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This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H90 CW-9060013-WW/RF Water Cooler Manufactured Recertified
Pros: Was looking for a CPU water cooler with a single 140mm fan and was hoping to get something that was quiet and would cool my FX9370 well and yet have a radiator that was fairly slim. This has fit the bill perfectly! Even though recertified, it seemed completely brand new as far as I can tell and was the best cooler value ever at $50.
Cons: Not really a con, but I was a bit disappointed that this cooler wouldn't squeeze into an Antec 300 or 302 case next to my M5A99FX mobo's CPU power connector without modification...Ended up using a 302 with the radiator above and the fan pulling from the outside (top) of the case. Since it is raised up, I decided to snip away the case's perforated grille there. If you are thinking of doing the same, it actually goes pretty easy with some side snips...just leave the screw holes portion of the case so there is something holding the assembly. Now I must find a grille for the (somewhat awkward looking, outside mounted) 140mm fan.
Other Thoughts: This seems to cool the FX's 220 watts markedly better than the Antec 950 Kuhler and the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus / 212 EVO coolers, all of which I have now tested extensively, even with push/pull fan arrangements, but I can imagine that a person doing tons of wide-open rendering, benchmarking etc. wanting to keep peak temperatures well below 60-70*C may want something with more thermal capacity. This one is beautifully well-behaved, however, and has a very smooth and reassuring sound to it. The pump hits 1500 rpm, higher than my two previous Corsair water coolers, and I can't really hear it or feel it at all. Seems to me most 120mm CPU fans, push/pull or no, can touch the silent power and effectiveness of a good 140mm unit.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: HyperX FURY 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model HX318C10F/8
Pros: Two sticks of his stuff runs flawlessly on my M5A99FX Pro R2.0. motherboard. I'm able to both undervolt and overclock it should I choose to. The heatspreader isn't too tall and fits nicely underneath my Hyper212EVO. Price right now represents incredible value. PERFECT for the FX platform!
Cons: None so far. Very solid feel and classy looks.
Other Thoughts: After testing many different types of similar-priced CL10 ram, I've found anything less than CL11 operation does not yield much if any performance benefit for my particular motherboard and seems to actually degrade performance a little bit, so I'm running these sticks at motherboard's 1866 defaults at 11 11 11 30. (Am guessing this may be linked to ECC capability by the mobo or processor,..just a guess.)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board has taken my FX9370 with a Corsair TX 650 supply and Hyper 212EVO with push-pull aftermarket fans and 8 gb of Crucial 1866 XT Sport RAM (overclocked to 1931)-to 4.88ghz. Hyper Transport running at 2700, NB 2277 (stock multipliers.) My normal startup overclock is set to 4.5 ghz. I can then shift to 4.88 within the OS using Turbo EVO. Surely this is all right at the edge of the CPU cooler's capacity, but on the other hand the Hyper212's collateral breeze plus my Antec 305's strategically placed fans keep the motherboard temps surprisingly cool. Am getting consistent Cinebench Demo CPU score of 768
Cons: This board had given me fits trying for full Cool and Quiet operation, Turbo or no, but once I tried most of the Smart Digi Key VRM management suggestions and just went with a straight overclock, my troubles have disappeared. The Key seemed to be CPU LLC set to Ultra Hi. CPU volts set to 1.368, NB volts to 1.150, DRAM volts set to a mere 1.370v. Perhaps a Con for some, but, in the end not really a deal breaker for me. I may not have had the same Cool and Quiet problems using, say an FX 6350...
Other Thoughts: I had RMA'ed this board, sent it in, and ASUS Service sent it right back to me 'repaired' with no explanation. They may 've replaced the bios chip, otherwise there was no evidence of any repair. This was originally bought as an Open Box. No doubt this board tested fine for them and may 've even been superior at overclocking. My thought is that I would have gotten to the advantages of this board much sooner had I employed LLC Ultra Hi sooner.
Note: The CPU OPT. fan header would seem to be under the same speed control as the CPU fan header. If you are looking to drive a water pump with a fixed 12v, you may want to pick a different header!