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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Big and cools well 08/30/2015

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Capability to establish dual-fan cooling. 120mm fan included. Mounting system is flexible to support Intel and AMD platforms. Lowered temperatures versus the stock Intel cooler. Price-to-performance ratio (after rebate) is very hard to beat.

Cons: This cooler is gargantuan compared to included OEM solutions. Be sure to measure clearance in your case before buying and installed. It barely fit in my Corsair case. Included cooling fan, while quiet, is louder than expected. Mounting can be a challenge while aligning the crossbar and backplate. Process is made easier if the case has the necessary cutout on the motherboard tray to install the cooler without removing the system board.

Other Thoughts: As others have previously noted, be sure to ensure you have adequate clearance from the height and width perspective before ordering. While the EVO 212 may be a step up from the Hyper 212 Plus, the price differential (when rebates are active) provides the edge to the Hyper 212 Plus in most scenarios.

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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Stable, stable, and more stable. XMP profiles worked perfectly out of the box. Heatsinks are tall, but don't contain any sharp edges. Priced very reasonably for a name-brand product. Height of the sinks did not impede use of an aftermarket CPU cooler.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Years of experience with Corsair memory keeps me coming back to the brand for stable and reliable memory. I've deviated from the brand two times. In both instances, I encountered compatibility issues transitioning the memory to other platforms (e.g. proper timings/speeds; going from AMD to Intel or achieving the rated speed on a given platform). Receiving a bad module can happen from time to time, but I've never had an issue with Corsair thus far and will continue using their offerings for memory in future system builds.

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ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid entry-level Z97-based motherboard 08/30/2015

This review is from: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: ASRock did an incredible job with the layout of the board. No stress on the majority of the cabling using a Corsair SPEC-03 case and an Antec HCG-620M modular PSU. Dual 4-pin PWM fan headers next to the CPU socket simplify connection of aftermarket dual-fan air coolers (such as the Hyper Plus 212 I added to my system). System has been exceptionally stable and infinitely more responsive than the outgoing AMD APU-based solution that previously resided in the case. The Asrock App Store program provides streamlined access to firmware and driver updates than MSI Live Update does - less nagging and more overall utility.

The BIOS is well designed and configuration of items such as enabling XMP memory profiles required a minimal amount of effort. While I did not opt for an unlocked processor, the overclocking options were generous for those inclined to wring every last drop of performance out of a 47x0-K series CPU.

Although the Z97 platform is fading from the spotlight with the introduction of Skylake-series processors and corresponding motherboards, the performance differential between the outgoing and incoming platforms wasn't enough to sway me to wait until availability of standard SKUs improves. DDR3 is still more cost-effective at this moment and, when combined with some of the excellent promotions Newegg runs on the corresponding processors, the Z97 platform will provide a solid foundation for a computer that will stand the test of time.

Cons: The audio header resides in the lower left-hand corner of the board. Depending on the included case cabling and additional components installed in a system build, you _may_ not be able to utilize it. With the prevalence of wireless and/or USB-based output devices, this may not present an issue but should be noted.

Other Thoughts: This was my first ASRock motherboard, but it certainly won't be my last. Spectacular value for the money!

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 12/11/01

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  • First Review: 02/28/04
  • Last Review: 08/30/15
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