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Alexander Y.

Alexander Y.

Joined on 05/20/09

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Most Favorable Review

It's a cable.

NEXIN USB 3.0 A Male to B Male 5 Feet - USB 3 Cable, USB 3.0 A to B Cable  (USB30-5-AB)
NEXIN USB 3.0 A Male to B Male 5 Feet - USB 3 Cable, USB 3.0 A to B Cable (USB30-5-AB)

Pros: Moves 0's and 1's from one location to another. Malleable. Fits combatible ports as advertised.

Cons: Doesn't have RGB. Just B. May or may not suffice for temporarily lashing things together.

Overall Review: It's a cable. It does cable things. I don't recommend licking it.

Most Critical Review

Bad Luck?

Acer X223WDbd Black 22" 5ms  Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 50000:1(1000:1)
Acer X223WDbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 50000:1(1000:1)

Pros: Large screen, sharp picture.

Cons: Dead pixel in the center of the screen right out of the box. Screen also has a very slight greenish-grey tint (more below).

Overall Review: Purchased this monitor as a new primary to go alongside my older 20" acer X203H. The old one is amazing- super bright and a fantastic picture, even took a beating while being shipped cross-country and worked just fine afterwords. Not sure what happened with the 22" though. Newegg was amazing as usual with their quick shipping time, but the monitor had a couple annoying defects straight out of the box, including a dead pixel about two inches up from the exact center of the screen. Had it been off in a corner or something I could overlook it, but as it is it's very distracting during gaming or web surfing. Also, the 22" monitor's colors appear to have a subtle greenish-grey tint for some reason. Not sure if this is a defect or not, but fiddling around with the monitor's settings did nothing. I probably wouldn't notice it if it weren't so drastically different from my old monitor. Going to RMA, hoping the issues are just a fluke.

10/12/2011

Keeps Cool, Looks Hot

XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

Pros: Looks absolutely fantastic, and performs just as well. Cooling a non-overclocked i5-4670K, initial Prime95 stress tests never cleared 72(c), and during gaming I've only ever seen it brush 60(c). Idle temps hover around 35(c). The stock fan is silent at idle, and although it is a little loud under load it never becomes annoying. The white LEDs are bright enough to cast a few shadows in a darkened room, but aren't blinding or distracting at all.

Cons: Really, really bummed that the stock fan cord isn't sleeved. With some creative routing you can hide it almost completely out of sight, but it's something to consider if you're being strict about color coordination. The mounting bracket is also a little quirky to install. Not difficult, but the backplate sits at a slight angle on the back of the mobo, and because of how it's designed, you would do well to have someone with small hands to help you anywhere clearance is limited, for example around heatsinks or fans. The instruction sheet is coherent, but only just so, as it includes instructions for every heat sink that Xigmatek has ever sold. It will take a little studying to make sure that you're using the right set of instructions.

Overall Review: Pay special attention when you're mounting the rubber fan pins to the fins on the heat sink. The pins have a groove in the shaft that will actually straddle one of the fins, however it's easy to misalign the fin and end up bending it around the side of the pin. It can easily be bent back and fixed, but it's something to watch out for.

Blowy

BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP PWM Case Fan
BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP PWM Case Fan

Pros: Near silent at idle. Seems to push a solid amount of air. 4 pin PWM cable is long enough that it can reach most headers without much issue. Looks pretty slick, too. No gaudy stickers or loud colors.

Cons: Has a very slight buzzing noise when it's laid horizontally. You have to put the thing next to your ear to hear it, but it's just enough for me to only want to use the thing standing up vertically.

Overall Review: The corners aren't open, so if you're using anything besides the standard self-tapping screws, like those rubber mounts, they need to be long. Not a problem for most people, so not really worth docking any points over, but it's probably still worth mentioning.

Nice and Chilly

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: Cooler works fantastically. In just the first couple days, both Idle and Load temps have dropped by 5-10º C (up to 20º C difference with individual core temps), and I very rarely see temperatures climb above 50º after the first week. Have not overclocked the CPU, but I'm confident I get a LOT more horses out of it with a minimal change in heat.

Cons: Docking an egg for the installation. Installation is, quite simply, a pain. The push pins holding the mounting brackets to the mobo don't like to cooperate and are difficult to get seated in the holes right, and feel somewhat fragile. In order to attach the heat sink to the mounting bracket, you have to remove the fan (comes pre-attached to the heat sink), which is a pain in its own right. Unless you have a plastic tool to remove the fan, or REALLY strong fingers, expect to scratch the fins on the HS a bit. Doesn't seem to affect performance, but I'm a tad OCD, and having the scratches bugs me. Also is fairly large, (stands about 6" or so off the mobo), so be careful when installing, and make sure you have plenty of room.

Overall Review: Running an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 at the stock 2.83 GHz in a Raidmax Smilodon tower. Used Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal paste. All temps are according to Speedfan.

Very LOUD

MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Cooling Fan
MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Pushes Air Nicely

Cons: Very, VERY loud. Easily louder than all six of the other fans in my system combined.

Overall Review: Don't know if I received a faulty unit or what, but the fan was impossibly loud. Decided not to use the fan, not going to bother with RMA since it's only $2. May try and pull the thing apart to see if I can't figure out why it's so loud.