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Kai P.

Kai P.

Joined on 05/17/12

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Most Favorable Review

Solid performance in a great form factor

Noctua NH-L9i, Premium Low-Profile CPU Cooler for Intel LGA115x (Brown)
Noctua NH-L9i, Premium Low-Profile CPU Cooler for Intel LGA115x (Brown)

Pros: Works very nicely on an i7 6700 in an ITX setup. Probably quieter than the stock cooler, but it performs much better and the mounting mechanism is far more secure. Doesn't interfere with anything else on the board either.

Cons: NA

Overall Review: Specs: - i7 6700 - Gigabyte Z170N G5 - 16GB RAM - PicoPSU 160W - L1 case - 240GB SSD - 16GB G.SKILL DDR4 Without a doubt the best quality packaging I've ever seen. Good stuff

Most Critical Review

DVI isn't dual-link

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Overall works pretty well; installed Windows 10 and it's running well. WiFi works pretty well but ethernet still works better.

Cons: DVI port might be physically dual-link but is not electrically. Won't do 1600p. Should have read the specs better I suppose but it's still a stupid design choice

Exactly as advertised

Coboc EA-HD2DVI-10-BK 10 ft. Black HDMI A Male to DVI-D (24+1) Male 30 AWG High Speed HDMI to DVI-D Adapter Cable w/Ferrite Cores Male to Male
Coboc EA-HD2DVI-10-BK 10 ft. Black HDMI A Male to DVI-D (24+1) Male 30 AWG High Speed HDMI to DVI-D Adapter Cable w/Ferrite Cores Male to Male

Pros: Does exactly what it's supposed to do. DVI to HDMI, nothing really that can be done wrong.

Cons: NA

Works

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Major Brand Chipset Desktop Memory Model CT2K4G4DFS8213
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Major Brand Chipset Desktop Memory Model CT2K4G4DFS8213

Pros: 8GB dual-channel kit; exactly what I was looking for. Works in my dual-socket 2011-3 board without issue

Cons: Not as cheap as RAM used to be, but it's not bad

Remarkably good

SUPERMICRO SNK-P0050AP4 Heatsink for Supermicro X9DR3-F Motherboard
SUPERMICRO SNK-P0050AP4 Heatsink for Supermicro X9DR3-F Motherboard

Pros: I expected these coolers to either be loud or to not do a great job--after all, they're only 92mm heatsinks on very high-wattage CPUs. However, they're remarkable. Running on a pair of Xeon E5 4667 V3 CPUs (16c 135w) even at full load temps only hit 50C. Noise isn't bad at all either. Fits snugly on a Supermicro X10DAL-I-O

Cons: More expensive than many 120mm tower coolers

Overall Review: Specs: 2x Xeon E5 4667 V3 Supermicro X10DAL-I-O 2x4GB DDR4 Antec CP850w PSU Antec 1200 V3 case EVGA 8800GT 512MB 128GB Crucial SSD 2x Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4 Highly recommended for any Socket 2011 system where there isn't space for a 120mm cooler.

terrible

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: cheap

Cons: Computer won't boot while it's installed. Turns on, but no display, beeps, or anything. Going back to the stock Intel heatsink works fine. Tried twice.

Overall Review: Specs: Xeon E5639 w/ i7 920 heatsink Gigabyte X58 UD3R 380W SeaSonic PSU Quadro 410 Velociraptor 80GB NZXT Source 210 case 2GB DDR3