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This review is from: QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II 27" QHD Samsung PLS Matte Panel PC Monitor
Pros: My monitor arrived with no dead pixels or obvious backlight bleed.
2560x1440@27" resolution is noticeably finer than 1920x1080@24".
Viewing angles and colors on this monitor are vastly superior compared to my ASUS VG248.
The picture quality on this monitor is excellent. I'm able to overclock it to 85 Hz with no artifacting. I have a GTX980. At higher refresh rates, some areas in the right area of the screen would become corrupted. 85 Hz is very good regardless - VR headsets are using 90 Hz to eliminate nausea, and before that they used 75 (which mostly worked).
The monitor has VESA mount screws for using your own stand (you'll probably want to do this).
The screen is light, which is fine by me, though I also wouldn't hit it with blunt objects.. but why would you do that anyway?
The shipping was very well done, with plenty of foam and even an added outer 'wrapper' of cardboard.
The monitor is cheap compared to others, especially when it's on sale.
Cons: Ghosting is definitely worse on this monitor compared to my ASUS VG248. Refresh rate on the QNIX maxes out for me at 'only' 85 Hz, although I don't think I notice any difference compared to 144 Hz (maybe, but it could be my imagination.. need a double blind test).
The included stand is basically useless. Maybe some of them at least have adjustable tilt, but mine doesn't and is permanently tilted upwards at about 15 or 20 degrees. Pretty bizarre.
If you want to use your own stand, part of the monitor's built-in stand is not removable unless you take apart the case, voiding the warranty. Fortunately, the 3rd party stand I have has enough depth that I can just leave the built-in part in without any issue.
The monitor has no onscreen menu at all. The only adjustment is brightness via dedicated buttons. I understand the speakers are horrible, and you can only hook them up with a good ole RCA cable. I don't use monitor speakers so I'm not even going to test them.
The only video connector on the monitor is a Dual DVI connector. If your GPU doesn't support Dual DVI (it's basically DVI with all the pins.. 'basic' DVI only uses about half), then this monitor will not work, period.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I would definitely recommend this monitor to people who want 2560x1440, deep colors, and near-180 degree viewing angles, as long as they know that they must have Dual DVI on their GPU and that the monitor has virtually no user-configurable settings. If you're willing to mess with refresh rate overclocking, you can even get at least 85 Hz out of it.
For the twitchiest of the twitch first person shooters, this may not be the best monitor, since ghosting is noticeably stronger compared to TFT monitors (with their horrible viewing angles and relatively mediocre colors).
Also, this monitor will display resolutions other than native (2560x1440). Some comments on the Internet had made me wonder, but I bought it anyway, because that's all I'll be running in anyway.
Overall, this monitor is a good one, and the low price makes it all the better!
This review is from: ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Inexpensive, yet supports all 1155 CPUs. Small size, easily fits into a multitude of cases, including media-type boxes. Includes Intel's Safe Business tech if you want that.
Cons: Not a lot of external ports. Only one SATA3 port. No USB3 front port connector. Doesn't support overclocking in any meaningful way.
Other Thoughts: This motherboard is great if you want a basic 1155-supporting board and don't want to overclock.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, yet almost as effective as more expensive coolers, especially with lower levels of overclocking.
Rear bracket mounts to motherboard, making it easier to install the main heatsink on top.
Includes one fan and has the clips, screws, and rubber isolating pads for another fan if you want a push/pull setup.
Cons: The instructions are very basic, but they do show you what to do. I wasn't sure how the heatsink would stay on the mount at first, but it works. Having three hands would be nice but it's doable once you figure it out :)
The heatsink barely clears one of my DDR sticks - if I had tall-heatsink RAM I'd have to move it (it only overhangs one RAM slot). If you had four sticks, you might be stuck. This is on an ASRock Z75 Pro3 motherboard.
Similarly if you have a side fan that's up near the CPU, you may need to remove the fan - I have a side fan, but it's positioned lower, so I'm okay.
Other Thoughts: I was running an Ivy i5-3570K at 4.2GHz (42x) and was getting 65C CPU temps on the stock cooler, in a well-ventilated case (5 fans on low/med).
With this cooler, I'm able to run at 40C at 43x at stock voltage. I know I could go higher with more voltage, but I don't like increasing voltage on CPUs.
I suggest orienting the heatsink and fan to blow upwards through the heatsink if you have an exhaust fan on top. It's making a difference in my setup.
Make sure you install everything else before installing this, and make sure it will fit your case beforehand. In particular, people with four large-heatsinked DDR sticks might want to find another cooler.
Overall though, if this cooler fits your system (it should fit the majority), I highly recommend it. It's perfect for anyone who wants to overclock, yet isn't trying to ultra-max their CPU, or for someone who just wants something (much) better than the stock cooler.