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This review is from: ARCTIC COOLING Accelero XTREME GTX 280 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler
Pros: Lowered my temps at idle by 10-12C (up to 14C with fans at 100%) and at least 20C while gaming. I used this on an EVGA gtx 280 and all parts fit as described.
Other than the lower temperatures, the fans are much quieter than the stock 280 fan (which wasn't bad itself). I don't hear these much under 70%, and if I needed quiet for watching movies or working rather than gaming I can lower it to 50% or lower and not hear it at all. Also a plus is that it didn't raise any other temperatures due to not directly ejecting heat out the rear of the case anymore, although that's definitely more case design than anything.
Cons: The tape included didn't hold very well to the ramsinks, although it seemed to do better after heating up once and I haven't had a problem since. The backplate also became "unstuck" in one or two spots (but firmly held overall) even though it seemed perfectly flat on install. This leads me to believe it may have to do with the fact that the card sags slightly with this heatsink (compared to the EVGA case-like stock cooling system, which makes the card feel like a strong, solid, one-piece unit.)
Other Thoughts: For the price and performance of this unit, I believe this is a great unit. It is only about .5" longer than the evga card stock, not any higher, and about .5" more depth. The last point may be the worse of the three since motherboard spacing is more set than anything. As far as those with case problems, I've found several HTPC cases I could fit my setup with this in, just look around, there isn't any true standard on how the space within any case is used, only the motherboards they will fit. Personally I currently use a HAF 932, which has so much room and access that everything is roomy and easy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price, especially with all the features
built in tuner
picture, features, etc.
Cons: dust does gather on the frame and base.
Other Thoughts: I was running an asus 26 and samsung 22in monitor before buying this. I found that when I was using the asus to play my dvd's and/or using my computer and found it was big enough to sit across the room but no remote meant it was the only part of the system I couldn't control wirelessly from across the room. That and the open box deal I got on the 260HD put it at the same price point, only now I don't need a tv card either!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System
Pros: I'm no audiophile, no I can't tell you how these compare to other all in one sets, or a home built system, but I do love high quality music as well as surround sound in all of my movies. I'm very happy I made the investment to put this system in my everyday computer/htpc setup. The only thing I would have liked better is full hdmi 7.1 sound for the blu-ray player I'm adding this month lol... but since I can't afford that for a while, I'm definitely still happy with this!
Cons: The only con I see might be the length of the wire for the control unit, but it works fine in my setup.
Also, not at all a con for the speakers, but I bought these back in october (10/20/08) with a $40 MIR from logitech... still no rebate as of 12/29/08. Apparently their rebate handling company is going through financial trouble and it will take longer for rebates to come (as it shows on their website, they have a new address for rebates also). My rebate still doesn't even show up in processing on the status site, and they won't respond to my emails.
Other Thoughts: These speakers would still be worth it at $300, but at $200 I couldn't find anything even close to the quality, especially with over 1000 reviews to back it up.READ FULL REVIEW