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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Fan is great, mounting kit is NON VIABLE 05/09/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: Very quiet.

Keeps my FX-8350 at 108F with all 8 cores running full bore doing video transcoding.

Using the stock fan for this CPU, the temperature was 150F and the computer sounded like a dust buster.

This fan is a significant improvement in this regard.

Nickle plating helps remove sharp edges on fins, making it less likely that someone will be cut.

The blue color on the LED isn't super bright, but is a nice subdued blue.

Cons: UNABLE TO INSTALL USING INCLUDED BASE PLATE.

I tried for over two hours to install this using the provide base plate and screw sets.

The screws are simply not long enough to reach.

I really have no how they expect anyone to mount this, at least on an AM3+ board, and I don't think things would be better on intel based boards.

It is not possible to mount this fan to the provide base plate. You can get one screw to catch its threading, but that is all. My wife and I were both standing in the kitchen, wrestling to force a second tab down close enough to the board so that a screw would catch its threading.

Never happened.

I eventually found a solution in using the baseplate and screws that came with the motherboard itself, eyeballing the tension on each screw and trying not to put too much torsion on the board itself.

I should not have to mix and match parts from other mounting solutions in order to mount this fan. This is a SEVERE DESIGN FLAW.

I've bought Zalman fans in the past, and have always been very happy with them. This is the first time I've come across this problem. I've never had a problem like this before. This is unprecedented.

To solve this design flaw, in my opinion, the mounting screws need to be made LONGER. The nuts that these are supposed to screw into have a hole that goes all the way through. There is NO REASON why the screws could not be made long enough to catch on those nuts.

Both of these options would bring the nuts and the screws closer together, allowing them to thread up.

Another small problem is that the instructions have an error on page 3.

On this page, the instructions say to mount the fan with the thinner heatsink towards the back of the case. The purpose of this orientation is to push hot air towards the base back, where it can be blow out by the fan that is usually mounted there.

This is a good idea, however there is a critical error in that it is the THICKER heatsink that must be placed towards the back of the case.

Interestingly enough, the actual drawing in the instruction manual shows the correct mounting orientation. It is the text that accompanies that drawing which is in error.

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ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Adequate for lower end processors, not good for FX-8350 05/07/2014

This review is from: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Inexpensive board.

Includes two full PS/2 ports.

Has run stably, even when the power draw has gone over spec. I would trust this board for lower power CPUs

Cons: Does not adequately support higher wattage FX processors.

I'm running Mint 16 (Linux) on this system.

I attempted to pair it with an FX-8350.

Under normal use, the CPU cores are running at 1.4 Ghz and only pull about 50 watts. The board works great under these conditions.

Under heavy load however, when the clock speed of the cores is maxed out at 4.0 Ghz, they draw over 130 watts.

The problem is that this is beyond the spec of the voltage regulators for this board. The max is 125 watts. I did not know this at the time I bought the board.

Until recently this has not troubled me much since my usage patterns have not resulted in extended periods of heavy load, only short bursts.

However, I've now begun doing transcoding of video files into mp4 format. This can peg the whole CPU for extended periods. The first time I attempted to do a lengthy transcode run, I could smell something becoming too hot on the board.

The system is still running, and still stable, but I'll be replacing this motherboard with one rated for 140W processors.

I would not recommend purchasing this board unless you intend to pair it with a lower wattage processor

Other Thoughts: This board works well with this ram:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231616

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Men’s Seiko 5 Automatic Fabric Watch - Black
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Not this watch, but this same watch movement 04/20/2013

This review is from: Men’s Seiko 5 Automatic Fabric Watch - Black

Pros: I don't own this particular watch, but a very similar model with the same movement (7s26). These are VERY good watches for the money.

The Seiko 5 series are named because all have the following 5 features:

1. Automatic, 2. Water resistant, 3. Shock resistant, 4. Date, 5. Day.

Watch snobs like to turn their nose up at them because they don't cost $$$$$ and aren't made in Switzerland.

Well I own some swiss watches, and I can tell you right now that my Seiko 5 is a great watch.

Simple, rugged, and robust. You can't expect chronometer spec accuracy, but that is not what this movement was designed for. It will keep good time, but you might have to adjust it once a week or so.

Seiko is not a low rent watch maker. They make some very high end movements that rival or exceed anything the swiss make. This is their value line. Whenever people ask me about buying a starter automatic watch, I tell them to get one of these or an Orient.

The great thing about automatics is that if you wear them consistently, or get a winder, you'll never have to worry about batteries again.

One person mentioned that his was running fast after a year and he was going to take it in to have it serviced.. Don't bother. These movements are made to be disposable. That isn't to say that a watchmaker won't look at it, but the labor will cost you the price of a new one.

Cons: Cannot be wound using the crown.

This is an automatic. If you plan to wear it every day it will keep good time. If you plan to wear it occasionally, you'll need to re-set the time on it each time you put it on.

Other Thoughts: The 7s26 movement runs at 21,600 beats per hour. As a result, the second hand tends to "stutter" more than other movements that run at 28,800.

This is still far smoother than the step...step...step of quartz watch however.

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