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This review is from: Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK_BLED 140mm Blue LED Case Fan
Pros: This fan moves a decent amount of air, is relatively quiet and looks sleek. The lights can also be turned off if that's your thing - I for one love the blue hue. This may not be the 'best' fan in any category, but when you average out how well it performs in noise, air flow, static pressure, and aesthetics I think it's the clear winner.
Cons: Wish they sold 120mm.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI R9 270 GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Pros: Easy install. MSI Afterburner is a great tool - use it. I have this overclocked to 1050 / 1500 and it runs BF4 on Ultra with no issues on 1080p.
The fan was set to Auto and would stay at 18-19% usage while playing BF4 which allowed the card to sometimes climb toward 68* during full load. I manually set the fan speed to 30%, which minimally increases the noise and the card is now chugging along at 56* during full load. A great card for $180
Cons: Some minor fan tweaking was needed to get this card under 65*, but really - none at this price point.
Other Thoughts: You can achieve the same speeds as a 270X with some simple OCing (albeit that is this cards limit). The card stays nice and cool during load. Stacking two of these will be fun.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This board has all the bells and whistles you could hope for when buying a board for the future (as you would only get this board if you are awaiting the release of Bulldozer). While all these features do lead to some user error, and a sharp learning curve - once you figure it out you won't be disappointed.
The RAM was a little tricky - the board wanted to set the voltage to 1.65V, and I had to manually change it to 1.5V in order to get my 4 sticks to work properlly.
Cons: While the board is great, and I would advise anyone to buy it, mine did not come down from the heavens. It looked as though it had been a little mistreated.
The HiFi Soundblaster silver "chip" (not sure if it acctually connected to any components or if it's just a cover for show) is turned 45 degrees from any of the pictures above, as well as one of the corners bent.
Also there were a few scrapes and scratches on the SouthBridge.
This is somewhat annoying as you pay over $200 for something, you want it to be pristine. However I do not want to go through the nightmare of trying to RMA the board and being down a system for who knows how long only to take a gamble on getting a better looking board.
All the features seem to work so I will take my chances and won't dock any eggs for this.
Other Thoughts: If you want a board with lots of features, and one that will carry you into the octocore world, this is the board for you.
Just make sure it works!
Display Name: Michael D.
Date Joined: 01/19/09
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