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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
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5 out of 5 eggs Phenomenal Cooling ability! 08/20/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: Vastly underrated cooling ability. Easy to reinstall after switching CPU's because of the backplate you attach. Simply unscrew from MB, and voila! Youre finished once you screw it back down. Also, the screws stop, so there is no way you can overtighten this cooler and damage your CPU.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This cooler's ability to wick heat from a CPU is beyond paraise. I recently up/sidegraded my i7-2600k to an i7-3770k. As many of you should know, the smaller processor die on the 3770k means when pushed, the cores heat up really quickly. In fact all the Ivy's must have their heat closely managed.

Anyway, after nearly 30 builds, I made a rookie mistake and forgot to replug the Zalman fan. I spent a week cruising the internet, running benchmarks, playing games and converting video, and the CPU never overheated!! without the fan! Perfect design on this!!

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ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great mainstream soundcard! 08/19/2014

This review is from: ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Excellent sound reproduction. Also boosts the sound, a feature which many people who say you don't need a soundcard are missing. I love that you can still get a PCI card that has updated drivers that work in W8.1!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Make sure to pick up the drivers off the ASUS website. Nothing else works. Take the time to do it right and you'll have great sound, hassle free.

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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)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: True USB 3.0 speeds. Outer and inner USB 3.0 ports. All devices instantly recognized. Driver/firmware easy to install (once you find them). Very high quality build, and yet it's almost always on sale cheap! Works in any PCIe slot, not just the x1 slots.

Cons: The Molex power plug, although necessary makes for an unsightly picture in a clean, cable-managed case.

Other Thoughts: Get the drivers.updated firmware from the HooToo website. After a restart, you'll never have any trouble. These are reliable. I've used 4 other types, and HooToo is my go-to brand for USB 3.0 cards forever now!

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Display Name: David G.

Date Joined: 03/09/05

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  • First Review: 08/25/05
  • Last Review: 08/20/14
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