Date Joined: 06/24/05
Pros: - Unbelievable radiator support
- No need for mods, but opportunities are there; almost everything is modular
- Great reservoir support throughout
- Wonderful cable routing supplies/fan controller
Cons: - Build quality is good but not perfect. The snap in latches for the fan filters break easily and the front one in my case was broken when I got it. Not a big enough deal to spend money to send it back, but be aware that I do have to buy magnets to attach the front flatly for a new $250 case which I am not thrilled about.
Overall Review: Other than my complaint, the case price is good considering the sheer quantity of watercooling support options available; the only comparable case might be the 900D or something for 400 and with mods required, unless you are looking a Case Labs case which runs above and beyond that in price.
Pros: high flow 1/2" barbs
easy to install
pretty compatible with most motherboards
Cons: none that i can think of
Pros: very good heat transfer
comes with Ceramique
high-flow 1/2" barbs
easy to install
Cons: none that i can think of, other than it looks wierd
Overall Review: good CPU water block, keeps my heavily overclocked and overvolted quad-core under 50C.
worth the premium over a typical apogee/storm.
Pros: This board is a relatively good overclocker. Got my Xeon X3220 to 3.9 on water. BIOS is really easy to use. Is VERY stable all the time, even when overclocks are too high and Crysis will crash. Much more stable/easy to use than the IP35 Pro I had last. The layout on the board is also really good. I honestly wouldn't know if the stock cooling is any good, since I replaced with all water except for the mosfets, which will also be soon replaced with blocks, but when I removed all the heatsinks that came with it, it was obvious they made lots of contact with the chips. The Q-connectors are nice.
Cons: First off, this board needs to be like every other 200 dollar+ motherboard and get some ON/RESET buttons on the board itself. I don't run this in a case, so it's a hassle to complete a circuit with my power cables.
This also needs a lot more overclocking selections. Only 1.7 Vcore? C'mon, I do that in my sleep.
It also needs more fan connectors, but then again I have a LOT of fans in my system, so this isn't really their fault.
Also, I wish it would hit 4.0ghz. I have amazing cooling on my system, so this really comes down to the motherboard and the fact it only offers 1.7 vCore.
Overall Review: My rig is as follows:
Xeon X3220 3.89ghz
PNY 8800GTS 512
some cheap DVD burner
500gb Seagate Barracuda, 32mb cache
2gb Ballistix Tracer 1066, running DDR2-1008.
120mm fan over the mosfet heatsinks
Swiftech GTX on cpu
2 MCW30's on north and south bridges
1 dual heatercore, 4 120mm fans doing push/pull
passive aluminum reservoir
Pros: -good speed
-REALLY GOOD DEAL.
Cons: -poor at connecting to keychains
-feels a little flimsy
Overall Review: for xx dollars, I can't complain.
Pros: good airflow
lots of fan slots
sturdy, good fitting construction
lots of mesh to let air in
Cons: bad power supply placement makes cable management difficult and messy.
Overall Review: worth every bit
Pros: I have not had the chance to use it in XP yet, but I can be assured it is terrifyingly powerful. I overclocked to 3510mhz without even trying. I am happy knowing that my processor will be prepared for the next generation of cutting-edge multithreaded apps.
Cons: It does generate a lot of heat. At 3510mhz and 1.325 core, it idles at 39C, which is a lot considering I have a Tuniq tower + a 120mm exhaust fan and another 200m exhaust fan. Keep in mind before you buy this thing, you'll need a good motherboard and a good power supply not just to run it but to do any overclocking.
Overall Review: It is by far the best value for the money of any processor out. This blows away any dual core when it comes to multi-threaded apps and more than holds its own when it comes to single-threaded games and other apps. Considering all new software will be multi-threaded, I'm sure I made a good choice. Oh, by the way: I ordered on 9/11 and got a G0 stepping on 9/12. Excellent!
Pros: huge, extremely powerful
Cons: the H bracket does not lock the cooler securely in place! the cooler can still swing around on your processor! this scratches the bottom of the cooler and the processor heatsink!
Overall Review: it is extremely powerful though, so it's a fair trade.
Cons: I can't think of any good reason not to buy this.
Overall Review: Make sure you have a SATA power cable. This particular hard drive does away with 4 pin molex connectors altogether.