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Amitabha S.

Amitabha S.

Joined on 05/28/12

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Most Favorable Review

Great Case

BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very easy to work with, and comes with many high quality fans. I love the looks of the case as well as the large side panel window to view your components. The soft touch feel is also pretty unique. Also fan filters included help prevent dust intake.

Cons: The rubber grommets for cable management feel kind of cheap as they don't hold their shape once cables are routed through them unlike those found on co_sair 650d and graphite 600t.

Overall Review: Can mount triple rad on top with enough clearance to spare, for those interested in closed loop liquid cooling.

Most Critical Review

Avoid This Board

ASUS P8C WS LGA 1155 Intel C216 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8C WS LGA 1155 Intel C216 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -It worked great for a few months -Supports ECC memory

Cons: Unreliable piece of garbage; This board (at least the one I got), causes my PC to crash under load. We use this system to run complex numerical computations, and reliability is a must. When CPU usage goes high the system will restart. We also tested this with prime95 small ffts which pushes the floating point unit in the cpu. The system also always crashes within seconds of starting the stress test. We don't overclock the cpu, and cpu temps are always below 60C, due to liquid cooling. This issue is probably due to the flawed power delivery system on the board itself. We have tested the power supply, memory and even the cpu, and the problem stills persists. Then we knew it had to be the board, thus got an RMA from Asus. Guess what, the 2nd board had the exact same problem! It was as if they repacked the same board without even looking at it. After submitting a second RMA, I was almost sure I would get a working board, but alas, Asus found a way to mess it up again and my third board was also bad. Time is money, so I went ahead and bought an Asrock Z77 Extreme6 from here, and all the problems are gone. I used to be a diehard Asus fan, but because of how my case was handled, I will look to other manufacturers for my future builds such as Asrock and Gigabyte. In the meantime I will continue to bug Asus about the board, I don't really care since they are at least willing to System Intel Xeon E3 12715 V2 Asus P8C WS (Formerly) 4X4GB Kingston DDR3 1600 ECC memory 520W Seasonic X Series PSU Corsair H60 Cooler

Overall Review: FYI -ASUS is willing to pay shipping costs both ways from 2nd RMA onward. Just ask if you're in this situation via chat and they will make you a prepaid FedEX voucher. Getting my RMA3 board soon.

Great CPU Cooler

NZXT RC-RST40-01 120mm Sleeve Direct Touch 4 Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
NZXT RC-RST40-01 120mm Sleeve Direct Touch 4 Heat Pipe CPU Cooler

Pros: I was in the market for a cpu cooler to replace the stock one on my i5 2550k, and saw this on sale for $20. I was initially hesitant seeing mixed reviews, but I am definitely happy with my purchase. My cpu runs 28-31 idle and on prime95 temps never exceed 61. Installation was also very easy compared to other aftermarket solutions. Also the cooler is surprisingly quiet despite not having a pwm fan. Would definitely recommend!

Cons: Be careful of ram slots; if you're going to be using more than 2 sticks of memory, opt for low profile to save future headaches.

Overall Review: To get best performance, use your own thermal paste. I am using Arctic Cooling MX4. Also, when applying paste, I used a stiff and thin piece of cardboard to spread a thin layer over the botton . This works best for models with direct touch heatpipes, where the surface is not completely flush.

great board

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great 1155 motherboard. Reasonably Priced, and reliable. I am using it for a workstation and it was been running 24/7 for the past 2 months, with no hiccups.

Cons: PCB is brownish? Not really a con, but its the only thing I could think of. Definitely a personal aesthetic preference, and not enough to remove an egg,

Works So Far!

ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard with many neat features. It supports ECC memory and I am using it as the base of a workstation powered by the new Intel Xeon E5 series chips. Having all 8 dim slots occupied is awesome. Note, make sure to press down the memory with more force if it does not detect all sticks the first time...

Cons: Not a big fan of Asrock's UEFI bios. It needs some work. Also it defaults to short boot loop before starting up; this can be changed by messing around with some settings. But this is not enough to warrant taking off an egg.

Overall Review: Intel Xeon E5 2630 8X4GB Kingston ECC DDR3 1333 AsRock X79 Extreme6 Corsair AX650 Bitfenix Shinobi XL EVGA GTX 550Ti

Amazing!

Intel BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled Thermal Solution For the LGA2011 Socket
Intel BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled Thermal Solution For the LGA2011 Socket

Pros: Great closed loop liquid cooler. My Intel Xeon e5 2630 hexcore (95w) idles at 29-31C and at 100% load for 2 hours on prime95 torture test never exceeds 46C. Very impressed. The Blue Intel Logo and LEDs are also very nice if you have a side panel window.

Cons: Kind of hard to install, as mentioned by others. Refer to youtube tutorials. Need a second pair of hands to make installation efficient, unlike co_sair H series products.

Overall Review: I tossed out the stock generic TIM for Arctic Cooling MX4. I think it was a great move.