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ARCTIC Freezer i11 CPU Cooler for Intel, 150W Cooling Capacity, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, <23dBA Fan Noise
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Ultra quiet and ultra cool. Low price. Small and low height. Variable mounting positions avoid potential interference.

Cons: Sticky pads for the bottom X plate don't work. No biggie - just rolled up small pieces of Scotch tape to hold it in place during assembly.

Other Thoughts: Core i5-4670K at 4GHz w/ DDR3-1866 memory runs at 25-27C at idle. At 98-100% four core utilization, runs at 56-59C. Amazing. Note that I mounted this with Arctic Silver 5, not the included stuff. I'll probabaly crank it up to 4.2-4.4GHz soon. No water cooling needed!

Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT120GB-V 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Used in an NUC, it's been intermittent for 3 months now. I kept reducing its temperature with heat sink methods to no avail. Seems to be the interface IC that just locks up after a while of use, because a reboot never works; it must be unplugged and replugged to recover.

Other Thoughts: This is the third Mushkin NUC that I've had to throw out. Never had to with ADATA, Samsung, Intel, OCZ or others. I replace this one with an HP model that's made by LITEON. LITEON makes Plextor, HP and Dell mSATAs that are rated the BEST.

Intel DC3217IYE Intel QS77 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated by CPU Chassis: Aluminum and Plastic Black Next Unit of Computing Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Tiny, fast, and drives two monitors. 3 USB ports and a GBE Ethernet port make it useful.

Cons: Can have intermittent boot / crash issues if not setup properly.

Other Thoughts: After the BIOS updated I mentioned in my las review, the final fix to the SSD boot / crash issue was to remove the Muskin label on the mSATA board to allow the Intel thermal pad to reduce the mSATA temperature. With the label, the mSATA board ran at 44C, after removal, it ran at 36C. Now it's reliable.


Kevin K.'s Profile

Display Name: Kevin K.

Date Joined: 09/09/04

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 03/06/14
  • Last Review: 03/10/14
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