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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 version)
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fan worked for 30 days before making sounds of imminent failure.

Cons: I bought this in Korea. Newegg doesn't ship internationally, but after I had an issue with the part and the local retailer was unhelpful...I figured I could get in touch with Zalman and get a refund so I came here to search for a contact number and some info. That is when I saw it: 30 day limited warranty.

That is right.... This hunk of junk has a 30 day limited warranty. Buyer beware. I'd always choose Cooler Master anyway, but it just wasn't available over here.

I didn't realize you could sell things in 2014 with a 30 day warranty and stay in business.

PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11.1 AX7950 3GBD5-2DHV5E 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I've been afraid of PowerColor in the past. It seems like consumers always rate them a little under Sapphire, MSI, or Gigabyte offerings. However, when swapping this card out with my previous Gigabyte 7870, I was impressed. The heft and build quality of the heatsink and fans of this PowerColor design were clearly superior to the Gigabyte.

Upon booting the card was just as silent as the previous 3 fan design from Gigabyte.

Overclocked to 1ghz easily with Afterburner and has been 100% stable.

Afterburner showed 37c idle and I haven't seen over 55c with my usual load. Never saw a fan speed over 35% either.

Usual load: Mulitple copies of WoW. Skyrim with a few mods, Civ5, Starcraft II, Path of Exile, Diablo III while streaming HD videos on 2nd monitor is my typical load.

Cons: PowerColor's PowerUp Tuner would only install in Japanese???? So I used MSI Afterburner.

Other Thoughts: I know this isn't a giant step up from the 7870 I had but I ordered this when it was 150.00 after rebate. Sold my old 7870 to a friend for 100.00. I'll turn over the 3 game card as well for 25. So, for 25 dollars the upgrade wasn't something I could pass up.

I think this card is easily still worth 200-230 given AMDs new pricing scheme for the R9-270 (200.00) and 280 (300.00).

KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've been using this since July 2010. Such a great power supply.

No issues whatsoever, powering 7870 x2 and a bunch of HDDs and SSDs.

This thing must have some beast capacitors in it, if the power blinks off during a storm or something, all other computers in my house lose power but this thing keeps me powered on for that split second with no reboot. I'm mystified, but I've experienced this several times over the past 3 years.

Cons: Blue lights, I'm not 7 okay...can we stop illuminating computer components?

Other Thoughts: I would buy again


Thomas C.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas C.

Date Joined: 12/28/07

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/04/11
  • Last Review: 07/08/14
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