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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Awesome RAM! This stuff is extremely stable, first time boot no issues using MemOK on an ASUS M4NTD Evo motherboard. Handles overclocking and tight timings like it was made to ignore JEDEC.

Cons: None. Simply some of the best memory on the market today.

Other Thoughts: Have used GSkill RAM for 4 or 5 years now. Never had a stick die on me. Have had Patriot, Corsair, and Mushkin memory sticks fail though.

System Specs:

AMD Phenom 1090T @ 4.1GHz
2 x Gskill Phoenix Pro SSD 60 GB in RAID 0 (boot)
2 x Seagate 7200.11 500GB Platters(data array)
16 GB Gskill DDR3 1600 - this kit!
2 x ASUS GTX 580 in SLI
ASUS M4NTD EVO motherboard
Liquid Cooling CPU/Video
Liteon 24X DVD/RW
Coolermaster Cosmos 1000
Antec Toughpower 1200W PSU
Cable managed with anodized/colored flex tubing auto temp rated
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
AWESOME!!

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ASUS ENGTX580/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Overclocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card is simply amazing. Runs at about 60C idle with SLI. Running 1090t, 16GB DDR3, 2 60 GB SSDs in RAID 0, 2 500GB 7200 RPM platter drives in RAID 0, and two of these in SLI. 78C under max load. Single card gives a WEI of 7.9. Two, well that just blows anything out of the water. Running BF:BC2 with 80-120 FPS everything maxed using 3D Vision. Right around 120 FPS with 3D Vision enabled. Anything I throw at this thing just cant stand up. Never seen anything look so clean and stutter free. Liguid cooling is a good idea for SLI, just get a reservoir, tubing, adapters, coolant, and a pump. Recommend dual link tubing for a vid card setup, but it will run cool for long periods of time. Renders Aftereffects like Cinebench... no time at all.

Cons: None here. The only thing you may run into is temp issues if you dont space these guys and use the stock coolers. This is probably where the other user had issues with the Antec 1200 W PSU. I have this same power supply and dont have any problems, but I have liquid cooling and my cards have a PCI slot between them. Did have overheat issues with a GTX 480 on this rig when it was seated close to the PSU. This was due to restrictive airflow and these guys need some room to breathe. GTX 580 runs cooler than a 480, so no big issues here. Again, a great product from ASUS. These things overclock like a champ. Don't push your memory clocks too much though, you dont really need to.

Other Thoughts: Considering upgrading to an EVGA SR2 with dual 990x i7s, in order to get 2 more of these. Also, I like the idea of 48GB of RAM, 24 GB per CPU. That'd be nice.

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Thermaltake RC1400101A MAX-1542 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Up To 4 SSDs in a 5.25 Bay... 03/17/2011

This review is from: Thermaltake RC1400101A MAX-1542 5.25" (x1) Bay to 2.5" (x4) Bay Mobile Rack HDD Canister

Pros: Well, I like the design of this case. Alot of thought was put into the engineering behind this. Very similar to server hotswap bays for 3.5 inch platter drives, this will let you put up to 4 SSDs/platter drives into a 5.25 inch bay. Works great if your case has available 5.25 inch bays, but no native 2.5 inch HDD slots for SAS or SSD. The lock/unlock feature is also nice.

Cons: This bay didn't line up well with some SSDs I was installing in it. I put in 2 60 GB GSkill Phoenix Pro SSDs and they worked, but they were a tight fit due to the drive canisters SATA power and SATA connectors being not properly aligned. This almost made me give this product a 3 instead of 4.

Other Thoughts: Receives a 4 due to ease of install and doesn't take a 3 due to the fact that Thermaltake has HDD led on each canister to show access and power to the device. However, the SSDs not installing well is somewhat frustrating. Think maybe Thermaltake should spend some time working on a sturdier backplate for connecting the HDDs that you install in this unit. Newegg had excellent shipping and response to my order. Ordered and received three days later in the morning.

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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 03/09/06

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  • First Review: 05/10/08
  • Last Review: 03/17/11
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