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Pros: A client bought this gorgeous babe and asked me to assemble his new PC with it. Great looks, and great RGB fans (good quality). 5 eggs for its beauty, -2 eggs for the cons...

Cons: Not enough room for cable management behind teh side panel ; nothing to allow for an internal optical drive ; no room for a the Swiftech 140 mm radiator + pump on the top (they provide the holes, but without a pump, the radiator itself hits on the mobo's Voltage regulator chips).

Other Thoughts: I don't understand those designers/marketers : why in the Hell does «beautiful» MUST have to be awkward, difficult, uncomfortable ? 1/3 to 1/2 inch more on the top over the mobo, as well as on the width, and it would've been perfect ! It looks like this was designed by someone who only followed some predefined model/pattern, but who knows nothing about building a contemporary PC... Having a case at this size involves building a powerful rig, with water cooling and such : current TDP allow for average PCs to be of a much smaller form factor and without useless/expansive water cooling,, hence such a case MUST have to accommodate for advanced parts like water cooling systems and expansions (not even a small room for a slim OD without modding the beast)..

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Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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2 out of 5 eggs Efficient - Holding pins broke after a year for a mobo at 60deg (not even vertical) - Read "Other" 12/28/2016

This review is from: Cooler Master Vortex Plus - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Third and last review - minus 2 eggs, plus tens of gazillions of eggs if someone tells me where to find spare pins... They broke after a year, almost burning my CPU.

Second review (update) - About the pros, as stated in my first review it's a perfect FF for my chassis/mother board layout, easy install, READ OTHER THOUGHTS.

Work around for temp drop - Temps went down from my last review to around 32C idle (I had 40C+) : using PK-1 thermal paste instead of the included one, and spreading a thin layer with the tip of the finger over the CPU surface helped a lot... The trick about "put a small amount in the center as it will spread when mounting", is an inconsistent trick to set aside (that said IF you're skilled enough to evenly spread a thin layer with a finger), since it can create bubbles and micro areas without contact over the whole contact surface. Use a medical glove (so as to not contaminate the paste or the surface), and spread evenly with the finger tip over the whole surface area for best heat dissipation, as a thin layer will NOT make the material to spread over the sides too much if at all (anyways, the PK-1 paste is non conductive).

You'll also notice that spreading evenly a thin layer over the whole area requires LESS paste than the "nut in the center" trick : that later trick relies over a probability that it will evenly spread when tightening, which actually is a GAMBLE : you don't have any control over that spreading being even, without bubbles and uncovered areas, thus you'd need to put more paste in the middle so as to raise that probability (either ways ending up into less heat dissipation efficiency).

SOME INDIVIDUALS SAY ON YOUTUBE CLIPS AND SUCH THAT IT'S NOT IMPORTANT THAT THE PASTE COVERS A BIGGER SURFACE, that the "nut trick" is the most efficient : THEY LIE OR ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO REASON THEIR OWN LAZINESS, DON'T LISTEN TO THEM : SIMPLY PUT, A BIGGER AREA MEANS MORE HEAT TRANSFER, thus you don't want any bubbles nor uncovered areas, as much as possible.

Cons: Flimsy plastic pins for mounting, READ OTHER THOUGHTS about not breaking them while removing them... After 2 tryouts I'm afraid that at least one pin will break. They are so cheap, I wonder WHY DOESN'T COOLER MASTER INCLUDE MORE, knowing that they're prone to break!

Other Thoughts: I removed and reinstalled this cooler a couple of times for testing on two different mobo/chassis. A simple trick : use a crocodile plier so as to squeeze the mounting pins "nozzles" under the mother board CPU socket, and while they are squeezed pull them from the other side, that way they won't break.

EDIT (last testing before sending this review): that's it I just broke one of those cheap plastic pins while tightening the screws (third install, the two that I did before with the same cooler were successful)). I WILL NOT loose my time with CRM over this... Maybe that's how they were "indoctrinated" as written above : sell cheap stuff not worth a penny and expect the clients to simply abandon since it doesn't cost enough to loose a couple of hours (and days before having a complete build) over this?... Yeah I know this is cynical, but it's also quite odd and weird from a company supposed to hire the best engineers for their products, this should not happen. I will try another company for my next HTPC build.

EDIT: as expect the little cheap plastic pins broke after a year, although the mobo isn't even vertical, it's at about 60deg instead of 90. I was knowledgeable enough to know what to do, else my CPU would have fried in a day (if not constantly shut down from the BIOS) : I've replaced this cooler with the stock Intel that came with the CPU, back to start.

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5 out of 5 eggs Solely compatible with 2.5 inch HDD ? 12/17/2016

This review is from: USB3.0 to SATA 7+15Pin 22Pin Adapter Cable for 2.5'' HDD SSD Hard Drive Disk

Pros: See "Other"...

Cons: See "Other"...

Other Thoughts: The description says that it's for 2.5 inch HDD... I didn't know that connector ports were different on the back of both drive sizes, is this really the case ?

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Display Name: Frédéric J.

Date Joined: 06/09/09

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  • First Review: 03/08/11
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