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DEEPCOOL NEPTWIN CPU Cooler  6 Heatpipes Twin-tower Heatsink Dual 120mm Fans with Blue LED One with PWM Support LGA 2011-v3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a solid cooler and it's a very good value.

To test it I used RealTemp and Prime95. I ran Prime95 for 2min then recorded the highest temp. Trying to keep it simple. My CPU is a 5930K in a TJ11 with the sides off. The Prime95 test I ran was the Blend Test because it could not handle the Small FFTs (max heat) test. See other thoughts on that.
Clock Spped
3.5GHz 45C
3.7GHz 48C
3.9GHz 52C
4.1GHz 53C
4.3GHz 59C
4.4GHz 64C

As you see good results with this 6 Core, 130W cpu which has a stock Turbo Boost of 3.7GHz.

The cooler I have is a liquid cooling loop with a 3x120mm rad. This does not do any better until above 4GHz where it starts to take the lead. At 4.1GHz they were still the same but at 4.3GHz the liquid cooling was 3 degrees cooler and at 4.4GHz it was 5 degrees cooler.

The build quality seemed pretty solid and the bottom was a mirror finish.

Cons: While it performs well for the price I can't give it five eggs because well, it's a giant and does not blow my mind in performance.

Depending on the shape and height of your ram heatsink this may hit. I had to sit the one fan a little high on the fin array because of this.

The fans are fine but are not the highest airflow. If you want to get the most out of this you will be buying aftermarket fans which takes away the good value.

The packaging was also less than 5 egg worthy. All of the parts for the various sockets were in separate plastic bags but the bags were staples shut rather than being resealable zip locks or taped so as not to tear then when opening..

Other Thoughts: I could not run the Small FFT test with this cooler. I took the clock speed down to 3.2GHz and the temps would immediately shoot up to the 80's and I had to stop the test in less than 2 seconds. The liquid cooling loop I had maxed out a 66 degrees after 10 minutes doing this. So unlike the Pros section test, you can really see the liquid cooling show how much better it is here. I put this in other thoughts because normal applications is going to cause this kind of heat. Also wanted to have a comparison so that my Pros section did not was not misleading readers into thinking this product was as good as liquid cooling.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good Features for the Price but Unpolished 01/12/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I’m happy to note that I made the bold move to put everything together then do the first power up and it booted successfully. Given that the X99 boards had just released when I got this that was a pleasant surprise.

This board has got some good features for the price. I love having two ethernet ports and they are both Intel ports (very nice plus). Sometimes, I just want to connect another device to my desktop directly via eithernet rather than through a router and not have to disconnect from wired internet. It also have a solid number of PCIe x16 slots with proper layout, dual bios. Can’t forget about the DDR4 OC support

The build quality is solid. I’m not fearing a short lifespan with this.

Overclocking on this is not but (see cons) but luckily there were some preset overclock. I was able to use the preset core ratio OC to 43 and the XMP profile for which also bumped the base clock to 105 giving me a cpu speed of 4.5GHz and it was stable. I have to admit that’s pretty impressive. I will note that have a water cooling setup.

The X99 chipset is a very welcome upgrade from the X79. The X99 is a mature chipset whereas the X79 was pushed out to the market too quickly. Finally and appropriate number of USB 3.0 and SATA III ports.

It is also nice to have wifi on board as well and the M-2 support will be handy for some users.

Cons: Cons
The UEFI is still a failure for Gigabyte in my book. I waited for them to release the non-beta F8 bios before I wrote this review but it is still horrendous. There are four places to do everything related to frequencies and voltages. Having basic and advanced is fine but here it's new basic, new advanced, old basic and old advanced. If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.

In other UEFI's if I change an advanced setting or basic setting, the other one be grayed out or change accordingly to be inline. On Gigabytes UEFI, it acts like both are always selected. For example, if I change the core ratio in advanced to 37, the one in basic stays at 36. Then if I save, it is anyone’s guess which setting it wills save. Even if I change the advance to 37 and click Apply, the basic stays at 36. The interface is also very laggy. Using a mouse is difficult so I often opted not to.

The in Windows apps to monitor and change settings are worthless. You can’t change the most basic of setting without requiring a reboot.

Common to all X99 boards but other components like DDR4 is expensive and you’ll have to pay a good amount for a CPU with 40 PCI lanes.

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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid Router 01/12/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: -Very compact for an AC1900 router
-Setup is a breeze whether you are a basic or advanced user
-Software has the features you expect like parental controls and guest network
-Good file transfer throughput.
WiFi to Ethernet: 11 MB/s
WiFi to WiFi: 7MB/s
-Was able to play a game console online, stream live tv and have a couple cellphones and tablets browsing the web with no issues
-Stable
-Has a USB 3.0 port which is becoming standard now
-All gigabit ports as they should be at this level

Cons: -Range is decent but I'm putting it in the cons because I've seen better
-Parental controls could use some pre-configured options
-It's wobbly. Very easy for it to fall on its face
-Top of the covers the base of the antennas making it very difficult to screw them in and unscrew them

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Display Name: R S.

Date Joined: 12/28/07

  • Reviews: 40
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  • First Review: 10/15/09
  • Last Review: 01/28/15
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