Joined on 11/08/04
Does the job superbly
Pros: * Intuitive installation process * Quality construction * Perfect size for mini-ITX board * Quiet stock fan
Cons: - Metal fins are pretty thin, managed to bend a few removing the fan clips
Overall Review: Used this cooler for a mini-ITX build in a COrsair 380T case. Perfect fit, just about 10mm clearance to case top once installed. Clears memory nicely, quiet and compact. CPU (i5-6600K) temps stay right around 30c.
Nice Case for Air Cooling, Form Does Not Follow Function
Pros: + Open design keeps everything cool + Front fan opening supports HUGE 200mm fan + Easily portable + Nice fit and finish - panels all line up, edges are smooth, plastic bits are taped off for protection
Cons: - Cost - Finicky build process - HDD cage not well designed - Cable routing options are limited - I would have preferred more metal than plastic at this price point
Overall Review: My son selected this case for his first PC, so it became my first mini-ITX build project. After looking over the comments and external reviews I opted for an air-cooled build to give extra room to work with, which was really needed. I also ditched the HDD cage in favor of two SSDs, which really helped with cable management and overall build process. Even though I used a modular PSU, getting the cables snaked into place took some finagling, I test-fit each and every one several times. For a case with such large external dimensions, it's surprisingly hard to install into. The mobo connectors make a fat bundle of wires that barely clear the fan opening, and occupy valuable real estate directly behind the video card slot. I used a lot of zip ties but there again I couldn't find many spots to tie off to, not without obstructing the side panel fit. It really helped to install almost everything on the motherboard prior to mounting the board in the case. I installed RAM, the CPU, CPU cooler (Cryorig H7), wifi card, antenna wires to heat shield, and CPU power cable before gingerly sliding the whole setup into the case and screwing it into place. Getting the heat shield to snap into place while adjusting the mobo, without disconnecting the teensy wires to the wifi card was pretty frustrating, but taking it slow was the key. Then connecting the case wiring, those tiny connectors on the right pins was another exercise in patience - definitely used a flashlight for this step. Installing the PSU was tons easier, and the video card was the last item before tidying up. I used the radiator mount rails on the right side to strap down cables, there isn't a whole lot of room on the left. Powered up the first time, the BIOS recognized the USB ports, installed the OS from a thumb drive, and now son is busy installing Minecraft mods. If this was a plain vanilla case I'd probably rate it around 3 eggs because of the headaches and barked knuckles associated with the build, but it's eminently portable, the replacement 200mm fan makes it look like a red-lit turbofan engine, and it's very solid - no squeaks or rattles. A bit costly, but I justified it due to the option to add water-cooling down the road, and the handle makes it easy to move as needed. System: Intel Core i5-6600K ASRock H170M-ITX/ac CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler MSI Radeon R9 390X CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) SAMSUNG 850 EVO (2) CORSAIR RMx RM550X 550W Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 Corsair Air Series AF120 LED 120mm Microsoft Windows 10
Gorgeous Red LEDs!
Pros: Quiet, moves a lot of air, and nifty lights. Nice price as well!
Cons: Could use some rubber grommets for my application, not worth taking off an egg.
Overall Review: I bought this fan with the red LEDs to use with for an all-red mini-ITX build in a Corsair 380T case. I replaced the stock (non-LED) fan on a Cryorig H7 CPU cooler with the Corsair unit, and it's a great look, plus it keeps the CPU right around 30c. The stock cooler fan had rubber-lined fan mounting holes, but I don't notice any noise from using the Corsair fan with the stock fan clips.