Date Joined: 11/29/07
Pros: I can't find a higher thermal conductivity among pastes, anywhere! The molecular size is well selected, as some reviews I have read state that it fights best when lapped with about a 800 or 1000 grit sandpaper. Tube comes with enough for multiple applications.
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Overall Review: Too many people on this site misinterpret their own "technical understanding" so I left mine at 3. This is not my first from scratch build and I can fix BSOD's but I know my limits.
Pros: Solid. All aspects of this product are solid. The structure is strong, it moves heat quickly, the connection to the mobo is robust, and even the fins are much more resilient than they appear. Avoid any hsu that has those 4 clips to the mobo! Get one with a mounting bracket! (like this one)
Note: I have lapped my cpu (the hsu didn't need it. THANKS Zalman!) My dual-core 3.0 GHz ran a stress test for 15 hours and never got above 46 degrees C. (that's great by my book)
Cons: It is massive. Easiest to install if you have a removable mobo tray.
Pros: In addition to another review. If the brand name is scaring you, please go research them! ECS has been building high quality mobo's for a long time. No reason to fear that a gpu they sale wouldn't be of the same caliber as any other of their products.
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Pros: Dual-core 3.0 GHz. It's fast enough for most anything you'll want it for, if not it can overclock for huge gains. Stock voltage is low, hence low demand on the power supply.
Cons: I got nutt'in.
Pros: To answer the question... the 4 pin is part of the 8 pin connector (that was my only issue on day 1).
The actual size of this psu is smaller than I anticipated. MODULAR CABLING, a huge plus, not only for looks and ease of construction but also for cooling. VERY quiet. Chugs out very stable power on all rails under all conditions, did a 15hour stress test.
Cons: hmmm... it's not 1000W for the same price?
Pros: Blazes through the lesser demanding games: Counterstrike, Half-life, Bioshock, World of Warcraft, Hellgate...
Easy install, drivers work first time through. Nvidia has 64bit drivers too, if that's your fancy (it's mine).
Cons: It does produce the most heat in my system, by far. That said, don't be afraid since it is self enclosed and vents it's heat directly out of the box.
It may not run Crysis at high everything (I don't have a copy) but I'm sure if you SLI 2 of them, you'd be hard pressed to max them out.
Pros: SPACE (sci-fi echo effect), fans, simplicity. Plenty of room for whatever you could throw into an ATX system, even for SLI or Crossfire. Fans: 2 slots on the roof, 1 on the rear, 2 on the front, 1 on the floor, and 2 on the door. All 120mm. Nothing super fancy about the design, even a novice builder will love this box. The aesthetics please me too!
Cons: The cable holder system is somewhat weak (I augmented it with some zipties). The front stock fan has blue led's, not my preference. The case does NOT have a MOBO TRAY, not a huge inconvenience unless you're heavily into modding and reconfiguring your system.