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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212X – CPU Cooler with dual 120mm PWM Fan
Pros: Compatible with 1151 socket.
Much improved fan design over the 212 Evo.
Good ol' direct-touch copper heatpipes.
Same versatile spring-retention mounting system as the 212 Evo.
Includes a PWM fan splitter to power both fans from the same CPU fan header.
Fits in a Fractal Define Nano S (barely).
Great bang for the buck.
Cons: Will NOT mount on AM3+ socket! I don't know what Cooler Master was thinking, but this new heatsink does NOT come with the circular grooves on the side like the 212 Evo does. Those grooves are necessary to allow space for a screwdriver so you can screw the heatsink down for AM3+! Loses two eggs for being ridiculous!
The second (pull) fan must be mounted with the Cooler Master sticker facing the heatsink for proper airflow. It would be nice if the sticker were not pre-applied, so you could apply it to either side, or if Cooler Master just included an extra sticker. It'd also be nice if they pre-assembled and mounted the second fan for you like they do the first.
Other Thoughts: Skip this and get a CRYORIG H7 instead. Buy a second fan for it and your total cost is only five bucks more than this unit. And it will mount on a darn AM3+ slot too.
If you do get this, make sure to mount the brackets to the fan in the proper direction and don't forget to put the little black pads on to reduce noise from vibrations.
Don't forget that you can MOVE where the fans are mounted on the heatsink up higher because they simply clip on. This can give you just enough clearance for higher profile RAM sticks. Also, take the fans OFF when mounting the cooler or you're gonna have a bad time.
Cooler Master should just re-release the 212 Evo(+) with one of these upgraded fans.
There should always be an extra sticker.
This review is from: LIAN LI PE-550W 550W SFX Power Supply, Black
Pros: Lightweight and small - perfect for enthusiast mini-ITX builds.
Fully modular and 80+ Gold certified.
Single 12 volt rail.
SFXL form factor with a 120mm fan.
Includes a bracket to adapt to normal ATX form factor.
Unit comes packed in thick protective foam.
Has common sense safety features such as OTP, OVP.
Cons: Reliability unknown, but Lian Li puts out quality cases.
Instructions are sparse - just a single sheet of paper.
No warranty information included. Warranty is 2 years per Lian Li's site.
Box art is bare bones.
Other Thoughts: The box has a picture of the unit with a red port and a clear plastic fan, however, my unit came with a solid black fan, solid black cables, and none of the plugs or ports are red. There are only two blue ports for the PCIe power cables and there's one cable with a blue plug. Newegg's pictures of the unit are accurate.
There are two possible ways to mount the PSU to the bracket, but only one way is optimal. The side with the single screw hole goes on the side of the PSU where the exhaust is. This gives you a bit more clearance near the top of the bracket, assuming you mount it to pull air from below. Also, the PSU does not rest on the bottom of your case when mounted with the ATX bracket, but that's no problem because it only weighs a few pounds.
This review is from: Fractal Design Define Nano S Black Window Silent Mini ITX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Quality hardware and design.
Large side window.
PSU mount on the bottom.
Sound dampening materials and rubber grommets.
Large removable dust filers on the bottom and the front.
Lots of mount points for SSDs and 120/140mm fans.
Backplate cutout for access to the rear of the motherboard.
Fits a Hyper 212X CPU cooler with dual 120mm fans and an absurdly long graphics card.
Includes a splitter to power two fans from one header.
Cons: Power LED is blue, which might clash with your color scheme. It would be nice to see flat white or RGB options.
No adapter mount for SFX form factor PSU. A minor gripe because SFX to ATX brackets are cheap and some SFX PSUs come with one anyway. However, it would be cool to see a Fractal designed bracket or mounting option specifically for SFX.
No fan filter on the top, but I left the top closed. Top mounted fans should probably be exhaust fans anyway.
Other Thoughts: The best place for a HDD is on the non-windowed side where there's a dedicated mount area for it, but you could mount a second one on the bottom of the case at the front, or a 120mm fan, but not both.
I vertically mounted my primary SSD on the bracket at the bottom of the case to show it off.
Seriously consider an SFX PSU if you're air cooling, otherwise you're going to have very little room for airflow between the video card fans and the PSU. I chose the Lian Li PE-550 because it's black, has a 120mm fan, and includes an ATX bracket.