Date Joined: 08/16/09
Overall Review: Installation was quite painless, although I do agree with other owners that the tubing was rather stiff. I do like the single fan/pump plug. It simplified installation. Am running a 9900K, overclocked to 4900MHz on all cores, in an ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX/ac motherboard. The case is a Thermaltake Core V21, with 7 case fans (also from Arctic).
I am about 2 feet above and off to the side of the case. In a low use scenario, there is no perceptible sound from the case. In heavy use Aida64 System Stability Test) the sound is audible, but not annoying; and not all sound is coming from the rad fans. The previous statement is obviously subjective.
In low use or idle, the CPU temp is about 33C. During the Aida test, temp rose to about 72C. AVX options were not active. With AVX testing active, the temps were about 79 - 81C. This was with an ambient temperature of about 24C.
Apart from installation, I think the measure of a cooler is that it works and keeps the CPU temperatures in a healthy range. So far this cooler is performing as expected. The machine has only been up and running for about a month, so long term reliability is an unknown.
Overall Review: The PSU contains all of the necessary parts (plus spares), there is excellent support and information available, the unit is compact and extremely quiet. There is a 10 year warranty on the product.
The power supply is feeding:
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX/ac
9900K @ 4900MHz
32GB memory @ 3200
GTX 1660 Super
7 case fans
240mm AIO cooler
I don't have the equipment or desire to test various power attributes, so I am not much use in that department. The system is stable, so the PSU must be doing its part.
I have one suggestion for the unit. There is a button which allows selection of the fan's operation. Standard or Hybrid. Hybrid allows fanless operation. There is a two position push button on the back to select. Hybrid is the out position and the fan "on always" mode is pushed in.
I installed the power supply upside down so that the fan could take in air from the bottom vent of the case. Therefore, if the fan is not spinning, there is no good way for the PSU to vent the hot air. It would probably be too much to ask if the unit could sense its orientation and disable Hybrid if its upside down. Otherwise, maybe a light indicating Hybrid mode or better still, a single tone when the PSU is turned on or the mode is changed.
I'm very happy with the product.