Date Joined: 07/06/07
Pros: Great heatsink. Keeps idle temps at 30 - 40 and full load under 60 with an i7 OC'd to 3.6 ghz.
Cons: The fans add quite a bit of bulk. EVGA's x58 board doesn't have enough room for you to mount both fans on the heatsink.
Pros: Pretty blue lights.
Cons: It fails to effectively do the one thing its supposed to. Reseated it twice with no changes in results. Idle temps are fine (30 - 40 c), light load temps are...acceptable ( 40 - 50 C), but if you load up the cpu with 8 threads of prime95 you will see the temps on all cores shoot up to 80-100C. Unacceptable. The i7 platform is great and most applications don't require anywhere near 100% load, but for those that do this heatsink will not be sufficient.
Overall Review: Go with a heatsink that has a backplate. From what I have seen all of the stock and other "snap in" style heatsinks are having similar results.
Pros: Great layout. Every port you could ever want.
Cons: One of my USB ports is acting up a bit. It drops whatever peripheral is plugged into it once every 2 minutes or so. Seeing as there are many others I don't think that this will be enough cause for me to rma it.
Overall Review: Great board for running gtx 280's in sli, just make sure your case has enough room.
Pros: Great ram, running at the advertised 1600 with 8-8-8-24 timings. I've always gone with corsair and once again they didn't disappoint.
Pros: Got everything stable at 3.6. Very easy to overclock. Amazingly fast processor.
Cons: Hot. Very, very hot. Intel hasn't been very forthcoming with the TJmax however most temp applications will tell you its max is 100C.
Overall Review: Great performance to price ratio.