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APEVIA CF14SL-UBL 140mm Blue LED Case cooler
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs First Impressions - Good 07/28/2010

This review is from: APEVIA CF14SL-UBL 140mm Blue LED Case cooler

Pros: Blue LEDs are not too bright and not too dull, a nice touch Apevia seems to have mastered over the years. The fans are dead silent... I cannot even hear them; my 120mm Antec at it's medium setting is louder than two of these. They also push a descent amount of air, but definitely not 60+ CFM, though I do have them hooked to 3-pin ports on my motherboard.

Cons: As stated above, they don't move nearly enough CFM to really match the stated 60cfm mark, even when I hooked them up to a 4-pin right to the motherboard, they didn't push any more air than the 3-pin settings. However, if they pushed any more air it would make them louder - and a dead silent computer is what I'm after.

Other Thoughts: Been using Apevia cases and fans for about 5 years now, these were to complement an NZXT M59 I recently bought and do so very well. The LEDs are a near perfect match to the hue the 120mm side fan on the M59 shines at, and they do so at the same decibel rating too. Overall, they get a 4/5 because they really don't push as much as they say.

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AMD Phenom 8450 Toliman Triple-Core 2.1GHz Socket AM2+ 95W HD8450WCJ3BGH Processor
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Honestly, other than with the latest and hardest games running on my system, this CPU has honestly been without a hickup since I bought it almost a year and a half ago. Since then I have been multitasking like it's second nature, and this CPU keeps things flowing without a hitch. Crysis, or up to 3 Accounts of EVE Online running at max settings, Media Player playing a movie in 1080p, McAfee, all running on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I hardly get this up to 75% on all cores. Crysis alone does max them out from time to time... but what system does that game NOT max out?

This CPU has, and likely will be serving me very well in the upcoming months - I cannot slow it down! I know there are bigger, better processors out there but honestly, with this chip, paired up with 6Gb DDR2 and two 8800GTS cards, my system's only bottleneck is the hard drives. Everything runs great once I get the data off the HDD and in the system.

Cons: Bought it as part of a Gateway GT5692.... which died in 8 months when the motherboard blew out. Scrapped it for parts and rebuild a tripple core system that's been rock solid ever since.

Other Thoughts: For people looking for a low power consumption, high performance, highly multitaskable CPU, this one is, while not the fastest, one of the best for the price. I can only imagine how much faster the 2.3GHz version is.

Been thinking about overclocking but I don't think this is the CPU to do it, as it's not a BE processor, but I haven't had the need yet as I can't max it out. That will probably change this winter with the new COD, Dead Space 2, and definitely Crysis 2 come out.

System:
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4
CPU: AMD Phenom x3 8450
RAM: 6Gb DDR2 800
GPU: 2x Zotac 8800GTS 640Mb
500GB WD 7200rpm HDD
160GB WD 7200rpm HDD
NZXT M59 ATX Mid Tower

All running on a 3rd party 750w PSU - This system is fantastic and I'm probably going to put it on liquid cooling for the fun of it, and to cool the 8800's since they do run rather toasty. Going to put some SSD's in Raid-0 in there to replace the 160Gb System drive in the next few months. Will probably see what the system can do at

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Section 8 Xbox 360 Game
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs High Hopes... Let Down 11/10/2009

This review is from: Section 8 Xbox 360 Game

Pros: Graphics on 720p are great on my 26" HDTV. Opening video was to die for and made you really want to get into the game ASAP. Doing the 'Burn in' was awesome every single time I did it, always just fun to charge in head first.

Cons: That's where the pro's end unfortunately. This game really, REALLY lacks so very much content for those still interested in the single player. Honestly the description of the game is the whole backstory behind it, you get nothing more from the game, nothing. Gameplay... yeah... FAIL; the single player was built off of the multi-player engine, as in when you die, there is no game over, you simply drop in again and keep going. This is just... wrong as far as single-player games should go, the final boss is impossible to beat without this rediculous advantage that takes all effort out of the game. Online play I hear would be fun but is not, I can't comment, I don't pay to have the game, and then pay to play it online. Built-in auto-lock is a joke, really, it engages an Aim-bot for 3 seconds; ok so I guess if it's programmed into the game it's not cheating anymore.... how the times have changed. Customization lacks, weapon selection lacks, user interface lacks... this game just lacks...

Other Thoughts: This game had great expectations and promise, and for some of the online functions, it probably delivered. But for those of us looking to the single player, this game has been the worst let-down I have encurred in 15 years of gaming. The controls are edgy, touchy, and cumbersome; gameplay left me absolutely shocked and disappointed, but the multi-player was fun for the most part which kept me from using the game as an airsoft target in the back yard. Overall, this was one of the worst games I have ever played that looked great doing it, save your money, get COD4 Modern Warfare 2, Halo ODST, or some other FPS on the market, it WILL be a much better worth while of your time than this one if you at all like campaigns. Anyone strictly online, this game is hit-or-miss... you have been warned.

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Date Joined: 06/02/06

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