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HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Back USB 3 ports worked.

Cons: Difficult to plug into the 19-pin header. Couldn't get the front panel USB 3.0 ports to work. Pulled out the UB 3.0 connector and found two of the 19 pins bent and one pin missing.

Obviously, I exerted too much pressure but the connection wasn't happening with less pressure. I've had this connector plugged into my motherboard USB 3.0 header a couple times with out problems. Looking at my motherboard header, it looks like the pins aren't as flimsy as the Hoo Too.

Other Thoughts: I have a USB 3.0 controller of this type in another computer and had no problems with it - will get another one of those.

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Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The good:

1. Price. With the rebate it seemed worth trying.
2. Quiet. Pump and fan can't be heard.
3. Cooling. On Prime95 seems competitive with H60.
4. Pump. LED on indicates pump is working.
5. Used Arctic Silver thermal paste.

Cons: The bad:

1. The screws to secure fan radiator were too short. Required trip to the hardware store - 16-32 1.5 in machine screws worked.
2. Installation instructions were pathetic, making installation more difficult. No indication in instructions that thew 1150 socket is compatible or even exists, for that matter. Youtube install video helped but glossed over a couple important points.
3. Using IntelBurnTest with the Seidon at Maximum stress (10 times) takes my stock I7-4770K up to 81C. H60 keeps my I7-2600K at 58C and the I5-3750K at 63C (both processors stock).
4. 2-year warranty. Nothing expresses better the company's confidence in their product than warranty length.

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping for the best on this cooler. My main concern is why the top temperatures differ so much between Prime95 and IntelBurnTest on the Seidon but not on the H60 (2600K: 5C7 vs 58C. 3750K: 63C vs 63C. 4770K: 63C vs 81C).

I hope to find out how to have this cooler work more consistently so I can raise its rating.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Previously reported problem of looping (11/15/13) corrected in RMA. Motherboard is working fine now. RMA process took about a month.

Cons: Had trouble using Gigabyte's online RMA process - my RMA was not tracked by the online system. Use phone contact to facilitate RMA process and find its status.

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Display Name: Thomas W.

Date Joined: 01/03/09

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