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Pros: Worked great for a while
Cons: Failed within 8 months
Other Thoughts: After several months of troubleshooting, replacing various components and trying repeatedly to fix the problem through other means (software updates, drivers) I am giving up and getting a new card. My PC works fine without the graphics card and works fine with other older cards. This one is done for.
Yes I did some modest overclocking of the card when I had it, nothing extreme, and always within a very adequately cooled machine, plenty of air flow and cooling on board a large silverstone case. When I overclocked, it was always within a safe temperature and only by following guides to the letter. Never again! This card is toast and only after about 7 months of modest use.
Next card will be straight factory settings and I'll hopefully keep it for years instead of months. Still, I believe this card should have lasted longer, all things considered.
Pros: I replaced a dying ASRock board only 5 months old with this Asus P8Z77, which is working much better. Just looking at it and holding it seems like the Asus is built better, more sturdy.
BIOS is easy to use and has an attractive interface. No junk apps, no adware. Everything works perfect right out of the box. Easy to setup.
Other Thoughts: I had an ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, similar price, which had higher reviews on Newegg. The USB ports stopped working after 5 months. Tried rolling back the drivers, updating drivers, tried everything on all the forums. Another month goes by and started having trouble resetting the PC...then trouble shutting down. Replaced the mobo with this Asus and all problems fixed. Didn't even have to reinstall windows (after using sysprep feature in Windows.) The Asus board figured everything out and just started working right away. Very happy. Never again ASROCK.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Keeps temps low and is barely audible when cooling an overclocked i7 Ivy Bridge (4.6ghz stable). I upgraded after trying a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO 4 which was too loud while gaming, even on stock settings. The ivy bridge cpu runs hot compared to other cpu's but my case has excellent air flow and accoustics, and room temperature is low. The Noctua is much quiter, in fact barely audible even while stress testing.
Comes with 3-pin cable adapters to under-volt the fans as an option for even further reduced noise. I did this for one of the fans since my case has such good airflow, and the Noctua still cools the CPU easily under full load.
Everything is well-built and packaged great, I believe this cooler will outlast my CPU.
Cons: Large, but easily fits in a Silverstone FT-02 case.
Other Thoughts: I have an ASRock Extreme 4 z77 motherboard and there is enough room for heatspreaders on my RAM.
Using air cooling on an overclocked ivy bridge is very effective, and efficient, with the right equipment.