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SCOSCHE bandEDGE g4 Black Polycarbonate & Rubber Edge Case for iPhone 4/4S IP4EBKVB
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Pros: Smooth, rounded feel. Feels good in hand.

Cons: Headphone jack opening too small to accept anything other than iPod headphones. Can't connect most aux jacks.

Other Thoughts: If you get it cheap, and don't use it in the car, it's solid. Accomodates iPhone charger cable without interference... but that inaccessible aux jack is something of a deal-breaker for me.

ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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2 out of 5 eggs A absolutely insufficient cooler. 04/28/2013

This review is from: ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: It's liquid cooling. That's neat...

Cons: Alright, so I posted a 3-egg review a couple days ago, but after a bit more testing my opinion of this cooler has fallen further.

I'm not sure how Hardware Secrets measured a 38C temperature delta under load with a higher TDP CPU than mine, but after 20 minutes of Prime 95, my 3770k hits 50C over ambient, and performs worse than my Hyper 212+. And that's with 2 fans, and a new application of thermal paste after testing the OEM TIM.

It's become quite clear to me why there were such large rebates on this cooler. But thirty dollars is still more than this thing is worth, because it's being out-performed by thirty dollar air cooling.

And again, the copper base of the water cooler is not polished, Zalman is blatently leaving cooling performance on the table, even if just a degree or two.

The tiny radiator just saturates way too fast with a serious CPU. If you're an enthusiast looking for a deal, this just doesn't cut it, unless I got a bad unit.

Other Thoughts: This product is cute, and probably okay if all you want to do is mildly overclock a dual-core chip.

ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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3 out of 5 eggs Unimpressed. 04/27/2013

This review is from: ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: It's water cooling, installation is pretty simple. Not loud. Price with rebate.

Easy to install second fan.

Cons: Performance appears to be slightly worse than a Hyper 212+. Temperatures fluctuate between 65-70C, and after 20 minutes, it creeps up to 80C. This never happened with my air cooler, and this is after a couple thermal cycles.

Not sure if Ivy Bridge's TIM between the lid and silicon is contributing to the temps, but then again, this was never an issue on my 212+. I never peaked above 70F on that thing.

Base is machined, but not polished copper. It's visibly textured, which will detrimentally affect heat transfer.

Other Thoughts: Thermal interface material that comes with the cooler isn't *that* bad. It might be a bit gummy, but performance compared to some Arctic MX-2 is pretty similar.

Running a mildly OC'ed i7-3770k. 4.3GHz

This product is probably quite sufficient if you're running a dual core, or quad core w/o HT.


Winston M.'s Profile

Display Name: Winston M.

Date Joined: 01/24/07

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/12/08
  • Last Review: 08/03/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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