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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have owned this cpu for over a year now with an overclock of 4.5Ghz @ only 1.26v. Runs at 50c Max w/ my corsair H110 on Prime95 Blend torture runs 25 hrs straight.

-Does very well in games
-Overclocking is amazing
-Runs very cool and uses low power
-Keeps up with current CPUs in today's market
-Should be able to keep this one for a while

Cons: My only con is that it does not support PCI-E 3.0. However, I have not seen any convincing benchmarks to show any real benefits of PCI-E 3.0 over 2.0 yet. Even w/ my GTX 780 I still get really great FPS in games.

Other Thoughts: This is probably the best and most long term cpu I've ever owned. This was definitely worth the price I paid 2 years ago (around $220 I think). I'm planning on keeping this for a while.

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs 5 Egg reviews are deceiving 12/07/2013

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: - Looks nice with blue LEDs and copper.
- Installation is fairly easy
- Still works after 2 years of use

Cons: - Fan does not auto adjust and must be manually adjusted
- If manual fan controller is not connected, your fan will run at 100% and sound like a jet engine.
- only provided me with 10c lower temps over stock hsf
- High price for minimal performance

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Other Thoughts: Honestly this should be going for under $15. It's really disappointing to get a product with such high reviews perform so poorly. I would have completely different thoughts about this product if it were cheaper. This should really only be used at stock clock settings or very small overclocks. After 2 years of this, I decided to spend another $60 more on an all in one water cooler instead and am now seeing temps 30-40 degrees Celsius lower than this one. Do yourself a favor and get something with more bang for your buck like a hyper 212 and I'm sure you'll get better performance than this at a much lower price.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm (CW-9060014-WW)
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: - Large radiator and 2 x 140mm fans
- runs 30-40 degrees Celsius at full load vs. my copper zalman
- Noise was not overbearing for me and relatively quiet
- Makes my case look less cluttered
- Nice quality
- Brought on sale for a good price ~ $100
- Works with the original NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case

Cons: - Installation took time and was kind of a pain, mostly the backplate.
- I had to remove the heatsinks from my high profile ram in order to get it to fit but that was mainly because of my case not the cooler.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because my zalman 9500 just wasn't cutting it and was only achieving about 10c above the stock hsf. I currently own an i5 2500k oc'd to 4.5Ghz and needed something to keep my temps under control. I went from 75-89+ temps with my old hsf at full load to 40-55 temps at full load with the h110. I was absolutely amazed that it could have dropped that much. I currently own an NZXT Phantom Full Tower case and I have it set up in push/pull configuration.

I was really skeptical about AIO coolers mainly due to people in forums giving them a bad rap but I think if you can get a good deal on it and you set it up right with proper air flow in your case, then they are definitely amazing and you will see results.


Mark M.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark M.

Date Joined: 12/26/07

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/30/10
  • Last Review: 02/07/14
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