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This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: - dropped temps 10-18 degrees on idle vs stock cooler
- easy install
- blows air out back of case, and not down, keeping my gpu cooler.
- ram fits under it nicely
Cons: - colors on fans aren't the best, but not a biggy
- HUGE. Make sure your case can fit it
Other Thoughts: I recently upgraded my pc. My old rig had an AMD Phenomm II 940 paired with a Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro. I thought that thing was big...
I'm now running an AMD FX 8350, and this thing dropped the temps nearly 20 degrees compared to the stock cooler. This thing is huge. The pictures do not do it justice. That said, install was easy. Just make sure your case will fit it.
I would HIGHLY recommend this to any gamer out there. Quiet, and performs very well.
This review is from: Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
Pros: - VERY easy install
- Does not take up space in my case
- Great sound
- 24 bit 96k recording
Cons: - Default settings make the sound fuzzy
Other Thoughts: I had previously bought an Asus Xonar PCI card, and it malfunctioned. I decided to get a USB card since it didn't require an additional power cord, and Man, this thing is great!
This is FAR better than my built in sound card. I can hear things in songs I never knew were there.
This sounded awful with the default settings. After I turned all the effects off, I wondered how I ever managed with my on board sound for so many years. I think a lot of those who gave bad reviews are not very tech savy.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
Pros: - much more efficient Ram usage
- sleek design
- classic desktop still accessable
- gadgets still work
- compatible with pretty much everything 7 was
- Aero desktop works with some older programs that had issues in 7. In these programs, it would kick me to the Windows 7 basic desktop, screwing up my DPI scaling.
- You can finally put custom images in the log on screen.
- Install time is MUCH faster
- Startup time is MUCH faster
Cons: - Still not enough default screensavers
- New interface takes some getting used to
- BSOD screen no longer shows diagnostic information, just a sad face. Not helpful when overclocking, and trying to see if it was a memory or cpu issue.
Other Thoughts: I have been using Windows 7 since 2010, and thought it couldn't get any better. Let's face it; every other Windows OS is garbage. 98, ME, Vista... For once, they've actually got two good OS's in a row. I've been running 8 since the consumer preview.
True, it takes a little time getting used to the new layout, but after a few weeks, it's really not bad. I never used the Start menu anyway. I either put shortcuts on the desktop, pin icons to the menu bar, or create my own menus. All of this can still be done in Windows 8.
The overall look is sleeker, it runs smoother, and start up time is about half of Windows 7.