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Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Red LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Very quiet. Almost completely silent operation (~ or below floor levels) with 7 of them at max rpm.

- Good airflow and decent pressure. Outperforms many upper/top shelf fans.

- Good channeling. Only ~15-20° spread in my applications.

- Performs relatively well even with intake and output restriction (mesh/perf metal/dust screen)

- Aesthetics are, of course, subjective; that said, these fans are designed with both style and subtlety in mind. The LED's have a very laser-like quality and look sharp with the lights off. It produces a very minimum of light splash.

- Excellent price considering how well it competes overall with much more expensive fans.

Cons: There aren't really any cons considering you get more than you pay for here. I really would prefer these to be hydro bearing, but they would probably add ~$10 to the price.

While not at all a con, I wouldn't use these for a rad, instead I would choose a Gentle Typhoon or Swiftech Helix for the much higher static pressure.

Other Thoughts: While no fan is suitable for all applications, these make for excellent case fans and are a win in the value category.

There are higher performing fans, but there's always a trade-off. H20s have higher cfm, but much noisier. Noctuas are higher performance and just as quiet, but are MUCH more expensive and hideously ugly in 95% of systems. There are some great performance industrial fans that can outperform these, but of course, have no aesthetic value.

Ultimately, the SickleFlows strike a nice balance.

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NZXT Avatar S
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Comfortable, sleek, terribly flawed. I would never reccommend or repurchase. 08/26/2012

This review is from: NZXT Avatar S "White w. Black Trim" Laser Gaming USB Wired 1600 DPI Mouse

Pros: Aesthetically, the mouse is great in picture or package**.

While there's no universal preference for ergonomics, I personally prefer the flat, slim designs. In that regard it's quite comfortable.

Weight, balance, friction and responsiveness are suitable for gaming.

Cons: Numerous design flaws. First off, the mouse started to die after a few weeks use, where it would completely lock up and power off mid use and the only solution is to physically disconnect/reconnect it. This became an increasingly frequent problem until it would no longer power on. As it turns out many people are having the exact same problem and it's likely a design flaw in the USB mini-HID implementation or even an electrical design flaw.

Secondly, (**) the mouse does not wear gracefully. The surface of the mouse is covered in a cheap rubberized grip compound that wears off surprisingly quickly. The grip compound also takes to dust and oil resulting in rapid discoloration. I do know this kind grip coating is common among gaming mice, but I really wish manufacturers would wise up to the fact that it always degrades the aesthetic lifespan. Finally, the plastic itself underneath could stand to be hardened against stains. After a month of competitive use it looked pretty ugly.

Other Thoughts: I've been building systems for over 20 years and I could literally fill books with stories of awful manufacturer support. That said, NZXT is probably the most incompetent company I've ever dealt with.

It took 2 months, a dozen phone calls, multiple e-mail exchanges, 3 online support sessions, an incorrect product replacement, being lied to, being completely jerked around and having NZXT not follow through on shipping promises -- just to receive a single product replacement. And that's the heavily abridged version.

It's worth noting that the actual shipping time between locations was exactly 2 days in all cases.

Additionally, the NZXT staff refused to answer as to whether or not the product failure issue had been resolved in the replacement I received, so I'm cautiously hopeful that I'll get a little more life out of this one, however I'm not going to waste another moment on another RMA should this one fail.

There are better, more reliable mice out there. Keep looking.

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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, fast, good warranty. Great drive with one exception.

Cons: The firmware on most of the shipped versions has a VERY significant bug.

[On the 1AQ10001 firmware] if an IDENTIFY command is issued to the drive during a write in NCQ mode the drive will create a bad block and brick up (resulting in data loss) until it is either disconnected via SATA or power cycled.

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386

http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki/SamsungF4EGBadBlocks

I kept having these drives timeout and drop out of my raid array during certain write operations. Disabling NCQ (ugh) fixes the problem and there is also a firmware patch available on Samsung's site.

The problem with the firmware patch is it has to be applied in realmode DOS to the primary drive on the controller, one at a time. So you can imagine the extra work this might create for RAID arrays.

Also, under certain HW / OS configs this drive could appear at first to be DOA.

Other Thoughts: The patched and non 1AQ10001 versions of this drive perform very well for the price. I also have a 6x6 array of 1TB Samsung HD103UJ drives that has been a flawless workhorse for 4 years now. Generally speaking Samsung makes a decent drive, but this bug could be a real pain for someone with less technical savvy.

If you do buy it, save yourself some time and potential bad blocks by patching it prior to building/parting/formatting.

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Date Joined: 07/11/03

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  • Last Review: 11/22/12
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