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5 out of 5 eggs The next step up is watercooling. 10/04/2016

This review is from: Prolimatech PRO-MGH-BK CPU Cooler

Pros: Replaced a Hyper 212+ on my FX-8320 and Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0. It's easy to install; much easier than the Hyper 212. Had to dig out my original backplate to install this; luckily I kept it. Used Tuniq TX-4; keeps my 8320 humming along at 4.4Ghz in the low 50s under full load. Fit my motherboard and case well; in fact better than the Hyper 212, since I was able to choose my orientation; which isn't possible with my board and the Hyper 212. I can now access my RAM without removing the cooler.

Cons: Has a slightly concave mating surface. It requires a bit more thermal paste than you might be used to.

Other Thoughts: I'm using Noctua 120mm high static pressure fans in push-pull.

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SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390X DirectX 12 100381NTOCL 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Love it. Replaced a pair of 7950s in Crossfire and don't regret it. 08/24/2016

This review is from: SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390X DirectX 12 100381NTOCL 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card

Pros: I bought this card in January 2016 to replace a pair of Sapphire 7950 boost cards. It benches slightly lower than the pair in 3DMark, but my gaming experience has much improved. Stays cool (under 80C for me), relatively quiet under load, and handles a slight overclock with zero problems. The backplate is a plus; this thing is a tank. I game at 1440p and have since bought a 144Hz freesync panel. Excellent combination. Framerates in DOOM with Vulkan, all settings at max, 1440p, range between 75 and about 100+FPS, and with freesync, the experience is amazing and butter smooth.

Cons: It's huge. I'm running a Cooler Master HAF 192 and had to remove the middle drive cage to fit it. Make sure your power supply is up to the task, and your case is capable of getting rid of hot air quickly. Mine is, so temps and noise are no problem.

Other Thoughts: The introduction of the RX480 has dropped the price on this card. I wouldn't shy away from it if you have the case size to fit it and the power supply to drive it. It's older technology but holds up well and should for quite a while. I'm considering picking up a second one.

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WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
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4 out of 5 eggs Fast for a mechanical HDD, but loud. 04/30/2016

This review is from: WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: This fits the bill for secondary storage. Primary is a 1TB 850 EVO. I use this to store games and Virtual Machines that I don't use all the time. It's worked great in the 6 months that I've used it

Cons: It is LOUD. By far it's the loudest thing in my system, easily audible over 2 200mm fans and 4 120mm fans.

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Matthew B.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew B.

Date Joined: 06/13/01

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 10/09/09
  • Last Review: 10/04/16
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