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Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Louder than expected 02/11/2016

This review is from: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: High quality build.
Effective at keeping things cool.

Cons: This computer is in my bedroom and I run it sometimes when the house is quiet and everybody is asleep. I designed the computer to be quite, all the components. And this component is the loudest (excepting the optical drives on start-up). It has two fans, and together they're quite loud. I only run one fan, and I run it on the slowest setting (using the resistor cable that came with it to slow it down) and it's still the loudest thing in the computer.

I added a second pair of RAM sticks to my computer and the clips that hold on the fans interfere with the RAM. I got a set with a smaller heat-spreader, but it still interfered. Luckily for me the clips that hold on the fan are just bent wire (like a bent paper clip). I could bend them out of the way, and it worked just fine. It's not really a con for me, because I'm handy, but for many folks needing to modify parts to install their RAM would be a con.

Other Thoughts: Other quite components:
XFX Double D Radeon HD 7770 (quiet, fast, low energy consumption, and cheap)
KINGWIN Absolute Platinum Series AP-550 550W (silent power supply - fan never runs)
Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (heavy and quiet. The fan that came with the case is quieter than any of the Noctua fans I've had). (Item#: N82E16811129177)

Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Low Price
Fast like a typical SSD

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: There are no screws in the box. IDK if this is a con (my computer case came with all the screws I needed). Last SSD I bought came with screws, so it's different.

Speaking of which, I bought a Corsair SSD 4 years ago and it died, prompting me to order a pair of these. 4 years seems like a really short time for a SSD to last. I heard good things about Mushkin, so I'm giving it a try. It's been a bit less than a week but so far so good.

I got a pair of these and put them in a RAID 1 (mirror RAID). Maybe $130 for for a back-up system is a bit much but there's no monthly fee, the drives are wickedly fast, and I got to set up my first RAID which was fun (z77 mobo chipset).

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's ram and it works.
It was pretty cheap.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The head spreader is a little smaller than some others. I actually ordered these for the smaller heat spreader because I thought it would be less likely to interfere with the clips on my Noctua CPU heat sink. It interfered anyway. Lucky for me the clips Noctua uses to hold their fan on the heat sink are just bent wire (like a bent paper clip). So I just bent the clip so it would still hold on the fan without interfering with the RAM.


David H.'s Profile

Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 09/21/03

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 11/01/13
  • Last Review: 02/11/16
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