Date Joined: 02/09/06
Pros: Awesome air circulation to an already fantastically cool case.
Cons: Newegg provides no packing for this item, so plan on having it show up broken. It takes two weeks to RMA and they'll make you pay the 10 bucks to ship it back. Fun stuff.
Overall Review: Thermaltake Armor rocks. Best case I have ever owned.
Cons: Doesn't support my 3ware 9590SE RAID card. ASUS support was worthless, but finally conceded that the board didn't have fully functional PCIE 2.0 x16 slots -- they're only designed to work with x16 graphics cards. Newegg refuses to accept returns on this item. Buyer beware.
Overall Review: I just bought my new mobo from Amaz0n.
Pros: Fits five 3.5" hard drives into three 5.25" bays. Has a cooling fan to draw air in across the drives, plus temperature sensors and warning alarms with adjustable alarm thresholds (though you need to adjust the threshold using jumpers). There are lights for power and activity for each of the drives, in addition to a fan activity light and a temperature sensor light. Drives can be turned on and off by small pen-activated push-switches at the top of the unit.
Cons: Minimal airflow comes across the drives simply because, well, there are five drives packed in such a small space. This isn't an issue at all for my five Seagate 320GB 7200.10s (they're perfectly cool and happy), but if you're running something that's particularly hot you may want to go with something more directly aimed at cooling.
Overall Review: The user who had the unit that was supposedly DOA probably just didn't spend much time with the unit. There are individual drive power buttons that aren't immediately obvious in that they're recessed and must be accessed with a pen. (This seems like a good thing because you don't really want to bump the computer and accidentally shut off your drives.) If the individual didn't power up any of the drives, the fan wouldn't spin up and the unit would appear dead. Turning the power on usually fixes this problem (though unit needs to be plugged in as well :-P).
Pros: It does what it says. This thing will cool off your processor better than the stock HSF and better than almost any other HSF. It's also pretty quiet.
Cons: Absolute headache to install. Don't attempt it unless you have two hours and a lot of patience. For a socket 939 motherboard you'll likely be required to remove the existing backplate. This requires a hair blow dryer, a screw driver wrapped in tape, and some patience. Also, if you happen to already have your computer assembled and you're just now deciding to install a new HSF, you'll need to take out everything in order to get the backplate off the back of the motherboard and get the new one on.
Overall Review: I was using an Arctic Cooling Silencer Ultra 64 and had had rather high temperatures with my Opteron 175: 49C load, 43C idle. This dropped those numbers to: 44C load, 37C idle.