Date Joined: 10/06/06
Pros: During a full load stress test in Prime95, the highest temp my i7 2600K seen was 41 ºC; with the stock cooler it was easily 60+ ºC!
Installation was easy, just watch the YouTube videos about it, the included illustrated instructions are a joke.
Fits in HAF X with the side fan & cowl attached with room to spare!
Cons: The size... only if your case is too small, check the dimensions before you buy.
Overall Review: I used Arctic Silver 5 instead of the including thermal compound. Also followed the official instructions on the AS site which included tinting the heatsink with the compound and a vertical line of compound on the CPU. Apparently this method works the best.
Pros: User friendly BIOS made overclocking and other tasks that much easier. Worked right out of the box and recognized all my new components.
Cons: Didn't align to the cut out hole on my HAF X case to install a back plate for an aftermarket HSF for the CPU. But I guess that's the case's fault.
Pros: Cable management has never been easier with this. Airflow also works wonders for cooling, especially my graphics card. Plenty of room for all your components, especially breathing room.
USB 3.0 was a nice touch.
Cons: The back cut off for the CPU aftermarket cooling mounts was not aligned to match my ASRock Z68 Extreme 4, so I had to remove the motherboard to attach my Hyper 212 Plus HSF. Not worth destroying an egg though, just a hassle for certain mobos.
The side filter for the side fan isn't really a filter, but it helps somewhat. I just attached some black mesh fabric to the side to help with the dust, can't even notice it.
Though the back plate for the side for cable management is convexed, a little more space would have been nice, but it's good enough.
Installing the second fan required rerouting of the USB 3.0 cables to the other side in order for the top part of the case to snap on. Not hard to do at all though.
Overall Review: I attached a 120mm fan in the 5.25 drive bays by zip tie to the front grille brackets, works nicely for cooling my RAM and adding extra intake. Also installed the optional 200mm top fan, doesn't seem to make much of a difference for most people though. Also installed a 120mm fan in the VGA duct, this is probably the best optional fan upgrade to get.
Pros: Able to run Bad Company 2 on max settings @ 1920x1080 with zero lag and always 60+ FPS. EVGA cards are top notch and has never failed me ever since my GeForce 7950GT.
Cons: Card can get hot if you don't have decent airflow, though the card's cooling has improved over the previous generation.
Had a bit trouble screwing it to the back of my HAF X case; had to bend the back a bit and push the card so the screw will fit. Probably not the card's fault, but the case.
Overall Review: Plan on getting another one for SLI in the future, unless the GTX 600 series will just smash the 500 series.
Pros: Cables are lengthy enough to attach fans no large full towers. Easily connected to top fans on my HAF X to one of these, makes cable management a bit easier.
Cons: The cables are not tied together, which can get a bit messy only if you're not that organized. Cable ties or tape around will make things neater.
Overall Review: Plan on getting more as I plan to install additional fans.
Pros: Was able to load the 2133 XMP profile with ease on an ASRock Z68 Extreme 4. I've had G.Skill in the past and I'm definitely sticking with them when it comes to memory.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I'm thinking about buying a RAM cooler for these, though they don't get very hot.