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ASRock G41C-GS LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Nice legacy board, sort of ... 03/30/2014

This review is from: ASRock G41C-GS LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: LGA 775 cpu support with DDR2 and DDR3. Connections for legacy devices: EIDE, floppy, parallel, serial. It works with every DDR2-800 (2 x 2GB) I threw in there: PNY, G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin. See below for DDR3. Ability to overclock is nice if your CPU can handle it.

Cons: CPU fan connector hard to reach if you have PSU power cables already connected, maybe bad engineering design. None of the DDR3-1600 (2 X 4GB) worked with this board: G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston HyperX. Apparently looking through other posts, DDR3 memory problems seem to be common.
I would not recommend to buy DDR3-1066 if you have a bunch of DDR2-800 to use instead. Chances are you are not going to notice major improvements with this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I had a few old components around and decided to re-use them: Intel E6850, E8400, 500GB EIDE, bunch of DDR2-800, etc.
The DDR3 was for a new built later, and since I have them at the moment, I decided to test them as well.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works at 1600 Mhz as advertised. I got those on sale with $15 off.

Cons: It doesn't work with advertised timing of 8-8-8-24. It simply wouldn't boot with this timing. Then I changed it to auto and it shows timing 9-8-8-24. However CPUID shows 8-8-8-25 at 800Mhz (double rate = 1600Mhz).

Other Thoughts: Not worth the RMA. It works fine with 9-8-8-24 timing (tested with Memtest+ 4.20 for more than 14 hours). A bit disappointed since I have other G.Skill Ripjaws RAM that work perfectly at 8-8-8-24.
Tested on Zotac 890GX and Gigabyte EP-45T. I'll try later with a 1155 board.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great cooler but rebates not 05/14/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Great cooler. Quiet enough when idle. It keeps my overclocked Q9650 cool around 41C idle and probably 60C under load.
Installation can take a little longer depending on your system built and how big your heatsink RAM are nearby.

Cons: Got it back in january or february with rebate. Then rebate somehow was denied after long 3 or 4 months, saying retail/online store not valid.
When it comes to rebates, Cooler Master tries really hard not to honor them.

Other Thoughts: It would not fit in most microATX cases mainly because of the size. Probably the best cooler for the money, if it fits in your PC case.
It can be loud sometimes if your case has lots of open space for ventilation (example: HAF 932 or 922).
Buy it for the functionality, and forget those horrible rebates.

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Marcelo C.'s Profile

Display Name: Marcelo C.

Date Joined: 07/08/03

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 10/29/03
  • Last Review: 03/30/14
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