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RAIJINTEK AIDOS BLACK, 4pcs 6mm Heat-pipe, 9225mm PWM fan, Compact size CUP cooler, Multiple mounting kits for INtel & AMD, Easy installation and user friendly
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price is amazing for the performance. 4 heat pipes with direct contact to the CPU provide great heat dissipation. From a "monstrous" water cooled first generation Core i7 room heater, this is way more compact and has a steady 38c temp and 50c under gaming and video load. Large fan is quiet and pushes more air at lower RPM.

Cons: The heatsink surface contacting the CPU is not mirror polished. Doing so could drop 2-3c, but overall this is insignificant. Had some fuss assembling the fan with those rubber anchors, but assembled fine.

Other Thoughts: It's a tall fan, so tower cases only. Double check small form and ITX cases for clearance. Forget slim systems.

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RAIJINTEK AIDOS BLACK, 4pcs 6mm Heat-pipe, 9225mm PWM fan, Compact size CUP cooler, Multiple mounting kits for INtel & AMD, Easy installation and user friendly
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: My Alienware water cooler took a dive and I decided to go with air cool. This heatsink comes with 4 heat pipes with direct contact to provide very good heat dissipation. The pipes are press fit into a thick block of aluminum. My hot 1st gen core i7 gets from 40 to 52 under load. It performed better then the $800 custom water cooler that it replaced. Plenty of room to overclock if you do that sort of stuff.

Cons: You need to remove the motherboard to install the back plate adapter but the rest is easy enough to do. Just follow the diagrams.

Other Thoughts: There are heatsinks with 2 or 3 pipes. Why not select the ones that use 4 pipes. This cooler is rated for a 130w heater and it does the job well. Just think what it can do for a 3rd or 4th gen core i5 or i7.

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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Prices have come down for reasonable 240GB SSD. Speed is unmatched and response time for programs are near instant.

Cons: Price and small drive capacity could force most to still use standard drives for increased storage.

Other Thoughts: This is the way computing is meant to be. Makes slow computers way faster and high end systems a dream.

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Michael K.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 08/10/05

  • Reviews: 43
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 06/27/06
  • Last Review: 04/02/15
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