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Pros: Price: a bargain @ 4.995/fan -a steal at 2.495/fan if MIR clears
Very fast ship & delivery with NewEgg Premier
Color match on mine
Cons: Sleeve bearings, but I have mine vertical, and did not pay a fortune/matched published spec's
Light pattern(see other thoughts).
Other Thoughts: I guess it would be a lot of bandwith usage/server drive space for such a small item, but it would be neat if the product page could show a video of the fan in action(or a simulated screenshot) so you could see the light pattern.
I have a Rosewill 120mm that cost ~10(has 2x ball bearings though); it gives off a diffused, trippy blob of blue that I much prefer. These CM's are more like crossed esses that are interrupted by the fan hub. Still, they look ok, and my kid likes them on the FrankenPC we built on Christmas day, so all's well that ends well.
Pros: Price- 17 after MIR; turn was quickest I've ever gotten at ~ 6 weeks
Good build quality/aesthetics/heft(but not too heavy)
Now I have it in an HAF912 case running a Phenom II X3 ~130% OC(still only using ~ 92w)/R7 250 1G DDR5/8 DDR3 sticks/2 dark/2 led'd fans, does just fine.
The MUCH bigger case I upgraded to has plenty of room/ways to tuck away the cables I'm not (yet) using.
Cons: Probably too many/too long cables for many simpler builds and smaller cases.
Other Thoughts: For an efficient, well-built PSU from a well-regarded brand, you can't go wrong.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Sturdy and reliable; between cpu/mobo/tim upgrades and testing has been detached/reattached ~ 20 times.
Included controller works fine( but pls see other thoughts).
Pre-applied TIM is probably OK, never had it in use long enough to tell really(switched for Ceramique) and saves extra expense if your'e just a casual user replacing a filed cooler.
Cons: $$$/value ratio. I thought RAM had gotten expensive! I got this for 13 shipped. That's a steal. 20-25 would still be a deal.
I lurve me some Rosewill CPU coolers(this is my 3rd one, oldest is >3yrs old and still doing AOK), but TBH at this price, IF you have the room in your case(and this cooler does have a bit of a Goldilocks thing going on for smaller cases), you can do so much better in the $40 range or get a cheaper Rosewill that would proll still be small and good enough.
No trippy blue LED, so it could look cooler and be a back-up failsafe if your mobo's cpu fan sensor/thermal-throttling circuitry lunches on you.
Other Thoughts: Keeping a Phenom II X3 at 3.64 GHz(130% of stock speed) at ambient temp at idle/ambient +8-9 F at full load and the Ceramique has only been curing ~ 1 week. Granted this is in an HAF912 with 3 120mm's & 1 80mm. $ick-a$$ , if VERY large case, btw; if you've got the space for it, upgrade to this or something similar, your hdwe and hands will both thank you!
A prev setup did not allow fan throttling via MOBO control. I gave it the full 12v anyway via jimmy-rig into a Molex because after a lot of testing I figured noise/cooling trade-off sweet spot was ~ 2600 rpms, and the fan is still audible anyway, so to me, anyway, the extra couple or three degrees cooling was worth a little extra noise.
This cooler is not loud, but it's not quiet, either.
I came onto the egg today thinking that now that I have the case space, I might go for a bigger, quieter, copper-ier cooler with a blue LED. I think I'm gonna stick with my RCX-Z1 after all.
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