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Pros: - whisper Quiet
- Looks Nice
- Outperforms most static pressure fans, at half the rpm
- Looks and Feels Sturdy
Cons: - Not cheap
Other Thoughts: For the speed this thing spins at, and the rated static pressure, it performs much better in real world than on paper.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - easy install
- very cool temps (compared to 212 evo)
- cheap (got it on sale)
- Custom Design, not outsourced like other brands
Cons: - pump sound is annoying at full speed
- pea/rice grain method may produce poor temps; spread method is the best for this cooler.
Other Thoughts: the fan that this this cooler comes with is so-so. I used a Corsair SP120 (1450 rpm) quiet edition instead, and leave it @ 100%, which outperforms the stock fan with ease.
The PUMP is quiet, but the sound at 100% pump speed (12v) is at just the right pitch to drive anyone insane. I run the pump @ 53% (1475 rpm) to keep noise to a minimum, and after extensive torture testing, the core temps are no different at 53% then with the pump at 100% (2300+ rpm). Lack of documentation suggests lowering voltage on the pump should not be an issue for lifespan, but I won't be held responsible for any problems anyone faces after reading this. if running the pump below 12v is an issue, it should have been in the manual at product launch, not posted afterwards in forums by people pretending to work for Cooler Master.
THERMAL PASTE should be applied with the spread method. The mounting design for this cooler does not apply enough weight/pressure for the pea/rice grain method to spread the paste adequately. I learned this the hard way, after getting poor temperature results for 2 days, and then removing the cooler to find that the thermal paste had not spread very much, and was all blobbed in the center of the cpu. The spread method instantly results in amazing temperatures by comparison. I've installed 100's of cpu heat sinks over decades, and I strongly advise against the rice grain method for this cooler.
Aside from the initial fiddling, this cooler performs very well for a 120mm AIO, and definitely destroys the 212 evo for temps, and trades blows with the NH-D14. but for the thermal paste application, use the spread method; You may get high temperatures with the rice grain method.
Pros: - Keeps gpu ridiculously cool
- even works on other gpu's its not designed for (I mounted it on my old trophy 8800GTX for lol's, and temps wouldn't go much past 50 while overclocked, which is insane haha)
- Very quiet
Cons: - Installation is a nightmare, even with glue now coming in a tube
- memory cooling is suspect, even with heatsinks firmly in place
Other Thoughts: Only buy this if you want a quiet and cool gpu. You will not get much more performance over a stock cooler, and memory cooling is suspect without good case airflow (due to this coolers airflow being blocked by the giant heatsink overtop of memory).READ FULL REVIEW