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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: -Excellent cooling ability
-compatibility for nearly every (if not every) CPU
-includes extra brackets to install second fan
Cons: -fan started ratting about 3 days in when its speeding up
-very tall, so make sure you have room for it
-blocks a RAM slot on Gigabyte 990-FXA-UD3 motherboard
-less than 1mm away from a stick of G.Skill Ripjaws in the slot next to the blocked one.
-I don't think I could ever run 4xdual channel ram with this cooler unless they didn't have heat spreaders.
Other Thoughts: I have this in a Cooler Master 690 II Advanced case with Phenom IIx4 965 BE clocked at 4.0 GHz on the OEM cooler. When I ran prime95 with the stock cooler, the temps would reach 72C (while remaining stable) and go no higher. After installing this cooler it won't go over 52C in the same situation. IT's a pretty dramatic difference!. I bought mine at a local electronics retailer because I had a $30 rewards certificate so I got this for next to nothing and have been dreaming about it for 2 years just never pulled the trigger.
Back to the failing fan. I requested a replacement and RMA support was very curteous and fast to approve my RMA. However, I'm awaiting instructions on what to do to get my new fan. They say it was approved, but I can't tell if they want me to mail the defective one in before they will send my new one or not. Kinda defeats the purpose of not wanting to remove it to take back to the store if that's the case...
Feel confident that this cooler can handle cooling your rig and be significantly quieter while doing it! This is really a great cooler!
Pros: Great tracking
Cons: scroll area gets "sticky" as you use it throughout the day and your finger gets clammy or whatever.
The scroll action is more accurate without setpoint installed on flash based internet games for some reason. It's barely responsive with setpoint installed.
Button configurations tend to revert to default after a week or so. It's pretty annoying to have to change the settings of the buttons every other week because the setpoint software won't keep the settings in memory.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my VX Nano, which was the best mouse I've ever had. Perfect placement of the forward and back buttons, the dedicated center button which was programmable, and the click-to-click and smooth scroll functionality were all excellent. The left button on that mouse after 2-3 years started double clicking or not clicking at all so it was time to put it to pasture. Haven't found a reasonably priced equivalent yet. The Anywhere MX is supposed to be its replacement, but It's a bit expensive. Granted, not much more than this thing.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Looks nice, cheap with the rebate. FAST usb 2.0 speeds.
Cons: I tested this drive on my GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 mobo's usb 2.0 and 3.0 ports. I wrote two AVI files to it in each instance. Tallying up to almost 3 Gb. Same files for each test. On the USB 3.0 port, write speeds peaked at around 23 MB/s, but were steady around 21-22. On the USB 2.0 port, speeds peaked arouns 21 MB/s, and averaged 19. To me this in unacceptable.
I did compare the USB 2.0 speeds to a 16 gig, SanDisk Cruzer Switch and the ADATA speeds are considerably faster, which makes it well worth the investment for 2.0. The SanDisk only writes around 4.4 MB/s.
I have been issued an RMA and if the next one performs better through USB 3.0, I will be happy to give a better review. At this time the only pros are that it works and was cheap.
Other Thoughts: This drive is blisteringly fast for USB 2.0, but considering it's 3.0 speed is barely faster, I'm a bit leery that it's actually USB 3.0.READ FULL REVIEW