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This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
Pros: Excellent cooling, silent fan, easy attachment (see comments). Stock sink on i7 950 goes to 80C running Handbrake - this one keeps it under 55C.
Cons: A little big, heavy - fins are very sharp and I have a couple of scratches to show for it, but that's PEBCAK more than anything.
Other Thoughts: I'm amazed why some people give this product a poor review because they didn't do their homework on the sizes of CPUs and fitment in the case. This is my second 9900 heat sink. My first one (which also worked very very well) died due do failed fan. The mounting option on that one (3 years ago?) was different than the current model, and IMHO much easier to mount. My mobo (ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA1366) sits in an Antec 1200 case and it has a cutout in the back to allow for installation of backing plates while still mounted in the case. I had to switch to the old mounting method because I could not get it mounted in the case. Granted, that was me being lazy and not wanting to remove the mobo from the case - had I done that, the sink would have mounted easily, I'm sure. All in all, once I moved over the top plate from the old sink to the new one (old retaining bracket won't fit over new top plate) and fan, thing mounted like a dream. Do be careful - the copper fins are sharp and the sink is heavy. I have a couple of scratches on a couple of knuckles (I have big hands). Overall, excellent sink.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Pros: Excellent keyboard - very nice feel in the keys. The ergonomic split is absolutely fantastic, and I can hardly use a "normal" keyboard anymore as this is my home keyboard and I have a couple of Elite keyboards at work. The quality of this keyboard is overall good.
Cons: The letters are beginning to wear off in places (yes, yes - ASDW).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: Very large case, can easily accommodate large video cards and large CPU cooling solutions. One very nice detail is that there's ample room behind the mother board and the case skin, allowing for very clean installs where wires and cables can be routed "out of the way". The fans are very quiet, but move a lot of air. Installing harddrives is a snap - the longer screws used (bolting 3 1/2" drive into a 5 1/4" bay) threw me off first, but it works very well and having the modularity (3 3-bay modules) fastened with thumb screws is also very very handy. Having owned this case only a couple of days I already love it.
Cons: It's HUGE. It ended up not fitting in my desk (by as little as 1/2" :( ), but that's my own fault for not checking properly beforehand. It is also pretty heavy (30+ lbs), but that's not a big deal to me, as I was fully aware of it and don't mind it. All the fans are regular (large) 4-plug power connectors and will not plug into the motherboard (in my case an ASUS Sabertooth X58) for speed control by way of PWM. However, all fans do have speed controls accessible - the rear two fans are on the back of the case (low-medium-high), where also the control for the top 200mm fan is (low-medium-high). On the back is also where the illumination of the top fan is controlled (off-on). Each 3-bay module has a small rotary knob for individual and variable control of fan speed.
Other Thoughts: When installing power supply, make sure you orient the PSU fan the right way - some people have said this may interfere with high-flow video card fans and cause cavitation/noise, but I certainly didn't notice anything like with my combination (CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX and EVGA GTX470 SC) in this case. Also make _sure_ you have enough space. This case is HUGE.READ FULL REVIEW