Date Joined: 10/15/04
Pros: +Quiet as a mouse, even @ 100%
+Dropped Load temps at least 25C on R9 270X
+Fairly Easy Assembly
Cons: +Backplate is probably useless, unless you have another fan blowing air directly towards it from the side.
Overall Review: If my wife would allow it, I'd buy two more (for my two other R9 270X's).
This replaced the original single fan cooler from the first PowerColor R9 270X I bought. The shroud's plastic has seen enough heat and stress, the fan mount points were cracking faster than I could glue them together, the fan bearings themselves were wearing out (dual ball bearing, but drying up and getting noisy).
For the life of the card, it's been OC'd to 1250/1500 (from 1080/1400), and until recently had always been stable with that. But lately the cards temperature had been increasing, and thus I had to decrease the clock 1250 -> 1230 to keep it stable while running clLucas. Even with the drop in clock, I was facing 76C @ load.
With this cooler, the card now runs 49-51C @ load (and 100% fan, because why not? It's silent!), and that is back to the original clocks (1250/1500).
The instructions were poor, but I expect that from the start, thanks to other reviews.
They are good enough, if you have the right tools. Specifically, I recommend one of those $2 Xacto rulers. With that, you can measure the hole spacing, and the spacing from the bottom of the PCIe interface to the center of the GPU (closest screw -> bridge + 1/2 mounting hole dimension).
Now, knowing these instructions are too generic, approach carefully and you'll be fine. First, look at the long screws and how they size up to your GPU before you try assembling and mounting. In my case, the 270X was only just as thick as the hex nut on these Long Screws.
The accessories list mentions the 4 washers, which ARCTIC assumes will fit, as they show installing them in the instructions. Of course, assembling with those was not possible for me.
However, what is NOT on the accessories list is the set of plastic ring stickers. They look exactly like the ones that were already on the back of my PCB board (for seating the spring mounted screws), just slightly smaller in diameter. Mount those (use the long screws to align them if you want to be extra careful) and the PCB should be protected (not to mention you should tighten those long screws into the heatsink before slipping it into the GPU, so there should be no rotating/digging into the PCB). From there, just use the spacers that meet your needs.
In my case, the PCB had 4 foam pads next to the 4 mounting points to make sure the original heatsink didn't get tightened off level. This cooler would not mount with those there, but they peel off easy enough, and with the long screws for mounting, there wasn't really much chance for that particular problem to occur.
Pros: PWM fan @ 2500RPM max, does exactly what I need it to do.
Overall Review: I can't comment on the noise, as the box it's in has 4x 7K RPM fans in it. If it even makes any noise at max speed, it's indistinguishable above my other fans. (2x 60x20 pwm 7k; 2x 70x15 pwm 7k)
Pros: These fans are running side by side as intake fans right now, and they do not get even close to 2000rpm, as intake or exhaust fans. They do 1400-1500. That's OK air flow, but that's not what I was looking for.
Cons: I'd say it was just a failed unit, but for both to be running making NO NOISE at the same RPM when competing with each other to shove air into my case (Antec 300), I just have to insist the specification for these fans is not correct.
Overall Review: If you are looking for a target noise/rpm level:
Silent : 1500 +/- 10%
Pros: I have been a fan of Formula5 for many years, since back in 2004 when I applied it to my Northwood P4 water loop. This paste beats it without hesitation. For exact figures, see other thoughts.
Cons: None. Don't listen to whining about how "hard" it is to apply. It's a little tacky. I would rate it no harder than filling a 3" hole in a wall with spackle. If you can manage that, you can manage this.
Overall Review: The list of devices, loads and temps I've tested on:
T4300, 2.1 DC, 100% LL-D : 50C
E6700, 3.2->3.6, DC, 80-90% OpenCL (MFAKTO): 48-52
HD4650, 600->900(5)/930(6) : 85% OpenCL : 64C (5) -> 55C (6)
Dual L5420 Xeons: 2.5 QC: 80% LL/TF @ 67C(5) -> 95-100% LL/TF @ 66C (6)
Mind you all the prior Formula5 temps are fully cured over months, with dust addressed on a regular basis.
Other than applying AS6 (removing 5 w/ 91% isopropyl), today was normal maintenance and I've added OC or Load and dropped thermals on all devices tested, on the day of application.
Pros: Wish I had one for you.
Cons: This drive started having issues within a year of owning it, it stopped reading DVDs, then it stopped even recognizing that a disc was in the drive if ti was DVD, then it stopped reading CDs and now it doesn't even recognize a CD is present. I downloaded a firmware update from the Manufacturer and installed in under Windows 7 HP x64, and the FW upgrade was a success, but there was no change to the behavior.
Overall Review: I wouldn't buy it again.
Pros: After more than three years, this card is now used for Compute useing OpenCL in Linux (mfakto 0.12). I had to overclock my DC 3.2G cpu to push the limits of this card in compute.
Under Linux, I overclock this, for compute, @ 900 core & 873 mem, and after running my fan @ 100% for months, it finally started to go out, I had to work in a little WD-40 it to get it spinning to speed again.
I have since replaced the HSF combo, since it's a lot of work to get the dust out, which is needed too often in that design.
Cons: The fan didn't last forever? It doesn't play Crysis @ 1440p resolution w/ 8000 fps?
Overall Review: The fan lasted longer than I could have hoped, and it overclocks better than CCC will let you in Windows, if you are using it strictly for compute.
Dual-Core 3.2 -> 3.6
PCIe 5Ghz -> 5.25Ghz
GPU 600/700 -> 920/873
And I get roughly 36 Ghz total processing power in MFAKTO.
Pros: One thing Paul & Newegg should note: THIS Item is a result from searching for LAPTOP HARD DRIVES. That alone justifies Shakel's opinion that you should include the specs.
Cons: Shut up paul.
Overall Review: Newegg, if you list something as laptop capable, be sure it actually is before you make it a search result for LAPTOP hard drives.
Pros: This is a great HSF for your motherboard if your motherboard has the INTEL SPEC bracket that mounts their factory HSFs.
Pay no attention to noobs like "ray57913" who reviewed this product based on incompatability with a DELL.
It's your own fault if you don't know that your Dell Machine uses proprietary cooling in the first place.
The mounting bracket is an Intel Specification Part for the Socket 478. Lack of that bracket does not constitute a problem with your HSF, but your Motherboard Manufacturer's ability to follow specifications when advertising the Motherboard as "Socket 478".
This is a common theme in DELL anyway. Even their CPU fans use proprietary connectors to receive power & modulation from the motherboard.
Cons: 4000rpm 80mm fans are LOUD?
Overall Review: When you notice every Motherboard you could have ever bought retail comes with a bracket your DELL doesn't have... who do you think is missing something? The new HSF, or the DELL?
Pros: Idle Temps Overall/Core0/Core1: 33/39/32 C
Load Temps Overall/Core0/Core1: 62/60/56 C
Not Prime95 Stable @ Factory ANYTHING.
Default "Auto Voltage" was 1.256, which dropped to under 1.184, during Prime95, and failed out with several mathematical "FATAL ERROR" issues.
I had to do ONE of TWO things to make it P95... Enable Load Line Calibration (contrary to INTEL spec), or Kick the VCore to 1.325.
Cons: LLC enabled the chip to stably P95 @ 1.232V.
The "Intel" Method to raise to 1.325 Vcc left me with a 66/65/61 C Temperature Peak.
All this from a "Genuine" 45nm Intel?
This is a DUD chip.
It replaced and E5200 that was OC'd to 3.33Ghz (12.5 x 266). I used a slightly excessive voltage of 1.256V with LLC enabled for P95. This chip peaked @ 40-45C/50/50.
So The E5200 Ran FASTER AND COOLER despite being the same lithography @ manufacturing process.
The E6700 was a dud.
Overall Review: Newegg has royally rubbed me the wrong way, They won't cross ship without placing your card on hold, despite shipping a defective product. Oh yeah, the shipping was TERRIBLE too. My CPU waited in an HALF CLOSED UNPACKED BOX for 36 hours in South Bend, IN. Then it got kicked around, and when it finally made it to JACKSONVILLE, FL, it waited ANOTHER 12 hours to ship out AGAIN. I Ordered SATURDAY, and Didn't Receive it until Friday. 3 Day Garauntee? That's B.S.!!
So beyond the Retail box being damaged from UNRULY shipping, I then had to place my card on file, only for NEWEGG to NOT EVEN BOTHER TO F.N. Cross Ship my new CPU. I'm going on 11 days since my purchase, and I don't even so much as have a tracking number for a Functional Product.
Pros: I don't have this EXACT drive, I have the 250GB version.
I can only praise it's reliability. I bought it when my WD Cav Blue 160's bearings gave out going on 3 years ago.
"Nick the Geek", if you were already using the XP Disk to boot recovery and run disk repairs, why didn't you just run "FIXBOOT" and "FIXMBR"? Both tools are builtin to the Recovery console! One repairs any errors in Boot.INI and the other rebuilds your master boot record (or uninstalls GRUB if you are dual-booted to linux).
Cons: Reviews that tell horror stories where an obvious and simple step could have prevented 4-6 hours of hand sitting and face-palming
Overall Review: Most MS recovery tools have a "help" function that tells you the commands you can use.... you should always try to figure out what they are, and if they are useful, remember them.
Pros: For All those reviewers stating "I know it's only 5400", and "WD should be more open about this being 5900rpm", and all the random drivel.... SILENCE.
Read before spewing nonesense. WD states very clearly that Intelli-Power is their method for calculating what the needed RPM will be before you need it, and allows them to VARY the RPM from 5600RPM to 7200RPM when it's spinning.
Cons: Having to Post on a Review Board to get people to stop spewing reviews of epic fallacy.
Overall Review: For the sake of possessing your brain, use it!
Most manufacturers have web-sites, Nifty Names for their technologies, and nifty fact sheets in regards to those technologies.
WD even is so kind as to have tools (if you can find them) which can be used to tweak their drives, should you have the need to tailor your drives performance.
Pros: Before docking an egg like a complete n00b, claiming an "Average" understanding, and demonstrating POOR understanding, it is necessary that you understand what you are paying for, and what you are getting.
Tools like HDTune and HDTach measure your system's total performance to your device, from the time the command is issued by your CPU to the time the device completes.
When a WD makes these drives, they could advertise the RANGE of nominal response times most people would get from most typical hardware in common desktops, but the problem is the spectrum.
A RocketRAID 3120 HARDWARE RAID card is available on newegg usually for ~$150, with a dedicate processor and onboard cache. A SOFTWARE RAID controller built in to your motherboard will provide completely different characteristics. The range of hardware and software configurations someone can plug a hard drive in to are countless.
Cons: If Manufacturers report on system level response times, the difference between products becomes clouded by the background of testing hardware and software.
So, to be clear on what THEIR product offers itself, (rather than combined with your specific hardware/software) manufacturers measure THEIR PRODUCT's average lag time from being sent a command by a controller and completing that command.
That's what it means to understand your average seek time. All end user measurements of SEEK times are based on your OTHER hardware, not just your drives, whether it's a Quad Core AMD Black Edition, or an ancient S478 Pentium, or an onboard ICH10/ICH10R or a $1000+ Hardware RAID controller with 2GB+ DIMM cache.
Overall Review: So, directed at all the Mr. N/A's out there: Before you claim an understanding you don't possess, and dock eggs based on the knowledge you LACK (i.e. asking for help in a PRODUCT REVIEW), GOOGLE. KGB, CHA CHA, go everywhere else before you SPAM a product review. Literally, go places intended for asking questions and getting answers. Ask your manufacturer, don't DING newegg.
Pros: So Far, EVERYTHING.
The specs on this memory state 7-7-7-20 @ 2.0v
My Actuals @ 1066 are: 6-5-6-16 @ 1.8v
I've never raised it to 2.0v to OC this memory.
Overall Review: The maching passes Prime95 (24+ hours) @ 6-5-6-16 (on 1.8v).
Pros: Great Support for RAID Arrays. Contrary to another review, I know for a fact you can boot off this controller.
You cannot, however, boot a single device. It's a RAID controller afterall. Create an array and it will boot.
Cons: I didn't pay a penny for mine, who can Con a free RAID controller?
Overall Review: Put my ANCIENT 60GB Maxtor IDE drive on this controller, then used a failing old 160GB WD drive (bearing failure, whines something terrible when spinning) to create a RAID 0 array, totalling out (formatted) to 114GB in Vista, from which point I set the RAID Controller as the first boot hard drive. I installed Windows XP to it without a problem, and I'm about to run Linux to it. HD Tune shows the Raid Controller handles the pair of Hard Drives better than the Integrated Asus "Marvell" IDE controller (P5QL Pro) handles my newer 250GB Seagate. The overall throughput in HD Tune is stable up until about 80%, where it peaks and drops down (my other HD's start their performance drops at around 40% in HD Tune).
Pros: 4600 Series GPU, GDDR3, Integrated HDMI
Vista Experience Index: 5.9/5.7 (Aero/3D Graphics)
OC'd to 780/850 (Auto Tuned to 790/875).
For $50? What are you waiting for!
....Oh wait it sold out!
Cons: None Really.
Overall Review: Somewhat whiny fan at higher speeds.
20% : Nearly Silent, 33-50%: Barely audible, 66%: Slightly audible during Media Playback, 80-100% audible.
Anything under 66% is perfectly acceptable for me.
For an HTPC I would keep it at 33% or less unless you have a fairly thick case.
Stock FurMark'd @ 55C Max, OC'd FurMark @ 70C Max (Fan @ 50%)
Pros: This is a review to help those of you who read the "newegg should write a quick tech sheet" review, and don't already know that it is incorrect.
There are 8 bits in a byte, and hard drives are measure by bytes, not bits, or this would be a 12Tb Drive, not 1.5 TB drive (B=byte, b=bit)
Overall Review: Manufacturers use the physical BYTE count. So 1000 Bytes is reported as a Kilobyte. So this drive literally has 1,500,000,000,000 BYTES of space to store data. That's what they call 1.5 Terabytes.
Windows, and all OS's that I've had experience with, count logically, which means there are 1024 Bytes in a Kilobyte, not 1000. Windows doesn't measure that 1.5 Trillion Bytes as 1.5TB, Windows measures 1.5 LOGICAL TB as 1,649,267,441,664 Bytes.
Pros: Numerous Overclocking Features, stable, 0 issues with an Intel E5200 OC'd up to 4.0 Ghz, paired with Corsair DDR2-1066 Memory.
Cons: Insufficient heatsink on the North Bridge, won't run the 1600 FSB advertised on the box. Will NOT POST with any adjustment to the NB Voltage due to miniscule passive cooling. Marvel IDE controller is NOT Linux Capable. Open Source Drivers for this IDE Controller claim they support this model, but do not work.
Overall Review: ASUS P5M2-8SB4W (50+CFM CPU Fan)
Intel E5200 OC'd to 4.0 Ghz (1.500v in BIOS, 1.480v Actual (Load Line Calibration) 12.5x320)
4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 1066 @ 6-6-6-16 (Vista 32 CAN read all 4 GB, the MB has a Memory Remap feature to allow 32 bit OS to access all 4 Gigs, the OS has to be capable, XP is NOT)
Pros: Keeps my Core 2 Duo E5200 running 4.00 Ghz @ 1.480v down to 31C idle, and 48C under benchmarks.
Overall Review: 12.5 x 320 @ 1.500 vcore + CPU Load Line Calibration (Asus P5QL Pro Feature).
Pros: Fast memory, will run the speed you ask reliably. Lets me OC an E5200 (2.50 Ghz) to 3.33Ghz without a single problem. Makes cake out of rendering videos. Easily renders faster than the videos actually play. Fast shipping, as usual with Newegg.
Overall Review: Asus P5QL Pro, Core 2 Duo E5200 @ 3.33 Ghz, DDR2 running 1066Mhz, outputs about 20 seconds of 1280x768 XVid video in about 17 seconds.