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This review is from: Antec TrueQuiet 120 120mm Case Fan
Pros: - Quiet
- Airflow is sufficient on higher setting
- Mounting hardware basically eliminates vibration
Cons: - Airflow is somewhat low, though keep in mind that airflow in case fans tends to be overrated.
- It can be difficult to reuse the mounting grommets.
Other Thoughts: I have an Antec Mini P180, made in 2008, which only recently lost its first cooling fan after seven years of use. The external fan controller uses the proprietary Antec switch, which makes replacing the fans with other Antec fans the best option. These fans move about as much air as the stock fans, but much quieter. Though, since the case is sound-dampened, I could barely hear the stock fans anyway. These fan's lower setting is largely useless, as what little noise there is is roughly the same at both speed settings.
The fans I received came with black rubber grommets attached to the frame, not yellow or orange like in the photos, which was welcome, as I dislike gaudy colors anyway.
Airflow is far from the most important feature for a fan to have, in my opinion. The more important consideration is where fans are placed and in what configuration. Raw airflow numbers only tell a small part of the story overall. Now, if one wanted to cool rackmount drives or servers, these fans may prove under powered, same with radiators and other similar obstructed placements. However, for most of us, these are pretty good fans, especially for a silence-optimized build.
Recommended for: Home use, Moderate-load workstations, Silence optimized or sound-sensitive environments.
Not Recommended for: High Static Pressure needs like radiators and heatsinks. High-load servers or severe-load gaming machines with multiple GPUs.
Pros: - High price-to-performance; this is a lot of card for the money.
- Clean-looking design.
- Great cooling solution with copper heat pipes.
- Quiet Fans.
Cons: Common Cons with other AMD cards, and some niggling complaints:
- Slightly higher thermals
- Somewhat lackadaisical driver support
- Card depth is high: see Other Thoughts
Other Thoughts: Predicting the future is impossible, but were I to try, I would say that this card will keep anyone well-prepared for years and years to come. This card is an agile, effective choice for 1080p and 1440p gaming, with 4GB of memory. This may make the card seem to have more cargo room than horsepower, of you catch my meaning, but that cargo space can come in real handy down the road.
This card is wider than the standard, or deeper when mounted into the PCIe bracket. It fit easily into my beloved Antec mini-P180 case, but for those using slim cases or upgrading a pre-built system, I will list the dimensions here, as the card sits when mounted to the motherboard:
H: Standard double-slot, 1 1/3" or 3.4 cm
W: 9 1/3" or 23.7 cm
Depth: 4 1/2" or 11.4 cm
When the PCIe power cables are attached, the depth changes depending on how successful you were with your cable management. I was able to reign mine in at 5 inches, but I would not try it unless you had 5 1/4 inches or 13.3 cm of room in your case. Measure twice, cut once and all that. Really most cases can handle this easy, but some mITX and pre-builts may have difficulty.
Overall though, I am very pleased with this card.
This review is from: Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: - NAND Flash is manufactured to high standards
- Uses a Marvell controller that emphasizes accuracy and consistency
- Excellent Price to Performance ratio
- See "Other Thoughts" Section
Cons: - Slightly slower than some other SSDs on the market
- No native data migration software. Though there are open-source options for this task
Other Thoughts: The NAND Flash used in this drive is produced at the same plants as the top-rated and much higher-priced Intel SSDs. Simply put, Intel and Crucial's parent company -Micron- jointly own factories in Utah, Virginia, and Singapore. Not only does this mean these SSDs are among the most reliable, but the Flash used has a 2 in 3 chance of being manufactured in the US. Singapore is also a leader in Labor protections among Asian nations, lagging behind only Japan and South Korea. This means this SSD is produced with Labor Ethics in mind. If that is important to you, then I strongly suggest this SSD.
The major difference between this SSD and an Intel SSD is the Controller. Intel buys exclusive rights to the highest-quality SandForce controllers, making their SSDs slightly faster but also much more expensive. As I stated in the "pro" section, the Marvell controller used here sacrifices some small amount of speed for what can be seen as a more methodical approach to the use of the flash memory. This then does not mean that the drive is inferior, just that it emphasizes reliability over speed. So, if you intend to have the fastest speeds by running RAID 0 or some other array, this may not be the drive for you.
Lately, other manufacturers have had some controversy over the switch to asynchronous NAND from synchronous NAND. There is no worry here, the Intel/Micro Flash has remained synchronous and consistent.
- Virtually all uses, as an SSD is one of the best upgrades to make to any machine.
- People concerned with Labor practices associated with technology manufacturing.
Not Recommended for:
- Severe Use-Cases like 3D animation rendering, video editing or other such intensive tasks that would require top of the line performance.