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This review is from: Team X Series 64GB Flash Drive Model TX12164GR01
Pros: I took a quick Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and the R/W transfer rates were faster than specs -- 190/90 (in OS X 10.8.5). I don't know what happens to flash speed over time. It's a bit slower in Windows 8.1, 180/80. Okay, okay, if you spend a whole lot more money, there are faster drives.
Cons: Bulky, large, which I suspected would be the case before I purchased, but I liked the graphic design. It does not fit in the first USB slot under an Ethernet port. The drive is too wide, thick. But I have gobs of USB 3.0 ports, top and back, so clearance will not be a problem.
Other Thoughts: The 64GB capacity is about right for me. I always worry I'll need more room than I have, although my 32GB flash drives have very little on them.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB Low Profile BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0
Bought a couple singles, not a 16GB kit. There's never a problem running singles. These are specified as 1,600MHz 8-8-8-24 @ 1.35V, so it was a no-brainer to run them 7-7-7-24 @ 1.5V -- on Shell Shocker for a great discount. Too! Note: the 1.35V spec is a dead give away that they'd run faster.
Opened my case, opened the new memory, took out the old 2-stick 8GB, put in the new, booted into BIOS, set memory to the second of two XMP profiles to get the 1.5V setting, changed the timing (only those shown above), rebooted, ran Windows 8 memtest with no errors, ran WEI to no avail since the results were the same 8.1 as before. So now I'll hold my breath for at least a month before I'm confident in this new RAM.
The yellow isn't too prominent because they are so short, but what I can see goes quite well with some of the yellow power wires. Sort of ties everything together. It all looks great with my purple cold cathode light.
Pressing the memory into the slots worried me, but the heatsinks took the pressure and they felt nobly robust.
Low profile. Where have these been all my life? I've needed them forever. For my last three systems I have needed low profile. Except I don't need 32GB, four sticks, and my ASRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard wants two sticks in the outside slot pair, therefore there is no heatsink clearance problem out there anyway. But I don't care. My first low profile DIMM and I love them. Actually, I don't need 16GB, either. I just wanted to see if they would run 7-7-7-24. I knew they would. Maybe it helps that I worked for a memory manufacturer who's initials are I.
Other Thoughts: I'll let you know if there are any problems that come up later.
For this new build I got a Haswell i7-4770K.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: This is my second Hyper 212 EVO; the first one is used on my Intel i5-3570K (1,632 to 3,876MHz), and this one is on my i7-4770K (800MHz-3,900MHz). Both have two fans (comes with one fan, two pair of brackets), which are incredibly easy to mount, one of the reasons I bought a second EVO for this new system. But primarily they keep these processors at ~33-35°C in an 27-28°C room ambient, idle. Fully loaded with prime95, one is 70°C max, and the other is ~65°C. If I could tolerate more idle fan noise, then both of them would run cooler. As it is, I can't hear the fans at all on the newest system. The new motherboard has much better fan control than last year's model. BTW, prime95 is synthetically severe. In the real world, running as hard as they can, 45°C is a high number.
Other Thoughts: Oh, did I say they're really quiet?READ FULL REVIEW