Date Joined: 08/13/03
Overall Review: Paired with a ryzen 3600 CPU, 1:1 IFC:memory.
Read a lot on B-die memory (which this memory is per thaiphoon / ryzen master) with some people scoring some incredible timings (3733/C14). After a good amount of trialing and tuning, the best stable performance at 1.45v I was able to obtain was 3733 16-15-15-30-45 with gear down enabled- I basically started with the safe settings from Dram calculator for Ryzen and tried tightening down timings. Unable to post with C14 @ 3600 1.5v, unable to consistently boot to windows @ 3800/C16 (could be IMC). No silicon lottery for me, but the ram works at better than spec.
Pros: Great $/gb at time of purchase.
Fast transfer (though using as storage)- via HDtune.
Transfer Rate Minimum : 61.9 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 132.9 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 103.1 MB/sec
Access Time : 13.4 ms
Relatively quiet (check cons)...
Cons: I purchased this drive thinking it'd be quieter than my old F1 1Tb, but it's actually louder. More my mistake though, and now that I'm used to the noise, I don't notice it, so it's become a non-issue.
Overall Review: It had an initially noticeable consistent hum to it. I go to sleep fine with it on the nights I leave my system running (approximately 4 meters away). I haven't really heard it thrashing/tested that, so can't comment on that. Actually faster than my F1 1Tb.
Pros: Quiet and effective.
E7200 CPU temps hover around 40c idle and 45c max.
Fan is very quiet.
Cons: Push pins are evil. Really large: it might get in the way of other items, make sure your case is large enough, and make sure other things that might be obscured are installed first.
Overall Review: Antec Solo case can hold this monster.
Works with Gigabyte ga-ep35-DS3L
I suggest you install and connect other things that will be covered by the cooler _before_ you install the cooler: I noticed a critical power cable not plugged into the motherboard obscured by this towering beast.
Note: I also bought a separate mounting system (Thermalright LGA-775 bolt through kit) after getting tired of attempting the push-pins on the recommendation of others. Definitely worth the few extra dollars.
Pros: Silent. Lightweight.
Cons: Difficult to install properly/easy to install improperly. At least with the EVGA 9600GT superclock. Does not cover the gpu completely!
Overall Review: I had to reseat this cooler multiple times, and I never managed to obtain good contact with the gpu. During one of the reseatings, I noticed that the GPU core's imprint left in the thermal paste went over the edge of the copper contact face edge: there's a small corner of the GPU that isn't being cooled! I later verified this after reinstalling the cooler and seeing the corner visibly poke out.
I don't know if I received a faulty sink or not, but despite these problems it did manage to cool the system adequately except under the heaviest loads.
Idle temperatures were 50c, under Team Fortress 2 60c (limited by CPU I believe), and under heaviest loads exceeded 90c.
Pros: Incredibly fast hard drive. Moved up from a 5 year old Samsung Spinpoint 1604N. Silent idle noise.
Cons: Seeks are significantly louder than the old drive.
Overall Review: I'm absolutely blown away by the speed of this drive. The average read/write performance measures are approximately 2.2 times higher than my old drive, but it feels like the performance of it, especially in unpacking large rars and copying files between drives is 3x that.
Have the drive suspended, so I can't tell if there's much vibration.
Pros: Worked but..
Cons: Probably killed my hard drive.
Overall Review: Avoid any power interruptions when using this device. I'm guessing my hard drive died when my system decided to reboot without consent.
I'll stick to using my enclosure which has never destroyed a hard drive due to a random reboot.
Pros: Has been working for 3 years. Simple to setup, works straightforwardly.
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: Paired with 320gb hd.