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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Board has great components and nice features. SATA ports are finally placed in the sanest manner I've seen yet. Instead of cables pointing out into the box like some Medusa hairstyle they point at the drives - win. BIOS is ok, but some menus seem redundant. Overclocking this board is pretty simple. Was able to get 4.11GHz on my Core i7 950 without much fuss.
Cons: Ram slots crowd cpu socket area a bit. If you are running tall heatsinks on your ram and have a big after market heatsink they are going to be close if not conflicting. Still think floppy / pata is ridiculous on a top end board like this and others. Time to move on...
Other Thoughts: Second Gigabyte board I've had and both are solid and issue free.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price to performance ratio is outstanding. By itself a worthy piece of hardware, in SLI it puts every game I've tried in a headlock and doesn't let go. Also wasn't sure when I got them, but it seems, after reading several reviews here, they send out the SSC versions from all indications. This makes the clocks slightly faster than the baseline CO-OP GTX 295 for an added bonus.
Cons: Size of the cards if you didn't do your homework. There are plenty of reviews that clearly state these are jumbo sized units. These cards thrive in full tower cases. If you use a mid tower or smaller be prepared to potentially sacrifice a hard drive spot or two. Two stuffed in a cavenous Lian-Li PC-B70 do not have this issue whatsoever.
Other Thoughts: Trying to remove the smirk on my face is impossible when playing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Pros: Once T.I.M. settles in this levels off to very nice low 40C's at idle on an i7 950. Under load it does not hit 80C with only the single supplied fan on it. Fan is very quiet even when spooled up. Baseplate was very flat on mine and finish is very fine. No need to lap and a test imprint proved it.
Cons: Not a big con, and known before purchased - size. This monster sized cooler takes up space around the cpu. Orientation was a one way ticket for me with Corsair Dominators and their tall heatsinks. You may want to keep that in mind making a decision. And the fan retainer clips are a little hokey, but do their job well enough.
Other Thoughts: The price of this cooler and its performance are just hard to beat. There are very few that can best it at sometimes twice, or more, the price.
Installation tip: I read several different ways to place this thing while trying to maintain sanity. The easiest way i found was to set the motherbopard upright over two objects of the same height - bridged you could say (shoeboxes for example). This allows setting the cooler from above and still being able to start screws from below. A screwdriver tip or stubby works pretty well to snug them up before flipping to fully tighten them down. This way took less then five minutes to install for me.