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This review is from: Noctua NH-U14S 140mm SSO2-Bearing (Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing) CPU Cooler
Pros: It does as advertised. Super quiet even without low noise adapters.
See results below.
Other Thoughts: Test conditions:
AMD A10-5800K stock speeds
Fractal Design Define XL R2
(3) 140mm fans that came with case. 2 intake in front, 1 rear exhaust.
All temps taken from BIOS
20 C ambient air temp (measured at fan intake)
Idle with all fans at 50% : 30C
Idle with all fans 100% : 30C
Prime 95 for 1 hour: all fans at 50% : 42C (12 over ambient)
Prime 95 for 1 hour all fans 100%: 38C (8 over ambient)
AWESOME! I believe it's a combination of a good cooler and a case with great air flow.
As soon as my new 860K gets here (I believe it's being shipped from Neptune...) I'll see how far I can overclock it. This cooler is giving me lots of headroom.
Go ahead and put water inside your computer; this works just fine for me.
I thought about a second fan for a push/pull, but all the test results I was able to find indicated no more than 1 or 2 degree difference.
As far as the mounting hardware goes, it literally took me longer to unpack it than to install.
Pros: Good looking, unobtrusive, compact, great airflow and solid construction.
The blue LED power light shines DOWN instead of trying to blind you.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a HTPC with a ASRock AM1H-ITX motherboard. Plenty of room for cable management in my configuration. I'm using a 19V DC external power supply, so I can't comment on PSU and harness room.
At first I was up in the air about the USB3 ports being on the side, but it does keep the front looking sleek and clean.
The Silverstone box refers to this as an "entry level" HTPC case. Don't let that fool you. It's entry level priced, but that's it. I've owned more expensive cases that I wasn't nearly as happy with.
This review is from: ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
Moves air well for being 80mm.
Cons: Easily heard motor noise at all speeds.
Other Thoughts: I have had nothing but great experiences with other Enermax fans. This one is not up to par with those.
Maybe I got a dud. Over 600 reviews while retaining a 5 egg rating is a good indication of that.
The low price I paid for it makes it a no brainer on not paying shipping for RMA.