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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Big but good design / Great performance 09/09/2014

This review is from: DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler 6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM

Pros: This heatsink is huge but I had not problem with installation. Smart design with heat sink allowed room for RAM with heat sink. Installed this on a Phenom 965 running at over 4ghz that had an H60 installed. Used a y-cable to hook both fans on cpu fan header - bios fan speed worked fine even though I was only using 3-pins.

The included fans are quiet - well quieter than my Antec case fans because I could not hear them running. This heat sink with an overclocked 965 actually ran cooler than the Corsair Hydro H60. About the same temps at idle, but running a performance assessment tool pegging the CPUs at 100% showed this CPU running a few degrees cooler. One thing I did notice is when going from 100% CPU back to idle, the CPU temps dropped much quicker with this than the H60.

Okay not really a PRO unless you are an old geek like me, but this huge heat sink looks cool. I am probably going to keep this installed and put the H60 on the shelf.

Cons: Size, but not really a con. Because of the size, I wanted to be careful, so I removed my motherboard and components, installed the DeepCool, and reinstalled the motherboard. Took a little more time, but made the job easier.

Other Thoughts: I liked my Hydro cool but I did not think the performance was all that great. I was surprised at how well this DeepCool performed. Now that I have it installed, I may try to push my old 965 BE up a few more notches since it is cool enough under load to push the voltage a little. The water coolers are great but I did find they have a big disadvantage - if the pump ever goes out, you won't know until your system shuts down. With air cooled, the system will shut down if my cpu fan fails. I had a Thermaltake Big Cool I was running in a 955 overclocked and it shut down on me one day. When I tried to power back up, it would shut back down. I pulled the case an the CPU was so hot I could smell it. The pump on the Big Cool went out - no warning - no indication - no way to tell until the CPU was hot enough to cook some eggs.

This is a little expensive for air cooling, but well worth it. You get performance equal to many liquid coolers and that makes the price actually inexpensive if you are considering liquid.

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MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not compatible with WHS 2011 08/25/2014

This review is from: MSI AM1I AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price for CPU/Motherboard was nice and performance is decent paired with AMD Athlon 5150. Nice solid motherboard with all the features.

Cons: AMD Chipset not compatible with WHS. Thumbs down for AMD not making newer drivers compatible with Windows Servers. AMD is not supporting Windows Home Server, Server 2008, or 2011 with drivers.

Other Thoughts: Bought as an upgrade form my Windows Home Server because it draws less power and decent performance. For WHS performance, paired with Athlon 5150, this is more than adequate. However, AMD drivers require users to use the Catalyst to install any drivers. The drivers will not install unless you have Catalyst installed. AMD Catalyst will not work on Windows Home Server. None of the AMD USB 3.0 drivers will work with WHS 2011. Never had this problem with Intel chipsets.. Intel USB 3.0 drivers support Windows Server, Home Server, 2003, 2008, 2011. AMD is now only supporting drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you want to use Windows Server (2008, 2011, 2012) stick with Intel - AMD states that they do not support any server operating systems with their drivers.

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TP-LINK TL-WDN3200 Dual Band Wireless N600 USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I purchased this last year when it was on sale. I have a dual band router and wanted a spare. Tested it with TP-Link Dual Band router when this came in last year and found it had good range and speed. Drivers installed and was connected in 30 seconds. Put back in package since I bought for a spare.

Cons: My other adapter quit working a few weeks ago so I pulled this off the shelf - it was new but had been sitting for a year so the warranty is expired. No problem when I plugged in the adapter 4 weeks ago. Very good speed and excellent signal - for 4 weeks that is. Adapter went completely dead a few days ago. Glad I did not buy more of these.

Other Thoughts: I have several TP-Link routers and adapters. Never had a problem until now. May have been just a bad one in a batch but I won't buy anymore TP-Link Dual Band adapters. Was inexpensive for dual band, but expensive when you consider I got 4 weeks of use out of it.

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Display Name: Kenneth R.

Date Joined: 01/30/02

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