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ASUS VG248QE Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: --Clear picture.
--Fast refresh rates!
--Superfast response times!

Cons: No cons whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: This is easily the best monitor I have ever seen or used. It's 144hz refresh rate is amazing. Zero issues when received or to this day.

A note to those that want to use Crossfire: My dual R9 270X cards in Crossfire will bluescreen when trying to run at 144hz. That appears to be too much data for the single Crossfire bridge on my cards. Setting the refresh rate to 120hz resolves that, and I cannot tell any difference. Hope this helps somebody out there!

Buy it now!

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer (CLW0222) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good alternative to giant air coolers! 07/17/2014

This review is from: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer (CLW0222) Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: -- Cools very well.
-- Installation was a breeze.
-- Fans rather quiet when running in silent mode.

Cons: -- Not as cold as dry ice.
-- Dual fans can be very loud in turbo mode.

Other Thoughts: I installed this cooler over an AMD FX-8350 in order to control the CPU temps better than with the stock CPU cooler. This product accomplished that goal very well. It effectively keeps the CPU from going much above 50C under full load, and keeps the CPU at roughly ambient temperature at idle. Gaming temps are between 40C and 50C. The radiator successfully pulls heat from the CPU and dumps it out of the rear of your case, keeping the CPU as well as other components very cool. I now have no concerns about heat or damage to my CPU whatsoever.

Note that I only run my CPU at stock or turbo speeds. For overclocking, you may wish to go with the Thermaltake 3.0 Pro or beyond, but for a normal user that wants to feel confident that their CPU is well cooled and protected from damage, this cooler will accomplish that easily.

Lastly, with my fan profile set to silent, the fan noise from this unit is quite acceptable. As temps increase, the fan speed increases, but the cooler itself prevents any major spikes which would cause the fans to be super noisy. When gaming or under normal loads this cooler will serve you very well!

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: --8 cores at 4ghz stock.
--Plenty of speed for current games and apps.
--Stock CPU cooler sufficient for gaming and normal workloads.

Cons: --Can get a little warm.
--Stock CPU cooler not sufficient for overclocking. But why would you?

Other Thoughts: This cpu, when paired with a quality video card, is plenty fast for today's gaming needs. Running at the 4ghz stock, or even in turbo mode, the stock CPU cooler will keep the CPU at acceptable temps. I had excellent performance using the stock cooler, Arctic Silver 5, and a 120mm case fan blowing over the cooler and board. Easily able to manage normal workloads, but slightly deficient if you run something like Prime95.

On that note, due to the fact that I could *not* run Prime95 for any extended period of time using the stock cooler, I upgraded to a Thermaltake 3.0 Performance AIO water cooler. Afterward I can run Prime95 for as long as I dare, but really don't see any need. The CPU is plenty fast and I want it to last a long time.

To be clear for perspective buyers, the CPU is plenty fast running at stock or turbo speeds, and the included CPU cooler will work just great under normal gaming and other workloads.

I highly recommend the FX-8350!


Joseph B.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph B.

Date Joined: 03/21/14

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 07/17/14
  • Last Review: 07/17/14
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