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Micah A.

Micah A.

Joined on 06/27/02

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Most Favorable Review

Huge and quiet heatsink

Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm CPU Cooler
Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm CPU Cooler

Pros: Huge amount of metal to dissipate heat. Very quiet fan, even when under load. Easy install on my Gigabyte P35-DS3L mobo.

Cons: Despite the easy install, I had some minor clearance issues on the Gigabyte P35-DS3L mobo. I found that the heat sink came close to interfering with the install of my DIMMs in two of the slots closest to the CPU. I think if you were going to fully populate the 4 slots, you might have a problem. Additionally, there were other clearance issues with the back panel connectors. The heatsink comes very close to one of the USB blocks, which impairs any install or adjustment of the fan on the heatsink.

Most Critical Review

Fast drive, but too many problems

Patriot Pyro 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PP60GS25SSDR
Patriot Pyro 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PP60GS25SSDR

Pros: * Fast disk speeds. * Boots Windows 7 in seconds. * Responsive tech support.

Cons: * Problems with hibernation/sleep mode * Temperature sensor always reports 128C * Suffered corrupted partition table

Overall Review: I've had the drive for about a month and definitely love the fast speeds it offers. However, I've run into a number of problems that has caused the reliability of my system to be abysmal. I first had problems with hibernate/sleep mode in Windows 7. The disk did not appear to wake up fully and I was unable to resume my session. Next, I ran into a problem where my partition table would be inexplicably corrupted. I was forced to use the Windows repair tools on the install disc to repair the table. Finally, I experienced a hard Windows crash that rebooted my system. When the system did reboot, the SSD was missing from the list of drives reported by BIOS. The upside is that tech support has been very responsive when I filed tickets. Unfortunately, the reliability of the drive has been so poor, that I can no longer continue to use it.

10/14/2011

Solid performance with room to grow

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N841-AR
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N841-AR

Pros: Excellent performance on any game I threw at it. I ran HL2: Ep2 at 1280x1024 with all the options set at the highest level and was averaging about 90fps. I'm eager to try out the next new releases to see how it handles, but it appears that it has plenty of horsepower to spare.

Cons: The only drawback is that the stock fan is the loudest fan in my rig. Still, it is pretty quiet when cranking out the pixels.

Super quiet PSU!

ENERMAX MODU82+ EMD525AWT 525W ATX12V  Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
ENERMAX MODU82+ EMD525AWT 525W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Extremely quiet operation. Even under load (i.e. running Prime95) the fan noise is barely audible. The modular cables are an excellent addition; you can cut down on all the cable clutter by only using the cables you need.

Cons: I had one problem when I first connected everything together: the PSU started to emit an extremely loud and high pitched whine. It sounded like an alarm of some sort, not the whine of a fan. I had to disassemble all of my rig to figure out what the problem was. Didn't pin-point the issue, but after re-doing my build, the PSU worked without a problem. Also, it did not fit my older case exactly, I had to bend some of the metal on my case to get it in. This is likely due a ATX version compatibility; the PSU is ATX v2.3, my case is much older.

Speedy drive, but noisy seeking

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Excellent speed when reading and writing to the drive. The OS boots up so quickly and everything feels snappy with the OS.

Cons: The only con is the noise when this drive is seeking. I imagine this is because they use special spindles and motors necessary for achieving the 10K speeds. I think you could probably dampen some of the noise by using some acoustic foam within your case, but I have yet to try that.