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This review is from: PH-TC14S, Slim Twin Towers, 140mm PWM CPU cooler
cooling performance is 4-9% better than Hyper212Evo (mostly the fans part)
black. simple sleek works with just about any color scheme.
supports 120mm fan spacing but can fit 140mm fans with 105mm screwhole spacing (ie 120mm fan)
stock PH fan is decent.
mounting brackets for any situation included.
Cons: the stock fan is white and black. limits color schemes. however has a nice braided cable.
gets a little too noisy for my taste above 40% pwm
It is a hair taller than a hyper212evo
- i hate each time i take this thing off. I want to replace the springs with weaker springs so I dont feel like Im going to break my pcb each time I mount it. you have to BARELY thread one side then push with all of your might to get the other side threaded. you need quite a long screwdriver to do so without damaging fins. I have had other hard to install coolers. (not by difficulty but by force required) this one is by far the worst.
Other Thoughts: this tower looks AMAZING with fractal venturi 140mm pwm fan. that fan supports 105mm screwhole spacing so you can mount no issue to this. fractal actually made a good fan for once. MUCH quieter than stock (even though they give you a nice PH fan for stock but not good enough for me) and pushes equal air
this purchase was based on aesthetics and price.
as long as I had reasonable temps I was good.
I installed this on:
i7 5960x @4.3ghz 1.325v
a10 7870k @4.8ghz 1.4275v
i7 3770k @4.4ghz 1.300v
fx8320 @4.9ghz 1.450v
This wasnt quite good enough for the super high OC i had on the 8320 but wanted to see how it did and I was 49c idle 77c load little too warm for my taste. but this cooler is not designed for 200+watts of heII going through that 8320.
the install is not nice and sadly i frequently move this cooler around.
Pros: Looks beautiful
Has igpu Full sized DP1.2 port
great vrm cooling
i posted no issue and it runs stock FINE
Cons: a lot...
died after a month
UEFI. HORRIBLE just.... why MSI. ive had much better experiences.
memory timing issues, had to pull back my memory off of xmp but still keep poor timings (my memory was great, on asus board 2400mhz 2x8GB 10-11-12-11-28 no problem)
bad apu overclocker igpu is limited by bios. this is meant for the lower end apus not the 785(7)0k
only got 4.3ghz on this board and not a hair over with my 7870k and i have a golden chip. on my asus crossblade ranger i hit 4.8ghz ROCK STABLE at 1.375v with those mem timings and igpu at 1100mhz, With that OC you can game COMFORTABLY anything demanding medium settings 1080p 40-60fps. on this msi board micro stuttering at stock igpu clock and medium settings 720p 40-50fps.
OC genie light cant turn off random nasty blue color
Other Thoughts: honestly too lazy to write all of my griefs of this mobo. I owned it over a month ago. I threw way too many hours on it tweaking. it died a month in. newegg was awesome throughout and allowed a return. I didnt have to give them my business again, i did and bought the asus crossblade ranger. ive used it before, it is worth every penny. it literally is the flagship fm2+ mobo.
newegg put a sale up to get rid of these from what it seems to have no intention to stock them again. because its a garbage product.
Pros: VA panel decent color accuracy after 5 minutes of tweaking.
slim beautiful bezel, 95% of the reason for purchasing.
all of benq's special fun stuff. low blue light mode(I user for long sessions to reduce eye fatigue actually works! without washing out colors too much)
stand is sturdy which is only justification for no vesa mounting holes.
no dead pixels
Cons: NO VESA MOUNTING HOLES.
IO points backward(not issue cause you cant mount)
specs are not listed properly. benq site shows 300cd/m2 rather than the 320cd/m2 shown on newegg. I will say is noticeably brighter than my 300cd/m2 LG VA panel I have that's only 3 months old so it may be true.
menus awkward to navigate with buttons
Other Thoughts: overall fantastic panel with a thin bezel for a cheap price.
I picked up two of these and both required the exact same color calibration settings to be close to perfect.
most people hate on 1080p on a 27" it works great for me for how far my monitors are on my desk, and unless your glasses prescription is dead on perfect our youre born with perfect eyes youre not going to see the pixels on 1080p 27" and youll need to adjust scaling for windows if youre on a higher resolution (which almost never works right)