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CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler – Intel Only
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Does it fit Z97 mobos?!? Kinda... 07/15/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler – Intel Only

Pros: Back plate won't fit?!? Sure it will! Use a pair of scissors to cut off the thin connecting piece of plastic between the two thicker back plates. Don't worry - there's no torsional stress going on here. In each (2) piece, put one pin in a "775" hole, and one in a "1366" hole. Do this so the flat sides of the back plate faces the processor area; Use the sticker pads as directed. Follow the rest of the lame instructions as listed. (Barely thread the four screws into the retaining plate on front of mobo. Lift up the retention plate when you fit the pump/onto the processor, twist into place, tighten retaining ring.) Corsair, you can send the check to...

Well worth a minute of effort - quiet, keeps my 4790K at 36 deg. C or under on a Asus Z97 Pro when gaming with Combat Mission: Red Thunder, but the serious OC'ing hasn't occurred yet. Will update later.

Cons: Uh, you have to modify the back plate. If I hadn't figured out this fix I would have been pretty annoyed that it was listed as a socket 1150 cooler.

Other Thoughts: You may have to plug (as I did) the radiator fan into a "Cpu" fan header to prevent the system from freaking out.

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ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs One Driver To Rule Them All; One Driver To Bind Them... 07/15/2014

This review is from: ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: First Intel build after 13 years of AMD loyalty; another great piece of Asus engineering; has my 4790K running smoothy; recognized the two sticks of G.Skill Trident PC2400 ram; tons of OC options that I haven't even scratched yet. AI 3 monitoring/OC suite is fabulous.

Cons: Intel SATA driver. Out of the six SATA ports, two of them are 6 GB AsusMedia ports (Marvell? Don't know...), the other 4 are Intel 6 GB SATA ports. Included CD drivers DID NOT install a proper Intel SATA driver... Set up my 500GB Samsung Evo boot drive over the AsusMedia lines, no problem, but it tested out horribly... slow... and the Intel ports wouldn't recognize the SSD properly (Win 8.1 64-bit). Had to download an updated driver from Asus support & MANUALLY install the correct SATA driver to solve the issue. All fine and well in the end, but seems a bit primitive for 2014/ Win 8.1 era....

Other Thoughts: Have to write the next review of how I got the Corsair H50 liquid cooler to fit the mobo... worth the effort, I haven't seen a temp over 36 deg. C yet...

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Acer Aspire One AO532h-2730 Garnet Red Intel Atom N450(1.66GHz) 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent keyboard considering the size (I don't know how chicklet-style keyboards re-surfaced, but that marketing manager needs to die.) Turn off the wireless card (excellent, BTW) and 8+ hours of battery life a reality. Crisp display considering the size (1024x600) . Skype video calls surprisingly good with web cam. Purchased a USB Asus DVD-ROM to load software with ($36) and 1 yr. Accidental Damage from Handling ($40) warranty. 2 GB DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) a must (Corsair $51.)

Cons: Would not recognize 2 GB RAM memory module until I updated system BIOS from 1.12 to 1.21 (easy to do, even from within Windows.) Wonder if previous disgruntled reviewer had same BIOS version. The 3 USB ports are tight, initially concerned I would damage a USB drive (I'm sure they will loosen with use.) Yes, a finger print magnet, like I care that much (It's a tool, not a fashion show.) Win 7 Starter sluggish before memory upgrade, much better afterward. I do have Win XP Pro available but am now running Win 7 on the home tower and don't want to go back.

Other Thoughts: Decision between this and a small (but more powerful) laptop was an exercise in honesty - what do you really require from your portable machine? For me, battery life and the ability to actually use it on a subway/airplane (writer) outweighed other temptations (video card power, multi-core CPU's, etc.) Hope it hangs in there for the long haul! Long time Newegg customer, and I know they have my back.

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Display Name: Carl L.

Date Joined: 03/11/03

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  • First Review: 02/15/07
  • Last Review: 02/25/15
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