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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Cooler master really makes a great cooler. The pipes are solid copper as advertised, and the fan isn't entirely terrible. It's also a standard size, which is nice, so it is easily replaced. The package comes with additional clips for a push-pull config, though I have not had cause to use it. I am cooling an AMD 4350 with it, and it hasn't gone over 48c playing games like XIV and Skyrim on max settings. However, I have no overclocked my chip so your results will be different when working your chip harder.
Cons: It's... really, REALLY tall.... and wideish in the wrong direction. I have the original Cooler Master Storm Scout case which I thought would be all I would ever need for my components, but I had to take out one of the side panel fans to accommodate this heat sink. I might try to find shorter MB standoffs to get that last micromillimeternanometer to put my panel fan back in, but I haven't had the motivation and since it hasn't affected temps, it can wait. Though I miss the soft blue of both fans shining at night, it's a small price to pay for a rig that overall is running ten degrees cooler than my old PhenomII build did. The other problem is that in my Gigabyte 990fx board, it overhangs a RAM slot. My Corsair Vengeance is sitting flush up against it which isn't causing a problem, but its pretty much mean I'm limited to the RAM I have or if I want to add more, I will need to make sure it doesn't have a very large heat sink on it. I feel like they didn't really take board and case design into account when making this heat sink.
Other Thoughts: It didn't need to be quite this tall. I know they want to maximize heat dissipation, but I think they could have designed it differently so this would fit more comfortably in popular cases (especially THEIR OWN CASES).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Lenovo is a pretty good brand. The laptops I purchased for work were always Thinkpads, and it's nice to see them branching out into more powerful machines that can do multimedia.
I upgraded to this from an m14x which was starting to struggle in modern games, and I'm glad that I did. This notebook shreds FFXIV on high laptop settings, both windowed and full screen. I personally haven't seen any heat issues as yet, but I did upgrade to an SSD and a fresh, non-lenovo bloat Win 8.1. It's possible that my clean install and drive have helped the performance. I didn't go above 75c in FFXIV without a cooling pad. With a pad it was around 69-70.
I think that they may have updated the model, because when I was researching this laptop folks were talking about cutting holes in the case. My laptop came with a large vent on the bottom, and the gpus are vented on either side. So maybe it got a refresh - I don't know. It's a solid design.
Cons: Really, the only cons I see with this notebook is the trackpad and the chiclet style keyboard. I feel there's really no excuse for a bad trackpad and a bad keyboard. Yes, it's a notebook and yes, for gaming most of us will be using a modern mouse and maybe hook up a keyboard as well... but That doesn't give companies a free pass to put terribly designed components on a machine. Still, it's only worth knocking off one egg because everything else about the notebook performs so well. The final thing that I really don't like is the placement of the USB slots, but I guess there's really no other place for them. It's just awkward to have a usb port right at the front right where I use my mouse. I route the cable around the back to use one of the ports on the left. I can't really see a use for this port unless maybe you use a wireless controller and put the tiny nub there. Anything else is too obnoxious for the average right-handed user.
Other Thoughts: They made a budget gaming machine possible. It destroys my old alienware which cost me double what I paid for this one, and the m14x is only a couple years old. I like the ultrabay SLI - what a great idea. This way you can still use a dvd player if you want, and more gaming power when you need it. I hope that they continue this line. I'm tempted to get rid of my desktop altogether. Yes, this laptop performs THAT well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's a terrific quad core processor at a high clock speed. It's chewed through everything I have thrown at it so far. It replaced a Phenom II 965, so it had big shoes to fill. I'm glad I skipped Bulldozer and held out for Piledriver, though from what I understand Vishera is the end of the line for AMD's love affair with CPUs. Still, I hope to get another 4-5 years out of this chip that I got out of my PhenomII.
Cons: The stock fan. It's really bad. I did two builds with this chip. One was in my own rig with Arctic Silver 5 and an EVO 212 Hyper - even playing FFXIV at max settings the chip never goes above 48c. My friend's build was IDLING at 40ish even with the Arctic silver paste. If you want to really get some life and performance out of this chip, get an aftermarket cooler.
Other Thoughts: I really like AMD chips. Intel chips are great as well, but a little pricey for my tastes. I like gaming builds that cost 600ish bucks. With an AMD chip, that's more than possible. With this chip, a, R9 270x, 8 GB of Corsair vengeance and a Gigabyte 990fx board I've been able to comfortable play all the games that I like, including XIV and Skyrim at max. If you want to play games and multitask but are on a college budget, AMD is the way to go. Quality product, excellent price.READ FULL REVIEW