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This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System
Pros: Cools the FX processors nicely.
Chill Control V is wonderful. You can set whatever value you wish or go to extreme, reboot, and experiment in overclocking until you find what works for your system and create a custom profile.
Keeps my liquid temps under 29°C under the default profile and they never get higher than 40°C when maxing out.
More efficient than other radiators of this size.
Cons: The only con I can think of is how loud the fans are when you set the software to extreme but I'm not sure what one should expect if you're maxing the fans out 24/7. I guess buy some quieter fans?
Other Thoughts: I bought this unit back in December of 2011. This closed loop liquid cooler has seen an FX8150, FX8350, and now a FX9590. It has absolutely no problems keeping these processors cool and quiet under it's default value. Even when gaming I hear the fans from my video cards over this unit. The only time I really hear the fans is during overclocked sessions which is no longer necessary with the 9590. Put it this way, it runs quieter with the 9590 at it's default value of 4.7ghz than it did with my 8350 overclocked to 4.7ghz..
I had absolutely no issues attaching the unit to my case (Antec-900) with the included hardware so I'm not sure what the fuss is about. My motherboard recognizes the device and Chill Control V works great. The unit is very easy to install if you use a little common sense.
I can't speak for the instructions because I never bothered to look at them but it's so easy even a caveman can do it. Hope this helps someone ;)
144hz gaming monitor looks great when gaming with enough graphics power to push 100+ FPS.
Asus customer service has always been top notch for me. Same with Newegg. Those that complain about customer service must have bad attitudes from the get go. I have always been respectful and have always been pleased with the outcome.
Cons: I had tried the ASUS VG248QE 144HZ monitor and it absolutely killed my eyes. The reason is because of the PWM (Pulse-width Modulation) of this monitor.
The default color and brightness profiles are horrible. No matter how you adjust the monitor it will only look good when gaming. There are some other ICC profiles you can try that do help. Asus recommends a profile from tftcentral but I found the Nvidia profile from pcmonitorinfo to be the best for me.
Other Thoughts: Even with the updated ICC profile(s) the monitor was way too bright and the colors were never really good. Don't get me wrong, for gaming the monitor looks great. I tried several games and they all ran much better than the 60hz it replaced.
I use my computer for other things and when I started feeling nauseous after 45 minutes of reading, I knew there was a problem so I started doing research. Google "Pulse-width Modulation" for a better understanding about this monitor.
I'm giving the monitor three eggs because it worked out of the box and had no dead pixels. If you have sensitive eyes or want a multipurpose monitor I would suggest paying the extra money for the XL2420TE. The BenQ XL2420TE is currently the only flicker free 144hz monitor and is very easy on the eyes. It also has much better color and brightness.
Sorry Asus, this one wasn't for me. However, I still have three different Asus monitors in my home that have all been very good.
Thank you Newegg for returning this monitor and quickly sending me the BenQ. They may not verify me as an owner because I purchased an open box unit but this is the only place I can leave a review and thought it might be helpful to others.
Happy Gaming ;)
Pros: Doesn't hurt my eyes.
Has good colors, contrast, brightness, and totally useable profiles.
Gaming @ 144hz with twin 4gb GTX 680's is awesome.
Cons: None. I am completely satisfied with Neweggs customer service and the quality of the monitor.
Other Thoughts: I had tried the ASUS VG248QE 144HZ monitor and it absolutely killed my eyes. The reason is because of the PWM (Pulse-width Modulation) of the Asus monitor.
The BenQ XL2420TE is currently the only flicker free 144hz monitor and is very easy on the eyes. It also has much better color and brightness. There are many profiles already in this monitor that do not require much adjustment. If you're picky like me, you probably like to create your own profiles which is very easy to do without the need to download other ICC profiles. The Asus monitor never looked good outside of gaming no matter what profile I installed or how I adjusted it.
I was reluctant to try BenQ because I never heard of them before. I have always used Asus and have been happy with them over the years until I bought the VG248QE. I highly recommend giving the BenQ XL2420TE a try and see it for yourself.
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