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Excellent introduction to liquid cooling for the frugal enthusiast.
on 11 November 2013
Bought for use with an AMD FX8350 based on favorable reviews (PC Gamer etc). Installation was a little more complicated than fitting a stock cooler but fairly simple compared to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo it replaced. In my case I needed to move an exhaust fan slightly to make way for the radiator, but there is still plenty of room inside my Z9+. It's a compact unit and I imagine size would only be a problem in a small form factor case.
The pump is quiet and the supplied fan has a PWM range of 900 - 2000 RPM. I'm yet to try alternative fans but so far performance has been impressive. Idle temps are down by 10 degrees and at a stable overclock of 4.6GHz, temperatures have never pushed beyond the low 60's even under stressful benchmarking. Thermal material comes pre-applied but the quality is questionable so I changed this for Arctic MX-4 which I've found has the best price:performance ratio. I'm sure I could drop temperatures by a few degrees using a more expensive compound but it really is a matter of marginal gains at this point.
Excellent cooler for the money, I'd recommend it to anyone.