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Pros: Works perfectly with Galaxy S4 and Notes II
Good stereo sound quality
Great clarity as hands-free speaker box
Easy to use
Good battery life & range
Cons: Can be even better if with 2x5W drivers
Other Thoughts: Skeptic with how NFC at first but S113BT hooked up with my Samsung phones lightning fast. Bought it for playing music and it indeed filled my apartment with sound. Totally blew me away with its clarity when I use it in my car as speaker box for cell phone calls. A must-have for people driving a lot. Dropped it on the floor accidentally a couple of times and it just kept on playing. Love the small size and light weight even with the pouch, fit in my handbag along with other girly stuff just fine. Like the bright color as well, definitely not the boring ones like black or silver. Recommended!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Sooooo quiet!
Other Thoughts: Anyone who owns 290X knows that the stock cooler has got to go, no excuse. I set out looking for alternative to improve the performance of 290X and after reading the rave review on Xtreme III, I decided to go with the new Xtreme IV.
Delivery was prompt from Newegg and the package arrived without any damage just as I expected. Kudos to Newegg!
I took extra caution installing the cooler after seeing some others seemingly having trouble getting the desired results. It's certainly different than anything else I've seen and took me a while to struggle through the process. A single heatsink instead of a bunch of smaller ones and without having to deal with applying thermal glue over and over again simplified the process but it’s not a cakewalk by any means.
I was a little skeptical at first about the effectiveness of the passive cooling design knowing how much heat 290X can put out. This cooler knocked my socks off with its cooling performance. With moderate OC, it was whispering QUIET even after putting some pretty heavy load for benchmarking purpose. I no longer feel like living next to a wind tunnel anymore and that experience alone is worth the price! But wait, there is more!
It COOLS! GPU temp was holding steadily and much much lower than the stock cooler. VRM temp didn’t drop off the cliff but was somewhat expected with the heatsink contacts at the back of the card. It never reached levels worth alarming about. I upgraded my case cooling because of that just to be on the same side and saw no ill effect at all. Being extra careful is always better than sorry.
Better cards will come along soon rendering 290X obsolete but it’s always good to know the uber-long factory warranty will keep my investment safe for now and the foreseeable future. 6 years is a long time for a graphics card and I know I’m covered.
The only beef I had was with the sheer size of the cooler. I don’t have much space left with heatsinks on both sides of the card. That could present a challenge sometimes down the road. Other than that, I’m a very happy camper right now!
Pros: The bottom line is that this nifty puppy lowered the temp on my gig for almost 16 degrees C at full load. That alone was fine by me! What really made me happy was that it was so quiet even with two large 120mm fans spinning away at full force that I literally took it for granted. I quickly reminded myself how lucky I was when I sat in a room with another GTX690 laboring with factory cooler. What a difference a cooler can make!
Cons: This puppy is definitely NOT for entry-level me-too DIY guys. The installation can be tedious and testing every bit of patience and skill, which comes with experience. It also requires lots of real estate to stretch its muscle. Don’t bother getting it if you’re unwilling to invest into a real spacious case. You cannot make the best use of this beast with a tiny case.
Other Thoughts: Newegg’s forum is definitely a good place to learn some valuable lessons from experienced folks who enjoyed pushing the limits before starting your own journey. That extra effort will pay off and turn into a very rewarding experience. On top of that, Arctic Cooling also provides excellent customer services as well. I needed some extra accessories, contacted them through support email listed on the Specification page, received an email reply telling me the package was on the way and got them in mail in a few days. No nonsense, no hassle.READ FULL REVIEW