Joined on 12/29/04
First One DOA, Second One Works Fine
Pros: It runs fast. I like it. I can encode a 30 minutes SD video from WTV to WMV in 15 to 20 minutes.
Cons: The first one DOA. I RMA it. The replacement unit works fine.
Overall Review: This CPU runs so fast that I have a hard time going back to use my old P4 computer any more. Now I have to upgrade the other PCs in my house just to keep up. I didn't account for this "chain of effects". Please budget for this.
It Works But Range Is Limited
Pros: Good for listening to news and TV shows while doing exercise. I can also use it to call using Skype.
Cons: Its range is limited (like 12 ft). Honestly I am not sure the source of the problem has to do with the headphone or with my bluetooth transmitter. It doesn't come with a bluetooth transmitter; therefore, I am not sure. It doesn't come with a dedicated power ON/OFF switch, or a dedicated volume dial. Therefore, this is a bit hard to remember how to turn it ON or OFF or how to turn up the volume.
Overall Review: I can use it to listen to TV shows while sitting not far away from the TV or the PC. But the sound starts stuttering as soon as I walk over to the kitchen that is only 12 to 15 ft away. I am a bit disappointed.
Very Quiet, Still Has Good Air Flow
Pros: Very quiet. I cannot hear anything even when I run it at mid-speed and my head is very close to the fan. Its air flow is reasonably good even when I run it at low speed -- at least when I put my hand near it, I can feel the air flow.
Cons: Not really a con. But this fan is designed for low air flow (hence low noise) even at full speed. Therefore, you need to know how much cooling you need in order not to be disappointed. The other thing is that it is expensive. The last thing that I need to point out is that the first one I bought from a local store could not spin. I exchanged it for a different one, and the second one works fine.
Overall Review: If you buy it from newegg and found that this fan cannot cool your PC enough, you may simply buy a second one. This is better than shipping it back ($$$), and the end result will probably be better because you can double the air flow and still run them very quiet. Of course, this is assuming that your case has room for the second fan.
Works But Watch Out For Hole Alignment
Pros: It works in slowing down the fan in the front of the case. It can also control 3 other fans inside the case individually. It doesn't have any distracting light. It looks good.
Cons: Not sure if this is really the problem with this fan controller or the problem with the case. When I mount it in the case, its mounting holes don't line up with the holes in the case. Therefore, the front panel is kind of tipping downward. I drill new holes in this device and now it lines up. I have a feeling that the original holes on this device are a bit too low. But I am not 100% sure because that can be the problem with the case.
Overall Review: It is great for two specific purposes: (1) If you want to keep the fan noise down most of the time and want to turn it up occasionally when you play games that tax the PC to the max. (2) If you like to play around with different fan configuration and layout and see which way works the best. If you only want the PC to work as a HTPC for watching videos and not for playing games, you are probably better off using low air flow (cfm) and low noise fans and don't use this, and simply solder a resistor to slow down a fan. Then you can use the 3.5" front slot for other thing like a card reader. This is especially relevant for a low profile case that doesn't have that much room front and back.
Pros: It works fine in my ASUS motherboard.
Overall Review: The max RAM speed without overclocking for my ASUS motherboard is 1333. This kit fits the bill exactly. I have run many memory test programs to stress test the memory, and none show any problem. I don't know what the purpose of the white label that is placed on top of the memory chips. From the picture, it looks like a memory heatsink. But when I touch it, it doesn't feel like metal. It feels like a thin piece of label. I leave it there.
Perfect for HTPC
Pros: Low power use and very quiet
Cons: None for what I use it for (for watching recorded videos)
Overall Review: This 65W CPU runs very cool. This means the stock CPU fan can run in low speed. This means the CPU fan is very quiet. I was thinking of using a third party giant CPU heatsink and fan to replace the small stock CPU fan and small heatsink. But I decide not to do this because the stock CPU fan works so well (why mess with the good thing?) With the stock CPU fan running in relatively slow speed in a 3D test (ATI Car Paint), I found that the CPU was only 29 degree C (using an infrared temperature scanner); ASUS program showed that the CPU was only 33+/- degree C. I don't play games in that PC. I don't know how well this CPU will work as a gamer PC. Having said this, the CPU runs well with a 3D test program (ATI Car Paint).