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Steven J.

Steven J.

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Most Favorable Review

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Thermalright SI-120 High Performance CPU Cooling Heatsink
Thermalright SI-120 High Performance CPU Cooling Heatsink

Comments: I installed this on a Pentium 4 D 830 with Arctic Silver5. Works great and takes CPU temperatures down to about 37C at idle vs. the stock heatsync/fan which was running over 45C. If you're installing this on an LGA775 socket, don't forget to buy the adapter (about $6.00). Also, motherboards that support the Pentium 4 D have a 4 pin cpu fan connector vs. the standard 3 pin. This is so that the fan speed can be controlled by the MB bios via PWM (Pulse width modulation). If you want that feature to work, make sure the fan you buy has the 4 pin connector. It may also say PWM capable. The SI-120 is a taller version of the XP-120 which has been well reviewed and comes highly recommended but is apparently a little short to clear components on a few motherboards. I have read where others complained that this heatsync isn't all copper. Who cares? It works!

10/20/2005

Good buy

Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS Black 0.8 mm SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS Black 0.8 mm SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Comments: With only 20 inches of space to work with, I needed a case that was about 17 to 18 inches tall. This one fit the bill. It's a solid, well built case and doesn't flex with the covers removed. Comes with plenty of screws and screwless mounting rails for hard drives and CD/DVD roms. The display shows the temperature of the thermal diode which you can place almost anywhere. I just taped mine to the top of the case (inside). The control knobs work well and actually control the front and rear 120 mm case fans which are virtually silent. I like the placement of the fans. The front one ventalates right over the hard drives and the rear one pulls air from right around the processor. There are no side or top mount fans but I installed it into a desk and there's no side or top ventalation anyway. I was looking for a case with the front panel audio/USB/firewire ports on the front and these are on the top but they are right at the front and even with only 20 inches, there's plenty of room to plug in the headphones, mic and a memory stick. The case has keyed locks for both the front and side panels. Not sure why I would need to lock it? So, what's wrong with this case? One issue is that the Floppy drive bay is right at the top. The floppy drive controller connector on the motherboard I bought was at the extreme bottom of the case. The included FDD cable that came with the motherboard was only about 12 inches long. I couldn't find a FDD cable long enough locally so I ended up using one out of my box of extra parts from previous computer builds that was about 30 inches long. I'll have to see if I can order a nicer looking sleeved cable. Apparently 3 1/2 inch floppy drives are not used much anymore but my new motherboard's RAID drivers (which have to be loaded before installing the operating system to partition the hard drives) came on ...you guessed it....a floppy drive!! The case has plenty of room inside since it's ~20 inches long from front to back. The documentation is ok. At 75 bucks without a power supply, it's a little pricey. I looked for a case/power supply combo but most only include a 350 watt power supply and I wanted one between 450 and 500. This is my second big order from Newegg. (I didn't just buy a case). Bouncing back and forth between reviews and Newegg, they always had stock and were always within just a few dollars of the lowest price I could find. One other little issue is that although I ordered everything on the same day, it was delivered over three days. The case got here first from TN on Wed. The power supply, video card and memory got here on Thursday from CA and the processor, memory and etc got here on Friday from NJ. Since I didn't think it was a good idea to have packages this expensive sitting on the porch, I had to make arrangements to be here for 3 consecutive days to ensure they didn't grow legs and walk off.

10/20/2005