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This review is from: Thermaltake Silent 1156 CLP0552 92mm CPU Cooler For Intel Socket LGA1156
Pros: Definitely cools down the CPU a good 10-15 Celsius compared to the stock cooler that came with my i3 550.
The fan is very quiet during idle to low loads. During high loads the fan is just about as quiet to a little less noisy than the Intel stock cooler was during its peak load.
Highly recommended for someone who wants great cooling compared to their stock cooler.
Installation was very easy. However that could just be me since I do computer repair for a living, lol. I would recommended that you watch a video on how to properly apply the thermal grease as well.
Cons: The only con I can think of it that it's slightly bigger due to the fan size and the fact that it blows air to the side rather than directly up from the cpu. (Of course these directions are relative when you prop the tower up right)
Just make sure that there are no cables that are dangling or could get in the fan.
Other Thoughts: Just make sure you have the room and adequate ability to install something like this and you will be fine. Excellent product, copper on the CPU leading to aluminum fins is the way to go as far as metals are concerned imo.
The only thing is I *don't* overclock, so I have no input on how this would handle for the overclockers out there.
Pros: I got this card to replace my GT220 which would idle at around 54-56 Celsius and whose fan would make a lot of noise.
I've had this card now for almost 2 weeks now and it was an excellent replacement. Although it idles around 40 Celsius, it's definitely a very cost effective improvement over my other card and no noise from a fan too. I've never seen it go over 50 during long term use.
The dual monitor function I run it on (main monitor is widescreen @ 1280x720 and 2nd monitor is letterbox @ 800x600) works perfectly as I have it set so that each monitor has its own settings. I can then run WinTV or Media Player Classic and literally drag it to the other screen and works flawlessly, aspect ratio and all.
As far as performance, I'm still running Win XP (32bit) and it runs all my programs and games perfectly, including DNF RA3, HL2, etc. as good or better than my previous card.
Cons: The only con I can think of is the one everyone else mentions, the heat sink is large enough to take over whatever slot is beneath it.
I would recommend taking a look at your current set up and making sure whatever port (PCI or PCI Express) that it is going to block is not something you use or plan on using. Other than that it is a great cost effective purchase.
Other Thoughts: The $10 rebate is something that's a little funky. However I never factor the amount of a rebate into consideration. Always act like the purchase amount is what you are paying and any rebates are a bonus not to be considered for anything. This is just a little something I follow for all rebates.
I filled out the Asus thing online for the rebate and mailed out the proper paperwork. It was only just mailed out Thursday 3/29/2012 so we'll see how it goes. The reason I called it funky is because of the two options it gives you. You can either wait the ridiculous usual time span that most companies give you 6-12 weeks, or 8-12 weeks, etc. for a check or for the cost of $1 off your rebate you can have them send you a prepaid American Express card that they state will arrive 5-7 days after they receive your paperwork.
I opted for the $9 (instead of $10 check) prepaid card. So we'll see how it goes.