Joined on 06/27/05
Good cooler but has whine/buzz with a second fan.
Pros: TR4 rectangle size/shape contact plate. No leak/clog risk besides dust. Maxing out at 66C on the Tdie.
Cons: Swapped the brown fan for 2 NF-A15 chromax fans in push pull. Something causes the rear fan to whine. Neither fan whines in the front position. Either fan whines in the rear, with or without a front fan. Nothing is touching the blades. Tried with cable on top and tried with cable on bottom.
Overall Review: I still recommend this cooler. But, push-pull has been a disappointment.
I love it.
Pros: Looks good Quiet Easy to work with
Cons: The rear fan mount is designed to accommodate a 120 or 140 mm fan, and the mounts are long so that the fan can be located higher or lower on the chassis. Unfortunately, this means the fan is mounted to long, thin, strips of sheet metal, which deforms very easily. This is not a big deal, it's just less than perfect. Maybe not unique to this case, as this is my first build with an exhaust fan that has rubber around the screw holes. Long story short, don't over tighten the exhaust fan screws.
Overall Review: Wanted the tempered glass or standard ATX version, but it was not in the budget. I definitely recommend this case for the aesthetics and cooling options as long as you are ok with the limitations of the ITX form factor. I don't recommend this case if you want a PC with a small footprint. It is wide and deep.
Great bang for the buck.
Pros: Runs GRWildlands bench on 1080p Ultra at 51 fps average and a low of 44 fps right out of the box, which is absolutely playable for me. In fact, it is pretty smooth. Got it up to 57 fps avg. and 49 low with it clocked at 2100mhz, +500mhz on the memory, and 112% voltage. This is using the Zotac Firestorm tuner. That OC maxed out at 77C as far as temperature. Normaly, I keep it at 2000mhz, +400mhz mem clock, and 112% voltage because I don't like running it that hot. I've run HWmonitor durring long sessions with those settings and it maxes out at 71C and 105% voltage. (Setting it at 112% voltage doesn't mean it runs a constant 112%, which would be more stress than I am willing to inflict.) Generally, this is a quiet cooler, but see the con below.
Cons: Tested an aggressive fan curve, but the temperature decrease was not worth the noise and vibration when the fans go past 80%. The fans can be heard under load, even with the Auto fan curve and wearing headphones. This doesn't hurt the rating IMO. I think that is just a reality with an air cooled GPU under load.
Overall Review: I recommend this GPU, and I'll echo a lot of other reviewers: its small size does not seem to hurt its performance.