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This review is from: Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan
Pros: This thing is a monster. I tried installing it on the included internal mount of my Antec 1200 but it was a little too big (I didn't check its size beforehand; if I had I'd have realized it would only fit a 25mm fan). Since my first plan failed, I decided to swap one of the included fans of my noctua nh-u12p se2 with the ultra kaze and place the noctua fan in the internal mount. Wow, my temps dropped about 3-4C idling and up to 7C on load. I'm getting about 33C now on my i7 920 @ 3.5GHz on idle and hovering AT MOST around 65C on load.
Cons: This thing is LOUD. I was expecting it to be noisy, but even running it at 70% through my Sentry 2 it sounds like a handheld vacuum cleaner. I can hear literally hear it two rooms away.
Other Thoughts: If you don't mind the noise, this fan is more than worth it. $10 for its performance is a done deal.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 Processor
Pros: Amazing performance on this little chip. It astounds me how much of an improvement I'm seeing on this CPU compared to my last (intel X9000).
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Runs slightly warmer than I thought it would with an aftermarket cooler on stock settings, at around 35C. I was hoping for 30C, as I'd seen many people reporting temps as low. I'm not complaining, just making an observation. My cooler is a Noctua NH U12P SE2.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Pros: Keeps things cool. My i7-920 idles around 35C and hasn't gone over 50C at load. Fans are quiet (but not silent as some here have suggested), and installation is initially easy.
Cons: Beige? Is there even one person here with a machine these fans don't totally clash with?
Working with this cooler's components inside a case can be a real pain. I don't mean installing the backplate (though that's no bundle of fun either), but actually adjusting the fans and the pins that secure them. They can get very finicky when you don't have much space to work with.
Other Thoughts: I've seen others report much lower temps than I saw, so I tried removing and reapplying my thermal paste (Arctic Silver 5) before reattaching my heatsink in hopes of seeing an improvement. There was none. My temps are still more than adequate-- keeping an i7-920 at 50C on almost max load is nothing to scoff at-- but I was hoping for something more. Maybe I'm too greedy.READ FULL REVIEW