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Pros: this is an update to two previous reviews.
Cons: I received a replacement fan controller from Fractal 6 months after building the rig because the controller stopped working. Initially, the fans would not keep the speed that I set and finally they stopped spinning all together.
The replacement worked for 4 months and then started behaving the same as the first.
Although Fractal's customer service and warranty help was good, I didn't want to bother with it. Thus, I purchased a digital fan controller that takes up a 5.25" bay. This is nice because I can change the speed of the fans with out reaching to the back of the case.
Other Thoughts: The case is great. Love the style, the build, the quality, and the fans are good. The fan controller, not so much.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: XIGMATEK cobra - d984 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler
Pros: Used it on my AMD 1090T build. Once installed, it works very well. It cools just as much as the AMD stock cooler, but with significantly less noise.
I like that it's not a giant tower inside my case.
Cons: Installation. I installed it after I had the rig up and running. So I had everything in the box and decided to replace the stock cooler. I didn't have a lot of room to work with, my fault. But clamping down the locking mechanism was very trying. It felt like I was going to break the lock handle when I was trying to lock it into place. I couldn't get enough leverage to lock it with my fingers so I used needle nose pliers. That worked quickly and the heat sink is VERY secure.
Other Thoughts: I have the CPU fan running at 50% speed minimum. It is silent and the cpu idles at 23C in a 73F room. In other words it idles at ambient temperature. Under load, it maxes out at ~59C.
I use arctic silver 5.
I have ~1mm of clearance between my ram (G.SKILL RIPJAWS) and the heatsink overhang.
I thought it was a little pricey, but I'm pleased with the results, especially the sound.
Pros: This is an update to my previous review.
Cons: You might have to replace a fan sooner than later.
Other Thoughts: After using this box for ~5 months, the 140mm fan does not turn off all the way when controlled by the fan controller. It spins at a low speed, wobbles, and makes a rather unpleasant sound. The other two 120mm fans stop when the fan controller is turned all the way down. When the fans are at max speed, they all seem fine.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Adrian G.
Date Joined: 07/07/05
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