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Pros: Non-reference cooler (OEM Accelero L2 Pro)
Includes DVI-to-VGA adapter
Silent while idle (GPU/RAM 165MHz/300MHz)
Cons: Annoying buzz/hum/whine once even a slight load is added (noise may be not noticeable if your system already has noisy system fans and/or power supply - my system is near silent)
Other Thoughts: Even when doing simple tasks (HD video decoding), the GPU jumps up to 400MHz and the fan starts to make an incredibly annoying buzz/hum/whine (sound is gone when you stop the fan). I assumed that since this unit uses a non-reference cooler, it would be suitable for my HTPC. Because the noise it creates is at a low frequency, the sound carries throughout my living room.
I hope it is just a defective card and not a design flaw. I will be sending back the card today.
This review is from: Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler
Pros: Easily replaceable fan.
Fantastic cooling for the size.
Top down design allows for chipset, memory and VRM cooling.
Low profile (my HTPC has only 100mm of clearance).
Cons: Difficult to install on socket 775 due to limited space between push pins and heatsink.
Fan is quiet at low speeds, but not at full speed (12V).
Heat sink is very wide (presses up against my power supply in a ThermalTake Mozart HTPC case).
Other Thoughts: I didn't want to remove my motherboard, so I had to remove a stick of memory, my power supply and a case fan in order to make enough room to get my hands in there.
Since I had the space, I replaced the stock fan with a Scythe Slip Stream 800. At 12V the SlipStream pushes the same amount of air as the stock does at 12V, but is silent while doing so. I loose PWM control, but since it is silent at full speed, this is not a problem.
This review is from: Foxconn G31MV-K LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Installed fine in a standard ATX case.
Offers good value as long as you know what you are getting (feature wise)
Native IDE controller (inherent of the chipset) means I was able to keep both SATA ports open by using an IDE HD & DVD-RW (wouldn't have been a concern if it had more than 2 SATA ports).
Value* - I was able to get this on sale with free shipping, so the value was exceptional.
Cons: My only cons would have to be lack of expansions slots, fan headers and SATA ports. As far as layout, the internal USB headers and SATA ports could could a problem. I was aware of all of these factors ahead of time, so none of this was a surprise.
Other Thoughts: Despite the fact that the internal USB headers are next to the PCI-e 16x slot and the SATA port is in line with that same slot, I was able to install a dual slot NVidia 8600 GT Silent video card. The card is short enough not to interfere with the SATA ports and the heatsink is high enough off of the motherboard to run the USB cable underneath.READ FULL REVIEW
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