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This review is from: Thermaltake CL-P002-AL14RE-A 140mm NiC L32 Aluminum CPU Cooler
Pros: Quality Cooling
Clears Everything in my case and on my motherboard.
Quiet Operation even at full speed.
Relatively easy install on AM3+ mobo.
Cons: Almost blocked the CPU fan header on my motherboard, almost.
I can't find anywhere to buy a second fan (no link from Thermaltake's website), and it's not a standard 140mm (different mounting holes, no extra hardware anyway). If you plan on getting a second fan, try to see if anyone is selling it first. Personally, a second fan would bump into my side-intake, so it's not really bugging me.
Other Thoughts: Installed on my ASRock 990FX mobo with a stock-setting FX 8350. Running all cores 100% with Fold-At-Home, keeps the CPU under 50C, under 30C above ambient. The stock cooler that came with the CPU let it reach almost 50C above ambient (70C total), so this is a great improvement.
Only thing I really didn't like was that fact that there's no indication on WHEN to stop with screws for the backplate. It has a foam front to provide isolation from the back of the board, so I just kept turning the screws until I felt it was secure (too far, and I probably would have pushed electrical contacts through the foam).
Nothing worth deducting an egg over.
Very nice length on the power cable. Should fit just about any case. I have this installed as a side-intake, and I can easily remove the door and move it out of the way without unplugging the fan.
Cons: Wind sheer noise. I bought a few different fans to try them out. Despite having the most marketing about wind sheer and turbulence reduction, this fan had the most noticeable wind noise. We're not talking loud by any means (testing was done outside the case in open air), but stacked up against traditional fan blades I would have expected this fan to be the best, it was not.
Had I not purchased other fans I might not have even noticed, but I felt I had to take off an egg in this situation.
Other Thoughts: With these large 140mm fans, static pressure becomes an issue. I paired this with a semi-fine mesh Silverstone filter, and the air flow reduction was quite noticeable. Not deducting any eggs since I'm sure the filter is just as much at fault. Didn't test the filter with the other fans but the pressure ratings listed on the packaging were superior to the other fans.
In the end, I went with this fan because of the cord length, anti-vibration padding (since this is attached to the door), and because it had LEDs. Noise is not a problem, especially compared to my GPUs and CPU. A quality fan over all.
This review is from: APEVIA G-140MM 140mm Fan Grill 2 in 1 pack
Pros: Black to match my case. Keeps stuff out of my fan.
Cons: The legs didn't exactly line up with the holes for my fan. Not enough to prevent their use, just had to fiddle with it a bit.
Other Thoughts: Using on outside of case (had to cut my own hole to replace the 80mm side-intake fan). Also use on the inside to prevent cables from falling into the fan (paranoia more than anything).READ FULL REVIEW