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This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler
Pros: Very rectangular shaped heatsink. I like how it has clips for both sides provided (unlike some other brands that work with two fans but only give you one clip and somehow you need to find another clip!). I use the fan resistor and that keeps it much quieter (I am picky with silence so I will mention it is a little louder than my 4 Cougar case fans :) ), and it still maintains the same temp (around 46C no load with FX-8150). It has a very smooth and flat copper bottom plate that covers almost the whole CPU die which is wonderful. The mounting bracket (for AMD) is quite easy to use, you just need to get the little plastic things on the right way, and the little sticky thing is not necessary so you can get rid of it. It holds the sink on very firmly and allows for adjusting to just the right level of tightness. The plastic things do a good job of keeping a space between the plate and motherboard so nothing gets fried (and it is black painted to add extra avoidance of a zap). Top quality!
Cons: It blocks a RAM slot on a very well RAM spaced motherboard. And yes, I have the shorter side of the heatsink facing the RAM and the longer end facing the back of the case. I expected this when getting a larger heatsink, and AMD RAM runs in dual channel mode only, so I moved both of the RAM sticks to slot 2 and 4 from 1 and 3 and they still function perfectly. I mean, dual sticks come well priced up to 16gb which about the max you really need. unless you are filling all your slots with 8gb sticks or you use an Intel board with Quad channel there is really no RAM problem. Also, it is a given that electronics manuals are a joke, so I will help you out. You need to put the little female screw things in the holes BEFORE you slide the 4 plastic hole things on the back plate. The long allen wrench works perfectly and you just need to press a little to flext the screw on the top bar into the threads to catch and you will be fine after that. I $crewed them in to about 1mm of space left.
Other Thoughts: As expected, I apent 2 hours just disassembling my entire computer just to install the sink. I like the ones that use the standard AMD clippy thing but I understand the weight on this is a bit much for that. I would have liked it to run cooler with no load, but it really shines under a load because it does not get much higher with a load so I can understand that. I am using AS. I have used the Zalman paste in another computer and it does its job, but applying it is really difficult because it does not seem to smear as well and is much thinker, but it is nice for those heatsinks that have the copper bars that stick out of the plate and need a thicker coat for conductivity. It works, but with a nice flat plate the thinner spreading ability of AS and trusted realiability is nice. It looks and works great in my Lian Li PC-8NW case and does not hit the optional 120mm PCI cooler and lines up perfectly with my top exhaust fan. I am replacing the fan with a Cougar for a tiny bit more silence:)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
Pros: Quieter than the old fan (Lian-Li used in the 2 bay hard drive box). Pushes a tiny bit more air than the old fan.
Cons: I have to run it at 50-75% to keep it quiet enough for my tastes. It does not push THAT much air but it moves enough and I expected that.
Other Thoughts: I would not use it as a case intake fan but I do not think that was what it was meant for anyways. It is among the better fans for 80mm but you will ahve to pay for more airflow and silence.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SilenX EFX-12-15 120mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan
Pros: This is very quiet given the massive volume of air it puts out. The cables are long enough and the red color is nice (in my opinion). If you are a quiet fan obsessive type like myself, then you can get a fan controller and run it at 80% and you will really silence it to the extreme while pushing out tons of air still!
You will feel the air comoing out of the case, trust me. Actually, when I installed one of these at the back to test, it created a massive vacuum in may case that sounded like a roaring turbine because I still had an old fan at the front of my case that did not pull in air too well (see other thoughts)
N O N E!!!!!!!!
As a continuation to my bottom comments:
Make sure that the amount of air coming out of your case matches the amount of air coming in or else you will hear these due to the vacuum effect. They pull out a lot of air and since many cases have a shielded or inefficient front intake system, you might want to use a fan controller or save this for the front of the case and put a slower fan or no fan in the back. The vacuum potential is possible (showing their very good air flow) but that could cause some sound to be heard (in no way the fans' fault). These truly are silent, you just need to manage the placement and case design properly.
Other Thoughts: I would rate these as tied with the Cougar 120mm fans. Now, obviously Noctua is "the best" but the price is quite reflective of that. I was so torn betweent hese or the Cougars that I spent a week trying to figure it out. I ultimately just bought these and the Cougars and now I have one case with Silenx and the other with Cougars. The Cougars are a little more expensive, but they are a little quieter but push out a tinier bit less air. Since silence has a higher price premium than airflow, that is perfectly explainable. So, I thus rate them as a tie. Also, the Cougar claims 300,000 hours and has a sleeved cable so you pay for that as well. All in all, I would buy these any day and am already buying some more to replace the rest of my fans.
Note: If you have a case with a flat front with small air intake slots on the sides as opposed to direct intake through the front, if you run this fan on full speed and place it in the back of the case, you will hear it.