Joined on 05/06/09
Love the product.
Pros: - Excellent air cooler for a Ryzen 9 3950X. - Easy installation with all the parts (see cons). - On a Asus Hero VIII cooler fins will clear the RAM dimms (tested with TridentZ Neo) and the video card. Fans only in pull config. - chromax black - really nice matte black
Cons: - The box seemed to have been opened and it was missing the AMD screw kit set (screws and polyurethane socket standoffs for AM4). The Intel ones were there but no AMD set. Thankfully some 10 years ago I bought a NH-D14 and had a spare AMD screw set. Yay for AM4 standard never changing. This would of been a show stopper and a return if i didn't have the old parts. Removing a egg for that. - Cooler will clear the RAM dimms but the fan will not in a push configuration, only in pull.
Overall Review: Love the cooler and the fans and i have never had issues with either Noctua or newegg so i'll toss this to a mishap and hopefully this doesn't become a habit.
Awesome little fan
Pros: Quiet, good airflow for its size. If I were to gauge it, somewhere between a standard 40mm and a server grade 40mm dedicated static pressure fan. Which is great, I need it to be quiet and move some air. Comes with a 3pin to a 2pin adapter which is awesome, it's in the specs but just wanted to highlight it.
Cons: The cable the fan comes with is longer then the cable on any other Noctua fan, or close to the 200mm length I would say. And that's without the extension. It would of been nice if that length was on the extension instead as in some applications the socket is right next to the fan and one has to get creative with the cable.
Overall Review: Definitely recommend it. I replaced the fans on two Areca raid cards (arc-1120) that were going. It requires a slight bending of the fins that surround the fan about 2 degrees, given the heat sink is design to wrap around the stock fan, this isn't so bad. Will need longer screws too 4-1/2.
Good product, easy to setup and use.
Pros: - Hot swap, backplane, hdd power all work as intended, nice and easy. - Backplane has holes for some ventilation and due to the lack of a drive caddy there's decent amount of space for ventilation between drives. - All metal case, pretty to the eye. - Removable handles (fits nicely in a Cosmos II with sliding panel closed) (see cons) - Door hinge is nicely done, even in a Cosmos II with a recessed 3.5 drive area the door opens enough to allow removal of the hdds without issues. - Replaceable fan (see cons). Fan is also quiet. Fan connector to backplane is done through a 3pin fan to 4pin power connector + 1 pin for the light that goes straight to the backplane. - Well packaged.
Cons: - SATA ports are quite delicate and brittle, one partially broke when removing a SATA cable. Can't say i had that happen with any other SATA port before. They are also inverted so if you are using L shape connectors hope you don't have a fan above it. - The fan, it's not pushing much air through, let's just go with that. Had hdd temps hit 54 -56 degrees and that's the hdd sensors reality was worse. Replaced it with a NF-F12 and saw a 10 degree drop. - After replacing the fan noticed the metal case / door warped somehow although it looks perfect, but now it scrapes when closing hence a bit of paint coming off and without the handles opening it is a challenge. - Obviously if you remove the handles you have a harder time opening the door, but boy it's in there. It would be nice to have seen some form of fold away latch or a string to pull it open.
Overall Review: I would recommend the product as long as you are aware of what you are getting. - Aka you will most likely need to replace the fan, unless you are using really green drives that do not produce much heat. - One is careful with the SATA ports, definitely not latching sata's and may not want to use L shaped. - Don't handle it with drives inside and you might avoid the warping mentioned above.