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GIGABYTE GB-BXI3H-4010 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 4400 Integrated by CPU Mini-PC Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Haswell i3 is surprisingly fast, tiny (only about the size of a small book), Intel HD 4400 plays back 1080p HD content perfectly, takes 2.5 inch drives, comes with with wifi, makes almost no noise even under load.

Cons: A tad expensive once you add RAM and an SSD

Other Thoughts: Lots of power in a tiny package. Really everything you would ever need for an HTPC to run XBMC/Kodi.

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ASUS STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 980 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Dead Silence and Maximum Performance in One Card 11/06/2014

This review is from: ASUS STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 980 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: -The card makes no noticeable noise of any kind, even when running an intensive game on maximum settings. It idles at 41C with no fan running, and only gets into the 60s even when gaming. I don't think the fans are even coming on in most cases. That's how cool it runs. It also has no coil whine. I had problems with coil whine on two of the EVGA 780 Ti cards (returned one and replacement also had coil whine). I have to say that the combination of dead silence and extreme performance on this card is very impressive.
-My 3dmark11 score went from 13500 with a 780 TI to 15500. The card made no noise when running the benchmark.
-Shadow of Mordor runs totally smooth on Ultra settings. In this game at least it's a very noticeable upgrade over the 780Ti.
-The build quality is the best I've ever seen on a video card. It has a nice brushed black metal backplate and a custom PCB with all top shelf components, including Samsung GDDR5.

Cons: Price. But you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: Overall I would say it's kind of like one of those silent passively cooled cards people use in HTPCs, except it also mops the floor with everything out now in terms of performance. When you stop to think about that it actually makes the 780 and especially the noisy 290 cards seem a bit dated by comparison. AMD had better have something impressive up their sleeves or they're finished.

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Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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1 out of 5 eggs Worse Than AMD Stock Cooler 09/19/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Quiet and fits in my Grandia HTPC case...

Cons: The bottom of the heat sink is not at all level or smooth, with large gaps between the heat pipes where thermal paste collects and warm air pockets can form. My CPU was idling hot (70C) and overheating under load, causing the computer to shut off. I tried reapplying the thermal paste and remounting the heat sink, but it didn't help. Why on earth does the bottom of this thing not have a smooth, polished finish like every other CPU cooler I've used?

Other Thoughts: With the stock cooler installed, the A6-3650 APU in my HTPC idles in the low 30s and hits the low 40s under load. How did Cooler Master manage to make something so much worse than a stock cooler?

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Display Name: Peter D.

Date Joined: 03/27/09

  • Reviews: 31
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  • First Review: 03/31/09
  • Last Review: 02/16/15
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