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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Update after 4 years! 01/13/2015

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: Great cooling capability, has held up incredibly well over the years, looks fantastic, still works just as well as the day I bought it, keeps an FX-8350 at 35c in a 22c room at stock speeds during full-load stress testing.

Cons: The fan can be a little loud at higher RPMs, although it may just be because it's old. It's also pretty big, so it can be a pain to install depending on how much space you have to work with. The thermal compound that it ships with isn't that great either. I'd recommend AS 5.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this heatsink in my main computer since I bought it back in 2011 and I still couldn't be happier with it. To me it really says something about the quality of this product that I've either replaced or upgraded literally every other part of my PC aside from this in that amount of time. If you need better cooling I'd definitely recommend giving one of these a shot.

At the current price I've even been kicking around the idea of picking up an extra one, just in case. Seriously.

Great job Zalman!

MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Looks very lovely, quality of components is high, runs cool.

Cons: UEFI BIOS is horrible to work with,no pcie 3.0, BIOS updates from MSI are few and far between and don't address extremely common issues with the FX series processors, cannot overclock anything due to erratic voltages, board has become extremely unstable over the past year, MSI RMA process is the stuff of nightmares.

Other Thoughts: I've been using MSI boards for every AMD build I've done in the past four years and loved them, so naturally I picked up the 990FXA-GD80 to use with my FX-8350. I wish I never had. Problems started from day one with cores erroring out under load, random bluescreens, issues with memory compatibility, etc. The UEFI BIOS is also an unresponsive, horrid mess, and it's impossible for the board to supply an accurate voltage to your chip regardless of what you select. I couldn't accomplish ANY overclocking using this board, even on my older Phenom II 970 BE that was running at 3.8GHz at stock voltages on my older MSI 890FXA-GD70. Any voltage or multiplier that is over or under exactly what stock should have been would cause a BSOD or the machine to completely lock up. More importantly, over the past couple months the board has become increasingly unstable at the stock settings and is throwing other strange errors like losing about five min per week from the system clock (yes the CMOS battery was changed). BIOS updates from MSI are useless in solving any of these issues as well. Overall I'm extremely disappointed in the quality of this board and will likely replace it with an ASUS 990FX Sabertooth, since MSI's RMA service s laughably awful and in previous experiences their replacements were often worse than the original defective hardware I RMA'd. Don't buy.

LG EB2442T-BN Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very nice color range, picture is crisp and sharp, no ghosting, monitor itself looks good, the base also has a small groove and hook in the back to help hide cables.

Cons: As other reviews have stated the base isn't the sturdiest so the monitor tends to wobble a bit (even as I type this), but it doesn't bother me too much and with sturdier desks it might not even happen. The viewing angle is a little odd though, and if you aren't looking at the monitor dead on, the sides of the display will look a little 'warmer' than the center. This is most apparent against white/light images, but even then it's a pretty minor complaint. Both of these issues are present on all three of the displays I ordered, so I assume they're all like that.

No DVI cable included...

Other Thoughts: Since I will probably mount all three on a single stand eventually, my biggest annoyance is honestly the lack of a DVI cable. I mean, really.... it's 2013 and this is a high-def monitor being marketed as high-end product. You can't kick customers a cable that will cost them at MOST ten bucks retail? Talk about petty. Or better yet, keep the VGA cable and ship with a DVI instead.

Anyway, it's a nice monitor. Just make sure you order a DVI cable to go with it.


Brett L.'s Profile

Display Name: Brett L.

Date Joined: 03/08/10

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  • First Review: 04/09/10
  • Last Review: 01/13/15
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