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SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good chip, good board, poor cooler, slow rebate 04/26/2014

This review is from: SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: It's a 7950 Boost. Still a great value for the money, especially as mine came with 3 games. VRMs and other hot chips on the board are properly cooled with heatsinks which is hit or miss in these price ranges. I can't read the VRM temps however, which limits overclocking, along with the fact that one of the memory modules isn't covered by a heatsink at all, which also limits overclocking (and isn't visible in the newegg preview pictures). Thankfully stable at stock settings, and low temps at least for the GPU.

Cons: Annoying harmonic issues at certain fan RPMs. As other reviews have noticed there was also an annoying rattle present at certain RPMs. Very disappointed in this rattle as I built this new system to be as quiet as possible and this oscillating fan rattle is by far the loudest noise coming from the case. After putting up with it for a few months I finally examined it more closely. The issue is the fans are held in place by screws that affix to plastic Y brackets that rest very near/on top of the fins of the heatsink. At certain speeds a rattle develops when the plastic Y brackets/fans vibrate against the metal fins. I was able to fix it by cutting out segments of 3M 2242 rubber tape and fitting them under the lengths of the Y brackets to ensure that no vibration was possible (the only points where the shroud touches the heatsink are where where it's screw-eed (stupid wordfilter) into two brackets attached to the heatsink at four points and the Y brackets resting on top of the heatsink). This fixed the rattling problem for anybody else that has this issue, although the harmonic issue remains. It would have been caught/stopped at the factory by better quality control, however and saved me the annoyance, 30 minutes and a few bucks for the tape. I did receive my rebate, although it took far, far longer than it said it would, well over four months.

Other Thoughts: Remember to ground yourself when handling sensitive exposed ICs like you would find on this video card. ESD is a killer.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: With the stock HSF my 4670k was hitting 100c and thermally throttling when I was stress testing with AVX optimized linpack. The temperature would jump to 100c in about 3 seconds (yes, I verified that it was installed correctly). I understand that this isn't a real workload but it's still unacceptable IMO. This cooler keeps things below 92-93C and running at full tilt, even with a slight overclock (throttling kicks in at 100c on this particular chip).

Cons: None so far as I can tell. I wish it had a ball bearing fan instead of a sleeve bearing fan but if wishes were fishes...

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Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's extremely fast; way faster than the Core 2 Duo it replaced that was also bought at newegg. The idle power usage is impressively low as well; I'm using a haswell compatible power supply and the entire machine uses less than 30W while idling, which is quite a feat (my core 2 rig used about twice as much total while idling). However...

Cons: Intel has really skimped on the HSF this time around. It's less than half the surface area/mass of the stock cooler my core 2 came with, and this processor has a 19W higher TDP than the core 2 did. You do the math. I would have been happy to pay another 10$ for a more capable HSF out of the box, Intel. As it is I've had to order an aftermarket HSF; had I seen the HSF or even had its dimensions I would have know how diminutive it was and ordered an aftermarket when I bought the processor but Newegg doesn't provide that information, or pictures of what's inside the box like they do with most other components, for CPUs. My second con is how Intel has been artificially segmenting their product lines in very foolish ways; this cpu doesn't support VT-D or TSX-NI while the 4670 does for some bizarre reason. It's hard enough to get programers to start using new instructions when they're consistent across a product line, top to bottom. It's nigh impossible to get most to even bother with new instructions when only half of the product line has them; most companies aren't going to pay for the hours required to tweak/recompile their code when the performance improvements will only reach half of their market anyway. Intel is really shooting itself in the foot here.

Other Thoughts: Newegg shipping was fantastic as always; got my order in 3-4 business days even thought the super saver shipping said it could take up to 7 and everything was very well packaged, great job.

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