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Pros: Same as previous review
Cons: Almost the same as previous review
Other Thoughts: In my previous review I mentioned that the audio on the monitor only goes through the analog audio input jack, but I was mistaken.
The audio, should you choose to use it, will work over the DisplayPort connector. The audio quality is still poor, but I felt it worthy of mention in case this is of interest for your application/use of the monitor.
The audio would be sufficient for system sounds, maybe on a kiosk or single-function workstation, but not ideal for multi-media purposes.
Still, I feel that this is a great monitor for the price and the audio definitely was not a consideration in the purchase of the monitor. It has met my expectations since I purchased it almost a year ago.
This review is from: NZXT FN-140RB 140mm Case cooler
Cons: Incorrect screws included
Thankfully when I bought my case, NZXT Phantom, I kept all of the screws and optional mounting hardware. The screws included with this fan are (as noted on the bag of screws that came with my case) kb 5*10 screws, where they should have been 6-32*28mm screws.
The screws that came with the fan are no where near long enough to even clear the depth of the fan shroud, let alone screw into a mounting surface on a case. Luckily for me this was one of the optional fans for my case, so the case included the necessary hardware; now I just have 4 extra screws that go to nothing.
Someone buying this for another brand of case should be prepared to come up with the appropriate screws to mount it in your case.
This review is from: NZXT RC-RST40-01 120mm Sleeve Direct Touch 4 Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
Pros: - Looks Great
- Quiet Fan
- Fan has markings indicating the airflow and rotational directions
- Fits nicely in my NZXT Phantom "Full Tower Enthusiast" case
- Kit included everything I needed to complete the upgrade from the stock cooler
- Included fan speed adapter to slow down the fan, if preferred (I did not install this part as it is optional)
Cons: - Non-PWM fan; no fan speed control, just a 3-pin fan that runs at full speed at all times unless you attach the fan speed adapter (a patch cable with a resistor built in), which simply reduces the fan speed
- Directions were mostly very easy to follow, but some steps could be more clearly documented
- With this CPU cooler installed, I wouldn't be able to install the optional side-panel 200mm fan if I want to on the NZXT Phantom Full Tower case
Other Thoughts: I bought this unit partially because I have an NZXT Phantom case and wanted the branding to go along with it for aesthetics, however I did some research before jumping in and felt it to be comparable to the Cooler Master unit of similar build. I am very happy with the purchase. As soon as I got it installed I gave it a test run by encoding some TV Episodes. Typically with the stock CPU cooler I would see up to 80* - 85* C temps. I instantly saw a 20* C reduction in temperature during the heaviest load I could throw at the system; real-world tested.
With the documentation they could have been clearer regarding the steps to install the "clips" that the cross-bar mounts on. They can mount in any orientation, and I assume it just comes down to a matter of which direction you want your Heat Sink/Fan to face based on how the airflow/exhaust is handled within your case. No indication is given on this step; it only tells you to attach the clips with the "arrows" pointing toward the CPU... There are no arrow markings on the clips. Having said that, the diagram is mostly useful. I have a pretty good technical background and this actually made sense to me, and I installed the heat sink facing in a direction so that the fan exhausted toward the exhaust fan in my case, but if this is your first go-'round that step might cause some confusion, ultimately requiring a tech support inquiry that could have been avoided by appending a comment regarding the orientation of the heat sink/fan in relation to the airflow in the case. The fan having markings indicating the airflow direction helps with visualizing the direction hot air will be exhausting from the CPU cooler; if NZXT includes these markings on all of their fans, this would make documenting airflow indications that much easier.
- CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T40
- CPU: Intel i7 3770K
- Main Board: MSI Z77 MPower
- Case: NZXT Phantom (Phan-001WT) with stock fan configuration
- RAM: 2x 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600; low profile
- PSU: Fractal Design, Integra R2 750W
- SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 120 GB
- 4x 1TB Drives (RAID 10) for Data