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Prolimatech PRO-BV14 140mm Blue Vortex 14 Case Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Just like everyone says... 11/16/2015

This review is from: Prolimatech PRO-BV14 140mm Blue Vortex 14 Case Cooler

Pros: Fan is quiet and moves a lot of air. I purchased it because since the R9 380 upgrade things tended to get...toasty. I replaced the stock NZXT that came with the case and was rated at only 50 CFM.
Since then I observed 2-3 degree drop in idle (should be even more substantial during heavy loads).

Cons: It wasn't 2.99 like my last 140 mm fan purchase.

Other Thoughts: I installed the fan horizontally, some fans tend to change the way the sound according to the orientations.

MSI Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 R9 380 GAMING 4G LE 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The card is well build, well packed and aesthetically pleasing.
Card is running cool, just 3-4 C above my case temp because I programmed the fans to kick in above 40C. When under full load I've seen max of 61 during continuous gaming, but that because I need to replace one of my NZXT fans that came with the case, quiet but only 50CFM, new fan is on the way which will bring down case temp and consequently the GPU/CPU temps.
Already overclocked it at 1060 Mhz GPU and 6200 Mhz (1575 x4) Memory.
After the R9 380 Sapphire OC edition (see review) came defective I opted out for MSI. Comparing the packing of the two Sapphire is something you get for refurbished product, MSI retail nicely packed (manual was torn but nothing in there anyway). Don't get me wrong Sapphire are great cards too.
Just tuned the fans at 100% and they are loud but not as loud as the Sapphire, but louder than 7850. This is not important though, unless you are playing in 90F room temperature the fan should never go there.

Cons: Not really a con but the card has higher TPD than my old 7850, although lower than its older brother R9 285. So sufficient case cooling is recommended to prolong the longevity of your components.
Lighting logo is nice, but we all know what would be nicer... Ability to change colors and program it to fit the case lightning. I would gladly pay $10 extra. Not taking an egg of since most other models have no lightning.
Also the control for the light should be integrated in the Afterburner software not in a separate app that runs concurrently.

Other Thoughts: MSI do not call your products "light edition" when they are as good as the rest of R9 380 cards. If some one in marketing department thought will be a good idea to target "budget" shoppers...well it is not trust me.
I have old 600W PSU with only 36 Amps on the 12V rail, but I guess is good enough for this card and my APU even in OC mode.
Speaking of CPUs I notice a little bit of bottlenecking on Fallout 4, and more so on FarCry 4, but first one is on SSD second one it is not, which could also makes the game seems more sluggish.

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory (with Red/Green Light) Model BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2TXRG
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The memory has low CAS timing (it could be even lowered to 8-8-8-27) at 1866Mhz.

Cons: Light intensity has only 2 levels bright and dim, even tough the crucial utility shows 4 levels.

Other Thoughts: In order to get stable operation an 1866 Mhz I have to bump up the voltage to 1.560 V. If you want to go beyond that you should push the voltage much higher which is getting in the the "danger zone" and would not recommend it.


Stoyan K.'s Profile

Display Name: Stoyan K.

Date Joined: 07/01/02

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  • Last Review: 11/16/15
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