Date Joined: 01/15/10
Pros: RGB low profile fan.
Good air flow, about 41 cfm.
Comes with high quality thermal paste for single use.
Mounting holes to rotate the heat extractors (Cooling fins).
This air-cooler has 6 heat exchange pipe, other have 4
Brackets for both Intel and AMD, including AM4 sockets.
Cons: Centering the base bracket is not automatic with stand-offs. You have to do it yourself
Will not fit in a Fractal Node 202. No air cooler of this design will fit in a case like the one mentioned.
Insulating washers for the bracket may be missing.
Instructions for mounting Intel is not separated from that for AMD (Be careful)
Overall Review: I give this a 3 star rating due to the fact that the heat sink is not automatically centered in the holes that are made for the OEM bracket. You have to center this bracket by check when dry-fitting. This is important as you need to have the base of the heat sink in full contact with the heat extracting shield on the CPU.
Even though this is considered a low profile air cooler, its not really low profile. I would consider this a SFX or Small Form Factor air cooler that will work in a cube shaped case or in an ITX-tower case. Any low profile case like Silver or Fractal Nodes will not have enough space for this cooler. This cooler will clear RAMs but it will not clear any cabling like ATX power supply and USB3 cables that is located near the RAM on ITX boards.
Pros: The most important fact is that you can use a HDD or a SSD with this case. It supports both as the main board have a IDE interface and a SSD interface
This supports USB 3.0
This case is slightly larger allowing for more bulkier drives
Screw driver included for the mounting screws included
Cons: No carrying case but this is not really a con.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this case for anyone who want to build an external storage drive with USB 3.0. Also, if your upgrading from IDE to SSD (There are NGFF 2280 and 2242, 2260 IDE cases for older laptops), you can use this case to get IDE USB 3.0 support for faster speeds and making your older HDD useful. The issue with other IDE USB 2.0 cases is that the HDD uses so much power that an additional USB tap for power need to be used. Since this is not an issue with USB 3.0, this is the best option.
Pros: Light in weight, Easy to place SATA SSD/HDD in case, Single screw to secure the slide clipped top, USB 3.0 (needing no extra power), easy to hold as its non-slip.
Cons: White colour can get dirty easily and top is polished stainless steel.
Pros: Big front fan. Power supply to the top rather than at the bottom which is great for when the power supply CPU core voltage wire is short. Exhaust fan to the back. Easy of use. Fits mini-micro ATX. Finger screws to the back for easy side panels removal. Headers are clearly marked.
Cons: No USB 3 on front panel. Note: Since I don't have USB 3.0 on my motherboard for this build, its not an issue for me. For others it may be.
Overall Review: Overall, this is a strong, lite weight, and compact ATX case. I would recommend it to anyone doing a build. The Power Button and the Reset Buttons feels strong and the spring return action is sturdy.