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Pros: I don't know what people are complaining about with the stock fan. It does the job just fine. The 4 corner posts that mount to the motherboard -are- made out of cheap plastic I must admit, but the heat sink and fan itself are fine, and my system idles at 30 degrees C at 3.4 GHz right out of the box in the Rosewill Challenger U3 case which has great air flow. I haven't played around with the over clocking yet, but I will do that this weekend and write another review. I should mention that in addition to the thermal paste included on the stock fan, I added a small drop of Arctic Silver myself before affixing to the CPU.
Cons: The Corsair H90 does NOT work with this socket/CPU. I purchased this by mistake and will be returning it. I just wanted to let anyone know who might be thinking they can make this work because their case has a 140mm fan on top that it does not work. The connector is just too big for the socket since the LGA 1150 CPU is so small compared to other Intel sockets like the LGA2011. Not taking off an egg because that was my fault. That's why I ended up using the stock fan which seems fine so far. Played Diablo III and the stock fan kept the processor cool without issue.
Other Thoughts: I almost went with an AMD. I'm glad I stayed with Intel.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: Very, very fast. The software that comes with the disk is extremely easy to use.
Cons: I received this two days ago. After cloning my original C: and D: partitions from my 500GB source drive (a Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive) with the Disk Migration software, this drive would not boot. The Samsung Magician software sees it afterwards if I boot up with my existing source drive, but when I swap the old drive with the 840 EVO, my Windows 7 Ultimate system won't boot. I have tried numerous things to no avail.
Halfway through the migration process I get a message saying the source disk should be checked for errors. That brings up the standard Windows Check Disk which doesn't find anything. The migration slows from writing at 40MB/s to as low as 2, but finishes.
I ended up doing a full install from scratch, which for me was a major pain. Now I have to reinstall all my programs. I knocked off an egg due to this major inconvenience, but very well could be something wrong with my source disk.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this drive. I did a lot of research into what kind of SSDs are out there and this one ranks up there with the best of them.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Awesome PSU. Can power anything. No complaints. Easy to install. It sees daily, constant use, and has never caused me any problems at all. I love that it is modular. This was the first modular PSU I have ever worked with and now I will never buy a non-modular PSU again. Comes with a sturdy bag to store the unused power cables.
Cons: Pricey for a PSU, but worth it when you need the best.
Other Thoughts: The build it powers:
Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1050M 1050W ATX 12V PSU
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive
Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD1CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive
LG Black 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA2 2011 ATX Mobo
Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Edition 32GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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