Date Joined: 12/18/01
Pros: Looks good sitting in my case
Cons: Died within a year
I couldn't safely overclock CPU with this cooler
Overall Review: This was my first go at a AIO solution after a new PC build (last year). My initial CPU (1950x) temps averaged 67c, which isn't to bad for this CPU; but I expected more based from what others are reporting on the forums. I positioned the radiator at the front of the case pulling air in through the radiator into the case with plenty of exhaust.
Recently my computer became very sluggish. I checked my temperatures and saw the CPU hitting 100c. Mind you, this is after its been throttling itself down. I'm guessing a pump failure occurred in the AIO. I keep my PC clean and free of dust. This scared me enough to go back to air cooling.
As I write this my computer is idling in the low 40's on air cooling, and never gets above 70c while gaming.
Pros: New build with no hickups.
It identified my G.Skill Ripjaw V series 3200 RAM, Gigabyte GTX 1080, and SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 PCI with no problems.
Installed windows 10 from a USB stick onto the M.2 without having to fiddle with BIOS updates.
Overall Review: Even though this board is a little pricy in my opinion, it makes up for this with headache free installation and setup.
Pros: Plastic case seemed sturdy (see con)
Cons: It was a very tight fit in my Dell 1350CNW.
The printer gave me a message stating the toner is not seated correctly when it was. I tried for hours to get rid of the message.
I replaced it with a much less expensive brand and after one try poof no error message.
Comments: Debated if I should get this one or the 2500+. I ended up throwing this 2600+ into my Asus A7N8X-E Delux and clocked it right up to 2.4ghz right out of the box at 1.56 volts. Burned it in for 24 hours with prime95, and now its sitting at 2.5ghz 1.7 volts. Temps are 41 idle and about 48 at full throttle. This CPU is simply amazing.
Gonna try for 2.6 now that I see others have acomplished this.