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This review is from: Final Fantasy XIII PlayStation 3
Pros: Great Visuals, especially on the PS3 version because of Blu-Ray storage which is more than 3-DVDs for the Xbox360. 38GB (PS3) vs 18GB (XBox) is a huge difference. Game play is not so different, but during the full-motion video parts - its big time horrible for the 360.
Lots of movies and character designs. Cute, sexy and attractive as always.
Cons: This game is very liner. There are very few options and no alternate paths in the game. FF XIII has been out in japan for around a month and they can't even give it away. Its already in the $20 bin and Game-Stop type stores are not buying them... or if they do, dirt cheap.
Other Thoughts: When a game such as this, especially in Japan bombs... its not good.
There may never be another FF game after this.
Pros: At about 3,200 reviews, THIS is the MOST reviewed HSF cooler on Newegg. #2? The AMD version of this cooler at 1,700+
I've installed this in my own Intel Quad as well as others. Its silent as far as I'm concered. My almost silent PC only noise is the 120mm fan which still makes "wind" noise.
Cooler quality is not the TOP, but its almost as good as HSF Coolers costing $50~100. At $27~32 (I bought it from newegg at $28 - it varies here) and nothing else touches the Artic Cooling Freezer with noise & performance. Those other coolers are loud... or some that are as quiet (few), they don't keep things as cool.
I haven't even bothered to use my Artic Silver yet as I wanted to see how well it does with its stock thermal-pad.
As big as this cooler is, the weight is actually quite light.
Come'on Newegg - You guys need to order more of these.
Cons: Like many coolers of this design & size, you NEED to make sure it fits your motherboard... in that those with fancy coolers on the NorthBridge may have a problem.
I usually buy memory that has Cooling fins that ads quite a bit of HEIGHT may have a problem with this HSF such as the case of my Gigabyte P35 board (same with their P45s) in which that DIMM slot 1 will hit the fan. Solutions: use DIM slots 2/4 (rather than 1/3) or stagger your memory but use the same types. G.Skill does this. So when I installed 8GB in of RAM, 2 where standard DIMMS, the other 2 had special cooling "fins".
Other Thoughts: I think stores (and perhaps Newegg wink wink) don't like to sell this product because... WHY buy anything else? Why spend 2-3x the price for perhaps another 100~200mhz of overclocking at the expense of much higher noise.
This cooler is better (like most) than the Intel stock. If this is IN STOCK and you need a cooler, CLICK BUY now while you can. There is nothing else on the market that is an equal to this Artic Cooling. Thanks to this product, the overall pricing for high-end coolers have dropped IMHO.
Pros: I bought this card when it first came out, specificly because of its dual-slot cooler "IceQ", which I had installed myself as an aftermarket product on my ATI9800Pro 2-3 years earlier. The card itself is not special, but it comes with as silent of a cooler as possible. I've used fan-less designs, but they create the problem of generating HEAT inside the case. Single-slot coolers make more noise (faster RPM) and don't cool as well as this. I can't tell the difference between this 4670 and the fanless 7600GT it replaced. Packaging is nice.
I play ALL games in 1920x1200 (except Crysis) with quality at MAX or near-max. Typical is 40~85fps with UE3 Games (GOW / UT3). UT3 randomly crashes on me, but appears to be a UT3 problem - everything else is rock solid. It's not 4850, but its a $65~85 (512mb/1GB)
Cons: Stupid CON: I've seen people vote cons on cards like this "It takes up two slots"?! What...? Then buy a single slot-cooling video card! DUH! It bugs me when people give a CON where its not warranted.
- The included drivers (at least Original - were beta) are always out-dated. Even for Nvidia - download the LATEST drivers. A new game comes out, update the driver.
- HIS support is limited, they seem "new" to the US.
Other Thoughts: I'd recommend ANY dual-slot cooler for the noise and heat factor (It pushes the HEAT out the back of the case). I didn't want a louder 4850/70 card or single-cooling typical Nvidia card.
For a $60~70 card, you can't go wrong. The next one up with simular cooling is the HIS 4830 for $125
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