Joined on 05/06/09
Pricey for a reason
Pros: My heart beat is louder than these fans. I built a studio PC several years ago (silent PC is a must) and threw all Noctua fans in the case. The only thing I hear are the hard drives, they are that quiet. Also if you compare the specs of these against other brand fans that claim to be "silent", Noctua fans typically move more air at their lowest setting than competitors do at their highest, AND Noctua fans are quieter on their highest setting than most brands are on their lowest. Consider that in the price tag.
Cons: Yes they are pricey, but if you are looking at these you probably aren't concerned with cutting corners on your build.
Overall Review: Some people seem to think they are ugly, but PC builders shouldn't have the concerns of runway fashion designers, we want performance above all else right? I personally laugh at any PC fan that isn't brown and beige.
Good looking card reader
Pros: Looks good, detects cards immediately. Doesn't show a bunch of removable storage devices in "My Computer" unless a card is inserted.
Cons: The main reason I was looking for a usb3.0 card reader is because I wanted faster transfer speeds for HD video from SD cards (which can be quite time consuming). Unfortunately the item description failed to mention that only the USB3.0 ports on the front utilize the USB3.0 bus connector, the card reader portion is still just on a USB2.0 header. My case already has USB3.0 connections so I just left them disconnected.
Overall Review: The reader does appear to be working fine, and it definitely looks better than almost any other card reader I've seen, I just really wish I knew about the reader itself only being USB2.0 before I purchased it. I guess I'll have to keep my eye out for a PCI-E reader in the near future.
Update regarding random static noise.
Pros: After using these phones for a while and getting the hang of how the 7.1 emulation works, it's actually quite good.
Cons: One thing I've discovered that seems to besomething people bring up in negative reviews is the random static sound that plays for a second or two every 30 seconds or so. This only occurs when you connect the headset via USB3.0. If you connect to a USB2.0 port there are no issues at all.
Pros: Fast, reliable, lifetime warranty
Cons: slightly expensive, most RAM of these specs is though.
Overall Review: I replaced 4x2GB sticks of G.Skill 1333 memory with this set, and plan on buying another 16GB pair soon. I've used G.Skill exclusively for the last 6 years and they are always reliable. I put these new sticks into my Sabertooth Z77 mobo and it fired right, up, XMP settings detected perfectly, and my system runs great. Performance ram like this doesn't grant much for gamers, but my build is also used for professional audio and video editing, and it definitely helps (Adobe After Effects can never get enough memory) G.Skill support is great, and they have a customer for life.
Pros: Looks great (brown heatsinks match my noctua fans), is made with quality components, and the specs are the best for anything near the price. Thermal armor makes interior of a build look super clean.
Cons: Some people might not like the color of the heatsinks. Small fans that come with it are noisy, I have mine set to always off unless things start to get hot (have yet to hear them spin up).
Overall Review: I paired this up with a 3770k, 8GB of g.skill ram, and 4 HDD's in my recent rebuild coming from a Q6600 setup. For the first time ever in doing a new build... no blue screens, not a single one! I've built quite a few PC's before this one and it's always been a trend for most builders to stick with Intel boards if you want stability in an Intel based system, well this totally changed my view on that.
Pros: Insanely reliable, great performance, and dirt cheap!
Cons: I cringe every time I open a computer and don't see G.skill memory in it.
Overall Review: I've had 4 2GB sticks of this RAM in my system for approximately 3 years now (maybe longer) and I have never once run into a memory related error. I had a Q6600 build which I just recently upgraded to a Z77/i7 3770K setup, and dropped this same RAM in without any issues. In this new system, this RAM gets a 7.9 on the Windows Experience Index! The 3770K shows up as a 7.7! The reliability I've seen, along with the lifetime warranty, make me recommend G.Skill to every person I talk to looking for new RAM. I'll never use another memory company.