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Pros: -The RGB LEDs are sexy and awesome. There are 2: the ring and the NZXT logo
-Flexible Tubing, long but not too long - should fit most cases
-Pre-applied thermal paste, ah how I missed you!
Cons: -Although I like this kind of mounting hardware, with a backplate that stays held by itself while you lower the unit itself, I wish they were made to the double-headed screw went all the way through, staying tight with the mobo. There is some space, and it is annoying until you mount the cooler.
-Mine under REAL HANDBRAKE LOAD goes to LIQUID TEMP OF 38C after 30 minutes test, and my 7700k with 1.288v at 4.7Ghz goes to 85C. Something is wrong I think, or people are stupid in saying on other reviews that their systems under load go mid 60s or 70s.
-LOUD PUMP ON MAX, does a clicking noise, which is either the liquid passing through weird or something. This only started on the 2nd day of use, and... yeah
-Not much better temps than my previous 240mm - DISAPPOINTING FOR 280MM RADIATOR, was expecting better temps
Other Thoughts: I bought this as a test-replacement for my 240mm Alphacool Eisbaer AIO, which performed just as good as this. Something is wrong with this unit I think, but I will let it run for a while before considering a refund or a replacement. Plus, the Alphacool one ran at the same 2700RPM ULTRA QUIET, while this one is noisy.
I would only recommend as of now if you solely care about looks. The size does not mean better cooling, according to my results, and the only thing I have left to do is change thermal paste to an aftermarket one. I doubt it will do any good, likely will worsen knowing my luck.
NZXT help me here. I emailed their support, nothing yet.
This review is from: SHARKOON M25-W White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Case,7.1 USB Sound Card Integrated, 3x120mm Cooling Fan Pre-Installed,Support up to 280mm Water Cooling Installation, Max:15.75" VGA Length
Pros: -It can fit ONE 240mm Radiator Max at the front
-Has 2 removable, and actually nice to use toll-less ODD mounts
-Fits PSU fine, the PSU cage is mostly nice. Although, longer PSUs will have trouble fitting
Cons: Where do I start... ok, let's list ALL of this cases' flaws
-FALSE ADVERTISING. There is NO WAY to fir a 360mm radiator at the top, since they forgot to offset the mounts away from the motherboard. They sit straight down the middle of the top, and even if you have low profile VRM heatsinks your memory will ALWAYS prevent the radiator - even 240s, worse for 280mm ones
-FALSE ADVERTISING for the FRONT as well. They hype this being able to fit 280mm at the front as well, however the hole for the radiator to slide part of it inside the PSU cage is SO NARROW I doubt any 280mm radiator will ever fit. I am in the process of getting a pwoer tool to mod the width of the opening in order to properly fit my Kraken x62 there.
Also, even if you remove the ODD brackets, the mounts for the radiator or fans are not there for that setup. So... I am getting good work out of my drill.
ALSO, THICK RADIATORS WILL NOT FIT. And there is no way to mount the fans on the outside, as the ventilation openings are on the side, and your fans would be starved of air.
-Forget using any non-modular PSU here, since the HDD cage (which can only house 2 HDDs) is way to close to the PSU and the front.
-Rear fan mount has no sliding mounts, which is pathetic since every other fan mounting portion of the case has it. Another aspect that prevents 360mm radiator setups
Other Thoughts: Dissapointing. I chose this over a Fractal Design and any Phanteks cases because of the radiator friendly advertising ALONGSIDE optical drives, since I have many blurays and play them on my PC.
DO NOT BUY THIS CASE, lazy designing of the case prevents it from being any good. This, ultimately, has the same 240mm only radiator allocated space as a CORSAIR 280T from back in the day. Let that sink into your head...
Pros: -XMP works perfectly, unlike my previous G.Skill Ripjaws V for this particular motherboard.
-Looks great, not that thick and blends with most builds!
Cons: UPDATE: Memory Management bluescreen kept popping a week after purchase, so SCREW THIS TEAM MEMORY! Returned and got my refund.
Other Thoughts: Memory (NOT) as it should be - likely will not buy Team memory again!READ FULL REVIEW