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ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, Multi-Directional Mount, 92mm PWM Fan
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1 out of 5 eggs Will not work properly on AMD processor. 11/20/2014

This review is from: ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, Multi-Directional Mount, 92mm PWM Fan

Pros: None. It will not install properly on an AM3+ processor.

Cons: This cooler was designed to be installed on an Intel processor. I installed it on an AMD FX 8320 processor using the provided brackets, and, when I attempted to boot the system, the processor very quickly heated up to 72 degrees plus and the system shut down. I removed the cooler, installed new paste (Arctic MX2) with the same results. I removed the cooler, which looks similar to the Arctic 64 that I have used on other builds but has the crummy bracket. (Incidentally, the bracket interfered with one DIMM, so I trimmed the cage a bit and cracked it in the process. That's why I didn't RMA the thing. It's j**k. It was j**k to start with, so now it's shelf art.)

Next, I cleaned up the processor and the cooler and installed the stock cooler from AMD, which has a proper bracket. Everything has been running nice and quiet and cool ever since.

The reasons I bought this cooler were because reviewers here had assured me that the stock cooler was too noisy and because my Arctic 64 has worked well for years in another build.

It's not too noisy. Save your money and use the stock AMD cooler.

ASUS VX279Q Black 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This monitor, with its latest-technology AH-IPS panel, is a stellar performer at a not-much-higher than entry-level price. If you're presently using, as I was, a 24-inch monitor with 1920x1080 resolution and wondering why you find yourself leaning toward the monitor to read text, buy one of these and you'll see why 27 inches is the sweet spot for 1920x1080. This monitor makes my not-so-old Asus ML249H, with its MVA panel, look like hell.

I use it for photo and video editing, and it's made my life much easier.

Cons: No VESA mount if that's your thing.

Other Thoughts: My eyestrain is gone. I have no idea about the quality of the speakers, but they don't occupy any front panel real estate.

ZOTAC Synergy GeForce GT 630 DirectX 11 ZT-60403-10L 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It wasn't as fast as I had hoped. I should have bought a GT 660 or faster card.

Cons: It died, at about 32 days after installation. iI removed it and installed an older card, and the computer ran just fine for a week or two, but slowly. I reinstalled the card, and it worked for about two weeks, then died. I set it aside and today tried to boot the computer with it reinstalled. Dead. So much for Zotac.


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Display Name: David O.

Date Joined: 08/22/04

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 03/02/13
  • Last Review: 11/20/14
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