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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast and responsive SSD. Moving up from a worn down 830 SSD to this is a noticeable jump. Everything just loads and responds faster. The Samsung SSD Magician is pure gold. Excellent software. Helps you manage the settings and performance of your SSD. It even optimizes your OS to best work with your new drive.

Cons: I would not use RAPID mode. From what I have gathered it is DRAM caching mode that uses some of your RAM as a data cache to load things faster which is great and all but it made my system unstable. I started getting Blue Screens with the code "kernel_data_inpage_error" after a few hours. The windows 7 action center diagnosed the problem as being unable to read the hard drives. I tested the RAM using the build in windows memory checker and it was fine so it had to be SSD causing the problems. I turned RAPID mode off and boom no more blue screens for a week now.

Other Thoughts: Great drive despite the issue I had with RAPID mode. Don't really need it anyway since the drive is fast enough for any situation without it. My system config for anyone who was wondering (Asus Gryphon Z97, i7-4770k, GTX 660ti, 16gb Kingston HyperX Fury 1866mhz)

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HyperX Fury Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model HX318C10FK2/16
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great look and feel. Everything worked perfectly. No errors or problems. It is Kingston HyperX after all. They make nothing but the best. Board defaulted to 1866mhz as advertised.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great RAM highly recommend.

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Noctua NH-L12 120mm & 92mm SSO Bearing PWM Fans CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Cooler 06/16/2014

This review is from: Noctua NH-L12 120mm & 92mm SSO Bearing PWM Fans CPU Cooler

Pros: Very high quality packaging and heatsink/fans. The mounting system is very easy to use. The same as the D-14 and most other Noctua products. The fans are very very quiet and even at max speed are drowned out by my other case fans. A plus of this cooler is that since it blows air down onto the motherboard, it coolers the socket, power delivery, RAM, and back of the GPU. Motherboard temp sensors showed consistently low temps for the power delivery and RAM. Pretty good temps at idle and stock clocks. Cores idle between 27-32 C at stock clocks (i7-4770k). In game temps are great as well. Playing War Thunder all the cores average around 40-45C with Core 1 being at around 55C (at 100% usage).

Cons: This cooler is not for overclocking. Do not buy this is you plan to overclock. It simply cant handle it. I ran prime95 (stock clocks (i7-4770k) with fans at maximum (Corsair 350D case with 2 Aerocool Sharks pulling in air from the front)) and the temps were in the mid 60's (Celsius) . After about the 5 mins they had climbed to the low 70's. I left it for about 2 hours and came back to find some of the cores where in the high 70's. Initially this cooler does a decent job but after a while it gets heat soaked and temps begin to soar. I opened the side panel and touched the heat pipes which were pretty toasty. To the point where it was began to burn after about 5 seconds. The fins were also very warm so at least it was wicking the heat away.

Other Thoughts: Very low profile and doesn't obstruct anything. A tab bit overpriced in my opinion but it is still a good value. Great cooler for a small and silent build.

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Ethan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Ethan B.

Date Joined: 05/06/14

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 06/16/14
  • Last Review: 06/16/14
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