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This review is from: ARCTIC COOLING Accelero L2 Pro Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler for nVIDIA and ATI
Pros: Put it on a 5850. Extremely quiet even at 100% fan speed. Temps are at 80C at 100% load, which is acceptable to me (85C is my comfort threshold). Installation was fairly straightforward (and a lot easier than getting the stock cooler off).
Cons: The resulting graphics card will be wider than two slots. This can be pretty annoying, as it will block an extra PCI/PCIe slot you might've been counting on using.
The lack of fan noise leads me to believe that the fan could be more powerful. 100% fan speed is quiet, but it may not be enough cooling for some cards.
Other Thoughts: After the stock cooler fan on my 5850 died, I needed a cheap replacement that could handle constant 100% compute use without overclocking. This was perfect.
Well, almost perfect. It would've been nice if they could've gotten it down to 2-slots wide, as I have to juggle some hardware configurations to get wifi on that computer now (gotta switch to USB wifi). It's because it's a MicroATX mobo, so not everyone would have this problem
It looks like the fan is replaceable, though I think it would take up even more space, since the fan it comes with is pretty skinny.
Pros: It's got just about every feature I ever wanted in a computer case:
1. Cable-routing beneath the motherboard
2. Endless case fans with fan-control buttons.
3. Fans cables are routed under the motherboard already. Get power from two molex connectors conveniently bundled with USB/1394/HDAudio/etc cables.
4. Comes with a small toolbox mounted inside the case (next to the PSU). Includes screws, a screwdriver, soft dust cloth, and a couple small other things.
5. Built-in card readers on top of case. I usually spend $20 to put in a 3.5" bay card reader, but this has it integrated!
6. SATA [internal] data and power connectors, and eSATA connector on top of case. Super easy to temporarily connect an internal HDD without opening the case (comes with SATA power and data cable connectors).
7. Tool-less 5.25" bays and HDD bays
Cons: Not much bad to say about the case:
1. I can be kind of difficult to line up the holes on the tool-less 5.25" bays.
2. Case material feels a little flimsy in places.
3. Requires bottom-mounted PSU (not a big problem for some people).
Other Thoughts: Got this case as part of a combo deal with a PSU, so I effectively got it for $40. But, I would definitely spend the regular $100 on it if I needed another one. Seems completely worth it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: -- Lots of great features advertised
-- USB3 & SATA3
-- Onboard 7.1 HD Audio
-- Integrated gfx, decent, too
-- RAID5 (supposedly)
-- Never overclocked before, but the options for it are everywhere
Cons: -- Serious heat problems
-- BIOS RAID (fakeraid) just doesn't work
-- Heatsink mounting tolerance poor
-- 4-pin power connector in middle of motherboard instead of side (minor)
Mine was probably defective
-- BIOS option for using integrated video over PCI-e video card did not work
-- Weird front-panel pin-out layout (two separate pin blocks, needing some guesswork).
Other Thoughts: -- Using the same heatsink and CPU, my other mATX mobo idled around 27C (AMD X3 440). On this MSI board, it idled around 43 C. Went to stock heatsink/paste for sanity check... idled around 52C. I even underclocked to 2GHz and no improvement.
-- The heatsink right next to the CPU (NB?) gets so hot I almost burned my finger on it when I accidentally touched it.
-- Onboard [FAKE]RAID was a disaster. No drivers for Win7 64-bit, and tried every tutorial in the book with Ubuntu, with no success.
-- Tried to install GPU for computing and keep using integrated video for display. BIOS has option to force "Internal" gfx instead of PCI-e, but the BIOS refused to output to integrated video when the PCI-e card was present. Why have the BIOS option if it doesn't work?
-- Surround sound refused to work in Ubuntu, despite having all the kernel modules.
-- Thought I was going to break heatsink because AM3 heatsink mount was so tight. No problem on my other mobos w/ same