Joined on 08/12/08
Quick and painless.
Pros: Very simple installation.
Cons: Does default to 1066. I enabled Extreme Memory Profiles in my BIOS, which fixed the problem.
Overall Review: The extended heat sinks almost, but not quite, touch one of the fans on my CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus. I was going to get one of the Corsair CMXAF2 memory fan units, but I don't think it will fit.
In a word? Marvelous.
Pros: This case is great! Holes for cable management, power supply mounts top or bottom, lots of space, tool-less installation for 5-1/2" bays, 3-1/2" bays, and expansion cards. It even has casters so you can move it around easily, if you don't like the pre-installed plastic disks that keep it off your carpet. The standard fans are dead silent. If I couldn't see them moving I would hardly know they were there.
Cons: It did not, in fact, make me a sandwich. I recommend that Cooler Master create a Sandwich Maker Expansion Module. (Seriously, guys, get on that, you'd make a fortune!)
Pros: Ultra durable, indeed. I had a bear of a time getting my CPU cooler attached (nothing to do with the board itself, the problem lies with the cooler instructions.) I ended up really cranking the screws down, and I was worried that I might have damaged the board, but it fired up just fine, no problems. Everything on the board was easy to find. Lots of cables. Detailed instruction manual. Haven't even gotten into the bundled utilities yet, but they look quite handy. BIOS is friendly, with lots of tweakable settings.
Cons: There's a weird-looking heat sink on the edge of the board northwest of the CPU. It is not attached strongly. I'm certain I managed to budge it a few times in the installation process, but everything still seems to be working. Be careful!
Overall Review: I picked up a small case fan for the north bridge, but there's nowhere to strap it down... the only open spot has a heatpipe coming out of it that blocks it off.
Pros: Amazingly silent. I went from one of those old Vantec Tornados at 4000+ RPM to *two* of these. My old PC used to sound like a jet engine. The new one hardly makes any noise at all.
Cons: Not really a con, but all the GentleTyphoons are rated in cubic meters per hour rather than cubic feet per minute. I had to do my math, but since you read this review, you don't! 1 CFM is approximately 1.7 m3/hr.
Overall Review: The bearings on these guys are awesome. When you power off it takes quite a while for them to stop. They just scream "quality". Or they would, if they weren't so quiet.