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Thermaltake CRYSTAL ORB (A1178) Ball VGA Chipset Cooling Fan

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  • 5500 RPM
  • 12.4 CFM
  • Copper Base with Nickel Plating

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: 1. it works, 2. so far so good, 3. included stuff with fan appropriate - molex adapter a must for those without 3 pin power on their graphics card like mine (only 2 pin power available)

Cons: none so far
(I only give 5 if the product impresses me, 4 if it does what it's supposed to)

Other Thoughts: bought this because my old vga fan died - noticed fan had died when my computer repeatedly froze and the ati chip was blazing hot when the comp froze up, looked and ati fan not spinning
1. used arctic silver 5 because recommended in several sites - *** make sure you go to their site for proper instructions/tweaks on applying - nice pdf on the subject
(does come with its own thermal compund and pad - but most sites say better to use arctic silver)
2. base of my fan was flat - no problems installing
3. i removed the top cover to the fan because others said it caused a lot of noise and it makes more airflow sense - not very noisy currently, maybe it was the fan top, fan top comes off very easily
4. the wires coming out of the fan may be hit by blades as others have said, but minor issue really as long as you are aware of it - I just made sure the wires aren't pulled into the fans direction - not a real problem

good fan, works, cheap, install easily, would buy again

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: had for over 1 & 1/2 years no problems.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: replaced dead stock fan on a Geforce 4 440mx

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Overkill

Pros: Easy to install on NVidia cards

Cons: LOAD! If you over-clock then it might be worth it, but it's totally over-kill for everyone else.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Pretty good.

Pros: Cools mid-range cards pretty good. Not to loud. Good price.

Cons: Heat sink lacking. Dust gets in it easy.

Other Thoughts: Nice little fan. Works fine on my Geforce4 MX 440. It is not very loud. You can't really hear it over the cpu fan. The price is pretty good.

The heat sink is a down side. There is not much to it. I've noticed that when i spray out the fan with canned air that a lot of dust always get into the guts of the fan.

I would suggest this fan for cards around the 440. There are better cooling fans out there but, for cards that don't need to much active cooling this fan is very good.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Cools north/southbridges too

Pros: Decent little cooler-still running
fine 5 months later.I used this to
cool the southbridge on an Asus P5n
-e that was superhot.

Cons: Occasionally makes a loud whining
noise upon booting the computer
that goes away after 10 seconds or
so.

Other Thoughts: I skip right over those 1000 charac-
ter reviews-why can't some people
just get to the point?.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Teamed this up with Arctic Silver 5 to drop my GPU temp from 48°C to 43°C

Cons: Its a little loud

Other Thoughts: Great replacement for dying video card fan

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good replacement

Pros: good replacement for VGA cooling on GForce 2000 Pro. Keeps it cool...

Cons: a bit heavy, however keeps the vga chipset cool...

Other Thoughts: Newegg Rocks!!!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5

Pros: Cools Well

Cons: LOUD 6000 RPM

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