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Pros: *Fairly easy to set up
*Fairly good performance
*Pump is reasonably quiet / benign
*Lowest fan speed is not unreasonably loud
*Excellent price-performance with rebate
*Comes with thermal paste applied
Cons: *Mediocre manual at best
*No extra thermal paste
*Heatsink mount needs to be lapped pretty badly
*Fans suck (loud at 7V and higher, lower static pressure, etc.)
Other Thoughts: In general I like the cooler and bought it for testing purposes. I have not had the chance to do thorough apples-to-apples comparative testing yet (different fans on the radiator, 1 vs 2, included fans on other heatsinks, etc.), but so far I can definitely say that the fans and the rough mounting base are the weak points to this cooler. Replacing the fans and lapping the base should produce a fairly substantial (I'm thinking 5C or better) at no cost to added sound.
These cost 2 eggs, but the excellent price w/ rebate and pump bring it up to a 4/5 star review from my perspective.
(I could also use a little bit longer tubing (maybe 2"), but that's me being picky.)
Pros: Great ergo's for my hand.
Cons: *Irritating coil whine (yes, you read that right)
*stiff scroll wheel button
Other Thoughts: To preface, I'm unfortunately experienced in products with coil whine. My ears are very sensitive to it and I've had two power supplies RMA'd because of it.
Moving on, I've never experienced or heard of coil whine coming from a mouse before and was positive the new sound was coming from my dying monitor or age old desktop speakers. By dumb luck I ended up kneeling under the desk and heard the sound get louder and traced it back to the mouse. When the mouse is unplugged the sound vanishes. When plugged in and receiving power, coil whine.
The sound itself is distinctive and distracting enough that I can't sleep when the mouse is plugged in. It's that noticeable.
Hopefully Newegg & Perixx's RMA process is painless. While the mouse fits my hand well and is very responsive (minus the stiff scroll wheel button), I can't recommend the mouse until I get more time on one that does NOT have coil whine. The sound drives me nuts and keeps me from using the mouse.
Pros: Does everything it's supposed to. It's silent* in hybrid mode, delivers power reliably, and is fully modular (I'm never going back to non-modular PSUs).
Cons: That asterisk is because the coil whine is insanely irritating. I have contacted Seasonic via phone and email to RMA my unit and have received no response. Seasonic products have a great reputation but their customer service is extremely difficult to get in touch with.
The non-sleeved cables are awful. Absolutely awful. I'll be replacing them very soon and sleeving my own.
Other Thoughts: It is my understanding that a Revision 2 version of this product is out because the coil whine problem is alarmingly common; it is apparently already out in Asia. I really hope that I can get in touch with Seasonic and get my unit replaced with one that doesn't make me unplug power or turn off the PSU so I can get some sleep.
Newegg has actually been, for the first time in my recollection, very unhelpful in getting in touch with Seasonic. The most they are willing to do is provide me with the email address available on the Seasonic website.