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ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great results w/ R9 290x + NZXT g10 + new fans 07/21/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: Fairly quiet from low to 1500 rpm
Cheapest asetek based cooler after rebate.
Radiator is shallow and easy to mount in midtowers
PWM fan included
On start up pump is audible and indicates it is working.

Cons: No Specifications on fan
comes with only 1 fan without a zalman option to get another.
Prepasted (decent paste though)
Min fan speed is not practical b/c radiator near scalding hot.
No indicator for pump function on this model.

Other Thoughts: Using this cooler with a NZXT g10 bracket attached to an R9 290x reference card. results as follows
Before upgrade
Generic cramped mid tower case: r9 290x reference cooler uber profile 92*C gpu stock of 1000mhz throttled to 940-970mhz

AIO cooling added:
Generic mid tower case, original zalman fan, r9 290x ran 78*C with fan at 100% during torture bench. 1100,hz OC

Final upgrade:
corsair 540 case, push pull sp120 high pro pwm 2x fans at 70-85% using gpu fan profile. GPU 60*C stress test @ 1110mhz core.

ambient temp 26-27*C (80s)

Patriot Pyro 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Gets- near advertised speeds using Free ATTO benchmark (recommended by patriot)

*Boot times are abit more than 2 times faster using this drive.

* Many parts are made and assembled in the USA! thus the brand name. Some parts are maid in Taiwan.

*Pretty much plug and Play with my motherboard

*Everything is pretty much faster, games are smoother

*happy with this drive so far

*Most affordable Sandforce 2281 SSD

Cons: * Random seek/transfer benchmarks lower than other drives with the SF-2200 controller (Likely due to budget asynchronous ram)

* Instructions limited to physical installation of the drive. No recommended set up instructions such as updating firmwire, no manual what so ever.

*Not so much as a con, rather an inconvenience, but there is no mount rack (2.5 to 3.5) as others stated [see other thoughts]

*Not a big Track record for reliability

Other Thoughts: Final rating 4.5 rounded to 5 eggs

I dont hold any of the cons against this drive since the drive itself is great for the price.

tip 1: mounting: I used a silverstone 2.5 to3.5 and it works great, is cheap,and it can fit 2 drives on one mount!

Tip 2:of you do buy this drive: DO NOT UPDATE FIRMWARE TO 3.2.0. there are issues with it. luckily I failed to update it because it could not see my drive, but it sure caused more promblems then it fixed anyways

Tip 3: there are instructions online which I used to move user folders to your storage drive i.e (HDD). You dont want your temporary internet/downloads/pictures on your boot drive. it will severely impact the performance of your system over time. its not hard but it is a long process for new users (took me about 2 hrs).

Tip 4: Make sure your bios is up to date before installing the drive

System specs:
Intel 2500k i5
8gb corsair ram @ 1600mhz
Asus P8P67 rev 3.0 motherboard
HD 4890 videocard
samsung 2TB HDD

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compatability is good
Spec speeds
Price- Not the most pricey, but not the cheapest
Rebates are pretty fast

Cons: Worked for about 2 months, then had a bunch of crashes and blue screens.

Other Thoughts: I ran memtest, 1 stick passed w/ 0 errors.
the other stick had over 1million and only got to 54% of the pass before my computer froze.

I had similar problems with corsair in the past with DDR2 nominator memory.

I have built 5 systems with corsair memory in my life time and it seems that their quality has deteriorated in the past 2 years. but maybe I was unlucky. I wont be giving corsair the benefit of the doubt anymore after these past 2 purchases from corsair. Next system will be corsair free.


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Display Name: tran c.

Date Joined: 04/16/08

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 09/12/08
  • Last Review: 07/21/14
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