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Justin A.

Justin A.

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Most Favorable Review

I like it

EVERCOOL SB-F3 Case Cooling Fan
EVERCOOL SB-F3 Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Moves a heckuva lot of air Pretty easy install

Cons: Won't work in all applications Listed as a PCI slot fan, but it's not THIS SHOULD BE REDESIGNATED APPROPRIATELY AS A 3.5" FLOPPY SLOT FAN. NOT A PCI SLOT FAN.

Overall Review: Haven't tested temps yet, but you can feel the large amount of air it moves. I put this in my makeshift copy tower to help dissipate heat build up when doing long runs of DVD's. It sits at the top of the case, so all the hot air that drifts up will get sucked out in a hurry. Newegg calls this a PCI slot fan, but it is clearly not, somewhere in the description though it does mention it's for a 3.5" floppy drive slot. Installing is pretty easy, but won't work in brand name manufactured computers that have specially designed cases with akward floppy drive covers on the front. Not that anybody's making computers these days with floppy drives... As others have mentioned, the mounting holes are not threaded, so that takes a little bit of extra effort. But anyone who assembles their own rigs has dealt with much worse. All in all, happy so far with the product. We'll see how long it holds up.

10/10/2010
Most Critical Review

So-So, comparitively...

Rosewill RFX-100B - 90mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - PCI Slot, Super Quiet
Rosewill RFX-100B - 90mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - PCI Slot, Super Quiet

Pros: Easy installation Does what it's supposed to

Cons: Not the best PCI slot fan A bit noisy Chintzy construction

Overall Review: Compared this to another very similar product from a different brand before buying two more for various machines. This one lost the comparison for a couple of reasons: it moves less air, and is a bit nosier. It's construction also feels really cheap. I'm considering that's the main reason for the little bit of extra noise. That being said, it doesn't mean this is a useless piece of junk. It sits directly underneath my video card and does help keep the heat build up to a minimum. The fanless heatsink benefits a great deal by having this exhaust right next to it. However, this will get moved to my least mission critical machine. It does it's job well enough, there are simply other products that do that job a bit better. I would recommend looking in the general direction of MassCool.

10/10/2010

Great option to replace stock cooler - AMD FX6300

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Excellent cooling benefits. Replaced my stock cooler and idle temps have dropped about 8 degrees, also taking some heat off other components dropping them by a couple of degrees as well. Furmarks CPU burn-in test peaked at a sustained 45c, where the stock cooler was closer to 68c, huge difference! It's not very visible through the side vents, but it does match the look of the GPU cooler, so that's a bonus. Fits fine in the space available, though plugging in wires was a bit tricky after installing this. My case has a top vent so pushing the hot air up and out is ideal.

Cons: Fan is a bit noisy. You can replace it easily, but I lowered the RPM to about 65% and then reoriented it's position on the heat sink. It was hooked to the bottom pushing air up and through, and now it's on the top pulling air up and out. That's made it quiet enough. The installation instructions, being just pictorials, where a bit vague and confusing. Used instructions on Youtube.

Overall Review: Overall, a great replacement option for the stock cooler, and a very attractive price. I'm running an AMD FX6300, now slightly oc'ed, on an ASRock 970 Extreme 4. Very confident this upgrade will significantly help prolong the life of my rig.

Not Bad...

Rosewill RCX-Z100 - CPU Cooler - One Ball Bearing for Over 45,000 Hours of Service Life
Rosewill RCX-Z100 - CPU Cooler - One Ball Bearing for Over 45,000 Hours of Service Life

Pros: Pretty easy to install, extremely quiet, and does cool better than the old stock cooler. Just installed on my old Athlon 64 2800+ and upon boot-up, initial temps were 8 degrees cooler. Usually registers 60 when I first start it up, this HSF brought it down to 52. Have to reiterate, it is extremely quiet. Ran a quick benchmark to see how it handled under load, not bad. That 8 degree drop stayed pretty consistent compared to load temps with the old HSF. Idle didn't get all the way back down to 52 though, hung out around 54.

Cons: Not as big as a difference as I was hoping for. I should account some of this for poor airflow through the case, but still, I was not wowed. Was kinda expecting to see some temps down in the 40's, no such luck. No other cons so far. Did I mention, though, how freaking quiet this thing is?

Overall Review: Definitely worth the $15 to help nurse along my aging 2800, just not quite the impressive cooling that I was hoping for. There are too many factors to blame it only on the HSF, but it is the main factor here. After installing the new HSF, I did notice a slight increase in performance on the CPU benchmark. Ranging from 5% to 10% better on various tests, now my task is getting better airflow throughout the whole case. I realize that some of the older AMD's run a bit hotter than their Intel counterparts, and the threshold is around 80 degrees. But operating on the verge of 70 was a bit worrisome. Wish I could get into the 40's. Here's a quick break down of noted temp differences. Used Performance Test 7 to load the CPU. Old HSF Initial boot temp: 60 Idle: 60 - 62 100% CPU load: 67 - 69 New HSF Initial boot temp: 52 Idle: 53 - 55 100% CPU load: 57 - 59

10/15/2010

Nice product

MASSCOOL 4F01B4 90mm Case Cooling Fan
MASSCOOL 4F01B4 90mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Moves lots of air. Very quiet.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Bought this product and one very similar from another brand to compare. I wanted to find out which one was better before I purchased two more for all my various machines. So far, this one is far superior. It keeps my case cooler, it moves more air and it is a lot more quiet. I think this fan is simply much better built. This is sitting right below my video card, which has it's own tiny little fan on the heat sink. I think it's helping a lot by providing a superior, more direct exhaust for the heat that comes off the video card. It will soon get moved into a more mission critical machine that has a lot more heat coming off the video card. Very satisfied with this product.

10/10/2010

Does work

EVERCOOL EC-HD-SC Plastic HDD Cooler
EVERCOOL EC-HD-SC Plastic HDD Cooler

Pros: Very Quiet Easy install

Cons: May not work in all applications

Overall Review: Purchased to help circulate air near the front of the case. It seems to push an ample amount of air across the harddrive, and it is incredibly quiet. The one downside is that it doesn't fit in my primary HDD cage. You attach it to the hard drive and try to slide it into the cage, but the mounting screws just won't allow it to fit. Wound up attaching it to my other HDD which sits in a secondary bracket that doesn't have anything that gets in the way. Now, I'm not sure weather or not this fan is keeping my HDD any cooler or not because I don't have a HDD temp monitor. But I'm sure it helps a little bit, my main concern was a little help to keep the air moving near the front of the case where there are no other fans. I think this fits the bill nicely.