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Pros: Got this as an earlier release under a different name. See OTHER THOUGHTS for details.
Keeps my i5-2500K with a mild overclock to 4.0GHz at a comfortable 55C under heavy gaming like BattleField3. I actually haven't heard the fan spin up to max yet so I can still improve on that with some BIOS fan tweaking if I choose.
If you ever need to replace the fan, it clips in fine with no hassles. (I didn't like the LED's)
Cons: Cannot run a push-pull set up. There aren't any clips/hooks to put a fan on the back. But I'm also running a 2500K at 4.0GHz at 55C under load with a conservatively quiet fan profile, sooo... yeah, unless you're an extreme overclocker, the one 70CFM fan is more than adequate. So that's still not really a con....
Red LED's. My case theme is blue so I just got a non-LED fan with the same CFM rating. Not really a con, just a personal preference. Though, you now know that a replacement fan will clip in just fine if you ever need it, no hassles there.
Other Thoughts: Got this a year earlier when it was called "EVGA Superclock Cooler" which can be seen here:
looks familiar doesn't it?
It disappeared off the market for a while which kinda disappointed me because THIS IS A TRULY EXCELLENT COOLER. Happy to see it released again under a new name.
This review is from: Vantec NexStar SE MRK-525CRU2 Dual 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD/HDD Mobile Rack with All-In-One Memory Card Reader & USB 2.0 Ports, SATA III ready (Supports 7, 9.5, 12.5, 15mm height SSD/HDD)
Pros: It's a good product, does the job that it's supposed to do. SD, microSD, and MemoryStick card slots all work. I don't have any CompactFlash cards so I can't say anything good/bad about that slot.
Plugged in a new WD Scorpio Blue HDD into the dock and it was recognized right away, just had to go through the usual initial formatting since it was a brand-new drive. No problems there.
2.5" drive snapped in just fine, just align the little nubs to fit in the HDD's side screw-holes. Mounted drive slides into the dock with no binding, smooth and slick with a *click* once the front pinch-tabs secure it.
Cons: Some other reviews have stated that the LED's are really bright... They're right... the LED's aren't just bright, they're NUCLEAR-FREAKIN'-SUN-BRIGHT. However, my computer has a front door/panel that closes over and covers up the dock/reader and conveniently covers up the LED's, so it's no problem for me :P
Other Thoughts: As far as the card slots taking up drive letters... well... yeah, that's what they do. Anytime you put a card in, Windows7 auto-detects it anyway and asks if you want to open it to view files, so I doubt that the average user (or even power user) will ever need to access it by the drive-letter anyway.
Yes, USB ports are "upside-down" but we've all played that game of "Am I putting the USB cord in the right way?" on normal ports so that's kind of moot.
Some card slots are a little tight and you have to push firmly to get the card in, but will probly loosen up a little more with further use.
Pros: If you haven't figured it out yet from all the other reviews, this really is an awesome chip. The only limitations you will encounter are the limitations of the Motherboard that you put it on.
Overclocked to 4.0MHz on 4 active cores. Simply just turned up the Turbo Multiplier in BIOS and set my PWM fan parameters for the CPU cooler to a profile that I liked, then just let it go. 4.0 is nothing to these chips, they just take it in stride and ask for more (just make sure you adjust your voltages if you want to go crazy-high).
Seriously, these chips are stupid-easy to mildly overclock. The only overclocking issues you might have are if you didn't get a Motherboard that's good for overclocking.
Cons: Isn't an AI that will do all of my nefarious biddings and allow me to take over the world.
Other Thoughts: Unless you get a DOA chip (it happens, no QA department is perfect and up to a 1% defect rate hitting retail is perfectly acceptable considering we're all human) these things are absolutely spectacular.
I'd take the 2500K over it's IvyBridge equivalent any day.
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) PNY DDR3 1333
GPU: PNY GTX560
CPU HeatSink: EVGA SuperClock Cooler
HDD1 (OS): WD CaviarBlue 320
HDD2 (Aux): WD CaviarGreen 500
PSU: Corsair GS600
Optical: LiteOn iHAS524