and Storm Stryker cases, 3 Hyper 212+, Siedon 120M, and countless fans from them. The Siedon 120M I returned to NewEgg because it sound like there was ball-bearings bouncing around inside it. Despite that, I have nothing but good words for Cooler Master. Thier products are solid. Support, I haven't had good experiences. I remember coming across the CMStore after googling for a replacement parts when I accidentally broke a USB port on the 932. I had no response from CM support that I tried beforehand...and I believe I emailed them at the time. This was about 5 years ago, so not sure how I tried to contact them. I do remember having to find it on my own. Maybe some have had better experiences, but this is mine.

GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper M5 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs little board, big features 09/16/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper M5 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I bought this board last year because I wanted to build a little mATX and something that had the fastest SLI and saw this supports x16/x8 for the slim 7750s I was going to use. Build changed, and I went to a full case and a 770. Lots of nice features, Creative Labs Sound, changeable Amp chip, and Killer LAN. I haven't used 1/2 of them.

Cons: I upgraded from an i5-4670K to a i7-4790K. Even at the latest BIOS of this writing, F10, it doesn't correctly detect the chip parameters. It will stay stuck at the 4.4Ghz speed even with no load. I've decided to move on to a Z97 board, since I no longer have the 4670K. I don't think I can wait for F11 to come out.

Other Thoughts: Should have gone with a i7-4770K and be done with it. I'd have to say this board is strictly for 4th Gen.
I found an incompatibility with Netgear's Genie and Killer LAN. It kills the LAN to LAN transfer speed (80Kb/s!). Just uncheck the Netgear Firewall filter on the adapter and you'll be back to normal.

HyperX Beast 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model KHX24C11T3K4/32X
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks nice, works well with my i5-4670K. Not much to say, have had no problems with them over the 4 months I've owned them. They run at the factory speeds fine. I haven't tried to overclock them yet, haven't felt the need. I have been mainly using Gskill, but decided to try Kingston, plus they were cheaper than any other brands at this speed and size. Will buy again!

Cons: They are a little big, but I don't think they are bigger than the Gskill RipJaws X in my other system. Just make sure you have clearance, even no fins can cause problems, as I found. Price, perhaps.

Other Thoughts: At first tried them with my i7-2600K Sandy on a P67 Fatali1y Pro board. Top speed for that board is supposed to be DDR3-2133. It would not post at that speed with this memory. ymmv. Works fine with the Haswells though.


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Date Joined: 02/08/07

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