Great Reliability10/16/2013 4:13:42 PM

Pros: I bought this drive for it's reputation as a reliable product, and I'm not disappointed. The SSD it replaced lasted only 15 days (rhymes with O.C.D. burntex for). This M4 has been very good, and the latest firmware is rock solid.

Cons: Not the fastest SSD out there by any means, but fast enough. I use it now for my game drive, all my games load very fast.

Overall Review: There are many cheaper drives available, some faster than the M4, but none with it's reputation for being bullet proof.

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The Beast Rocks!10/10/2013 7:26:36 PM

Pros: I don't know why others are having problems running stable at 2400, mine has run great since I installed it 8 months ago, with CPU overclocks from 4.2 to 4.9, using the same speed and timings (2400-11-13-13-30-2T). Using the XMP profile or manual settings, I never had any problems. Trying to go beyond 2400 requires looser timings/higher voltage, and overall performance stays about the same, so I run mine at 2400. With my i5-3570K CPU at 4500 & RAM at 2400, my system is faster than most stock i7s, and my latency is lower than all tested systems in the latest AIDA64 benchmark. Periodic Memtest86 runs show zero errors after many hours. This RAM makes Ivy Bridge a lot faster. The Beast rocks!

Cons: Not a legitimate con, but it won't overclock profitably over 2400 (it'll run faster but latency will suffer). For the very reasonable price I paid, it's all I expected and more.

Overall Review: I wish I'd gotten a 16 GB kit when RAM prices were lower. I'll probably just get another one of these kits and hope the two kits play nice together.

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Great Case9/26/2013 6:59:53 AM

Pros: After more than a year owning this case, everything still works. I have all the 3.5 bays populated with hard drives/SSDs, DVD burner and fan controller in 5.25 bays, a total of 10 fans (4 of them on the H100 radiator up top), and most of the expansion slots are full. Runs cool and quiet, no rattles or squeaks. Feels very solid and well built for this price point.

Cons: No real cons, but here's one small annoyance - the PSU filter on the bottom is hard to remove for cleaning once your system is wired up, as it slides out the back and you'll have to pull wires aside, and it's almost impossible to re-install it without turning the case on it's side to line it up.

Overall Review: Had my system apart for upgrades and cleaning many times, no problems at all with stripped screws or broken plastic tabs - this is a well-built case.

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Sweet Monitor9/22/2013 8:51:54 PM

Pros: I've been using this display for about 2 years without any problems. It has a great picture quality for the price, and full connectivity. It even comes with all 3 video cables. I would definitely buy another of these, and recommend it to anyone who's tired of the limited real estate on their 17 or 19 inch monitor. It's nice to have two windows open side-by-side and still be able to see everything clearly.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I use it for gaming at 1920x1080 with a GTX 660 Ti, i5-3570K, and 2400 MHz RAM. It has never let me down, and still looks just as good as the day I bought it

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Get Two Of These!9/22/2013 11:57:04 AM

Pros: 13 month review update - I said a year ago that this CPU is the "sweet spot", and nothing has happened to make me change my mind. The new "Heatwell" processors are a tiny bit faster at stock speeds, but most of them don't overclock as well as this one, and the ones that do run way too hot. I'll keep my 3570K, thank you - it runs cool and stable at 4.5 GHz, amazingly fast with 2400 MHz RAM. With these speeds it runs right next to a stock clocked 3770K.

Cons: The only fly in the ointment is the TIM used between the die and heat spreader, it doesn't dissipate heat as well as the Sandy Bridge CPUs (which have the spreader soldered on). Many have gone the de-lidding route, which voids your warranty but can drop temps by 20c.

Overall Review: I've had mine clocked at 4.9 GHz long enough to run the Intel XTU benchmark and my system was ranked 3rd among i5-3570ks and 19th worldwide in XTU unlimited class (long since surpassed but still impressive).

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13 Months Still Going Strong!9/20/2013 10:44:18 AM

Pros: This board still works great after 13 months of use, with all SATA ports populated, overclocks ranging from 4200 to 4900 MHz, 2400MHz RAM, and an overclocked GTX 660 Ti. The BIOS Flashback utility is very useful, and I never had any trouble recovering from a failed overclock. If you want a solid all-around board that overclocks well, no need to go with more expensive boards unless you want 3 or 4 way SL:I/CrossFireX. This is also the cheapest Asus Z77 board with decent, functional, heat sinks fastened with screws for the VRM and chipset.

Cons: 1. The Asus AI Suite II is buggy and a nightmare to uninstall. 2. The WiFi module and software is garbage, random disconnects and slow even when working. 3. All the back panel USB ports are cheap and loose-fitting, touching the cables causes disconnect/reconnect.

Overall Review: The few annoying problems I encountered were solved by; 1. Doing a clean install of Windows and NEVER EVER installing ANY Asus utilities. Most of them don't work right anyway, at least not with Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. 2. Disabling the WiFi module in BIOS and using hard-wired ethernet; it's much faster and doesn't disconnect every few minutes. 3. I bought a $5 USB 2.0 4-port PCI bracket, and a $30 USB 3.0 PCIe card, and now I don't use the cheap on board ports.

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5 Month Update2/25/2013 4:56:32 PM

Pros: After 5 months of hard use, my M4 is working flawlessly. I've put this drive through every torture test, benchmark, analysis, installs of large games, uninstalled programs, defragmentation, optimization, cleaning software, partitioning, formatting, and firmware update. Before the firmware update, the drive would disappear after a sudden power loss or shutdown, requiring re-setting the BIOS boot settings and a few reboots. After the firmware update (040H), that problem was gone, and everything works perfectly. This is considered to be one of the most reliable drives available, and you couldn't prove otherwise by me. Buy this, you'll be satisfied.

Cons: Not the fastest SSD out there, although it's speeds are very consistent. That being said, the price is up there with much faster drives, so not really a low-budget solution, but given that it's in the top 3 for reliability, that explains why these drives are still selling well.

Overall Review: Didn't need or use the cloning kit, a clean install of your OS is always the best way. I see a lot of reviews claiming that a drive is defective (all brands) because it won't boot after cloning the old drive onto the new, but put the old drive back in and it boots right up. To me this says the cloning operation went south, and a clean install is indicated - don't be so quick to blame the drive!

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Fine Filter - Gets Everything2/15/2013 11:02:43 AM

Pros: Very nice filter, I'm a smoker and these catch most of it, other filters didn't. The screen is so fine it's see-through, which makes it easy to see when it's getting clogged with dust. The magnetized frame works well and makes cleaning fast & easy, and with care should last for years.

Cons: On cases which use rubber grommets in enlarged holes to mount 120/140 mm fans, these won't work unless you cut the corners off (not recommended) or remove the grommets and screw the filters to the case/fan, which is what I did, so now I just remove the side panel and blow out the filters with compressed air.

Overall Review: I hope these last a long time, because they are pricey.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Another Great NZXT Product2/2/2013 8:27:55 PM

Pros: This controller is perfect for me, it effortlessly reigns in all the fan noise and unnecessary dust collection. It feels solid and reliable for a unit that's mostly plastic (only the front mesh is steel). I have it fastened in place with screws, and it feels like part of the case, very intuitive layout & action - much better than knobs that stick out and possibly break off or fall off. I have it controlling the 2 external "pull" fans for my 240mm radiator, and it's removed the annoying growl that was always there when they were controlled by the pump. Also controlling the 140mm side fans and 2 120's on the hard drive cages. For the first time since I built this system, I have total control of the airflow and noise, and believe me it's like night and day. Also, the temps are virtually the same whether the fans are on low or full speed, at least for now in the cool weather. I'm completely happy with this panel. The fact that it costs less than half the price of competing 30w/ch controllers is just another sweet bonus!

Cons: The only thing not perfect is the glaring white power on LED, but 5 minutes with a #1 phillips and a scrap of black electrician's tape and it's reduced to a tiny dim point of light, just enough to let you know it's got power. Also, the mesh is a lot finer than the more modern hexagon mesh on my 400R, but it still blends in well. So if you're looking for an exact match for your case's mesh, this is more like some of the older cases that had a very fine mesh.

Overall Review: I could actually run all the fans in my system on one channel of this controller - the 4 Air Series fans I added only draw .8 amps (9.6 watts) all together, and the two original radiator fans draw less than an amp total, the others maybe half an amp. There's plenty of headroom for multiple radiator setups, water pump control, etc.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
High Quality Keyboard1/3/2013 8:26:12 AM

Pros: Great keyboard - absolutely the best I've ever used. Keys are solid and quiet, with a decent springiness to them, makes typing much smoother and easier. I love the lighted keys and infinite color range. This thing has enough features for any gamer or power user. Using this on Windows 8 Pro x64 with no problems (new Logitech driver for Windows 8 12-5-2012). The volume wheel works great, very quick and easy to adjust system volume. Should last for years.

Cons: The latest software did crash a couple of times, but now seems stable. Possibly due to audio driver conflict, since this KB has a USB audio chip built in to drive the mic & headphone jacks. In any case, it seems to have resolved itself.

Overall Review: Z77 - i5-3570K - Windows 8 Pro x64

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Corsair Quality Once Again!12/17/2012 10:42:20 AM

Pros: The look and feel is all quality, the airflow is decent, the noise is nonexistent, the benefit to my system is more airflow/less noise than the 120s I had before. Two of these on the side of my 400R looks great too, they're a lot bigger than 120s, and between them move more air than most 200 mm fans.

Cons: Price could be a bit lower, but these are built to last, so I'm not really complaining.

Overall Review: Yet another quality Corsair product for my system, and out with the bad fans. Soon my system will be mostly Corsair components (I have my eye on one of their new PSUs and some of their fast RAM).

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Fast & Furious12/17/2012 10:01:31 AM

Pros: Nice solid look & feel, high torque (try stopping one with your finger!), noise is acceptable (see cons). I'm using these on the outside of my 400R as "pull" fans with the stock H100 fans pushing. Tried them at full volts, but at that speed there's an annoying whine, so I tried the low-speed adapters, and the noise was a lot quieter. Then I hooked them up to the built in controller on the H100, and all is good - they only get loud when using 100% CPU (benchmarking), so that's how I'll run them.

Cons: As noted above, at full speed these are a little annoying, not so much the overall dBs, just the (bearing?) whine that's like a mosquito buzzing your ear. After I covered them with a custom shroud and grill, you could hardly notice them even at high rpm, and not at all when idling.

Overall Review: Not perfect, but better than most other brands that are available locally, so I'm happy. I've spent too much money on name brand fans that couldn't blow out a match, much less keep my system cool. These will do the job.

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This Thing Is Fast!12/15/2012 7:18:26 PM

Pros: I finally bought a USB 3.0 thumb drive to go with my new Ivy Bridge system, and I wanted one that would really show off the new standard without breaking the bank. This is the only drive I've seen that hits the sweet spot of decent capacity, high speed, and low cost. I'm getting writes up to 110 MB/s and reads up to 255 MB/s, which blows away every other drive in this price range. Finally I have a thumb drive that brings a smile every time I use it, instead of frustration and long waits. I can fill the whole drive in about 5 minutes, and copy it's contents in half that time. Even the retractor is a joy to use, it snaps in and out like a switchblade, feels very solid.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Overall Review: You can also run Windows 8 from this drive as a portable OS and it will run as if installed on an SSD on any system you plug it into (USB 3.0 preferred).

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$.04 per GB!12/8/2012 5:01:34 PM

Pros: Four cents per GB! (I caught it on sale for $120) It doesn't get much lower than that. Yes, it's got a 5700 rpm spindle speed, but for backups and storage that's okay. I like the look of it, and it feels nice and solid. I installed the included backup software, but didn't like it, so I flushed it and used Windows backup (I'm using Win8 Pro 64). So far it hasn't made any funny noises or lost recognition by Windows, and the backup is still running. We're good for now...

Cons: As long as it keeps working, none. It's the luck of the draw whether or not you get a good one, and so far I'm batting 1.000 - no early failures on any brand of drive. Just the normal slow death of all my old PATA drives. No SATA drives have failed yet, not even a vintage 2005 400 GB "Death Star" (although it is showing only 75% health). So I'm counting on this drive to keep my run going.

Overall Review: USB 3.0 is nice, but probably will matter a lot more for external SSDs with their much higher bandwidth.

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They Must Be Mindreaders11/10/2012 10:01:05 PM

Pros: Someone on the NZXT design team must be reading my mind, because this case has all of the features of my previously hypothetical Dream Case. It has every feature an enthusiast could desire, and so many options for configuration, it's a perfect case for almost anyone. It's also very nice to look at, hitting a perfect balance between bling and understatement, and the infinitely adjustable color LED's are very eye-catching without being overdone. I don't own this case yet, but it's sure to be the centerpiece of my next build. The large fans and the fan controller should ensure great airflow even turned down to near silent speeds, which is where my present case falls short with it's 9 120 mm fans (cool and a bit too loud, or quiet and insufficient airflow, pick one).

Cons: None I can see, even the price is decent for the features you get.

Overall Review: This has the potential to be one of the all-time great cases.

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Fast and Stable9/24/2012 1:28:12 PM

Pros: Fast as advertised, very stable, passes all stress tests easily, system is now free of any bottlenecks (other than file transfers between slow hard drives). Scored 7.9 on WEI, upped my overall rating from 5.4 to 7.4, and makes the user experience infinitely better. I wait for nothing now. Even if encoding video there's still plenty of headroom to surf the net or watch HD movies, and no more system freezes from clogged busses or spent resources. how did I ever live without one?

Cons: None

Overall Review: Mainboard - Asus P8Z77-V CPU - Intel i5-3570K (OC to 4.3 GHz) RAM - 2x4 GB Kingston HyperX 1600 (OC to 1866) Case - Corsair Carbide 400R PSU - Ultra X4 750 (full modular, 80 Plus Bronze) GPU - EVGA GTX 550 Ti Superclocked + Intel HD 4000 (VirtuMVP) CPU Cooler - Corsair H100 (240mm sealed liquid cooler) Fans - 8 x 120mm Boot Drive - Vertex 4 128 GB HDD - 1 x 500 GB WDC Blue, 1 x 400 GB Hitachi DeskStar, 2 x 2TB WDC Green ODD - LG M-Disc Super Multi Audio - on board Realtek ALC892 / optical SPDIF

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Good Sticks for the Bucks9/2/2012 3:04:38 PM

Pros: Works great out-of-the-box, mine overclocks to at least 1866 MHz with 10-10-10-27 timings and runs stable - 21+ GB/s throughput! Not bad for the price! Recommended! For those on a budget this is all you need for a fast system.

Cons: It does require 1.65 volts to run at 1600 or higher. Intel in their infinite wisdom recommends that RAM voltage should not exceed 1.5 volts, I suppose for safety and reliability in the long haul. However, half the DDR3 kits sold these days are 1.65v. I haven't heard about any motherboards going up in flames because of 1.65 volt DIMMs, so I don't worry too much, and neither should you. Besides, the world as we know it is supposed to end this December, so overclock all you want!

Overall Review: Mainboard - Asus P8Z77-V CPU - Intel i5-3570K (OC to 4.3 GHz) RAM - 2x4 GB Kingston HyperX 1600 (OC to 1866) Case - Corsair Carbide 400R PSU - Ultra X4 750 (full modular, 80 Plus Bronze) GPU - EVGA GTX 550 Ti Superclocked + Intel HD 4000 (VirtuMVP) CPU Cooler - Corsair H-100 (240mm sealed liquid cooler) Fans - 8 x 120mm HDD - 1 x 500 GB WDC Blue, 1 x 400 GB Hitachi DeskStar, 2 x 2TB WDC Green ODD - LG M-Disc Super Multi Audio - Creative Audigy 2 (PCI) Speakers - 5 x Boston Micro90X, 2 x Boston subs, Sony 100w/ch surround amp Monitor - Acer S231HL (23" LCD) KB & Mouse - Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

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Best New Idea (PSU monitor/control)8/5/2012 7:18:08 PM

Pros: I've been wondering when someone would get around to seeing the sense in monitoring the PSU through software, and even controlling output and fan speeds. This is fantastic, because the power supply has the ability to wipe out any other part in the system when it blows, and it will be nice to have some kind of early warning system in place, which hopefully will prompt you to power down before you wipe out some very expensive parts. It makes sense because the PSU is typically about 10% of the system cost. Of course, this one is a bit more than that, but makes up for the high price with peace of mind regarding your expensive rig.

Cons: Just that it's a bit pricey. I imagine that soon we'll see cheaper and lower wattage units with this feature so even budget builders can monitor their PSU.

Overall Review: Love this power supply but don't need 1200 watts!

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Best Z77 Board!5/31/2012 9:05:32 PM

Pros: Having compared features, specs, failure rate, DOA rate, benchmark reviews, etc., on almost every mid-to-high end Z77 board available, I have to say that the G1 Sniper 3 is looking like the best at any price. While it is aimed squarely at gamers, it's overclocking features rival any board I've seen, making it suitable for a large segment of system builders. The amazing thing is this board sells for about 60% of the price of some other major players' premium boards, the best bargain around for those who need all the features. I really don't use wifi or bluetooth or need more than 2 video cards, but I would buy this board just for the aggressive heatpipe cooling design and the extra 2 cm width (compared to standard ATX). The extra PCI-E lanes provided by the PLX PEX 8747 chip are a bonus, as is the mini SATA connector for an SSD. Gigabyte got it right with this one.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: I hope they don't run out of these before I get my order in!

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Gave my old p4 Prescott new life!4/27/2012 6:25:18 PM

Pros: Inexpensive but impressive, this board allowed me to use extremely cheap DDR3 1333 with my old Pentium 4 550 (3.4 GHz HT 800FSB) and upgrade from AGP slot to PCI-E 16X. It's a tight fit, but my new GTX 550 Ti Superclocked fits this board and with a little memory timings adjustment is working perfectly. It was causing a system freeze after 5-10 minutes of gaming. Seems that the BIOS automatically set tight timings (6-6-6-17) based on the slow 800 FSB, but the 1333 modules need a looser setting (9-9-9-24) to work properly. No more issues since I set timings manually. Everything runs cool except the #2 MB sensor shows 8-10c higher than the other 2 (I assume it's under the northbridge chipset, no room for large heatsink). All in all a great board for the price which will let a lot of people get the most performance out of their old CPUs.

Cons: My only con is the spacing of the expansion slots. When using a double-slot video card in the PCI-E X16 slot it covers up the first legacy PCI slot, leaving only 1 for your sound card or whatever. I knew that when I bought it, having read the online manual and scoped the layout, and it IS a micro ATX board, so I didn't expect different.

Overall Review: Pentium 4 3.4 GHz HT MSI G41M-P26 EVGA GTX 550 Ti Superclocked Patriot DDR3 1333 4 GB Corsair Carbide 400R CM Hyper 212+ 400GB + 2TB + 2TB HDD 7 X 120mm case fans Ultra 650w PSU Audigy 2

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Ultimate Tweaker's Board!4/11/2012 8:16:48 PM

Pros: After reading through most of the manual for this board, I am in awe - this thing has more settings, thermal sensors, & fan tweaks than any board I know of, plus every conceivable overclock and voltage setting. You could spend a couple of weeks in the BIOS playing around, but thankfully there are up to 8 custom profiles you can save current settings to and reload at will, so when you get the perfect OC settings or quiet mode settings, for example, you can quickly go back to them when needed. I love the Thermal Radar feature, because I like to know whats going on with my system, and the on board fans are a nice touch. All the chipset features have full support (with Ivy Bridge proc), and the non-native SATA 6GB chip is an Asmedia 1061 (not Marvell). I'd almost decided to buy Intel's flagship Z77 board, but now this board is on my short list, and it's the same price. Both should be rock-solid boards and both companies have a decent reputation for durability. Maybe I'll toss a coin!

Cons: Only time and the Newegg review process will tell how well this board holds up. Speaking of time, Ivy bridge will be here in a mere 2.5 weeks! My only con is that for some people this thing may have too many settings to ever comprehend them all. Set & Forget types need not apply. Of course, you could always run just fine on the default settings, but what's the fun in that? Also, the military theme may not fit in with your personal beliefs if you're a "make love not war" kind of person. Me, I respect good hardware regardless of the paint job. Hope this measures up!

Overall Review: Asus P8Z68-V LX i5-2500K T'take V6 case Corsair Veangeance 1600MHz 8gb (2x4gb) OCZ ModXStream Pro 500 watt modular Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm SATA2 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit fans - 200(actual size 170) x 1 (top fan), 120 x 3 (front, rear, & side) CM Hyper 212+ (fan pushing through fins & out rear exhaust)

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Smokin' Hot Silicon4/10/2012 8:15:23 PM

Pros: This CPU is the P4 of the new generation, minus the system-burning heat, and plus the computing power only dreamed of 10 years ago. It's mainstream and dirt cheap for what it can do. It blows away processors that cost 5 times as much at launch, with 3 cores tied behind it's back (make that 6 times as much counting inflation). It will certainly help a lot of people actually enjoy their computing experience, as opposed to constantly waiting in frustration for their PCs to catch up. For the first time in history, the average user can have a fast computer for a reasonable price without any PC building skills. What's also impressive is that comparable Ivy Bridge CPUs will cost about the same as their Sandy Bridge counterparts while offering up to a 20 percent boost in performance and a decent reduction in power use and heat. It just keeps getting better!

Cons: All the suckers who bought CPUs made by that other company will never know what true performance is! That mis-guided company's motto seems to be "We're second best and proud of it!" So all you Intel-bashers better hope somebody like Nvidia doesn't knock you out of 2nd place - not that it would be difficult. If I ever buy anything but Intel, pull the plug out, I'm way past senile.

Overall Review: Asus P8Z68-V LX i5-2500K T'take V6 case Corsair Veangeance 1600MHz 8gb (2x4gb) OCZ ModXStream Pro 500 watt modular Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm SATA2 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit fans - 200(actual size 170) x 1 (top fan), 120 x 3 (front, rear, & side) CM Hyper 212+ (fan pushing through fins & out rear exhaust)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Decent airflow/noise ratio4/9/2012 7:35:27 PM

Pros: Bought this to replace another brand that wasn't doing much. To install the first fan I had to cut a hole in the side of my Dell Dimension 8300 to blow cool air on my video card, which was about to burn up because of the terrible ventilation in my case. That thin fan only dropped the VGA temp by 1 or 2 degrees C (but it did fit inside the case). This new fan dropped the temp by 10*C or more, but it's so thick I had to install it outside the case. It looks a little strange sticking out like that, but being outside actually helps the air circulate much better (the 8300 case is extremely tight and has no ventilation holes). My whole system runs a lot cooler now, so I'm fairly happy with this fan.

Cons: I flat out don't believe this fan flows 90 CFM, more like half that. Fans that flow 90 CFM sound a lot like a vacuum cleaner. I have it hard-wired to 12 volts, so I know it's running full speed, and there's just no way it's pushing that kind of air. Also, the 18dBA rating is an exaggeration; more like 25. Just my opinion, though. I don't have the equipment to test it.

Overall Review: Dell Dimension 8300 Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz Prescott 2.5 Ghz DDR 400 CPU cooler from Dimension 8400 (twice the size!) Ultra 650 PSU Radeon HD 4600 1024MB Factory 92mm rear intake/CPU fan 80mm HDD fan 120mm side fan (modified case)

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Best Bang For The Buck!4/9/2012 10:01:49 AM

Pros: You'd be hard-pressed to find a better CPU cooler at this price. (Price dropped $4 since I bought mine!). Keeps my i5-2500K 32c at idle. Fan runs very quiet, seemed to make the whole system quiet. The fan brackets are cleverly designed flexible plastic that snap on (and off) with ease and can easily be moved up or down a few cm to clear MB components or provide some airflow over the VR. Also included are 2 extra fan brackets (for push-pull config.) The fan(s) can also be reversed to flow towards the front or the back of the case to work best with your case cooling configuration. No clearance issues with RAM in 2nd and 4th slots (recommended slots for 2 DIMMs), but with 4 DIMMs with tall heat spreaders the first one might actually touch the fan (but would still work, I think). This is with the standard 1 fan pushing through the fins towards the rear of the case to be expelled out through the rear exhaust fan. Ample room for a second fan. My MB is ATX but narrow 6 screw design.

Cons: None for the cooler and brackets, but the instruction sheet is somewhat cryptic. CM should at least make the pictures bigger so us older folks can see how the little pin lines up with the retention bracket. I finally realized that the bracket has to be turned the right way to work. Not enough to take away an egg.

Overall Review: Asus P8Z68-V LX i5-2500K Thermaltake V6 case Corsair Veangeance 1600MHz 8gb (2x4gb) OCZ ModXStream Pro 500 watt modular Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm SATA2 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit fans - 200(actual size 170) x 1 (top fan), 120 x 3 (front, rear, & side) CM Hyper 212+ (single fan pushing rearwards)

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P8Z68-V LX Update4/9/2012 8:52:38 AM

Pros: This is an update of my last review. I have now installed the CM Hyper 212+ on my i5-2500K, and CPU temps are 32c at idle. The whole system seems to have less fan noise now, and system has not blue-screened or rebooted yet. I also updated the BIOS from 0703 to 3703 (adds Ivy Bridge support). No issues have appeared. Still very happy with this board.

Cons: My only issue now is that the program Asus AISuite II crashes randomly. It happened a few times before the BIOS update and cooler upgrade, and has crashed once since. I don't know if it's a Windows issue or just buggy Asus software - more research necessary. I'm just glad it didn't crash during the BIOS update!

Overall Review: Asus P8Z68-V LX i5-2500K T'take V6 case Corsair Veangeance 1600MHz 8gb (2x4gb) OCZ ModXStream Pro 500 watt modular Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm SATA2 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit fans - 200(actual size 170) x 1 (top fan), 120 x 3 (front, rear, & side) CM Hyper 212+

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