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Charles R.

Charles R.

Joined on 10/13/04

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Efficient Cooler - Questionable Fans

Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: I chose this cooler for a desktop horizontally-oriented pc, so a shorter cooler was required, and Noctua makes excellent products. I have it mounted on an ASUS F1-A75-M Pro mATX MB. Keeps the idle temps around 32C and under full load temps at max 45C no over-clocking. So, it's doing a fine job.

Cons: My only con has to do with the fans...they're not 4-pin PWM fans. Now I know some motherboards can adjust voltage to control fans speed, but not all can. Of course you don't know until you try it. Of course mine does not, and I had to purchase new 4-pin PWM fans and now I have a much quieter pc. Noctua makes 92mm 4-pin PWM fans that would work fine, why don't they just use those in their CPU cooler kit instead of the 3-pin connector fans? C'mon Noctua!

Overall Review: Fan mounting could be figured out to not interfere with the first memory slot. I expected this problem, so I only bought two mem sticks and use A2/B2 dual channel slots, but it would be nice if I could use all 4 slots if I wanted to.

Most Critical Review

DOA

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: none

Cons: Second board, second doa. Also...when you want to clear cmos, you'll find the battery under the video card. What a pain that turned out to be.

Works as advertised

Rosewill RC-216 PCI Express eSATA II x 2 / ATA 133 x1 RAID 0/1/0+1/JBOD mode Controller Card
Rosewill RC-216 PCI Express eSATA II x 2 / ATA 133 x1 RAID 0/1/0+1/JBOD mode Controller Card

Pros: It works

Cons: none

Overall Review: You only get two SATA ports, even though there are four on the card. Two internal and two external.

Works as advertised

Koutech IO-PESI300 PCI Express x 1 SATA / IDE Controller Card
Koutech IO-PESI300 PCI Express x 1 SATA / IDE Controller Card

Pros: It works

Cons: none