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NZXT Kraken X60 RL-KRX60-01 Ultra Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 280MM
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: FX 8320 clocked from 3.5GHz to 4.6 GHz. Voltage set at 1.400V. Prime 95 burn for 4 hours. Core Temp registered 49C. I used an infrared thermometer to check the socket temp which clocked in at 48C, so I believe my temps to be accurate.

Cons: The radiator ends extend past the fans by a 1/2 inch on either side length ways. Examine your case before you buy this.

Other Thoughts: A Hyper 212 from Cooler Master is a true oddity. It ranges from $20 to $25 bucks and for some reason it is nearly the best out there. Before I bought my Kraken I used the Hyper 212 on my 4.6GHz 8320. Temps in Prime 95 peaked at 58C and remained there during the burn in test. The tricky part is there's a large price gap for that 9C difference. That being said the Kraken is the best I've seen in the aio liquid coolers. But in the end I don't know it was worth it because only benchmark software can tell me there is a difference.

MSI Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It default clocked to 960 MHz out pf the box yet with some boosting in msi afterburner I settled at 1,320 MHz. Even with the boosted voltage the temperature maxed at only 74CI in 3dmark11 while also being very quiet.

Cons: I'm not sure of there are any cons. Everyone talks about drivers but so far no problems with the AAA titles I have.

Other Thoughts: This is a sweet spot card for me. At $300 it is still pricy but for what it delivers and for the quietness coming from a gtx 480 I highly recommend this card.

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 DirectX 10 01G-P3-1282-RX 1GB 512-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got this when it was on sale for $80 and at that price point this card was a no brainer. Without adjusting the voltage I set the core clock to 700 MHz and have had 0 problems. At this speed I get a consistent 50-60 fps on the high preset in BF3 at 1080p. Works great in far cry 3.

Cons: Is a bit thirsty. Have had this running in my home theater PC for 4 months on a 500 watt power supply. This is also with a power thirsty AMD Phenom ii. So far 0 problems but I feel as though is is the minimum for power supplies. As far as other cons though yea it only supports directx 10, but hey if your focus is your kill count then you can ignore that.

Other Thoughts: I've been very pleased with this card. At $120 at the time of this post though. I'm not sure it's worth it. At that price point I feel like a gtx 560 or a gtx 650ti would be worth the extra cash, but if you only have the $120 and your hesitating, just get it and enjoy your games.


Jacob K.'s Profile

Display Name: Jacob K.

Date Joined: 10/14/11

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/24/12
  • Last Review: 08/28/13
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