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Pros: Proper 4-pin PWM.
Very good airflow.
Cons: Mounting options can be inhibitive...you can not mount these in a case or on a heatsink that uses full pass-through bolts or rubber retaining pins. You can only use the included machine screws for mounting to a case or tension rods like on some heatsinks.
LEDs are dim. I was hoping they would be brighter. Subjective...they may be just right for you.
LOUD at higher speeds. Wow, these sound like a small vacuum cleaner, and I am not exaggerating. The POM bearing sure does throw out some noise!
I leave them in auto-RPM PWM mode running in my silent profile, so the noise never ramps up enough to cause an issue for me.
Other Thoughts: Two mounted on my Prolimatech Megahalems in a push-pull setup. This combination keeps my i7-3770K nice and cool....I don't see over 58-64C per core under full load with a test program like Linpack/IntelBurnTest.
Hindsight being 20/20, I would probably have chosen other 120mm Red LED PWM fans that are known to be much brighter, like the certain brand that includes 18 LEDs around the circumference in each fan.
Cons: None - never any problems.
Other Thoughts: Owned and used my 240GB HyperX 3K for over a year now and I am still amazed at how fast it is, even compared to most of the newer drives that have come out since.
Made my circa 2009 i5-430M 4GB laptop feel like a super-fast brand new machine after swapping out the factory installed 500GB 7200rpm HDD.
Boot time from full power off state to fully loaded and usable Win7 desktop went from about 3.5-4 minutes to around 25 seconds, and I have a lot of memory-resident programs loading!
This is the only Sandforce equipped SSD I would ever buy thanks to the trusty Kingston name, excellent support, and amazing performance.
I really wish Kingston would expand on their HyperX 3K lineup and give us larger than 480GB sizes (if possible), like a 960GB model. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
Pros: Smaller 92mm form factor.
Direct touch heatpipes.
Push-Pull dual fan capable.
Even contact and pressure.
Cons: May be a little tricky to install for some people.
Other Thoughts: If you don't have a lot of experience installing non-OEM heatsinks, then please take your sweet time with this one or maybe even enlist the help of an experienced person.
The adhesive backed underside bracket is a nice touch during installation, so it helps get and keep things aligned when it's time to install the retention bolts. After that, it's completely smooth sailing.
Keeps my i7-3770K at 31C/66C idle/load in a microATX case with AS-5 paste and the following 120mm chassis fans:
1 - front intake
1- rear exhaust
2 - side intake
1 - PSU fan exhaust
I did not expect to get such great results out of a 92mm sized HSF with an Ivy Bridge i7, so I am very pleased.
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