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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Huge. The size provides tons of heat transfer surface. My idle/full load cpu temps dropped from 48°C/68°C to 34°C/52°C after replacing my stock AMD cooler. I have a Phenom II X4 955, not overclocked. Room temperature here is 22°C (72°F).

Quiet. Stock cooler got really noisy under load. After installing this one with two 120 mm fans, my case is now under 40 dB. This makes my keyboard the loudest part of my desktop. I'm sure I could get away with using only the one fan it came with and very little would change.

Direct contact copper heat pipes. It feels like a well-made heat sink, but if you're really paranoid/obsessive, you might want to lap the contact surface.

Cons: Huge (155 mm). It says it's big, but be sure to measure the inside of your case. In mine, the top of the cooler is higher than the top of my video card. I have an Antec P180 mid-tower and it fits with plenty of room. This won't fit in most low-profile cases.

Other Thoughts: I used Arctic Silver Céramique 2 thermal compound. I'm sure the heat sink compound it came with is fine; I'm just a little paranoid.

I didn't use the mounting bracket for the underside of the motherboard that came with this cpu cooler. I felt that the threads of the screws it came with were too small and close to tolerate the load.

Instead I used the underside bracket that came with the stock cpu, removing the plastic connector on the top side, and mounting the new cooler with the old screws. If you do that, be sure you DO NOT overtighten the screws. Be gentle: finger tight plus 1/2 turn or so should be adequate. This method has the advantage of not needing to remove your motherboard from the case to install this cpu cooler.

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AFT XM-35U BEIGE USB 2.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Durable, color-coded reader ports. Reads every kind of media I've tried. USB port is helpful, too.

Cons: The indicator LED is bright; I put some electrical tape over mine because it was bothering me.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD6400BEVT 640GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High capacity, low price, accurate SMART monitoring.

Cons: My drive, operating as a tertiary drive for my laptop under occasional use, developed bad sectors relatively quickly. SMART reports that there are 24 bad sectors in the drive after 2.1 days of actual drive operation.

Other Thoughts: I've never had a drive fail this quickly and I'll be contacting WD shortly for warranty service. Additionally, I won't be storing research data on WD laptop drives in the future. I have backups, but my plans to work while on vacation are effectively snuffed.

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Jeffrey B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey B.

Date Joined: 02/12/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 05/04/07
  • Last Review: 09/26/13
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