Joined on 11/25/03
Glad I broke my stock fan
Pros: Gave life to a 7 year old setup that I was ready to give up on. I was hastily applied the thermal paste incorrectly the last time I popped open the case and this last time I checked decided to reapply the paste properly. Needless to say, I broke the holding clip on the stock cpu and had to order this. The stock cpu, when I applied the thermal paste correctly, ran at 29c idle and went up to 45c after/during gaming. With this new cpu fan/heatsink, it's at 25c idle and 35c after/during gaming. It looks like I'll continue to ride this setup until it ultimately fails. Glad cutting edge games do not appeal to me. I'll stick to CS:Source. The separate retaining clips is such a great idea. I didn't need any tools to pop them in or out.
Cons: None. It was so easy to install compared to the stock.
Overall Review: I'm glad I broke my stock cpu cooler. This gives me a year or two to stick to my setup for now. I'll probably build my next system one piece at a time.
Very nice when it works
Pros: I am your typical DIYer, but I hardly have any time to build anything from scratch these days so I wanted something easy but a bit more intuitive. The latest firmware (OS 6.4.2) was simple and easy to use although setting up the folder share permissions is a bit of a hassle and found it odd that the cloud account had almost admin permissions to read and write. I didn't like that at all. I hope they fix that in the next update. The upload was fast for a big, compressed file. However, thousands of smaller files of up to a gigabyte took hours to upload. But the download was pretty fast. It was louder than I expected when I put it under heavy usage. Kind of quiet under low load. Sadly, after having the system up no longer than a day and a half, I got a memory error and couldn't boot. Currently doing an RMA.
Cons: Upload of multiple small files is slow Noisy Cloud user has too much read write permissions
Nice little speaker
Pros: Love that it's rechargeable, green, and portable. It's loud enough for my office and in enclosed environment. It's louder and more clear than my phone and laptop.
Cons: For the audiophiles, this isn't a big bass, super loud speaker. That's not what it's for. No bluetooth.
Overall Review: I got this on sale so it was worth it at that price. Not sure if I'd rate it high if I had paid for the original price as there are other better speakers at that price point that possibly has bluetooth.
So far so good
Pros: Battery life is fantastic. It took over a month with usage in between travel from home to work and vice versa on train (45-50min each way) to finally beep for a re-charge. It's very portable and I've worn it through rain, snow all in one day (Chicago). The call quality is so much better than my dedicated ear piece. I can listen and the other person can hear me very clearly. I can't say the same with the Blueant BT. I have to literally scream for them to hear me. I'm a very soft spoken person and the other person can hear me just fine.
Cons: The plastic piece that holds the cans is kind of annoying. It might be me, but it is really jagged and scratches the back of my neck. I may have to do something about it when it gets warmer. For now, I use my skull cap to hold it up. Still not a big enough con to take a star off. I couldn't get a consistent connection when trying to watch netflix on my nexus 7. It kept dropping off. Disappointed thus the one star off. It works fine on my phone.
Overall Review: The sound btw is great. It handles most of the ranges pretty well. Don't expect it to thump with music with heavy bass. These can get pretty loud.
Noticed the difference
Pros: This behemoth of a heatsink really forced me to work on my cable management. That's a plus. What I like about it, compared to the stock heatsink, was the lack of clip that's usually a pain to lock onto. However, it's best to mount the heatsink with the mobo taken out of the case. There was hardly any space between the fan and memory. I just adjusted the fun a bit higher to make room. I did some moderate overclocking and the cpu temp is still 10C less than before. Under my stock heatsink, it was running at 38C at no load to about 50C+ sometimes reaching 60C gaming. Right now, it's running at 26C and played Portal 2 and it ran around 32C.
Cons: Not too much of a con, but you really need to take the mobo out. This thing is big.
Overall Review: Satisfied with the purchase and I've been waiting for a good one at a good price point. It was finally on sale and I bit. Thanks, Newegg!