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This review is from: MASSCOOL 8W553B1M3 90mm Ball CPU Cooler
Pros: This cooler has more airflow than a stock LGA775 cooler and has less restricted airflow as well (fins aren't as narrow.)
And while it isn't silent by a long shot, it is considerably less annoying than the stock Intel cooler. The Intel cooler has a very annoying whine at full throttle from the un-ducted fan.
Cons: First, this cooler cannot cool the TDP it's rated for. The specs don't give a concrete TDP limit, but it does say it will cool a "Prescott Pentium 4 3.6 GHz" which is 115W. This cooler absolutely will not do that, in fact it has trouble with anything over 65W. I have it on a Pentium 4 524 (3.06 GHz, 84W) and it will go over TCase while idle and near 80C under load.
Second, the mounting system is extremely hazardous. The screw bolts are made with an extremely poor quality metal and are anodized with an extremely thin layer of expensive metal to give it the chrome look.
The problem with this is that when you start screwing the bolts into the mounting bracket, metal shavings start flying everywhere. If you aren't very careful about protecting the motherboard, some metal shaving will inevitably go somewhere it shouldn't and destroy the motherboard. I had to learn this the hard way.
The way I found to stop this is to pinch a slightly damp cloth around each bolt as it's fastened to the bracket to catch any metal bits that come off. You have to do this every time you install or remove the cooler.
Other Thoughts: This is just your average LGA775 cooler, it's about as bad as the stock Intel cooler, but trades blows with it in different areas. They're both awful coolers but I'd pick this over an Intel cooler even with the metal shavings problem due to the annoying screaming of stock Intel coolers.
But at this price, you can get a much better cooler so you should only get one on sale.
Pros: - Cheap.
- One of the smallest MicroATX motherboards you can buy.
- Easy to install.
Cons: The two biggest issues I had were that first, the UEFI was corrupt and I couldn't boot to any device until I re-flashed with the latest UEFI version for this board.
Second, the Driver CD that was included with this motherboard was a coaster, no optical drive I owned could read it without making terrible noises. Luckily I had a similar MSI motherboard that used the same drivers.
Anemic selection of accessories. MSI included at least a manual on other models of their boards at the same price point, all this one had was a poor quality install guide on a single sheet of folded paper.
Other Thoughts: I bought this board because it was the only board that I could find that would fit the size constraints of the project I was working on.
Basically I'm gutting a 2001 Compaq iPaq Desktop and installing this board, 8 GB of RAM and an A8-6500. It's been a challenging project so far but it's nearly done.
Cons: This is my second review of this card. The first card I received was defective, had constant driver crashes and artifacting in both 2D and 3D modes.
The replacement card took 8 days to arrive and is even worse than the first card I had. They had the audacity to repackage a used card in a new box. The fans are clearly covered in dust and there's large blotches of sticky brown film on the back of the card with little bits of hair and dirt stuck in it, which looks like solder flux.
And this replacement card still has artifacts all over the screen, so basically I spent $15 in shipping to run around in a circle.
Other Thoughts: I've been using Gigabyte motherboards since the mid 90's and have never had issues, so I thought they'd take care of my needs on video cards too, clearly this is not the case. I will never be buying another Gigabyte video card again if they think it's acceptable to send me a used video card as a replacement for a nearly $400 new card.READ FULL REVIEW