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This review is from: Noctua NH-D9L 92mm SSO2 Low-profile Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A9 PWM Fans
Pros: From the careful packaging, to the well thought out design, and the very high quality of each component, this beautiful cooler is sure to impress. Great solid mounting system with a strong back plate and studs that go through the motherboard to provide a permanent attachment for the heat sink and fan assembly that should survive any shipping environment. Easy and high quality attachment of the heat sink assembly to the CPU socket after the conductive paste is applied. With the fan removed, placement of the heat sink is straight forward and the spring loaded mounting screws are easily accessed with a screw driver. High quality throughout, with the copper parts soldered and Nickel plated. An exceptionally beautiful assembly that is almost silent in operation. Unless you put your ear right up to the fan, you can't hear this very quiet cooler. The four wire PWM (pulse width modulation) fan is beautifully controlled by the motherboard, and provides more than adequate cooling for the new Skylake processors. This compact assembly should fit even in the smallest cases. One of the best computer components I've ever purchased in 25 years of building computers. It will put a smile on your face.
Cons: None, and I even like the pleasant soft colors.
Other Thoughts: I would strongly recommend this product to others, and I will certainly buy it again!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: This is my 5th ASUS assembly in the last 12 months and again everything worked!
Four Sandy Bridge CPU's and One Ivy Bridge CPU. This time I used an ASUS Z77 LE with an Ivy Bridge i7-3770K.
Every new computer assembly has some anxiety due to the inescapable fact that one tiny mistake can ruin everything. A small slip with a screwdriver or a tiny imperfection with a connector, can make things go wrong. Putting together a new computer takes patience, skill, and very good eyesight. And most of all, ASUS needs to produce a perfect motherboard for everything to work properly. Five good computers in a row! Everything worked and I'm overclocked at 4364 MHz with air cooling and everything is solid and cool.
Cons: The ASUS support site did not automatically identify correctly the model motherboard I am using. This resulted in downloading the wrong BIOS file... fortunately, the ASUS software was smart enough not to overwrite the old BIOS with the wrong file. When I picked out the correct motherboard from a list on their support site, I was able to download and install the correct BIOS file for my motherboard.
Other Thoughts: Excellent quality from ASUS. Five new builds without any problems!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good product, well made and inexpensive. Large diameter high quality cables and connectors. The additional one meter of cable length does not effect speed. This is a very good and easy solution for a motherboard that doesn't have an internal USB 3.0 header. Nifty rear exit for cables.
Other Thoughts: Now I don't have to climb around to get to the back of my computer to use my USB 3.0 devices!
With time, all computer cases and motherboards will provide for a front panel USB 3.0 connection, however, this is a great workaround.