Joined on 04/21/09
Geil memory fan
Pros: Looks very impressive. The manufacturing quality is very high. It's made from very lightweight metal but taking that into consideration, it's as sturdy as can be expected. I studied all the pictures and went to the website looking for additional information but I was still not able to understand how the device worked. It was all those "cooling fins" that threw me. They look like they must perform some function otherwise why would they be there?
Cons: Package was very hard to open. This is relevent if you think you may want to return the device if it doesn't work as expected. When attempting to mount the device I found the indents on the clamp do not fit the retention clips. They're a small delta shape whereas the retention clips are much bigger therefore resulting in not a very secure mount. What I found extremely surprising was the fact that all those fins serve no practical purpose. They're just eye candy. There's no way they could transfer heat away from the memory modules. Thus, the device is nothing more than a fancy mounting gadget for one small fan. The temperature being displayed is the temp of the air being pulled down through the fan. In other words, it's the temp of the air inside the case, not the temp of the modules themselves. There is nothing coming in contact with any of the memory modules. Only the clamps come in contact with the module retention clips. That's it.
Overall Review: It would be truly interesting to see some Geil engineer or employee respond to my comments with an explanation of what they were thinking when they designed this thing. Perhaps it's just targeting that segment of the market that doesn't care much about function as long as it looks like it's doing something. In this case it's blowing some air on the memory modules plus it's got pretty lights displaying the temperature of the air inside the case. Had it fit securely I would have kept it. I live in Hawaii and shipping is always a problem (as in very costly) so sometimes it's not worth returning an item. However, in this case, after restocking discount and subtracting postage, I got $22 back. Live and learn. I couldn't figure out how it worked from the pictures because there was nothing to figure out. I thought something must be hidden from view....but there wasn't. It's just a fan, fancy no doubt, but still, it's just a fan sitting over the memory an inch or two.
CM Storm vs. Leopold
Pros: I killed my Leopold TKL by spilling some lemonade on it. Exact same design as this one so beware. I tried to order a replacement from Leopold but they no longer offer blue Cherry TKL anymore. Fortunately I found Cooler Master now makes almost the exact same keyboard. The difference is the stabilizer bar CM uses as opposed to Cherry null keys. CM's stabilizer feels much better. Kind of a "solid" feel instead of loose like the Leopold.
Cons: My only complaint about the CM keyboard is the font they used on the keys. I absolutely do not like them. The letter "A" looks like a triangle. The letter Oh is a square. The zero is a square with a dot in it. A person might not notice the font style unless they had a Leopold keyboard sitting right beside it. The Leopold is exactly the way it should be done. I don't want somebody's version of style, I want clarity. Hey CM guy! Get the boys at the factory to copy Leopold's keyboard. Change the font just enough to stay out of court but please, no futuristic fancy digital design. It sucks. But I'm not taking an egg away cause I can live with it...even though I don't like it.
Overall Review: Anyone not using Cherry keys should give them a try. You don't know what you're missing. I didn't know how much they had become a part of me until I killed my keyboard and had to use an old cheap one until my replacement came. Now I really appreciate this little keyboard. The old cheap one wouldn't let me type fast. I kept having to go back and repeat keys because I didn't depress it far enough to trigger a signal. Very frustrating. Now I'm in typing heaven. If you have to use a keyboard, treat yourself right and get a good one. You won't regret having spent the money. Incidentally, I have an old but new looking IBM spring buckling keyboard and I like the Cherry blues better. That old Model M is way too big with that unused number pad on it. It's from a previous century. This is what's happening in the 21st century. Now all Cooler Master needs to do is put LED's in each key for backlighting. Do it up like the Max but try to keep costs under control. As it is I can buy 2 CM keyboards for the price of one Max and I can't justify spending that much on a keyboard. Eighty bucks for lights? Nope, not me. I like 'em but not that much. Maybe if I was a journalist and wrote for a living.....
Excellent product support
Pros: I installed this power supply about two months ago and just got around to putting a graphics card in several days ago. The six prong cable would not plug into the power supply unit. I went to their website and logged in and told them the problem and got a tech support ticket. To be honest I was expecting the kind of service I've become accustomed to ordering computer parts. Slow. Especially when it's to resolve a problem with the product. To my surprise I received an email about 6 hours later asking me for my address and saying "...this one may have been a bit off specs...". I sent them my address. Then I thought I might as well take that video card out as this is going to be a wait and I want to use that computer. Not the next day, but the day after that, I heard someone on my porch. By the time I got to the door there was nobody there. But there was a box sitting by my door. It was my cables!
Cons: The faulty cable made it through final inspection.
Overall Review: They hadn't messed around at all, they just put the cables in a box and sent them out, I don't know, either overnight or second day, Federal Express. It turned out the problem was that the holes were slightly too small. Now I've got the new ones and I fixed the original ones by sticking a sharp object in the holes to stretch them out a little. Now they work fine. I didn't do it before because I was afraid I'd screw them up and then the company wouldn't take them back or something. Who knows what they'll do to get out of having to do something. But Enermax wasn't like that at all. The did the right thing. I live in Hawaii is the reason I've become accustomed to sitting and waiting for my orders for so long. But Enermax came through like a champ and I am so pleased that I'm posting this note to let others know about my positive experience with them. I feel that a good company deserves a good word.
Pros: High quality, low price. It's an excellent product for what it is. I felt it deserved 5 eggs in spite of my comments below.
Cons: I used it for an AMD 750 southbridge and the size of the cooler is disproportionately large for the size of the chip. The chip is only about 7mm square so the question becomes proper balance as the cooler, despite the fact that is small, is so much bigger than the chip, it would be far too easy to be mounted slightly cocked rather than absolutely flat and so not perform its cooling function as designed.
Overall Review: I think it's time for the manufacturers of chipset coolers to design a new cooling solution. We're still using the solutions designed for 180 nm chips. Maybe it's just me but I feel like instead of clamping a cooler to a flat surface I'm now balancing it on a little teeny weeny chip surface. We need some radical innovation in chipset cooling.
Heatsink and fan
Pros: This is an example of how things should be made, packaged and be accompanied by outstanding documentation. When I ordered it, I thought it was kind of high priced. Now that I have it, it seems fairly priced. That little sucker is solid copper. It's a heavy little dude too. It comes with all the fixin's to attach it any way you can think of. But it was the directions that blew me away. Lots of pictures, easy to understand....it makes me wonder why is it so hard for other companies to crank out good products but then neglect adequate instructional or installation material. And the package - it popped right open. I didn't have to struggle cutting open plastic that's tougher than steel. I say that because in the same order I got a memory cooler that I fought with for almost 10 min. to get it open. I won but what a fight. It's ridiculous. Thermaltake got everything right on this little fan.
Cons: My only beef with this heatsink is that it could be smaller. Chipsets have been shrinking faster than the heatsink coolers the aftermarket designs. They seem to be lagging about 4 years behind current designs. This is a 40mm diameter heatsink going on top of a chip about 10mm square. Seems to me like it's time for a new round of innovation in the heatsink market. The size of current coolers is completely disproportionate to the size of the chip it has to cool. I'm not trying to slam Thermaltake, they produced a nice product. It's the heatsink industry as a whole I'm talking about. As soon as one company comes up with a new design they'll all be rushing to come up with something new so they can continue to be competitive. The chips are shrinking, when are the heatsinks going to keep pace.
Overall Review: As I type this I realize that nobody will ever read it and I might as well be talking to a wall. I wish I could give Thermaltake a blue ribbon for this product and then give them a swift kick in the rear and tell 'em to get busy and make some new, smaller and more efficient ones for the new smaller chips. But...... (sniffle, moan, blubber) nobody ever listens to poor little me.