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This review is from: GELID Solutions FN-SX12-10 120mm Case cooler
Pros: Very quiet fan (but not dead silent). Moves more air than I expected, actually. Nice long, sleeved cable.
IMO, GELID fans are 2nd only to Noctua (but these are a much better value than the latter)
Cons: No screws or molex power adapter included, just these useless rubber pins for mounting, and a case sticker
Other Thoughts: Don't buy a slow, 1,000 RPM fan from a company that prides themselves on making silent fans, and rake it over the coals because it doesn't move much air. That is why you can buy other fans with higher RPM if you'd like a hurricane in your caseREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well it works well, was recognized upon first boot... easy to open packaging. It's all I can ask for, really.
Cons: The only con here, is that the "heatspreader" shown on the RAM is little more than a foil sticker. But the RAM works well and hasn't failed due to overheating, so no eggs deducted. I was just a bit disappointed to see that it isn't a metal plate heatspreader as it appears to be in the picture.
Other Thoughts: I'd probably rate this 4.5 eggs out of 5 if I couldREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Not much to say really, it's great. I have this as well as an i7 3770 and I have a hard time telling the difference between them during most tasks. I've not yet managed to slow it down.
Blows the doors off older quad-core CPUs like Core 2 Quads and Phenom IIs, despite being "only a dual core".
Cons: Included heatsink fan has hit a new low... it's basically identical to the one that came with my i7, but that one has a copper core and this one does not. It's just as loud and inefficient as ever, though.
The CPU would hit 80C during stress tests with the stock cooler, however after installing a Cooler Master Hyper T2 and replacing the fan on that with an Arctic Cooling F9 PWM, I've never seen it pass 65C, and it's quieter to boot.
It's not like the "other guys" include stock coolers that are any better, so no eggs lost for this. It's pretty common knowledge among PC builders that stock coolers are garbage.
Other Thoughts: I cannot comment on the integrated video as I have this paired with a GTX 750Ti for a budget ITX gaming box. I'm sure it's absolutely fine for a non-gaming box though.
I'd absolutely recommend buying an aftermarket cooler with this. It does not need to be an expensive one, either.
Even in my ThermalTake Core V1 Extreme ITX case with the huge fan in front and dual 80mm exhaust fans, it ran too hot (and loud) for my liking with the stock cooler.
Display Name: Jeff B.
Date Joined: 09/24/08
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