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David L.

David L.

Joined on 01/19/09

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Most Favorable Review

This card runs hot

EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FPB EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FPB EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Great replacement for my 9800GT. Handles all of my games with ease.

Cons: Not sure if this was a manufacturers defect, but the card ran incredibly hot. Fallout 3/New Vegas would push 80°C and Crysis would normally push this card to near 100°C. Did much research on various forums and many people said this was normal for this card... Um... I don't think so. So, I ended up removing heat sink/fan shroud assembly, cleaned thermal paste off of heat spreader and heat sink contact face, reapplied some Tuniq TX-2 that I had sitting around and the difference is incredible. Fallout 3/New Vegas tops out around 53°C and Crysis has yet to go above 65°C.

Overall Review: I'm thinking of buying another and doing a 2-way SLI setup. If I encounter the same heat problem with the next one I know what to do.

11/19/2010
Most Critical Review

Meh

Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Reliability Thermal Compound
Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Reliability Thermal Compound

Pros: Not much. Does what a TIM is supposed to do.

Cons: Extremely thick, though not as much as their TX-3, which makes it somewhat difficult to apply. Unfortunately, the best way I found to apply this stuff was to put a small pea sized bead on the heat spreader, press down on it with the contact face of the heatsink and then hope that the TIM was sufficiently spread. Not good.

Overall Review: I scraped this stuff off and ended up using some TX-2, which is MUCH thinner and easier to spread. Actually ended up seeing moderate temp drop over the TX-4.

Great cooling, anemic LED, quiet fan

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: -Very good, quality build. -Mirror finished, smooth contact face. -Fan is relatively quiet, even at high RPM... uh, compared to the 3 Thermaltake AF0026 fans (can be extremely loud) in my case. -Performs nominally better than my Corsair H70 (probably due to the H70's rough contact face). -Versatility; works with a variety of Intel and AMD sockets -Looks pretty cool, unlike most other HSFs

Cons: -TALL, make sure you have room otherwise you can forget about closing your case. -Also very wide; may have clearance issues with NB heatsink on some motherboards. -LED is pretty anemic, though I've seen worse. - Fins are sharp; keep plastic packaging on as long as possible during installation.

Overall Review: Installation is really NOT as hard as many here have made it out to be, whether or not you use the double sided adhesive pad with the retention bracket. Yes, you will have to hold the hex wrench as a slight angle to fasten cooler to mobo, but unless you are all thumbs and/or have serious manual dexterity issues it will prove to be no more than a minor annoyance. Just remember to go slow and you should have absolutely no problems.

Great Bnag for Buck/EVGA RMA Service

EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FPB EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FPB EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: This is the second review I've made for this exact card. Bought 2nd card in Dec '10 to run 2-way SLI. Amazed is all I can say. This is the first time I've run a machine with an SLI setup. NVidia Control Panel profiles were easy to configure

Cons: Fans are a bit noisy when they rev up. Only 2-way SLI.

Overall Review: 1st card I bought began to go bad (severe artifacting) after about 6 months. Was seriously disappointed, however, since I registered the card with EVGA right after I received it I submitted an Advanced RMA request on their website. It was approved and I had a replacement card within 4 business days. I must say that I'm very pleased with EVGA's customer support.

Feel (and hear) the POWER!

Thermaltake AF0026 Smart Blue LED 120mm Fan with Speed control knob
Thermaltake AF0026 Smart Blue LED 120mm Fan with Speed control knob

Pros: High CFM, very bright LEDs, adjustable RPM (use bundled knob or mobo fan connectors) rubber vibration damping mounts included, quiet at low RPM.

Cons: Only one, the faster they spin, the louder they get. At max RPM they are VERY loud.

Overall Review: If you want their max CFM, be prepared to have a very noisy rig. I have two (so far) in mine and I keep them around 65%, so they're fairly loud. I gave them the full 5 eggs however because when they are at max RPM, they keep my GPUs and case temps down an average of 5-6 °C, which for a pair of fans is absolutely phenomenal.

Reliable 800 watt PSU

XION PowerReal XON-800P14N 800 W ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
XION PowerReal XON-800P14N 800 W ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: I have had one of these in my system (bought off-site) for over two years. Lots of connectors for HDDs, ODDs and peripherals. Runs (relatively) cool and very quiet.

Cons: Only 1x6 pin and 1x6+2 pin PCI-E connectors.

Overall Review: Good for older GPUs in 2-way SLI/CrossFire but can still run newer GPUs that require more than one 6 pin PCI-E connector by using a MOLEX to PCI-E adapter. Regarding multi GPUs, I wouldn't recommend this power supply for anything more than a 2-way configuration.

12/31/2010