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This review is from: Antec 761345-75060-8 Expansion slot VGA Cooler
Pros: It's a slot fan that TAKES IN AIR. There are only two commercially available, but the other is made by Lian Li and more than twice as expensive. Get one of these while you can.
The build quality is fair. It's all plastic but the changeable pieces interlock well and feel sturdy.
The fan has a 3-pin connector. You have to notch the plastic to run it out but this is good if you want your system to see that the fan is working.
Cons: The speed switch that comes with it doesn't have a discernible effect.
Other Thoughts: The blue glow is a bit obnoxious but the led wires can easily be snipped.
Lastly others have complained about the amount of air this moves or the fact that it takes up two slots. Because this is an intake it can't use a squirrel-cage fan like a typical blower, which means there's no way around these issues short of having an external blower.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A70F USB3.0 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: It's a full-tower aluminum case.
The dust filters can work and are easy enough to access.
The door alignment is easy, esp. for a full tower.
The wire clips on the bottom are useful.
Hard drive bays are well designed, easy and do reduce the noise.
Comes with extra parts and a case for them
Cons: Not enough airflow for a full tower.
If you actually fill it with drives there won't be much in the way of cold air coming to your GPU, and even less to the chipset/CPU if the graphics heatsink isn't the exhaust type. I'm still using the case for all its features but I typically leave the side off. Removing or replacing the 5.25 shields helps some but doesn't prevent pockets of hot air around the GPU.
Other Thoughts: Lian-li does produce replacement case tops and doors with much-needed vents but that's an additional expense.
I should note that this is a review of the old USB 2 version of the case, so I can't comment on the ports, but it is otherwise identical.
This review is from: Sunbeam CR-LGA1366 LGA 1366 Core I7 Socket Retention Bracket Set
Pros: Metal backplate, plastic ring, screws, everything you should expect. The backplate has adhesive feet which are helpful if you want to attach the heatsink to the ring first and then screw down the assembly. And yes, it fits 1366 motherboards.
Cons: Fair warning to anyone using the adhesive, it is neigh impossible to remove. When I was trading this out for a new mount it took a set of small screwdrivers, some strong solvents, and a lot of time to remove the backplate. I'm actually surprised my motherboard survived the prying I had to do against the PCB. If at all possible remove the adhesive feet from the backplate.
Other Thoughts: I'll list this here since I'm not sure if this is the fault of the heatsink of this mount. When I attached the HS unmodified with this bracket it exerted far too much pressure. I had to bend down the metal on the HS and leave the screws out partially before I could get it right. (used some thread-locking adhesive to keep them in place) It served me well for years, but in hindsight I'm not sure it was worth the trouble.READ FULL REVIEW