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Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Decreased QA compared to older ones 10/13/2014

This review is from: Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans

Pros: I had the old 14 inches model and it was reliable and silent, though I had to swap the memory with good heat spreaders to lower hight one - fact that killed the overclockability. But it was reliable, though the colour was odd (beige? really? from all pigments available?).
I don't really know about the one I bought, but I would assume (read over to see where assumptions get you) that it will be silent and reliable.

Cons: Surprise !!
I can not install this heavily advertised (and also heavyweight , nearly 1.5 kg) cooler on the motherboard I bought at the same time - a X99 model (ASUS ROG).
That package it's missing the proper size backplate mount , the 2011 v3 that fits the new generation of processors.
This expensive big cooler comes with just the 115x adapter for intel they SecuFirm 115X and one for AMD processors.
They advertise this model as compatible with the 2011 sockets. Well, only if you get lucky and get the part in the box, because apparently I am not the only one that is missing the part.
I planned the weekend and the Monday holiday (Thanksgiving here in Canada) to assemble the workstations. I now look at premium priced high end equipment that I can not use because of decreased QA (Quality Assurance).

Another con it's ecological. The size and quantity of cardboard they use in packaging the cooler is enough to make a small city for kids. Please be more eco-responsible.

Other Thoughts: Newell is one of the best places to shop for your needs.
They offered immediately to send me another one (though they said it may also be the same problem, they do not control what's in the package). I will try to contact the manufacturer, document the case, take pictures (read = waste time after paying an expensive item) and see how it goes.
I was recommending Noctua to all the clients and colleagues (I teach informatics). I will have to pick another one. BUT which one?? - nobody is proud in their engineering and QA - just the marketing and packaging guys flooding the advertisement spaces and the biased reviews based on freebies sent by companies.
On the form over content part. Though I am in Canada and we still have many trees, I still hate seeing trees waisted for no good reason, but just marketing (which is not a good reason unless you are a shallow corporation) .

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ASUS PA249Q Black 24
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Promising monitor, not so great experience 02/21/2014

This review is from: ASUS PA249Q Black 24" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor AH-IPS 350 cd/m2 80,000,000:1

Pros: Antiglare, initial purchase price, 10 bit support (not "real " 10 bit, but nevertheless, supported), screen proportions.
Before my ASUS RT56U expensive modem was hacked due to firmware and my precious ASUS PA246 suddenly stopped working in the same week, I would have said brand.
Colors are fairly good, but you definitely need to calibrate the monitor in "user" mode - forget the color temperature settings.
For stringent color match I use another monitor that was double the price, but for a reason apparently
Newegg is a great parallel source that complements the brick and mortar stores. And they are fast, offer a good choice.

Cons: OSD is very unintuitive and the buttons are not ergonomically for fast selection in semobscurity (these monitors are to be used in low light conditions, radiology PACS workstations, photo - print situations, the buttons should be big and clear to use and have a great tactile feeling )
Company does not stand by their product

Other Thoughts: Too good to be true again? We'll see.
I hope this one is better built. The previous PA monitor I have
Stopped having an image on the screen after 2 1/2 years.
It is a nightmare to figure out how to get the warranty working.
I am unable to get to speak or a reply from somebody at Asus.
regarding the service case number Service (Case) Number NA3456217
I use a 3 monitor setup for image analysis and I need the 10 bit, hence the need for this type of monitor.
The one folowing the PA246, the 248 was just a 8 bit monitor (actually PA 246 is a 8 bit monitor "extended" with a trick to use 10 bit signals. It shows in the lack of grayscale uniformity, but at under 600$ it was a compromise I accepted. I expected some quality and the company to stand by their products though.
. I am using the ATI FirePro 8900 with a Display port cable.
Initially I thought that the Display port cable is the problem and I switched the cables with the other monitors and also used a spare one to test if the cable was the culprit.
Apparently it's not the cable.
There is no information on the screen when I turn of and turn on the screen or if I press the input selector button. (The OSD information does not appear anymore)
My assumption is that the CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) electronics are to blame.
The monitor is in a temperature and low humidity controlled environment. The working time on it every day was between 0 and 3 hours.

On a separate note, the ASUS RT56U modem I have was hacked due to the firmware vulnerability. I had to install a open source firmware. A lot of time wasted.
The same with the monitor. We pay premium prices and the warranty does not work and we have actually subpar firmware implementations and convoluted opaque warranties that actually are designed to not function.

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Ovidiu C.'s Profile

Display Name: Ovidiu C.

Date Joined: 09/13/01

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  • First Review: 02/21/14
  • Last Review: 10/13/14
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