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This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Pros: Time proven design, great looks, nice lightshow
Cons: No PWM
Other Thoughts: There's about 2500 reviews of this cooler on Newegg; I hardly think mine matters, but here goes.
Typical Newegg purchase process, fast shipping, received in good condition. I put it into my PC on a Saturday afternoon, and didn't even get out of my bathrobe to do it.
No cuts, no nicks, no blood loss; I'm one of the lucky ones, I guess.
No problems test-fitting and securing it to my motherboard, as there was adequate space to work on it. The AMD clips worked fine for me, and the connection is secure. It's about 100 gm. heavier than the board specs, but I don't intend to bring it on a roller coaster ride anytime soon, so there you go.
No major temperature changes, but the PC was already running pretty cool in the first place. I bought it mostly for the look of it, and didn't even bother with the external speed regulator. I rarely see 35° C at full bore and it idles at 16° within a few minutes of start-up. Spinning at 2596 RPM's constantly and I barely notice the fan noise. The blue LED fan contrasts nicely with the couple of red chassis fans and compliments the blue LED of the PSU.
Overall, a nice experience purchasing, installing and enjoying the cooler.
This review is from: ZALMAN ZM - STG1 Thermal Compound
Pros: Ridiculously easy application, great control, even coating.
Cons: Tiny amount of compound. Just barely enough for one application to 2 surfaces.
Other Thoughts: Like tons of other reviewers, I love the ease of application of the compound. Got a nice even coat on both surfaces (CPU & Cooler Block). It does what it says, solid connection for heat transfer. My temps are 16° C. at idle and no more than 40° C. when tasking the CPU.
Wish I had more of the stuff for future applications. Hear that, Zalman?
Pros: Good power, modular design, nice lightshow.
Cons: Stiff cabling, cables could be a bit longer.
Other Thoughts: I've had my CyberPowerPC GUA250 for over a year now and have always worried about a couple of bottlenecks in it's performance, chief amongst them being the PSU. Research online made me realize that I may have a potential hand grenade inside my chassis, just aching to fail and potentially take the whole PC with it.
I purchased this newer PSU based on a few criteria. More power; apparently my OEM PSU may not actually be able to deliver the 500 watts "not clearly posted" on its label (probably cannot even tolerate loads over 300). Versatility; this new PSU has a semi-modular design cutting down on cable clutter, as well as providing more connection options. Serviceability; Raidmax keeps its eye on NewEgg reviews and is not afraid to communicate with the customer. Design; I liked the look of the new PSU case with the blue LED fan and modular cables. Price; NewEgg prices are the bomb, but you have to keep your eye on things (kinda like the stock market). Rebate; it's always good to get something back, keeps customers interested.
Another quick NewEgg purchase; I had it in my hands in less than 24 hours. I installed it over the weekend, and it was not at all that difficult. My PC's mid-sized chassis mounts the PSU on the bottom, and even though there are vents below to allow airflow I mounted it "upside down (fan facing up)" to add to the interior lightshow. In addition to the native motherboard cables I only needed one of the SATA cables and the Molex cable, and all cables were able to reach their destinations with a bit of work.
She's purrin' in the CyberPower as I type this. Runs quieter than the OEM PSU, and the lightshow inside the PC is nice to look at. The CyberPower / Thermaltake MSI Commander chassis is cavernous, and I'm always amazed at the coolness of the airflow leaving the PC.
Even though it's early days I'm happy with my purchase. Fingers crossed for durability...
Display Name: Fabian M.
Date Joined: 09/19/11
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