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ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Core i7 920 2.66GHz - OC Testing
Stock @ 3.2GHz: 80C
ZALMAN @ 3.2GHz: 38C

ZALMAN @ 3.9GHz: 53C

A huge decrease in temperatures. All temperatures tested using the lowest (blue) speed. Very quiet at the lowest speed, slightly audible at the highest (red).

Cons: Difficult to install. When first installed, i wasn't lined up flat with the bracket, and had to uninstall and fix. (Caught before boot).

A little large on height. While it didn't block any RAM slots, it did require I remove a side fan on my case door in order to close it.

Other Thoughts: Looking forward to using this again after upgrading to an Ivy Bridge processor.

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Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Game
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Decent 09/24/2009

This review is from: Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Game

Pros: Decent single player story, although the character's are not too immersive. Firefight is very fun, although fairly difficult, and can be frustrating if playing with less-skilled players due to the life system. Overall the game is very fun.

Cons: Short. In 3-player co-op on Legendary (first playthrough), the game clocked in a little under 4 hours 30 minutes. With 4 players or an easier difficulty, I'd expect it to be shorter. Firefight has no matchmaking, meaning you need to play with friends over Xbox Live to actually enjoy this, and can not play with random players. Playing single player can end up being more frustrating than fun, and quickly wears then. Recommended to play with others.

Other Thoughts: Adding matchmaking to firefight would have been enough to make this a great game in my eyes, but as-is, it's far too hard to get a game started. If playing alone, this will likely have no lasting appeal to you. The hub does end up being frustrating sometimes in campaign, since many roads end up as dead ends while the map leads you to believe there should have been a door there (or the door doesn't open).

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SAMSUNG 52
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great TV at a great price 12/05/2008

This review is from: SAMSUNG 52" 1080p LCD HDTV LN52A550

Pros: Great Video quality. Standard def cable still looks fine, with HD content looking great. Xbox 360 hooked up via HDMI has great quality as well. The price is great for such a large and high-quality HDTV. Completely satisfied the TV and haven't had any issues with it.

Cons: Sound quality by itself started out kinda low, as its lacking bass. Calibrating the audio made a big difference. It does sound a little weird when standing beside the TV instead of in front of which, but then again, you don't watch it from the side. Also, energy saving settings seems to apply across all inputs, and can't be customized per input, which conflicted with differing calibrations I found.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend using AVSForum for calibrating both the audio and the video for the TV. Made a large difference for the sound in my opinion, and probably helped the picture quality as well. I've tweaked some of the settings to lower the brightness some for gaming, as it was too bright for the darker lighting in my room.

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William E.'s Profile

Display Name: William E.

Date Joined: 07/14/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/16/07
  • Last Review: 05/08/12
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