Date Joined: 11/30/09
Pros: Worked like a charm. Doubled my memory from 6 gb to 12 gb. Increased my PCMark Vantage benchmarking score from 2000 to 2500! Didn't expect that much of an improvement.
Cons: None... just works.
Overall Review: Intel Core i7 920 oc'd to 3.8 ghz. Works fine with the memory.
Pros: Have a new i7-920 build asd wanted to do some OC'ing. Stock cooler was pretty good but wanted better. First bought a Cooler Master V8 because it was rated good and looked very very "cool". V8 only dropped the temps 1-2 degrees c. So did some more reseach and found this Noctua. Rather ugly in a clear case but dropped my temps under load a full 15 degrees c. That's huge! Installed both fans in a push pull configuration. Running in an Antec 1200 case so already had good ventilation. with Asus p6t deluxe v2 mobo and Antec case lines up perfectly with exhaust fans in back. Fans run at a low 1400 rpm (compared to v8 2000 rpm) and is very quite. V8 was also quite but didn't do the job. Maybe something was defective with the V8 but everything looked fine.
Cons: Ugly colors so decided to pain stakingly paint the fan housing to match my color scheme. Left the fan blades alone. Did paint the center of the fan a neon color and looks very good! I would deduct an egg because of the color but the thing worked so good I didn't have the heart. The instructions were good. Still requires a fair amount of work to install but nothing that difficult. Unlike the V8 if I ever need to re-seat the heat sink, I won't need to pull the Motherboard. Also took me some time to figre out how to mount the fans with the clips. Instructions were a little lame on how to do this. Finally saw an installed Noctua on youtube and figured it out. Also the clips scratch the heck out of any custom paint job. I wish they would come up with some better colors and the top of the heat sink is also very blah, but functional.
Overall Review: Finally reached the 4 ghz OC club on air using the Noctua! Runs at about 76-78 degrees c under full load using Prime95 (Blend test) and about 32-3 degrees c at idle. Room temp around 22 c with the box completely sealed up. Sounds high but thats at 4 ghz and full load which is unrealistic for any normal PC usage even high end gaming. Again this is coming from a first time build noob. My goal (from my reaserach) was to keep the cpu temp below 80 c. The individual cores do go a tad higher than 80 c at a CPU temp of 76-78c. To OC I simply jacked up the FSB to 190 mhz. Simpleton approach but it worked. A lot to learn. I know I can do some tweaking to increase the processor speeds and lower the temps. Can't go wrong with i7-920 (Do), Asus P6T Deluxe V2, Noctua, Antec 1200. With the Cooler Master V8 my temps were limiting my OC'ing to around 3.5'sh ghz... again using the same simpleton OC'ing approach.
Pros: Sexy and not as difficult to install as others have noted. Fits nicely in an Antec 1200 case. Definetly not too big. Do very much like the speed knob. V8 is probably a good Cooler but for whatever reason didn't work for me. I give up!
Cons: Have re-attached the heat sink a total of 3 times. Ran Prime95 (64 bit) Blend test with stock cooler and V8. Almost the exact results (low 30's c at idle, low 70's c at full load). At these temps very little overhead to do any OC'ing. Did a lot of searches to find why my results aren't as (I) expected. Tried different thermal paste applications... grain of rice, spread thin with a card, wipe on with plastic bag. All produced same results give or take a degree. On tight/secure, no visible worrysome patterns on thermal contacts, fan is working just fine, tried laying case flat and adding some additional pressure with my hand to the sink. Nada. Yes the instructions are lame but it's not rocket science (it's computer science).
Overall Review: i7 920 DO stick speeds, Asus P6T Deluxe V2, Antec 1200 case. In the Antec 1200 case with clear side cover on the sexyness of the V8 is blocked by the side intake fan. Also don't go hog wild with cable management until after you have put it through some testing. Maybe it will work on the first attempt for you but if not and you want to re-seat the heat sink you might be able to shave off some time. Just purchased the Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler from newegg. I can live with biege/brown if it keeps it cool. The Antec 1200 case cover most of the cooler anyway.
Pros: Fast (well sorta). Easy to install. Works flawlessly. It's performing as advertised.
Cons: Not an SSD. I don't put much faith in the Windows Experience Index (W.E.I.) but according to Bill (Gates) this HD only deserves a 5.9 out of 7.9 (new scale with W 7). Doing a little more research after the fact I should have gone with the WD Black 7,200 2 TB. Some reviews have it much better than the 10000 RPM Velociraptor and get a alot more storage. I'll stick with the Velociraptor for now but when prices come down on a 120 GB SSD's I'm there. Reason I give it only 3 eggs is for the money performance isn't "eye popping" or "jaw dropping".
Overall Review: I like WD drives. Have never had a failure... and newegg rocks! Delivery has been awesome this holiday season. Can't say the same for some of the other so called PC Moder estore providers.
Pros: I had some concerns reading the issues some of the other customers were having. Matched up with i7-920 and everything worked on the first try. No issues at all. 1st build and was kinda concerned but everything has worked fine so far. For all 1st time build noobs like myself it really is rather simple. Installed in an Antec 1200 case and all the preinstalled brass risers matched up perfectly.
Cons: The manual could be a little better but that was part of the 1st build experience.
Overall Review: All parts for my first build has been ordered through Newegg. To-date no RMA's and everything has been delivered on time!
Pros: Popped them in and worked as advertised.
Pros: Great memory.
Cons: If you want to do triple channel then you need to install in multiples of 3 (1.e., 3X2gb or 6X2gb). Putting in 4 sticks of memory will result in dual channel which is not bad and can be debated if that is good or bad. Noob mistake on my part during my first build.