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DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler 4 Heatpipes 120mm PWM Fan with Blue LED, Silver Award from HardwareSecret.com
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cooling and noise levels were very good, as expected.

The fan was pretty tightly pre-mounted to the heat sink, so you won't have to fiddle around with that aspect of installation.

The fan uses a four-pin PWM connector, so your motherboard and/or fan control software can speed the fan up or slow it down as necessary. FYI, 3-pin PWM fan connectors give you a nice, loud, always 100%-power fan. Good for cooling, not so much for noise.

Blue LEDs on the fan are nice and bright. They'll definitely light your case up at night if that's what you're looking for.

Cons: Fairly poor packaging here. I've had this problem with other DEEPCOOL products. The interior of the retail box is divided into two parts.

This first interior part - the component box for all of the brackets, screws, etc. - is way too big for the parts, so they just move, rattle, and bounce around a lot. This wouldn't be too concerning except for the fact that the Intel push pins are plastic and could possibly break during transit. Mine were OK, but it still isn't ideal.

The second interior part is just an empty space occupied by the heat sink and fan. It's kinda sorta held in place by some cardboard cutouts, but not really. Mine came loose from the cutouts during transit and probably rocked back and forth a fair amount. No damage was noticeable, but, again, I'd like something packed nice & firmly in there.

I couldn't find any kind of sound dampeners between the cooling fan and heat sink. This means that any fan vibration will be passed directly to the heat sink, and you may hear that vibration during use. Believe me, nothing is more annoying than hearing your fan vibrate gently against the heat sink. I didn't notice anything during my few days with this unit so far, but only time will tell.

Also, and this is a big -1 for me, no instructions are provided other than some generic pictures on the back of the box. If you've never installed an aftermarket cooler before, do NOT start here. Seriously - stop reading about this product and look elsewhere right now. They don't even tell you how to install the weird squeeze pouch of cooling compound, and that's a pretty big deal.

Speaking of which - the non-name CPU paste is enclosed in some kind of weird, generic white squeeze pouch. This is the same pouch I've seen in every other DEEPCOOL cooler, and, for what it's worth, I wouldn't use it. Spend a few bucks and buy some Arctic Silver. Also make sure to read Arctic Silver's instructions on how to apply CPU paste since there aren't any instructions here.

Other Thoughts: For testing, I ran one of my desktop boxes (Intel Core i7-3770 CPU) at 100% CPU load for 6 hours with the cooler fan speed at 100%. Average temperature through the run was 62 Celsius (~144 Fahrenheit) according to CPUID's HWMonitor software. My Pyle PSPL03 decibel meter reported 46 dB for my entire desktop - this is about on par with that desktop's previously installed Noctua NH-U12 S.

Make sure this fits in your case. According to Newegg, this is 6.26" or about 159mm tall. Look at the specs for your case to see if it will accommodate a cooler of this height.

Also know that depending on your particular hardware, your CPU temperature and overall noise levels will be different than everybody else's. Take my numbers with a grain of salt.

This really is a no-frills el cheapo product that just barely has what you need and nothing else. If you already know what you're doing and just need the parts for an average after-market cooling solution at a low price, then this will fit the bill. If you're newer to aftermarket coolers and aren't real familiar with the pieces or how they work together, I'd avoid this product and instead choose something with better instructions.

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's small. It's fast. The range is great, and it works the way a wireless card is supposed to. If you haven't ventured into 802.11 ac territory yet, you'll be pleased you did once you try this baby out with a compatible wireless router. Another strong positive is the backwards compatibility with 802.11 a/b/g/n products and 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks.

Cons: None of the below really merit docking a star since they don’t affect my particular day-to-day usage, but I wanted you to be aware of them.

First, I couldn't get it to work with my Window XP Professional x86 machine. Drivers installed fine, everything appeared OK, but I couldn't pick up a single wireless network. I fiddled and re-installed everything a few times over an hour, all to no avail. If you're planning on using this on XP, make sure you're OK with the return policy just in case you run into the same issue. It worked fine on a separate Windows 7 Professional x64 machine.

Also, you HAVE to keep the install CD handy or save off the contents. TP-LINK's "Download" page for this product has some nice marketing images available but no driver downloads. Who keeps a stack of driver CDs anymore? I assume this will be corrected once they read this review.

My last nit-pick is that this appears to be a low-profile card, but it doesn't come with a low-profile bracket. I'd pay the extra 25 cents for them to include one, assuming it actually does match low-profile specifications.

Other Thoughts: I used this card in conjunction with my NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router. I can vouch for the fact that they work fine together.

I had no issues streaming a DVD ISO and a Blu-Ray M2TS file over my wireless network. FYI, streaming a DVD over your network requires about 750 KB/s (6 mbps). This is not an issue with pretty much any modern wireless network. Blu-Ray movies require an average of around 6.5 MB/s (52 mbps) to stream reliably and usually peak even higher during certain action sequences. 802.11 b/g networks can't handle this. 802.11 n/ac networks can if you've got a strong, consistent signal strength.

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MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of pros you can read elsewhere; I don't need to rehash all of the glowing website reviews and hundreds of user reviews that are out there for this guy. Let' s just say I'm happy. No coil whine for me yet (just a few weeks in).

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: This is installed in my primary day-to-day desktop. When I'm not gaming with this GPU I use it for 24/7/365 distributed computing via BOINC. I tried Seti@Home but about 30% of the results kept being returned as invalid over the course of a week or two. Not sure why, some forums indicated it could be due to the overclocking in the card. Tuning down the speed didn't seem to help any. So, I switched my GPU crunching to GPUGRID.net. This guy has been rocking steady for a few weeks averaging 283,050 credits per day with no invalid results. GPU usage during GPUGRID crunching runs around 70-80%. Power usage while crunching 8 CPU cores (World Community Grid & Seti@Home) plus this GPU runs about 250 watts according to my trusty Kill-A-Watt meter (the best stocking stuffer you can get a techie). My machine idles around 65 watts.

Specs that matter:
CPU - Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

Mobo - ASUS P8H77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM - 2 x Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00

PSU - Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS
12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply (plenty of power, no issues)

Case - Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer
Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans (I removed the easily removable middle hard drive bay to make room for this, but I think it may fit even with the bay in).

Very glad I purchased and would heartily recommend if this is one you're considering!

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