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This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Pros: It works very well.
Cons: I wanted more. I always want more though.
Other Thoughts: Be warned: This is grease, not paste. Do not think this will have any adhesive qualities, as it does not. You would think that "paste" would work better, but this stuff is better than the pastes I've used.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It keeps the CPU from overheating and cools VRMs/Mosfet area too.
Cons: The copper pipes are visibly raised on the surface. (-1 egg)
Other Thoughts: Idle: 35°C / 95°F
Load: 55°C / 131°F
My only concern is that the copper pipes are raised on the surface that mounts on the CPU. It was always my understanding that this surface should be as flat as possible to pull as much heat from the CPU as it can. I used additional thermal grease to fill the spaces.
Other than that, this performs as well as the previous aftermarket cooler but cools my motherboard as well.
This review is from: BIOSTAR TA790XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Stable, works, looks pretty cool, on-board power and reset buttons, diagnostic LED's, additional PCIx16 power support via molex connection
Cons: Northbridge heat sink gets pretty warm at times. SATA 0 and 3 are under my video card. Have not been able to successfully overclock, but that's my fault.
Other Thoughts: I bought this from Newegg as an open-box special 2 years ago. I previously bought the TA770A2+SE a year prior also as an open-box special and loved it. For some reason, the Biostar's TA series boards won me over! I've had nothing but great results out of both. I'm about to drop either a Phenom II X4 965 or Phenom II X6 1045T. I may never get rid of this board, and I may never stray from Biostar!
I tried overclocking a couple of times, but only this mobo and the processor were ready for it. My RAM is cheap and will never allow it.