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This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Pros: It's Super Effective! I've actually got the fan throttled down to half power, and it keeps my CPU nice and cool (below 40*) at idle and up to moderate usage. Kicks up to the 60s during gaming and heavy loads.
Cons: Those copper fins are SHARP! Wound up with my fair share of cuts on my fingers trying to apply enough pressure to get the screws set on the bracket.
The installation instructions are a little lacking, and you're given 4 screws for the cross-brace to hold the cooler to the bracket when you only need 2.
Other Thoughts: Includes enough thermal paste for a CPU or two, if you don't want to buy your own.
3 Years Later: Why come back and edit an old review after 3 years of use? Because I finally figured out what is rattling in my case since the day I built it - and it's this heatsink. Due to the way the heatsink/fan combo mounts to the CPU, it's never fully locked in place. For me, the whole heatsink/fan unit can rotate a few degrees on top of the CPU, which is just enough to put a wobble into the whole thing from the fan under load. Not only does the fan get loud under heavy load, but it causes a loud vibration.
It was great for the price, but I'm planning to replace the whole thing with a liquid unit soon enough.
Pros: Hey, it's a DVD drive! It plays DVDs! It has SATA! It's super cheap!
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Great board, with a very clean layout. Great price for the features that you get with it.
Cons: Everything (except the SATA 3g/s ports and those on the I/O shield) is black. Gets a little confusing trying to figure out which of the 4 DIMM banks are paired together, where other boards would use two different colors (or even text on the board) to show. Labeled as A1, A2, B1, B2 in the manual, and the pairs are the numbers, not the letters.READ FULL REVIEW