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Blum J.

Blum J.

Joined on 11/11/03

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Most Favorable Review

Most impressive..

Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink
Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink

Pros: I'm running an E8500 on an EVGA 790i F-T-W with Mushkin 1600 7-7-7-6-18-2T. With the FSB at 1600 linked and synced, my CPU is running at 3.8Ghz. This cooler brought IDLE temps down to 37c from SEVENTY on the stock cooler. Under Prime95 now for about 4 hours and I haven't exceeded 57c with the fan on LOW speed. This cooler, combined with good compound and PROPER application (see Arctic site) is absolutely amazing. 120mm fan mounted INSIDE the fins makes for a very clean look (and apparently very good cooling too).

Cons: Installation was incredibly difficult due mainly to the single divot holding the crossbar in place over the top of the sink. This clumsy method to hold the crossbar allows it to swivel on top of the sink, making it VERY difficult to mount with a fresh application of paste. It's big, but that's NOT a con. I'm convinced its size is why it works so well. It's not silent, particularly if the rheostat is cranked up. The goods news is you don't need the thing spinning at 2000 RPM to get more than adequate cooling. The 775 crossbar also has a totally unneeded rounded edge on 2 sides that makes it impossible to fit past the EVGA 790i northbridge unless it's mounded one way and only one way. The instructions are w-o-r-t-h-l-e-s-s. Even if Tuniq hadn't used Babelfish to translate from Chinese they would still have sucked. Tuniq taking an hour to document installation would have saved me 2 hours. Just try to use common sense and you'll be OK.

Overall Review: I found that putting a little paste under the crossbar (between the crossbar and the top of the sink) hels keep the crossbar from swiveling around and getting out of alignment when you're fumbling around trying to secure it.

Most Critical Review

Not ready for prime time

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great price, great (potential) features, fairly nice flat-black look, lots of ports and fan headers, all in the right places.

Cons: Essentially DOA. I tried for about 6 hours to get this stable on a new stock 3770K and Corsair Vengeance 1666 and it just wasn't having any of it. Frequent random reboots and freezes IN THE BIOS.

Overall Review: Virtually impossible to reset the BIOS. Even jumping it results in the board always trying to use some default "Optimal" settings, which are bumping up the multiplier. It WILL NOT run at stock speeds even after a reset, and I suspect this may be partially responsible for all the in-bios freezes. Perhaps if the BIOS wasn't a bogus "hybrid" proprietary hack it would be stable. I'd suggest steering clear of these as they've NOT true EFI and obviously that places them at additional risk for instability in the BIOS. This was my first Gigabyte, and I'm afraid it'll be my last.

Cheap plastic for a Benjamin

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

Pros: --Great marketing, with the ability to move cheap plastic garbage for a hundred bucks and not get caught. --Gold mine for the manufacturer? --Makes little girls go "oh, ah" when they see the cheesy green lights?

Cons: -- Literally an 8 year old design that has never been updated. -- Cheap, cheesy look and feel. --Poor use of space. --Sub-par materials and workmanship. --Barely fits a full-sized GPU, and only then once you remove the ridiculous horizontal bar. --Poor air circulation. --Noisy because of small 120 and 80mm fans. --No cable management. --Poor drive management. --Not tool-less

Overall Review: Do people not realize this case is flimsy plastic (entire front door assembly) and steel? You can literally flex the front door. I really don't see what people are buying these in these kinds of numbers when there are FAR FAR better cases built from real materials like aluminum and/or commercial-grade ABS and at a CHEAPER price! These things selling for a hundred bucks is absolute insanity! As boggled as I am as to the reason this case "lucked out" with sales is because they're charging 3 times what it's worth and people must think there's value because of that? If you've ever owned a real case (Corsair, Lian Li, CoolerMaster), it would take you all of a second to realize what a mistake you've made. These cases are simply HORRIBLE. Do NOT waste your money.

excellent and ready for IB

ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Unlike my now RMA'd Gigablight, this board actually works. The bios is clean and professional looking, responds quickly, actually recognizes the mouse, and best of all doesn't lock up every 30 seconds. If you're torn between Asus and Gigablight, don't assume you're doing yourself any favors by saving a few bucks.

Cons: None

Really great cost/performance

Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BN/128GB 2.5" Notebook Bundle 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BN/128GB 2.5" Notebook Bundle 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: The cost/performance ratio of these is(was) really good compared to other drives of similar capacity. I bought 4 of them to replace a all my desktop drives. Running 1 solo as a system drive and the other 3 in RAID 0 for data and games. Overall I'd say it's probably the most expensive single upgrade I've ever made. Was it worth it? In the long run, probably yes. I do a lot of development for FSX and need to constantly relaunch. Load times went from about 30 seconds to 5. Multiplied by 30 or 40 times a day it adds up. Yes, these are impressive and definitely increase productivity. If you rely on load times, particularly for applications with lots of small files, these will completely obliterate the fastest hard drives.

Cons: It looks like the price has gone up $25 since I purchased. Maybe not as easy a choice now as compared to a Corsair, but still a good ratio as long as they keep them cheaper. Compare to a WD at twice the price and it makes you wonder why some manufactures even bother.

Overall Review: Hasn't crashed yet and it's been 24 hours:)

Another happy camper

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996601
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996601

Pros: OK well this stuff just works as advertised - period. I've had Patriot DDR3 since I made this build (about 6 months), and the stuff has been increasingly unstable over time. We'll see how Mushkin fares, but so far so good. Running completely stable on my 790i F-T-W at 7-7-7-2T, 1.9V 1600 linked and synced.

Cons: Mushkin doesn't make cars.