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Pros: Very high quality fan for an affordable price.
Solid rubber mounts for anti-vibration.
Silent mode adapters.
Cons: Super loud without silent mode adapters.
Red LED's are barely visible.
Not much quieter than my old stock case fans.
Other Thoughts: I bought a couple of these to replace my stock case fans. I thought the LED's would help showcase the guts of my gaming rig. No luck there, these lights are super dim. Without the silent mode adapters, these fans are loud. My motherboard (MSI 970 Gaming) only allows me to set them at 50% as the lowest setting. So without the adapters, they spin at 1400 RPM's, minimum...Very loud. With the 1200 RPM adapter, they go down to about 800 RPM's. But that's still no quieter than my old stock fans. Not much of an improvement at all. Oh well, at least changing the fans gave me an excuse to clean out some dust. heheREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: It works as a CPU cooler.
92mm based size fits nicely into my small-ish tower.
Includes mounting hardware for a second fan. More on that in the "CONS"
Cons: Difficult to install.
Fan position with my socket AM3+ CPU is up and down instead of front to back.
The wire brackets for holding the fan work great. But the rubber ones in the picture do not. They vibrate loose all the time. Doesn't matter which which way you position the fan.
Good luck finding a second fan for "push, pull", 92 mm is an odd size. And finding one that matches this fan's specs are impossible.
Loudest fan in my case, even at idle.
Other Thoughts: I put a lot of money into my AMD FX-8350 based gaming rig. I figured I could cut some corners on the CPU cooler. Bad decision.
I'm giving at least 3 eggs because, even with one fan blowing into the bottom of my case, it works. That's my best option since there is at least some air moving through my SB heatsink. But of course it's also blowing onto the back of my vid card. Guh, I'm getting a liquid cooler.
The only reason I bought this was for the heatsink. I thought I would be able to add some quality after market fans with red LED's to light up my case. I only found one brand that offered a red LED fan at 92mm. It was loud and made of cheap, thin plastic. The blades eventually starting hitting the fan frame...And I often found the rubber mounted fan popped out of the heatsink. Good luck
Pros: It rips. It does most everyday computing without breaking a sweat. Handles every game I've thrown at it ease. I had to upgrade my GFX card to keep up with this thing. Overclocking not necessary.
Cons: For the new guys out there building a gaming rig with this CPU, get some aftermarket cooling. The stock fan is not gonna cut it.
Other Thoughts: I guess you could consider me a mid-budget builder.
MSI 970 Gaming
G-Skill 16 GB RAM
MSI Radeon R9 380 (4gb)
Some of the newest games I play, (COD Black Ops III, Far Cry 4, Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, etc) look and play great on my humble rig. I pre-ordered the new DOOM, I'm confident this CPU can handle it.