Joined on 10/15/12
Fast, Tight TImings, Lower (but not low) Profile, Easy Setup (XMP Profile worked)
Pros: 3200 isn't the fastest, but with the timings at 14-14-14-31, they are fast chips. I overclocked my old RAM (2400 16-16-16-39) up to 3000 with loose timings down to 2666 with tighter timings to get an idea if faster RAM made a difference while gaming. It was for the game I run and on my setup (i5-6600k @4.5Ghz and EVGA nVidia 1070 FTW). The heat spreader on top can be removed. I forgot the dimensions, but there's a review out there that measures the chips with and without the heat spreader. This was a HUGE deal for me since I'm running a Cryorig R1 Ultimate, which hangs over the DIMM slots (I should have gotten the R1 Universal). Anyway, these barely fit with the heat spreaders removed, but other brands with the mega wings on top wouldn't even come close. They have a temp sensor and stay 1 or 2C above my internal case temp (so the heat spreaders aren't missed). XMP profile loaded up and got full speed and correct timings on AsRock Fatal1ty k4 Gaming MOBO. Price was what I would expect for this speed.
Cons: For most people, none. For me, just lose the silly heat spreaders. Not just the top part, but the stuff on the sides too. If you need it to look better than bare PCB and chips to sell, then just make them the same height as the PCB and educate the world about performance over looks.
Overall Review: SDRAM is Samsung Has a temp sensor if you overclock. The packaging is over the top. I'm used to getting RAM in pressed plastic. These come in a super fancy box (not sure why).
Cool Temps and Looks better than the Noctua
Pros: -My overclock is now limited by voltage rather than temps (cooler is no longer the bottleneck). -Fans (yes, this is a twin tower with 2 fans) are PWM, so you can set a fan curve to make it silent or run 100% for max cooling. -Option to add an additional 3rd fan (I read that it drops the temps by about 2C, so not worth it to me). -Even at 100%, they are fairly quiet (I am not running a silent machine). I can hear them at 100%, but it's what I would expect. -The Cryorig website has the full specs as well as an "origami" template you can cut out and fold into the shape of the base to see if it clears your memory. If not, look into the R1 Universal, which is offset from the memory and comes with a thinner fan. -Looks sharp (if you care about that sort of thing). If you want to bling it up, you can buy colored radiator covers to match your rig.
Overall Review: If you don't want the hassle of water and you don't like the look of the Noctua, get this. I read a TON of reviews and researched for weeks before buying it and this either beat the Noctua (by 2 or 3 deg C) or lost to the Noctua (again, by just a few deg C). So, without actually owning a Noctua to compare to, I'd say that it's a tie. This was also on par with the closed loop water coolers. My previous cooler was the ever popular Evo 212+. It was great for my last build, but on this machine, temps cleared 95C when stressed (Intel Burn Test) with the voltage increases. This cooler brought the temps down to 75C during the tests. When gaming, temps range from 50-60C.
Blows Tons of Air, Looks Sharp
Pros: PWM, so you can set a fan curve from your MB and not mess with voltage control or separate fan controllers. Blows a lot of air (based on feel, I don't have a way to measure it) at 100% (2400 RPM) Silent and still pushes air at lowest speed (400 RPM). Magnetic, so no oil to break down, leak, etc (I've never experienced this issue, but others claim they've had fans leak and blow oil inside their case) Look great (the blue corners add some color if you can see your fans even when shut down). The LED comes from the center, so the fans glow more than reflect.
Cons: Out of the 8 120s I received, 1 has a squeak under 1000 RPM. That's the only reason for 1 egg deduction. The other 7 are perfect.
Overall Review: I have 8 of these (120ML) as well as a single 140ML in my Corsair 780T case. I have a fan curve set to run at 50% (1200 RPM) until the case heats up. I can barely hear them at 1200 RPM. My rig is strictly for gaming, so even if they ramp up, I can't hear them with the headphones on. These were a STEAL when I got them ($22 US). 2 days later they went up to $24, and looks like they are now at $30. I would probably still get these at $30 if I couldn not find a better price.