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The best mobile productivity device I've ever used

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Pros: Performance, Form Factor, Build Quality, High quality functionality as both tablet and laptop, Excellent Stylus integration

Cons: Price, Type cover not included, Battery Life, Windows DPI scaling issues, ... did I mention price?

NOTE: This review is for the core i5 / 256 GB SSD / 8GB ram variant of this tablet, with the type cover. In my opinion, this is the sweet spot configuration and the minimum config necessary to use the Surface Pro 3 as a full laptop replacement. Total cost after tax was $1527 at time of purchase. Here is the TL;DR version, and my conclusion about this device: The Surface Pro 3, when configured optimally, successfully achieves Microsoft's vision of a no-compromises laptop/tablet hybrid and can successfully replace both devices in one excellent machine. Only a sky-high price and a few minor issues hold the device back from perfection. The Good * Performance on the Surface Pro 3 is...
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Excellent upgrade from NH-D14

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Pros: Performance!

Cons: Case limitations, mildly complex installation vs air coolers

I finally decided to upgrade to one of these as an upgrade from my NH-D14. I had been on the fence about doing it, because most reviews don't have the H110 beating an NH-D14 by enough to be worth the $100+ cost of upgrading. However, I finally decided to do it to help quiet my system down at idle (dropped two fans from the NH-D14), and for aesthetic reasons. I'm sure glad I did! My temps dropped by 10-12C compared to my Noctua. WOW. Never expected such a huge improvement from the switch. I believe much of the improvement is that the H110's radiator is further removed from my graphics cards, and as such my CPU temps are affected less from the GPU waste heat. I am using this cooler with a...
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Best custom 7970 so far

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Pros: Great build quality & aesthetics, card is overengineered so you can overclock without fear of a VRM blowing up in a year

Cons: Cards don't seem to be binned... they hit the same OCs that any other custom 7970 hits

I have two of these in crossfire and LOVE them. They're a great card for overclocking. I originally had an XFX DD BE 7970 and sold it when it wouldn't overclock properly in crossfire with a Lightning card due to different clock and voltage limits. I definitely prefer everything about the Lightning to the XFX card, and I really liked the XFX to begin with. Pros: The Lightning is one of the only 7970s at this point that has a custom PCB, which is overengineered and designed for overclocking. Since so much of the value of a 7970 lies in its overclocking potential, it's nice to get a custom card that will let you overvolt safely for long term use. The Twin frozr IV cooler does a great job -...
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Solid 140mm fan

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Pros: Good airflow with decent noise level; red LEDs can look awesome

Cons: Too noisy at full power for silence freaks, red LEDs won't look great with every build

Very happy with these fans so far... I'm using 3 of them as top/rear exhaust in my CM Storm Trooper case and have them hooked up to a Sunbeam fan controller. They move a pretty decent amount of air and do not create tons of noise. They are very noticeable at full power, but they aren't loud per-se. Haven't noticed any clicking on them in a little over a month of use, which I like. If you care about a super-quiet case, make sure you have a fan controller for these. Other than that, I don't have any complaints really. They're nice fans and the red LEDs work great with my case and with any build that can incorporate red into the color scheme.

Nice option for a 38mm thick case fan

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Pros: Moves a good amount of air even at low RPMs

Cons: Much louder than 18 dba at full power

I have four of these fans in my CM Storm trooper case (2x front intake, 2x side intake) and I'm very pleased with them. I have them hooked up to a sunbeam fan controller and at half power they still move decent air but are incredibly quiet. At full power, they are definitely loud... to my ear they sound more like 30 dba than 18. However, they're not so-loud-it's-unbearable... they're just loud enough that you should make sure you either have a fan controller or a low noise adapter; you would not want to run these things 24/7 at full power. Definitely nowhere near the headache inducing levels of some of the noisier fans out there though (Scythe Ultra Kaze / Delta fans / Tornado fans). I...
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