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BIOSTAR H77MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Solid, no crashes. Intel RST accelerate option works GREAT with a 64GB Samsung 830 SSD (RST 11.7 enhanced mode) - much faster response after a few boots and some use.

Cons: If I had to be picky, I'd complain about the fan controllers - full speed and LOUD for a few seconds during power on, then mellows during Windows load, if adjusted properly. Wow that's picky, 5 stars...

Other Thoughts: I have two of the H77MU3 boards (from uCenter with nice discount+CPU). One with a 2500K, another with a 3570K, both work fine with all 4 RAM slots populated using a mix of the cheapest Crucial and Kingston RAM I could find (DDR-1333). One with 32GB (8+8+8+8), other with 12GB (4+2+4+2). Using BIOS revision H77AR425.

XFX Radeon HD 6770 DirectX 11 HD 677X ZNLC 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great value, runs as fast as a 5770 in another computer.

Cons: LOUD! I have it mounted in my basement with cables routed up through the floor (HTPC). I can hear it as soon as I open the basement door - sounds like a leaf blower.

Other Thoughts: The one I received doesn't look like the picture. The mounting bracket is single slot (no vents, heat sink is double wide).

ZEROtherm CF800 92mm CPU Cooler
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Does The Job 12/08/2009

This review is from: ZEROtherm CF800 92mm CPU Cooler

Pros: Cools a Q8400 a little better than the stock heatsink. Full load temps dropped from ~60C to ~52C. Full load fan speed ~1100-RPM (a little headroom?).

Cons: ?

Other Thoughts: The auto-fan speed control on my motherboard is terrible. The CPU fan would sometimes spin at full speed for a minute or so for no reason (CPU ~25C), then, would spin slow when the temperature increased(?). With the CF800, I don't have to depend on the MB BIOS to adjust fan speed.


Patrick C.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick C.

Date Joined: 03/01/03

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/25/07
  • Last Review: 02/03/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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