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Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler with Massive 110mm Blue LED Full-Range Variable Speed Fan CL-P0401
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It looks like it might be a good cooler for overclocking.

Cons: The fan is REALLY loud even at the lowest setting and is extremely loud on the highest setting. They defiantly fudged their noise readings. On the lowest setting its about 22dB and 30+ on high.

Mounting this thing an an AM3+ mobo sucks!!! Hands down the hardest to install I've run across in my decades of building systems. The thing is really big and it is extremely difficult to put on when your mobo inside of the case because its V shaped . I"m utterly socked I didn't shatter my GPU when installing it from pushing on on the heatsink. I would recommend taking your mobo out of your case when installing. It took me an hour without doing so and I've got a lot of experience with this style of clips so it would take your an hour and a half at least.

Other Thoughts: Its solid copper, so that should add a few degrees per watt cooling, but the fan is so loud I wouldn't want to be in the same room while using it for that purpose. I can hear it right now on the lowest setting... and its really loud. I regret buying it.

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SilenX EFZ-100HA2 100mm 3rd generation fluid dynamic bearing Effizio CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Complete waste of money 08/31/2013

This review is from: SilenX EFZ-100HA2 100mm 3rd generation fluid dynamic bearing Effizio CPU Cooler

Pros: It looks nice.

Cons: This fan sucks because it has a 3-pin connector. Unless your motherboard can sleep down fan voltages, this thing is going to run at full power and is extremely loud. Not impressed at all.

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APEX Black Steel DM-532-U3 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid case for the money 08/02/2013

This review is from: APEX Black Steel DM-532-U3 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: I haven't had any issues with the PSU and the fan is quiet. Some other users got DOAs but thats just going to happen with any sort of consumer grade electronics at this price point. It has a 3.5" drive spot and I have an SSD in the 3.5" drive bay. The metal and plastic don't feel thin.

Cons: The case is bigger then it looks. I initially wasn't happy with the size, and sometimes I get the urge to waste more money on a mini-ITX setup, but there really is no need. This case won't fit above your AV Receiver (maybe under it), but it has a nice home under the TV by the game systems.

The CPU fan is a little bit loud. I bought a quiet one (17dba) and I the fan sounds louder then it should. I think its because the metal is thin(er) so the fan noise resonates, but I'm comparing it to an Antec Solo which isn't really a fair comparison (that's a really nice case BTW). Its quiet enough for most people, just not an audio snob. But your going to pay for that so its a non-issue.

The USB 3.0 Header doesn't work with my motherboard unfortunately. The mobo manufacturer put the header right where any cramped case with a hard plastic USB 3.0 header wont work. Can't really ding an egg for that due to it being a motherboard issue and not the case. Just something to be aware of when selecting the mobo. Pick the one that has the USB connector towards the back or the case and not the front or plan on using USB 2.0.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm happy. Less than $500 got me a nice AMD A10 system with a 1TB HDD and 32GB SSD Cache. I wouldn't call it a home theater PC case though. Its really just a slim desktop case that can pass for one.

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Chal M.'s Profile

Display Name: Chal M.

Date Joined: 10/29/06

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 11/02/06
  • Last Review: 12/22/13
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