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This review is from: ZALMAN Reserator 3 MAX Ultimate Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
Pros: Easy enough to install (though there is a caveat for switching motherboards, see cons), and it can be made push-pull with the fans. Initially this kept my amd fx-9590 below 70 C at full load, but the processor was never overly stable.
Cons: If one switched motherboards, the plastic mounting supports that go between the mobo and the mounting plate are not easily removed and will not stick to the new motherboard. This is a problem with most all of the mounting brackets for AM3+ though.
More problematic was after about 9 months it stopped working. This manifested as the computer turning on, the boot code on the mobo getting to FF and then the computer shutting off. I swapped out the mobo and the proc (FX-8320) and both did the same thing. Once I put an HSF on the 8320 everything has worked fine since.
This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler
Pros: First I should note that I did not use the thermal pads, I used thermal epoxy from AC TwinTurbo units I had left over.
This dropped the temps on my LTC mining XFX 7950 from 75-80 C to 50-55C, and an XFX 7970 from 79-84 C to 60-64 C.
Cons: These may not work with Sapphire 7950s because the gpu sits too far below the metal support on the car (conversely, the copper step on the heatsink does not protrude far enough).
Other Thoughts: I would like to see far better heatsinks because the ram and vrm get exceedingly hot. I took several 70x70 mm heatsinks from Enzotech and cut them into strips 3 or 4 fins wide (3 works perfectly for the vrms). I am also going to try Enzotech mosfet heatsinks and shorten them (14 mm or less).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RDRD-11006 3.5" HDD Mounting Kit for 5.25" Drive Bay
Pros: These have plenty of options for mounting holes on the interior.
Cons: The external holes are tapped for the metric fine-threaded screws used to mount cdroms. This is inconvenient and it would be much easier to install if they had the standard HD screw threads.READ FULL REVIEW