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This review is from: CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU
Pros: Received today, first impressions have me sticking with cryorig for life, and I've always been loyal to cooler master. As always with a computer build, I always cheaped out on the CPU cooler, never again will I do such an awful thing to a computer. I came from using a cooler master T2 (My review on that cooler is now nullified do to a mistake explained later). When I first saw cryorig, what led me to cryorig is the name "cryorig" it just caught on to me super fast and stuck, as I started to do more research, the more cryorig appealed to me, and after being loyal to cooler master for such a long time, it was initially hard to switch. After receiving this beautiful and heavy piece of art, the first thing I noticed was how well it was packaged, and the artwork on the box was very well presented, almost showcasing the cooler before you even opened the box to remove it. After opening the box, the cooler was sitting in there nice and snug, definitely custom cut for the cooler, unlike other brands that use a "one size fits all" deal, with a little Styrofoam and packaging material... no sir... this is all custom packaging.
This is really the only nice cooler I've ever bought, very well put together and solid and silent, I don't know what the others are complaining about, i can't even hear the thing over my AC. The design and colouring of the cooler fits my case nicely, no complaints on that, even has the cryorig logo on the top. This thing cost $35, feels like $60, but please keep it $35. You couldn't beat this price/quality ratio with a stick
In the package, you receive pretty much pictured, Cryorig's CP7 thermal paste, which i think i need to re-apply, a manual, and a registration card as well as hardware to mount the cooler, and a 2nd fan. The manual is very straight forward and interactive, it made everything very clear, and as if it wasn't clear enough, each step includes a bar-code you can scan with your phone to demonstrate a step you may not understand.
After replacing my T2, i noticed... I FORGOT TO REMOVE THE PLASTIC ON THE BOTTOM... stupid stupid stupid... I wanted to try the T2 after removing the useless plastic, but i didn't feel like doing any of that, so i did a test install of this beautiful cooler before using the thermal paste, details of install in the cons.
Cons: Oh the dreaded process of installing. The X-bar is a brilliant idea, but at the same time, a not brilliant idea. When I started on the test install, I got the retention plate and screws in, and then installed those black cylinders, and then went to mount the cooler, which didn't fit, so I had to make it fit. The large arches of the X-bar kind of pushes against the left heat sink on my motherboard (Asus P8H77-V LE). After making sure everything, more or less fit, I removed it, applied the paste conservatively, and remounted the cooler, with zero RAM interference, with room to spare (pro).
Another major con is that it can't make coffee.
Other Thoughts: I'm definitely gonna be with cryorig until the end, and then after. I can't wait to see what else they'll pump out, and I'll be right on the ball when it comes out, which they should be coming out with internet enabled power supplies soon, and hopefully PC cases.
More on the cooler master T2 with plastic attached.
Stress test: 78c
Space engineers: 100c (with 1 loaded planet)
Thermal compound: Cooler master's special mix that comes in a sketchy pouch
stress test: 51c
Space engineers: 58c (with 2 planets loaded)
Thermal compound: Cryorig's not as sketchy but still kind of sketchy and [probably] re-branded thermal compound in syringe
Other reviewers stated to just throw the stuff out and use arctic silver's stuff, but I don't really see the point if you're not running and i7 extreme and running 4 virtual machines.
Will make updated review in a few months or in the afterlife.
The processor has been running hot lately, I think I definitely need to reapply the thermal compound, I just need to find it. When I initially applied the paste, i put on the size of a grain of rice, which seems to be too small. Others on the internet and forums state it needs to be the size of a pea, a little bigger than what I'm used to doing, but if it helps, i'll try it.
This review is from: Seagate ST1000LM014 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive
Pros: I ordered this drive... 4 business days later I received it followed by installation into my laptop... 1 week later... this is my whole experience
First off, get yourself a usb to sata adapter compatible with mac, in my case, an agestar adapter (newegg ID: 9SIA4991C86923) I got a program called "Carbon Copy Cloner" for mac, you can get it from just about anywhere, I myself got it from softpediaDOTcom. I then created 2x 500GB partitions, keeping OS X and all my media seperate, which sort of speeds up the boot process, and then cloned my macintosh HD partition.
I removed the battery, as required, switched out the drives, turned my macbook on, and at first i didn't think it worked, for it sat there for 2 minutes before the apple logo popped up, I guess it was reconfiguring the firmware, but 2 or 3 boot ups later, I definitely noticed speed up in my boot times, a good 15 seconds off, switching from sata 2, to sata 3, and the built in SSD is just gravy on top of it all.
To top it all off, it has the original seagate logo, the one we all know and love.
Cons: I asked and watched, it didn't make any sandwiches despite the plea. At first I thought it was incapable, but what was I thinking, I looked around and didn't see any condiments to make a sandwich, it simply didn't have the supplies. So I went to the fridge and then to the cupboard for some bread and condiments, and sat it in front of the disk, 30 minutes later it didn't even try, so then I thought, maybe it really didn't know how. I quickly ran to my computer and printed out a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a sandwich and sat it there next to the drive and condiments, I thought "it shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes now".
20 minutes later I decided to show it how to make a sandwich, and finally I had my sandwich, but I asked of it to repeat what I just did. I gave it another 20-30 minutes to piece it together, I got back home from the store, it sat there unmoved, everything untouched. I decided to give up. I went ahead to switch it out with my other drive, and it's doing a fantastic job at storing my data, without even trying, so I can't be mad at it.
Other Thoughts: Edit 08-16-2016 (8 days under 1 year)
Drive still works great, not much more to put. Just wanted to state that. according to some of the later reviews, it should have died by now, but it didn't, so I'm happy. I'm not surprised it's still working, the only other seagate drive that failed on me was actually a few weeks ago, and it was my fault, I accidentally set my drive on top of a neo magnet, and those neo magnets are extra strong. I immediately did tested the drive and i destroyed half the sectors. This drive though still works.
Pros: As I said, I can't speak for blu-ray just yet, I yet do not have software and i don't feel like spending money on software... freeware should come out eventually, it always does. Blu ray or not, this thing is fast, i've burned quite a bit of music CDs and software installation CDs, I have yet to even watch a movie on my extremely awesome monitor.
Cons: Blu ray software not free... not LG's fault, or this drive's for that matter.
Other Thoughts: Since i bought this drive, it appears they have changed the bezel, i loved the brushed aluminum look (is actually plastic but is extremely visually pleasing, I wish they bring that back)READ FULL REVIEW