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This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Drive options. Has (1) sata express, (10) sata3 (6Gbps), and (2) m.2, (2) internal usb 3.0 connections, (1) internal USB female.
The internal USB 2.0 port is great for keeping a small flashdrive with a linux iso. If I ever have a problem, I can reboot to that linux install on the flashdrive hidden inside of my case. I like that.
12 Phase power delivery
LED Code display
Internal power and reset buttons
External CMOS reset button for hardcore overclockers.
Plenty of internal fan headers (not sure if second 4 pin is a real PWM port, most are not)
Excellent software for overclocking and fan control from within windows.
No usb 2 in the IO panel, ALL USB 3. Finally
DVI, Display port, and HDMI for IO video connectivity.
UEFI bios has all the fun overclocking options
detects my 4790k and sets it to the proper settings
XMP works flawlessly
Chipset runs cool, the heatsinks work well.
Second internal usb 3 header is smartly placed near the PCI express slots. This can be used if you install a USB 3.0 card in the pci express area. Most people have to sacrifice their front panel 3.0 ports because most boards only have (1) USB 3.0 internal header. This board has two.
Cons: Does not include the wireless adapter that some asrock boards do. The IO plate does have a cutout for the adapter if you wish to purchase it separately.
Has a power fan header. I cannot believe we still have powerfans. I cannot wait for the day where every high end motherboard has at least 6 fan headers, all of which are true PWM and fully adjustable. Power fan ports are just a way to instal a fan that you only plan on running at 12v (full speed). I have nice phanteks and noctua fans that love to run at 300-800rpm, not their full speed. The power fan port is useless unless I install a fan with an inline resistor and sacrifice being able o adjust its speed.
It is hard to not like this board, the two problems I described can easily be discounted.
Other Thoughts: I paired this board with an Intel i7 4790k. The board works well with it. Everything else works as advertised. This is a true high end board for under $200. No need for fancy PCB covers and other gimmicks. This board does it all for much less $$$$READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
Pros: Clearance and flexability for fan mounting is exceptional for such a large cooler.
Industry leading quality. I have bought a lot of parts (not just computer parts) and the quality of the Noctua heatsink is one of the best.
Very quiet. If you still have a mechanicle hard drive or a graphics card that is slightly audible at idle, you will not hear this unit. With my CPU clock speed set to stock, I can run the fans at low 500-600rpm with zero noise. When overclocked I have the fans at about 800rpm during idle and its just BARELY audible if you have zero other noise sources in the case (mech hard drive, graphics card, power supply, etc).
Packaging is top notch. The most well packaged product I have ever bought for a computer.
Exceptional warranty. Fans have a 7 year warranty I think.
Performs just as good as entry level custom and closed loop watercoolers. I know because I was running a XSPC 240 kit. Just read the reviews.
Included heatsink paste is top notch
Cons: Fans are supposed to be able to idle down to 300rpm. I have not been able to run them much lower than 500rpm before they turn off. This could be a board issue and not the fan. That being said, the fans are SILENT at 500-600rpm so going lower seems to be redundant and pointless.
Fans at 1200-1500 are not silent. They are quiet, but not silent. The user base for noctua fans likes to talk these fans up. They do move a lot of air at 600-800 rpm and are VERY quiet at those speeds. I rarely see my self going over 1000rpm and if I had to run higher, it would be okay. They are one of the best fans that money can buy.
Not the best cpu cooler money can buy. There are some coolers that can beat this cooler by a few degrees. Those coolers generally cost a little less. This is offset by noctuas exceptional quality, packaging, and customer service.
requires a full tower chassis (I use the Phanteks Pro, $100)
*I am really nitpicking with these cons. This is an exceptional cooler*
Other Thoughts: Customer service is supposedly the best in the industry. They will send you updated hardware to fit future sockets. I have yet to have communication with noctua, however.
For the price I paid ($88 including 3 day shipping), I am very happy. Right now it is back at $100 and I would still call it a value. Sure there are slightly better coolers but a lot of them are louder, cheaper build quality, and lesser customer service.
When it comes to buying parts (computers, cars, sporting goods, etc) I am always willing to pay more to a company that is willing to stand behind their products with exceptional warranty support.
I bought the D15 to replace my customer loop (low end kit) and it performs just as good without the maintenance and reliability concerns that watercooling brings.
It is very hard to talk down on this product, I recommend it to anyone considering a AIO watercooler or other high end heatsink.
Pros: Amazing customizability. Everything unbolts, NO RIVETS.
Fan filters all over
included fans are comparable to noctua in performance
fits any motherboard
SSD trays are hidden and separate from 3.5 bays.
PSU cover for windowed version
tinted window (also a con)
Radiator support is great for the price. Fits a top 3x140 and front 240 rad along with bottom rad options.
Cons: Top fan grill, filter, and honeycomb are super restrictive. I removed the top grill and just left the honeycomb. I could feel more air coming from my top fans
Top rad mounting points needs to be offset toward the tinted window to help large rads and fans to clear the Motherboard vrms and cpu water block
Construction is alright. Everything threads fine but the side panels can fit a little loose and vibrate sometimes. Very annoying.
Other Thoughts: For $100, this case gets 5 stars because it has amazing versatility. The cons are easily out weighed by all its options. This is a modders/tinckerers case.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Joe S.
Date Joined: 11/23/08
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