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This review is from: Reeven BRONTES CPU cooler, 100mm low-profile type, INTEL/AMD
Pros: I own a Lian Li PC-Q02B -- an extremely tiny ITX case that's only 6" W x 8" D x 9 " H -- with a GTX 950 and undervolted i7-3770 crammed inside. Even with the undervolt, the Intel stock cooler couldn't keep up. I needed a new cooler that was <60mm in height to replace it.
I decided on this cooler because,
✔ It cleared the PCI-E slot directly beside the CPU socket, cleared the RAM modules and cleared the power cords too
✔ It fit perfectly beneath the SFX power supply WITHOUT fighting it for air by simply flipping the BRONTES' fan upside down
✔ It's much cooler than the Intel 95w stock HSF while making much less noise (details below) even with the fan reversed
✔ The mounting bracket is extremely non-intrusive; literally fits ANY Intel or AMD motherboard and installs in a snap
The BRONTES is literally the ONLY cooler I found that met all the above criteria. All the others were too tall, too wide, blocked the PCI-E slot, hit the RAM/PSU cables, etc. Mounting was easy and fast, with small mounting screws and grommets leaving plenty of space on the back and front of the motherboard.
In the Witcher 3:
- Intel stock copper cooler @ 3200RPM (very noisy) & 72°C
- BRONTES cooler @ 1400RPM & 60°C
In Prime95 (heavy synthetic load):
- Intel @ 3700 RPM & 82°C
- BRONTES @ 1800RPM & 67°C
That is nothing short of amazing for my tiny ITX case. Not only is there a single 60mm intake fan for the entire case, but the Brontes also has to suck up the hot air from the GTX 950 to cool itself.
Cons: Absolutely zero. Why isn't Newegg selling this?
Dear Newegg: sell these.
Other Thoughts: The performance of this cooler blew my mind. Sub 60mm height, 13-15°C drop in temps over the Intel cooler, small enough to fit ANY ITX motherboard, extremely quiet, and oh it's only 34 BUCKS!!
Did I mention it's only 9mm taller than the Intel cooler?
If you need a sub 60mm cooler for your ITX case, your list possibly couldn't be any shorter.
This review is from: Intel NUC NUC5PPYH, HDMI, VGA, Intel HD Graphics, USB 3.0
Pros: This has all the connections your typical home user or office worker needs with "good enough" processing power and memory capacity. Feels significantly more snappy with an SSD than it should for this price. I've set up one so far at work and one at home to test them out before buying larger quantities.
3 year warranty! I've had to use it once on an Intel Celeron 847 NUC that didn't survive a power surge; replacement was here in a week. The other 8 NUCs of that type are still going strong after over a year.
Cons: I had the "powered on and POSTed once then never came back" problem some people have reported. I also had a problem with BSOD'ing loading Windows 7 on the same system.
The problem was bad RAM in both cases. The 2GB stick I was using must have been in my spare parts pile for a reason; now it's in the trash. Swapped it out and it has been running for weeks now without issue.
Other Thoughts: Super quiet even in a silent room, great visual BIOS with fan control and temperature monitoring, this thing does everything I'll ever need or want it to.
Attention Windows 7 Users:
Will not work with a vanilla Windows 7 CD due to the lack of USB 2.0 ports. Keyboard/Mouse will not be detected by setup. I had to follow a guide to create a Win7 USB installation flash drive that loaded the USB 3.0 drivers before Windows setup and during installation.
Search for "nuc5ppyh windows 7 installation" and click the first result for instructions on how to do this.
Pros: These work great. Don't worry about the brand name; it's more of a marketing thing. Team Group is much more popular overseas and focuses more of its energy in the China/Taiwan/Japan/etc. area.
You know RAM is doing its job well when you forget what kind you installed nearly a year later.
Cons: The heatsinks are thin metal, held on only by one strip of tape on each side. I bought these November 2014 and since then one of the heatsinks was literally falling off.
I had to attach a binder clip to both sticks (you know, those small black metal clips you use to hold stacks of paper together) to keep them on there for good.
Other Thoughts: They work great, but it sure wouldn't hurt to give the heatsinks a good firm squeeze to make sure they're stuck to the memory chips beneath them.READ FULL REVIEW