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Pros: Easily Adjustable
Fits 90% of current processors
Keeps my i7 4790k @ 4.0ghz 33c idling
Comes with brackets for intel & AMD
Cons: Included booklet can be mildly confusing
You may have to actually use your brain and hands together a little
If (like me) you are trying to get by one-handed, you may need a friend to help you install this.
Other Thoughts: Basically, if you can't figure this thing out with minimal help, you have no business building a computer. I could probably train a chimp to install one of these for an 1150 socket.
As of April 2015, I've found nothing else on the market this effective at a pricepoint just above 50 USD, so it's kind of a no-brainer if you want or need simple cpu watercooling.
Pros: Surprisingly fast processing
Performance (both win 7 benchmark and practical observations) from this little gem is noticeably better than a phenom x4 @2.5Ghz (AM2+)
Win 7 Benchmarks were at or marginally below those of an FM2 A6 5400 Trinity chip I use for my HTPC
Memory controller is extremely fast & efficient. Win 7 memory rating for an 8Gb stick of 1600 with unimpressive timings was 7.0, whereas my aforementioned A6 5400 rates 7.1 for two better-timed 8gb sticks of 1600 in dual channel (Kabinis use single-channel only)
Cons: storage controller bottlenecks a little, making sata speeds slightly slower for me than with my more expensive chipsets from AMD
Heatsink assembly isn't perfected yet. Mounting punch had trouble fitting through one guide on my stock heatsink, meaning I had to shave the plastic punch slightly and force it through the aluminum ring in order to fix the heatsink to the motherboard.
Other Thoughts: Aside from a rather confusing and imperfect heatsink assembly (necessary because AM1 chips are a bit smaller than other AMD units), this is one of the best processors I've ever seen. Sure, some competing chips outperform it in a single area -power use, price, cpu performance, - there's currently nothing else on the market that grants a good blend of all the performance points I look for in a budget or small-form-factor computer. If you can get one of these for $50-60, it's well worth the money.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Decent ultra-low-end case
Used to be cheap
Cons: No longer for sale in its value class
frustrating usb design that encourages accidental shutdowns/warm boots
New pricing scheme is rediculous
Other Thoughts: I bought this case a year ago just over $20 all-in, and it was well worth the price. For $35, I'd expect it to be made of titanium, not thin, sharp, highly-flexible steel.
Did steel just become a precious metal investment commodity, or something?
Why, when China faces economic implosion and gas prices are the lowest in 15 years, does the cost of buying and shipping a cheap Chinese case rise by 55%
Newegg, we still love you, and we understand why huge, heavy cases no longer qualify for Premier, but why does suddenly nothing qualify, and why does all of it suddenly cost so much more? We all love the cheaper hard drives and memory, but they don't really do consumers any good if we can't get a decent price on anything to put them in.
We're not asking for the moon, just some common sense and continuity.