Joined on 04/17/10
My 2nd One!
Pros: The first was so great that at the price (half of what the 1st cost), had to get another, have several AM3+ 970 MB's The FX-8350, while in general cannot compete with much of today's CPU's, owns three overclocking records out of the top 5 on the CUPID site, known for their popular CPU-Z software. CPU boxed well, while my 1st came with a Wraith cooler, the included one is still better than than any in Intel's boxed CPU's, having real copper pipes for superior heat dissipation. IHS soldered to die (& still is), AMD has solid construction. Matches well with a GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 (any variant). Passmark has the FX-8350 scored above the Haswell i5 lineup & just below the mainstream i7's of the same era. Example, the score is less than 836 points below my i7-4770 (FX-8350 @ 8,948, i7-4770 @ 9,784). On the other hand, well above the i5-4690K @ 7796 (best i5 of the Haswell series). That's 1,152 points better.
Cons: No one has to say it, the FX-8350 (and the AM3+ platform in general) is dated. However, it's more than good enough for non-power users. Will bottleneck many modern GPU's of today to some extent, to include some of last gen (example, not well paired with the GTX 1070/1080, to include any Ti, or last two generations of Titan). Need a 990FX MB for best overclocking, these are hard to find as of 2019 new. Overclocking is limited on most 970 MB's. PCIe & RAM options limited by the 970/990 chipset, PCIe 2.0 (versus 3.0 for the same era), while one can run 32GB RAM, all 4 modules must be at 800MHz (1600MHz dual channel). One can go above 1600MHz by only running a max of 16GB DDR3 RAM. While I don't like these issues, it is what it is & amounts to a performance loss. The i7-4790K, of which I also own, runs rings around the FX-8350, although both has the same GHz rating. This is largely in part due to the 970/990 chipset & not the CPU in itself. Not a true 8 core CPU, AMD didn't release these until Ryzen. I recommend to run the Power plan to High Performance. While I cannot include links, please check out 'Get Ultimate Performance On Any Windows 10 Edition - Bitsum' for details as to how to get the most out of the FX-8350 (or any CPU) while running W10. Nothing has to be purchased, the instruction explains what to do, power plan is hidden in Windows 10, ready to be activated (yet should be w/out looking hard). All AMD FX 8-core processors have eight individual cores via four dual core modules.
Overall Review: Yes, even though dated, and one still owns perfectly working 970/990 motherboards, I recommend the FX-8350. It plows through daily usage tasks with ease & as long as heatsink installed properly (please clean what's on the cooler & use any decent thermal paste). This will prevent the FX-8350 (or any boxed CPU with cooler) from sticking, when removed may pull out both the cooler & CPU, risking bending the pins & MB socket. Which is the last thing one needs. When removing CPU for cleaning, replacing thermal paste, run the PC for at least 10 minutes beforehand. Once shutdown, remove cooler immediately while the paste is soft. This is especially true for those who actually uses the paste on the cooler, which now is likely 4 years old, even if received today. CPU will also run cooler with new paste, I repair PC's for others & would never use the included paste. As stated above, this is my 2nd of this model & to be honest, didn't need it. It's just that I'm often gifted PC's that can use it, so will be in a build soon. Makes a great general usage PC, great for children doing homework, for checking email & general Web usage (with 16-32GB RAM can handle 40+ Google Chrome tabs easily!). Also, if one wants a low cost build, this is one of the best 'bang for your buck' CPU's to get, especially if upgrading an existing AM3+ 970/990 MB. There's many OEM builds which included an Athlon (or Phenom, as these runs in AM3+ MB's) where the FX-8350 can make a major performance difference. In closing, if one's looking for the fastest computer, look elsewhere. Yet for a daily driver, the FX-8350 won't let you down, it's a time proven CPU & runs at 4.0GHz at boot. While that's a given today, back in 2012-2014, having a 4GHz chip was a big deal, and still holds it's weight today, will last for many more Windows 10 (or Linux) releases to come. Grab one of these legacy chips while still new, many eBayers are pushing used FX-8350 CPU's at higher prices, shame on them & thanks to Newegg for discounting (most of) the FX lineup.
Doesn't run on Dell Optiplex Desktop Edition
Pros: NIce packaging & great looking heatsinks, the best I've laid hands on.
Cons: That it doesn't run in the Dell Optiplex 780, despite the fact that a pop-up GSkill customer Service rep said the set would. The PC only boots with 2GB sticks.
Overall Review: It's likely a good product for the ones who needs this RAM, with low timings, nice heatsinks, but it's not for those with a desktop version of the Optiplex 780. All it does after plugging in is a steady whining, not just a set of beeps. BTW, the 2GB sticks I've used for now, though it's 11-11-11-28 timing, still downgrades to 7-7-7-20. Q45/43 Chipset. If GSkill wants to keep my business, they need to get these virtual pop-up assistants right.
Excellent PC case, yet not for a 1st time builder or those with huge hands
Pros: Rosewill stands for Quality. Case was packed well to avoid damage during shipment. The FBM-X1 doesn't have that funky fan controller inside of back panel door that has caused issues for some. In fact the Rosewill case I have that has this component, I never used it, wired the fans to the MB. Documentation & items needed to install mATX MB are there, I had screws leftover. For being lightweight, the FBM-X1 is not flimsy, much better than I expected for $19.99 shipped. Two Front USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports, virtually unheard of at this price & many $20 more! 120mm Intake & 80mm exhaust, both fans are great, another surprise at this price. There IS room in the back for sleeved cables & that's a huge plus for this small of a case. The shape (or design) of the door gives that space. There's also a bit of room for wiring management above the optical drive. Really, there's no reason NOT to end up with a poor wiring job here, plus with the FBM-X1, it's a MUST to get it right to have airflow. Also a windowed door, great if using (example) one of the AMD Wraith coolers with RGB. Or has a small to mid size GPU with lighting. All cables, to include those which goes for the panel inputs, were more than long enough for the job. Plenty of room for a mid size GPU, just install before the drives. If carefully removed, the optical bay cover will pop right back into place if this drive is no longer needed/desired (first time I've seen this!). Would never know there was one installed. TBH, I'm thrilled with the Rosewill FBM-X1, a lot of mATX case for the dollar. Feature wise.for the cash, one cannot ask for more.
Cons: Am cutting to the chase with Cons, this is NOT a PC case for beginners OR those with large hands, you'll be frustrated & throw in the towel (I almost did!). Secondly, it's best to have as much as possible installed on the MB before carefully installing. This includes the two 4 pin ATX power cables where these are close to the case edge. Had to remove exhaust fan to install these. Secondly, if you're looking to install 3-4 HDD's, look elsewhere, unless using optical bay adapters (that can be purchased here) to convert the optical drive bays into extra mounting option. Even then, heat has to be considered. Speaking of which, don't expect temps of components to be quite as cool as in a mid-tower. I'm going to replace the exhaust fan with a 80mm Noctua PWM for more speed & hopefully, more airflow. May do the intake also, I believe this case can greatly benefit from PWM cooling fans. Not really a true Con, because there is a wide open place for intake, just don't lay on carpet or other soft surface, the port underneath front will be blocked & no fresh air can be drawn in. If you must sit on carpet, get a counter saver ($5 or so), this build will fit on most easily, measure before purchase. Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to sit any computer on bare carpet, will draw in dust like mad. If you need to be at work, school or wherever in a couple of hours, don't expect to finish on time (see Other Thoughts). Lastly, and this doesn't apply to just this case, why doesn't the OEM's of these have mATX standoffs on the side of the MB where the main power cable plugs in? Every mATX case I've owned, or have built for others, while there's a couple of places for standoffs, are too far away. One has to place a solid piece of foam or other material (other than metal), just to be able to plug in the main power cable w/out warping the MB. Not all are flexible, some may break w/out support.
Overall Review: Yes, I recommend this case, for the right build (not for gaming). One can build a nice general usage, home office or business office PC with the Rosewill FBM-X1. Yet as nice as a build as I done with this case, and did get it done, this is my last one of this size. Not due to the quality of case (as mentioned in Pros), rather my hands are a little large & it required twice the time versus a mid-tower build. One must do a lot of ahead planning, of which I did some, yet nowhere near enough. Had to backtrack a few times, was used to having more room, so didn't think (as always) to plug in my USB & front Audio cables until nearly through. In a mid-tower, this would be zero issue for me, the room would be there. I had to remove the GPU (MSI GTX 960 reference design) to plug these in. This is why planning, planning & more planning is vital to success with the FBM-X1. It's a great case for general usage needs, yet one must really think this one out well & do as much as possible ahead of time. In summary, while I like the build & features of the Rosewill FBM-X1, this is my last mini tower build. Yet it went well overall, and due to the quality of the case, am not docking an egg. One cannot ask for more case features in the $19.99-24.99 range. The Build: ASRock 970M Pro3 AMD AM3+ Motherboard FX-6300 CPU 16GB (8GB x2) DDR3-1866 MHz Kingston HyperX RAM MSI 2GD5 GTX 960 GPU (Reference Design) EVGA 550W B3 (Bronze) GPU, 150mm size ASUS DVD/CD RW Optical Drive Four hours of my Time, Love & scraped knuckles!
Runs fine in secondary notebook (for now)!
Pros: I chose Crucial for this upgrade not only due to price, have purchased a few other of their SSD's (& RAM), no issues. Their Crucial Executive tool is all one needs to manage the drive, plus all of my older ones except the first, which by chance was my 1st SSD (Crucial m4). If needed, Crucial has their version of Acronis True Image for a clone. However I've been using Macrium Reflect Free for the purpose for 6 years & until it's broken, won't change. It aligns the SSD (or HDD) during clone, even with very old models. As usual for Crucial, packaged well, kind of minimal compared to some, yet they make sure the SSD is protected. Documentation & links are included.
Overall Review: After purchase (steep promo), I read a few reviews of this SSD & learned this this is a DRAM (less) unit, meaning there's no true RAM installed. My intentions was to get hold of ShopRunner to initiate a return before it arrived due to this reason. Yet I kept the SSD because it's in a notebook that'll be booted at best, once monthly, if it were my main system, would had went back unopened, to include the Newegg packaging. They didn't state that this SSD had no true RAM installed, running on Flash chips alone, no way would this last with my normal PC usage (over 12 hours daily & when cleaning, usually over 500MB of Google Internet files alone). Therefore, I cannot recommend this item for one's main or only system. There are better choices in the size range for $15-20, sometimes on promo for just $5-10 more. Being this SSD is in a SATA-2 notebook & will accumulate less than 30 days usage for the duration of the warranty, I ate the loss & from now on (as usual) will check out promos before pulling the trigger. The reason why I didn't here, was I never imagined that Crucial, of all corporations, would build & sell a SSD w/out physical DRAM. Please don't take my word for it, Google search this SSD model & you'll see, the ones from last year are 2x faster on many depth charts. But for a notebook that'll only be booted to keep Windows & the software updated, I guess it'll do. Five eggs for Newegg due to their fast delivery (actually due to my ShopRunner benefit) & minus five for Crucial for doing this to their loyal customers. Since I can't give the rating I want (2.5), will up to 3. It's still hard for me to digest that Crucial is too broke to provide DRAM on their SSD's, and at least make it prominent if otherwise. You've been warned, stay away from this SSD, unless sticking in a computer to sell. If used hard, I doubt it'll outlast the warranty, which was exactly why I turned around & purchased a SquareTrade one on it from the link provided on invoice as a 'just in case' measure.
1st set so great, ordered another to stuff Haswell PC at 32GB!
Pros: GSKILL is the Best, have been purchasing the brand almost exclusively since Black Friday 2011, have had to RMA only one kit, turnaround time was fast! These plays a part in why I prefer GSKILL. For the money (at this time in late 2018), these are an unbeatable value. 1st set as $99, 2nd $89! DDR3 1866 RAM is likely easier on the controllers versus 2400MHz kits, yet more responsive than the usual 1600MHz kits. These kits are running like a champ in a i5-4690K system, ASUS Z97 PRO Gamer MB. Keep in mind to get the 1866MHz speed, to set XMP in the Intel UEFI (can be Profile #1 or 2, makes no difference in my system). XMP option likely not available on most OEM systems, so choose wisely. As usual with GSKILL, the packaging is the best! May seem to be a meek point, however, it's imperative that the modules not shift in the package, being packed tight ensures there's no sliding around & can be reused to store your removed RAM, if upgrading. I always retain the packaging for just in the rare case an RMA becomes needed. With the tall & heavy heatsinks provided, no way will these run hot, plus makes install a breeze. Color scheme matches the ASUS MB, as well as my Rosewill GUNGNIR X case fan lights, all red (a pro for me!). GSKILL's Lifetime warranty is among the best in the business! While there's 2nd tier brands which declares the same, some are here today, gone tomorrow, no worries with GSKILL honoring warranty. I cannot recommend GSKILL enough, they're the best in the business & will bend over backwards at finding solutions for their customers. Even in the rare event where some OEM computers (such as Intel Q33/35 & Q43/45, among others) can't use any DDR3 GSKILL set, they'll point you in the right direction. Other than what I've stated above, while I could rattle on about Pros, no need to. This is simply put, an outstanding RAM kit & if needed, grab while on promo (more in "Other').
Overall Review: At current promo pricing, one cannot beat the value of this GSKILL Ripjaws X 16GB RAM kit. With DDR3 now being last gen, production has likely ceased (or greatly slowed) in favor of DDR4. Eventually as backstock clears, will become expensive & hard to find new kits in the not too distant future. Some may say there's not a noticeable performance gain, if upgrading from DDR3 1600MHz or lower, yet there is & voltage remains the same. There's no question if building new (or reusing a good MB/CPU) that the 1866MHz kits are worth the extra (if any) cash. Am very happy with my G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL kits, glad I check my Newegg promos closely. I believe you'll be too, and highly recommend this kit, as well as the GSKILL brand in general, to everyone who wants a smooth running computer. Buy yours now, while available!
Cooling OC'd i5-4690K system at 4.2GHz with ease, w/out scraped knuckles!
Pros: When compared to Noctua's larger twin tower coolers, such as the NH-D15 (of which I have running on a i7-4790K system), this is a breeze to install! About 15 minutes of work for one who has built (or upgraded) systems to Noctua CPU coolers, provided there's an opening behind the MB to install the Noctua backplate (many AMD AM3/AM3+ owners won't need this step). Perhaps best of all, no scraped knuckles from having to remove a center fan of a NH-D15 (or similar) to install! Clearance is better than some similar looking Cooler Master CPU coolers, another of which I own & had to swap to the same fan the NH-U12S has. In other words, after the fan upgrade, could be owning another of these, for less. Plus as mentioned about clearance, this gives a bit more room to work with, in a not so roomy Rosewill GUNGNIR X mid tower case. Much more so versus the NH-D15, which likely wouldn't fit & if it did, (most of) the rest of the system had best be pre-assembled, including the cooler. The Noctua NH-U12S is simply a very effective cooler at an affordable price. As usual with Noctua coolers & for those who has owned one or more, the NH-U12S package is well organized & tightly packed, to prevent shifting & the cooler itself is padded to prevent damage. Plus the usual goodies which the rest of the Noctua family has, their own NT-H1 thermal paste, enough for 10-12 clean/repaste jobs (less is more), plus for installing this one. A PWM splitter if needed, and well organized. When opening the package, it's immediately obvious which box of small assembly parts to open, be it AMD or Intel. Most AMD owners won't need the rear backplate, as there's (usually) already a metal one installed on the back of the MB. In this case, the install will be a 10 minute upgrade! For those who desires to add an extra NF-12 PWM fan, an extra set of clips are in the box. However, in my usage of Noctua coolers, the extra fan usually isn't needed, at best, knocking off 1-2C for $20. Overclockers will be those who truly sees the difference by the addition of a 2nd fan. If so, be sure to install in the same direction as the included one, the hot air dispensed should be pointing towards the exhaust. BTW, mine's set to run at 100% all the time & can barely hear the 120mm NF-12 fan running. Even with my i5-4690K running at 4.2GHz synced across all cores (0.7GHz higher than base) and only the single fan, max temps usually in mid to upper 50's, lower 60's during a rare Prime95 run. Idle is around 26-28C. When needed, I keep a couple extra NF-12 fans hand to be prepared. 6 year warranty, so for those who runs a 24/7 system, or 12-16 hour days, no worries, Noctua has you covered with their generous protection. This is one of the initial reasons why I first went to Noctua. Pay a little more now, spend less down the road. Basically, other then cleaning and a repaste every 2-3 years, the NH-U12S is plug & play!
Cons: As usual with Noctua, no bugs or defects, so no cons!
Overall Review: Yes, I would purchase the Noctua NH-U12S again (will upgrade a couple more PC's in the upcoming months) & I recommend this cooler to anyone where it fits inside of the case. Be sure to measure from the bare CPU to the case door to determine compatibility. Finally, for now, the Noctua NH-U12S has kept me from having to delid the i5-4690K, hopefully until it's time to clean & repaste the unit. Had I known of the power of the NH-U12S, probably would be in my i7-4790K system, although being overclocked, with the extra NF-12 PWM case fan. I believe it would do just as well of a job for less cash & will be using this cooler with most any system from here on out, provided it fits the case. Better yet, will make sure any case purchased will work with this outstanding CPU cooler! Purchase & enjoy your Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler, just as I am. As long as case is well ventilated & paste properly applied (not too much), make hot running CPU's a thing of the past!
Slowest Shipper I've dealt with in the US! Held my package for a week.
I cannot recommend BeachAudio to anyone, unless there's no other choice. I should had paid the extra dollar & had Newegg deliver the item. It's unbelievable, they had my tracking number w/out any movement for a week (from one Friday to the next!). While I can understand BeachAudio taking NewYear off for a holiday (which was on the following Tuesday), they could had dropped the package off on Monday & I'd have had it in 2-3 days. It would had fit in the smallest bubble envelope they had & wouldn't had exceeded $1 in cost to ship. The item weighed less than the cost of two US 1st Class postage stamps, BeachAudio could had done a lot better, I'll never buy from that Marketplace seller again & by Never, I mean just that! Worst service I've ever had for such a small item shipped domestically.
Best alternative Cooler where the NH-DI5 doesn't fit!
Yes, I recommend both this item (Noctua NH-D9L) & Seller to others. Packaging was Noctua's usual standard, which is way above the rest for air coolers, the best available. One of the touches (among several), was that rather than a sheet of paper with a dozen languages which requires a magnifying glass to read (& hope to figure out), Noctua has a separate color instruction sheet for each, there's simple Intel & AMD instructions & the brand's components (other than those common to both) are separated. Everything that's needed to install cooler is included in package, other than (in rare cases) when an AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ backplate isn't preinstalled (probably more of an issue on an OEM PC). In this instance, let Noctua know & they'll send a backplate at no charge (with proof of purchase). The entire packaging & quality reeks of premium! No way will the cooler become damaged in transit (it's packed that well), unless the package falls & ran over.;-) In the unlikely event of damage, Newegg or Noctua will send another. A reminder, be sure to take pics beginning with unopened package if there's any dents or holes in the outer box. A video with smartphone is even better documentation. Should be a 30 minute job tops & this includes removing the AMD OEM cooler plastic retaining clips (be sure to save for if needed again), also for AMD, can reuse the already installed backplate, of which those plastic retaining clips screws into. Be careful not to let it drop and slide down the MB, it will if standing upright. Have access to the backplate before removing the screws & have the Noctua retaining components ready to install, will be a timesaver. If possible, have another person hold the AMD backplate during removal of their components & hold until installing the Noctua ones. Be sure NOT to use too much thermal paste (less is more), the included tube will do at least 5-6 CPU's, plus as many GPU's. Unlike many other brands, Noctua includes one of the top rated thermal paste choices in their own NT-H1. This 'sample' tube is nearly as large as the smallest retail one available & if for nothing else, can move the NH-D9L into several computers (many enthusiasts are constantly upgrading hardware) & have more than enough paste for these later jobs. For those who cannot fit a Noctua larger model cooler in the PC, the NH-D9L 92mm is simply put, a mini NH-D15 (or similar cooler of the Noctua brand), making for an easier install. Used the provided two fan clips to install another Noctua NF-A9 PWM fan, my overclocked FX-8370 is running cooler than both the AMD Wraith RGB cooler included with the CPU, as well as a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO with Noctua Industrial series iPPC fan running at 3,000 rpm (all purchased at Newegg), which produced just as good results (& less noise) at 2,000 rpm, yet still barely cooler than the Wraith Cooler (wasn't worth the effort). Therefore it came as no surprise when the Noctua NH-D9L performed the best out of all on my AMD system. Cannot force the FX-8370 to run warmer than 42C, even with a 6 hour Prime95 run (the app is recommended to ensure a stable OC), was going to purchase this item once before, some commenters stated it wouldn't fit in my Dell XPS 8700. So ended paying more due to having to buy a Cooler Master model & replacing the fan with the same NF-A9 included with this one, then had to resort to using SpeedFan to control speed, all fans were locked at a max of 808rpm. Can also be used in larger PC cases where one needs/desires more intake/exhaust airflow, the Noctua NH-D9L with it's smaller size, won't block the natural flow of air. Only with extreme overclocking would a larger unit be beneficial in large towers. The only con in this regard would be the 92mm fan(s) producing slightly more noise over the NH-D15 or similar model (NH-D14 & others). If the case has sound dampening, may not be noticed, unless the fans are set to run in constant Turbo Mode. I highly recommend the purchase of another Noctua NF-A9 fan to add to this cooler, especially on an overclocked CPU. Not only does it work on mine, also is said to cool the i7-4790K & other popular CPU's in tight cases where a low profile cooler is the only choice. Will likely purchase another soon to cool my i5-4690K system to replace my current one. Don't let the small size fool you, with nickel plated copper, as good as many others & better than many of other brands. Maybe best of all, carries the same 6 year warranty as Noctua's larger models. Wow, what a review over a cooler! Didn't get this worked up over my NH-D15S, of which I added the exact same included 140mm cooler to make it into a NH-D15. That's what's cooling this PC with i7-4790K installed. All of which were purchased on Newegg. Final words & conclusion, I'd purchase the Noctua NH-D9L again from Newegg & I recommend the product & Seller to anyone where a large AIO air cooler is too tight of a fit. So look no further, make the Noctua NH-D9L yours!
Newegg Delivers the Goods!
As always, Newegg is among the (if not the) best in the computer hardware business. Great variety of products, excellent customer service. One minor con, while Newegg does their best to deliver products in a timely manner, the speed of delivery varies from one warehouse to the next. So one may have luck of the draw with free shipping & get the item in 2-3 business days, sometimes may be 7-10 days. That's no issue if the item isn't an immediate need, however it would be great if shipping were consistent between all warehouses. Other than that, have been a Newegg customer for going on 8 years & am generally happy with their service. However due to a prior bad experience, will never buy another motherboard from the site, nor recommend to others. Issue has been long settled, I suppose a happy medium for both, parties, yet left a sour taste in my mouth forever. However, that doesn't prevent me from purchasing other items from Newegg & will continue to do so. Am happy with the Noctua NF-A14 recently purchased.