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Pros: I had 2 of these fans for almost a year and one of them started to make some noise.. it happens with electronics, so not too surprising. No manufacturer is free from such occurrences. I e-mailed Rosewill and they came through with a replacement in less than 2 days of my e-mail. What a great service. Thank you, Rosewill for a good product and for standing behind your products and honoring the warranty and being very peppy about it.
Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this fan and Rosewill in general. I do however suggest that you instal either the supplied variable fan controller or another in-line resistor based Voltage limiter to cut down on maximum rpm for a quiet room. I have a limiter installed and my motherboard is set to control the speed of the fan as well, based on how hot the CPU is, and it goes to max 1,700 rpm and that is tolerable, noise wise, sitting next to the computer. 2,200 rpm (without limiter) is too noisy but moves alot more air (for those who have a remote system where noise is not an issue or for a highly overclocked system.) Overall, I recommend this fan. Ball bearing based fans typically last alot longer than sleeve and other type of bearing fans, simply because there is less wear and tear and no oil to leak due to overheated environment. If your fan is next to hot components, like CPU, for example, then you should get a ball bearing fan.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-R 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Red LED
Pros: Lasted for 2 years--I wanted to make a mention of it here.
100% Copper. It cools my 3.2 GHz (stock) Phenom II 1090T Thuban overclocked at 3.8GHz. I don't care about super low voltage and temperature--as long as it's stable and max possible overclock.. and it is, for 3.8GHz, at least, for this particular processor.
Cons: Fan is failing after 2 years of operation. I am planning to replacing it with aftermarket 'standard' squarish fan by sliding it in the gap and securing it with plastic zip-ties.
Other Thoughts: My fan is starting to make noise after 2 years of operation. I would have to replace it and I am planning to remove the old one with it's bracket (it's a non-standard fan) and install in the slot between the fins a regular (squarish) 'normal' 120mm fan and attach it with plastic zip-ties to the fins/heat-pipes. I have had similar product from zalman before and it's fan also failed eventually. Their fans are flimsy but look nice. This particular heat-sink is bigger than others and has a rather large inner chasm that could accommodate other type of fans inside of it (for the DIY person's interest.)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec FORMULA 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound
Pros: WOOHOO! Right?
Diamonds are best conductors that are
available to regular geeks and freaks.
This is the second time I buy this Antec Formula 7 thermal paste and I feel that I should finally put a note about it here and add my voice to the other reviewers praising it. Like I said, I've used up one tube already on 1 nVidia GTX 465 Golden Edition video card chip (couple times or so) and also I intalled shims on the back of it on the 10 memory modules on that video card, so.., that's 20 surfaces (10 shims with 2 sides). I also used it on another video card and cpu--nVidia Quadro FX 3600M (Dell Precision Workstation.) Both of them are working fine, cooling well, and, I can say that could overclock the GTX 465 further than before when I had old dried paste in it--running it on air at 850 MHz core 1700 MHz memory, on air, using MSA Afterburner.
Cons: Don't buy Forumal 6. Get this Formula 7.
Wait for a an e-mail discount from newegg, if you are not in a hurry, when they offer 25% or 30% discount on all thermal paste--typically happens every so often if you sign up for an e-mail service from them. Just look for the occasional useful discounts at the bottom of the e-mails slash web weekly deals. E-mails from newegg do have more discounts than web browsing alone.
Other Thoughts: Formula 7 higher concentration of nano diamond particles and so it offers greater temperature range.
I, personally, did not have bad experience with viscosity of this paste. Last one I bought it was 'pasty' enough to smear but, I have to agree, it's not one of the slickest that are available out there but the pros outweigh this perceived minute of a problem.
I have used diamond thermal conduction material in industrial setting so I can testify that companies also use it (not necessarily this particular paste), not only inthusiasts and geeks out there. If you want to get and to use absolutely the best conductive material that is out there which is commercially available without getting into some extremely exotic and sky-high priced particles then this is it.
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