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This review is from: NORCO RPC-231 Black 2U Rackmount Server Chassis 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
Pros: 8 months and this thing is still churning. Its cheap; using it to house a concert/event stage lighting computer which sits in a large and heavy rack (albeit shock mounted) with other equipment that is moved very frequently up and down stairs, lifted and sometimes dropped over small ledges, in and out of trailers, rolled across dirt, snow, grass, bumpy pavement, and grating, once knocked over by a crazed club-goer, and constant time on the road. I'm very surprised that all the fans that come inside are still spinning. Why, with all the moving that happens and road time its had under its belt, I thought for sure the fans would of K.O'd or all the front panel buttons (see cons).
Also, the air flow seems to be sufficient, which is another thing I'm surprised about. The rack this thing sits in gets very hot sometimes.
Cons: After we installed the computer into the case, It didn't turn on. Whenever this happens you immediately think "well, were going to here for a while." Turns out the power button on the front panel was dead, so we wired the power switch to the reset button instead. Minor setback but HUGE time waster (1 1/2 hours) trying to figure out why the computer wouldn't start. VERY aggravated about that.
Other Thoughts: Thank the lord for solid state drives.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: -Significantly lowered my temp on my cpu which was causing problems due to high temps. This thing cools my AMD Phenom II x6 at a nice ~35c idle and max 50c under full load.
Cons: Ugly and big, but you get what you payed for.
Other Thoughts: Thought 1: This thing is huge. I have a big full size atx case and it nearly clears a fan i have on my side panel.
Thought 2: This will be easy to install if you have installed cpu coolers before, however its worth noting that the instructions that come with this thing are very minimalist.
Pros: I'm sure it works fine. Got it for free with a 2u server chassis I bought.
Cons: No low-profile pci mount.
Other Thoughts: I received this for free with a 2u server chassis. Unfortunately it is useless unless I want a gaping hole into my box and a loose card because it doesn't come with a low-profile mount. It does say on the box. "Low profile mount supported"...but doesn't come with one. Yes I suppose it doesn't quite say "Low-Profile Mount Included" So that's why I blame (mostly) the chassis company for their incompetence. So moral of the story, Low-Profile mount supported does not mean it comes with one. Don't feel bad if it fools you though because apparently it fooled an entire server chassis manufacturing company and myself. Also, upon further thinking, one may think, "Well where do I get the low profile bracket for this thing that supports low profile brackets." Beats me, you know its not like you can go out and buy a standard interchangeable for everything low profile bracket.
This is almost like selling a coffee machine and saying to the customer "coffee pot supported" and not including the product only specific coffee pot.