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COUGAR CF-V14HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 14CM Silent Cooling Fan (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It pushes a nice amount of air and I guess this is where my main con would come from. The accessories included are nice, rubber mounts or screws to choose from.

Cons: This is way too loud for me as a side panel intake fan on my CM 690 II Advanced, slightly better with the fan speed adapter.

Other Thoughts: I would give it 4.5 eggs if possible but I can't. As I said, it pushes a nice amount of air, but I couldn't stand the noise at 1200 RPM; at 700 RPM I could at least rest in my room comfortably. I also find the cable sleeving a bit difficult to clean with a normal, dry cloth but I'm not taking points of for that as it does its job.

ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Great design, components do seem high quality
-Nice amount of BIOS options
-Sound chip features (Creative EAX, THX TruStudio Pro)

Using this on a new Ivy Bridge build, fantastic board since I only need 1 PCI-E slot.

Cons: -Initial Asmedia USB driver installation issues.

Maybe not an issue to some but the Realtek sound chip, ehh... I'm not really a fan of them, just sounds weird to me compared to the older sound card I had (also from ASUS). No PCI slot prevented me from using the older one.

Other Thoughts: Regarding the Asmedia USB drivers, I had an issue where my mouse would constantly stutter; stopped for a few seconds and then worked again. The Intel USB ports were working fine. Apparently uninstalling them and reinstalling again fixes it but I didn't bother using the ports until I finished updating Windows. They work now but I'm not sure exactly what fixed it.

The software is pretty cool, makes it easier to understand a few of the settings you can tweak (Digi+ Power Control).
--FAN Xpert 2
This one I'm still getting used to; simple way to set your fan speeds depending on the temperature. In advanced mode, there's a menu with the different RPM levels your fan supports and a sensor panel that displays the current info.

Haven't tried VirtuMVP yet as I probably need to switch to the integrated GPU to install it.

APEVIA  X-TELSTAR-BL  Blue/ Black  Steel  ATX Full Tower  Computer CaseNo  Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I read up on the case prior to purchasing it and knew what I was getting. It's a very nice looking case and the quality is pretty good. Has quite a bit of space and the motherboard tray was very helpful. My first custom PC with this case and I'm loving it so far.

Cons: Biggest issues I have with the case are the non rubber feet and basically no front fan that draws air from the outside (from what I can tell). Can't comment on the temp. gauges as I have no use for them yet.

Other Thoughts: For some reason, I can't get the front audio jacks working so I can't connect my headphones there. :(

The hard drive cages aren't that bad but I can see how they can cause problems. The front cover can also be a problem if you want something in the 5.25" bays.


Eric G.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric G.

Date Joined: 07/15/07

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 07/20/07
  • Last Review: 11/15/12
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