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5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for X99 Haswell-E Systems 02/05/2017

This review is from: Ballistix Elite 16GB Kit (4GB x 4) DDR4 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600) DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLE4K4G4D32AEEA

Pros: I found this Memory kit to be high quality and fully functional at the rated timings for the 3200 data rate. I am running this on an ASUS X99 Deluxe II, and simply set it up with the XMP profile in the BIOS, and everything worked fine. I double checked the speeds with CPU-Z and AIDA64 software. The heat-spreaders are a very heavy black anodized aluminum and they look much better in person than in the photos and the modules are quite heavy. Also, the top of the heat-spreader can be removed if needed for a little more clearance if you have a big air cooler. You will need a very tiny phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws.

Cons: I cannot really think of a "con" here. It works as advertised, looks great, and the price was right.

Other Thoughts: A number of points to keep in mind.
This kit is probably not optimal for Z170 or Z270 Motherboards. You could probably get it to work, but you would be optimizing the timings manually in the BIOS, and not through XMP. These are set up for an X99 Haswell-E system.
Also, NEWEGG has the listed XMP timing wrong, as it is 16-18-18-36, and not the 16-16-16 as shown here, unless NEWEGG corrects the listing.
I believe that these RAM modules are actually using Micron chips, (which makes sense), but Crucial has used Samsung chips on occasion too. These modules run strong, and in running AIDA64 memory benchmark, they actually rated slightly better then a really expensive competitors kit at the same timings. I needed to purchase these Modules to give me a little more clearance for a new air cooled heatsink I purchased, and I felt these were a terrific value.
When set up in XMP, these RAM modules are running close to the top of the range for the X99 Haswell-E capabilities. The Broadwell-E CPU, Skylake, and Kaby Lake will give you a bit more speed. Yes, you probably can get a little more speed out of these modules, but usually not very much more. I do not feel that these RAM modules, (or any modules at 3200 ddr rate) are worth overclocking further, unless you truly enjoy pushing the hardware. I would buy these again.

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Reeven OURANOS CPU cooler, 140mm fan, INTEL/AMD support
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5 out of 5 eggs Wow, Just Wow 01/21/2017

This review is from: Reeven OURANOS CPU cooler, 140mm fan, INTEL/AMD support

Pros: Tremendous cooling performance from this cooler, on an overclocked i7-5820K CPU. I test ran this Cooler and CPU at 4.5 Ghz at 1.31V and Core temperatures averaging 64 Degrees C. using the AIDA64 Stability Test. (Ambient Temperature about 23 C.). This was in an enclosed albeit well ventilated Computer case. I did observe some occasional peaks to 74 Degrees C, but it never hit 80 Degrees C. I will add that I installed a second fan on the heatsink for my results. While it appears that there is additional headroom to Overclock further, I am not pushing the Voltage higher, and will probably take it down a notch for daily use.
The Reeven heatsink looks good, and has a better fit and finish then some other more expensive coolers have. The installation was relatively straightforward, especially on an X99 series Motherboard. The design really stays away from your RAM, but if you are using a second fan you may have to opt for a 120 mm fan depending on how much clearance you have overall. The Reeven does come with additional wire clips for a 2nd fan. There was about 3/8" clearance from the Heatsink to the backplate of a video card in the 1st slot.
In terms of the "bang for buck" factor here, you are getting "TOP" performance from a very reasonably priced cooler.

Cons: The packaging was not the most protective, although my cooler arrived just fine. The black and yellow colored fan was not going to work for me, so I installed a Corsair ML140 full frame fan, using some old Noctua clips I had laying around.
While it is not mandatory, I would recommend that you install this cooler with the Motherboard out of the case.
One caveat with this cooler, is that there are no spring loaded screws to tension the hold down. It is strictly the force of the retainer bar being tightened up by screws. You need to use some judgement here to make it tight, but not too tight. I am concerned that you could do some damage by overtightening. (Just my opinion).

Other Thoughts: I wanted to explore the option of going with an excellent "Single" tower cooler. I have been using the Noctua NH-D15S, (which is excellent) but it was huge, and I was not overclocking to 4.7 or 4.8 GHZ. Doing the research, I came across a lot of reviews for this Reeven Ouranos and was very impressed. The Noctua NH-U14S was out due to it's height, but the Reeven is only 161mm tall, which gave me clearance. My testing results above were actually a couple of degrees better than running the same test on my Noctua NH-D15S, which I am at a loss to explain nor was I expecting.
In short, I do not think you have to have any qualms about buying this Ouranos heatsink to keep your CPU very cool. The Ouranos really performs, it looks great, and it will not break the bank. (Note: Not a Paid Endorsement).

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GELID Solutions FN-PX09-20 92mm Case cooling
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3 out of 5 eggs These fans are just OK - One of Two fans failing at 4 Months 01/21/2017

This review is from: GELID Solutions FN-PX09-20 92mm Case cooling

Pros: The fans seem to be well made, and do not feel flimsy. The wire lead sheathing is very nice, and of course you can use them in PWM mode off the Motherboard, or you can use them with a 3 pin connection to a DC fan controller. ( I have both, but I will be using them with the 3 pin fan controller.) The aggressive fan pitch will assure decent air movement at lower RPMs. These fans will move some air at full RPM, of course at the trade off of noise. I like the black and white contrast. These also have a 3 year warranty, versus many fans that have just one year. Oh, you also get a nice GELID case sticker to put on your computer. This does seem to be a quality fan. Last, I think the price was good for what seems to be a good quality fan.

Cons: I purchased 2 of these fans, and while they are great fans, I would not call them "Silent". No, they are not loud, but the particular fan bearing that is used does generate some "buzz", and that is with either 4 pin PWM or 3 pin (regular) operation. I also noticed that one of the 2 fans I purchased made a slight "clacking" sound as I held it, and changed the orientation from vertical to horizontal. Again, that points to a fan bearing issue. Also, for any color purists out there, the "white" fan blades are really kind of an off white, or a very light grey in color and not porcelain white.

Other Thoughts: Update Jan 2017. Within 4 Months, I had lost the RPM signal from one of the two fans, and the same fan had developed "rough" bearing noises. Despite the Warranty, I just went and replaced these two fans with a different and much more expensive brand. Problem solved.

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