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GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-01 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve VGA Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent cooler replacement for stock fan. 02/22/2014

This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-01 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve VGA Cooler

Pros: Works very well; it took my load temps from 90C load and 50C idle to 60C load and 35C idle. Was fairly easy to install as a replacement for my XFX stock fan on my Radeon HD 6950 1GB, works very well, plugs right into the card, large heatsink, quiet fans, has more than enough included heatsinks for all of the RAM and VRM modules. Includes thermal paste I didn't use.

Cons: Turns a dual slot card into a triple slot card. The screw holes on the elongated VRM heatsink did not line up with the holes on the board, but were luckily far enough apart to go through one hole and be screw-ed through the open part at the bottom near the PCI-e bus.

Other Thoughts: I have been using my 6950 for mining for a little while now and I feel much better now that the temps at a constant 99% load are about 60C.

I had to hyphenate screw-ed because Newegg listed the regularly spelled word as inappropriate. Get it together Newegg.

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ASRock Z87M OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked well for a while, I'm sure not all of them fail.

Cons: I contacted ASRock about an LED that remained on and they never responded. Also the board stopped powering on after about a month. First it had trouble powering on and I had to use the internal power button, the next day I could just not get it to power on at all.

Other Thoughts: I have been pretty unsatisfied with ASRock's customer service because of them not responding to me the first time. I have since contacted them about this but am still awaiting a response. Also believe me when I say that I have tried everything to turn this motherboard on: different PSU, disconnecting everything, switching BIOS's, removing the CMOS battery, using different memory, but it won't even start turning the fans.

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ASRock Z87M OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works well, has mini PCI-e half height slot & mSATA slot, supports SLI

Cons: No antenna for the wireless card. If you plan on using a mini PCI-e wireless card with this motherboard then you need to spend about $10 extra to get antennas for it. This is odd considering it has the spots for antennas on the I/O shield but does not include them. Also one of the debug LEDs has be remaining on and I can't find in any manual what that is supposed to indicate, and ASRock's Support hasn't responded to my question about it yet. I assume it is going to be fixed in a future bios revision because if I mash delete and then save and reset the LED goes off and stays off until I restart again.

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Bryce C.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryce C.

Date Joined: 10/26/12

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/28/13
  • Last Review: 02/22/14
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