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Don V.

Don V.

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Most Favorable Review

It's really cool here.

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: I am thinking that, all things considered, this fan is likely to be the one and only best one available now. Four reasons. First, the fan cools like an ice devil--whatever that is. Second, it looks good (whether or not you disable its LED). Third, it clears everything in sight--especially mega tall DRAM. And, fourth, its method of installation is clever--which accounts largely for its ability to leap tall memory sticks in a single bound.

Cons: None that I can think of. It's cooling really is incredibly superior to, for example, the stock fan on a 2600K. Installation Hints Start Here (Read all the way through before using my hints so that you get the sequence right): The installation is easy, at least on an ASUS P8P67 Deluxe, although it may seem intimidating at the outset. Installation on this board requires no modification of anything. Start by studying the pictures/narrative in the manual (best seen larger online at the Zalman site) and also by viewing the animation of the install on this site. Take your time even if confused at the outset. After you figure out how the mounting bracket goes together, then you should be able to figure out how the bracket fits on the back side of the mobo so the fan can be attached using the almost-protruding-through screw channels. While not too clear, the bracket is held to the back of the mobo using only the outer loop of the two-sided tape to assist in installation.

Overall Review: The tape has no function other than assisting in installation. Save the "center(s)" of the tape though in case you need to improvise for future installations. Don't remove the plastic from the fan until the last feasible minute to prevent cuts, etc. Insert the CPU and apply thermal paste (dot in the center smaller than a pea) right before screwing the fan in place. The magnetic screw inserter/driver really is easy to use given a fair chance. When screwing the fan in place, be sure the screws are inserted almost as close to the base of the fan as possible. But, see below before doing any screwing. Before placing the base of the fan on the "pasted" CPU and beginning the screwing process, insert half match sticks into the screw channels so you can line the fan up pretty accurately before placing its base on the "pasted" CPU--thus, avoiding fouling your paste job. The screw channels have a fixed depth; thus, you should not be concerned about tightening the screws inconsistently

Most Critical Review

OK Speakers

Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with BasXPort Technology, Black
Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with BasXPort Technology, Black

Pros: My goals were (a) to rid myself of computer-station clutter and the pops and bumps of inexpensive 2.1 systems and (b) to still have reasonable sound. Ignoring the bass, my adjustments yielded acceptable highs and mids given the price of the speakers. Still, the sound quality at these frequencies does not approximate any sort of "audiophile" level.

Cons: IMO, the speakers lack significant bass regardless of adjustments. No disrespect meant, but the prior reviews convinced me that the bass would be adequate for me given my goals. But, not!!! Given that your main goals are similar to mine and you can live without significant bass, I recommend the speakers given the price.

Great Drive

OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-E 160GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0160
OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-E 160GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0160

Pros: Very fast (7.9 on WEI). Easy to install given drivers and Win7 SP1 slipstream. Each ASUS provided P8P67 Deluxe (running 2600k) piece of software installed perfectly/easily and works properly.

Cons: Very minor. I am dual booting with a second RAID 0 setup that uses 1 TB Caviar drives (also Win7 SP1). When booted into the OCZ setup, I can access the Caviar setup, but not vice versa. Not yet sure what I need to do to go both ways.

Overall Review: After initial setup my boot into Win7 was very fast--about 15 seconds. After I installed everything, my boot time more than doubled. Despite all the exceptionally fast boot times reported here, I think it might be a good idea to expect 30 to 40 seconds after one's machine is "fully loaded" and given the allowed startup items.

10/31/2011

Seems Just Right

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL

Pros: The memory works exactly as advertised with no fuss. 2133 with 11-11-11-30 out of the box. I get 7.9 for memory on the WEI from 102.2 X 1866 and up. Should get same with lower settings but haven't tried. Passmark performance test gives a memory mark of 3376 when running at 2133 and 5 GHz processor speed. Given a processor mark of 13154, etc., I end up with an overall Passmark score of 4651.

Cons: None AFAIK

Overall Review: I am using ASUS P8P67 Deluxe mobo. I have reasonable stability at 4.8 GHz with the memory at 2133. I haven't pushed the stability tests because running all out is not in my plan.

10/30/2011

Does Its Job

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold - 1000W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold - 1000W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi-Modular Cables

Pros: My test meter says the Pro Gold Series 1000 does its job admirably. Its looks good and installs easily in my ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. The kit has mega amounts of cables. So, there are no worries about not having a needed cable.

Cons: Can't think of a single one.

Eggcellent

Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K
Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K

Pros: Not much to say. It performs as advertised--which is a very good thing. I have beaten mine up pretty much with temperatures, and it's like a Timex. It just keeps ticking, despite the licking, with no apparently loss of performance.

Cons: One can't really OC comfortably beyond, say 4500 Mhz, for even just highly demanding daily use, with the stock fan.

Overall Review: I recently bought this fan: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED. It's a dandy. Like night and day when it comes to CPU temps. I strongly recommend it unless you are going to be OCing to the max under very heavy loads.