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ARCTIC Alpine 11 Plus CPU Cooler - Intel, Supports Multiple Sockets, 92mm PWM Fan at 23dBA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great Budget Stock Replacement 11/21/2013

This review is from: ARCTIC Alpine 11 Plus CPU Cooler - Intel, Supports Multiple Sockets, 92mm PWM Fan at 23dBA

Pros: 30C idle 45C load on a Core i3. Set the fan target to 1200 RPM and the mechanical drives in the system are the loudest thing in there now. Whisper quiet next to the 3000 RPM wind turbine of a stock fan.

Very easy to install compared to a bulky backplated overclocking cooler. Would recommend for any system that isn't going to overclock.

Cons: Find something to cover your thumb with when pushing in the pins on the mounting bracket, hurt like hell to get them in otherwise.

Other Thoughts: Take off the fan before mounting the heatsink so it's easy to screw it onto the bracket.

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CM Storm QuickFire Rapid - Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with CHERRY MX Blue Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: An excellent, no-frills, well functioning mechanical keyboard, with clacky, springy, blue microswitches. Absolutely minimal layout with no wasted space, maximizes the extra room you have if using it on a desk, which is a huge plus for me.

As many have mentioned, the product photos are outdated and there is now no company branding on the keyboard, just lovely plain matte grey.

Thought I would lose media keys getting such a small keyboard, but it has a FN key for using the F5-F12.

Cons: Caps lock and window key lock lights are kinda bright I guess? Not enough for me to notice unless I'm looking at the keyboard still, so it's fine.

Other Thoughts: Got a great deal for it on sale here, ever since price has been creeping up here and elsewhere, probably due to popularity. Used the money I saved to get a standalone USB keybad for whenever I need to do 10-key entry.

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HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A nice basic model of the 7850 with the 2 gb of ram. Got it to replace a looooooud old 4870, this is basically silent in comparison. Bumped the core clock to 900mhz for fun and it's fine, but really the Core I3 in the system I put it in is bottlenecking it. Just got this because it was the cheapest 2GB 7850 at the time ($180) and the awesome AMD deal for free Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider (both games I wanted).

Cons: None so far, most taxing thing it's done is GW2, which is capping out on the CPU. Don't care for the 1 DVI + 1 HDMI setup (I like when they have the second DVI on top), but most basic cards have that these days. Doesn't come with anything but a DVI/VGA adapter either, I already had the requisite cables and adapters I needed, but you may want to note that.

Other Thoughts: HIS has models with better cooling setups for not much more, especially if this isn't on sale. Would definitely go with those if you planned to OC, which is always fun to mess with on the 78xx and 79xx series cards.

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Display Name: Paul D.

Date Joined: 09/03/07

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 01/07/09
  • Last Review: 11/21/13
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