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Pros: Not much so far
Cons: Two of the Four screw holes misthreaded and stripped in a heartbeat, really cheez-y metal. I've installed hundreds of psu's, I've never seen a manufacturer that couldn't make a decent screw hole.
I've always used Corsair myself, and have never had a problem. Since I'm using an EVGA mobo for this one, so I thought I'd try one of their psu's. NEVER AGAIN.
Other Thoughts: NEVER AGAIN, EVGAREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great price for one of the best coolers around with idle temps around 38 - 40 deg C, and 50 deg C while gaming. I've used the Arctic Accelero Xtreme on other cards, that's why I came back for this project. Absolutely the quietest coolers made. Following installation of this cooler, I saw an immediate 7 deg. drop in GPU temp compared to the GTX 570 HD stock cooler, and a 99% reduction in sound levels. And yes, it does fit the 570 HD nicely.
The back plate definitely works well, you can feel the warmth of it. The included heat conductive pads give a nice amount of coverage, more than adequate. They include a card support brace to compensate for the added weight, which would cost at least $20 if purchased separately
Cons: A big con here is that the support brace doesn't seem to allow for an SLI cable.
The back plate, although extremely effective in keeping the card cool, is heavy. The backplate is also visually obstructive making getting the card in the PCI-express slot a matter of blind luck, literally. On my rig, the fins on card 1 back plate would impinge on the north bridge heatsink, but I used a grinding wheel to grind them down, then painted with power-coat touch-up paint, and replaced the long knurled nuts with standard nuts.
Important to note is that the BACKPLATE DOES NOT NEED TO BE INSTALLED, although Arctic doesn't include any ram sinks, so without the backplate you'll need to supply your own (try Enzotech BCC9 low profile copper vga heatsinks for the power transistors, and Enzotech BMR-C1 for the 10 memory chips, remove the adhesive pads, clean with methyl ethyl ketone, and permanently glue them on with Arctic alumina or copper thermal glue).
Even if you don't install the backplate, the long knurled nuts stick out about an inch out from the back, which will no doubt cause problems with the north bridge. What do I mean by "long" knurled nuts? Think of a long motherboard standoff, and that'll be close. Fortunately, the studs these knurled nuts screw on to are short enough not to cause any problems and require no alteration, at least for a G1.Assassin v1 mobo.
Combining the backplate with copper sinks directly on the chips gives amazing results.
Other Thoughts: Due to the backplate fins and long fastening nut obstructions, be prepared to either replace, or do some machining of, the knurled nuts (even if not using the backplate) with a hacksaw or band saw, or the nuts AND backplate fins if using the plate (you'll need a grinding wheel). I installed the backplate and added cooper heatsinks on the chips anyway. The results were, for me, worth the effort. The Twin Turbo is much less expensive then the Accelero Xtreme and gives idle temps in the 30's (centigrade) with as close to zero noise as is possible. Arctic fans are highly under-rated, they give great windspeed and are the most quiet fans on the market. They make excellent air-flow fans for case cooling!
A general caution to prospective modders: PC boards become brittle with age. Installing an aftermarket cooler such as the Arctic Twin Turbo is stressful to the card, so be EXTRA careful when working with cards that have been installed and working for 6 months or more. I've modded a dozen cards with Arctic coolers, and only had 1 failure, but that's one more than I'd like. If possible, install aftermarket coolers on graphics cards while they are sill NEW.
Pros: The drive works fine. Fast, very stable. I was using an OCZ 256GB, but after exactly two years to the day it started to go. This Samsung arrived just in the nick of time, the OCZ failed the same day!
Other Thoughts: The drive wants it's drive letter to be below "H", or thereabout. I inadvertently tried to install Windows while a chip reader was connected, which occupied all the low drive letters, and the installer could not find the SSD. Once I disco'd the chip reader, the SSD showed up no problem.READ FULL REVIEW