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Too loud for me & doesn't cool very well
on 7 June 2015
The reason I bought this cooler is I needed improved CPU cooling in my Mini ITX case, and because the PSU was located a few inches above the CPU my options were very limited.
Because the heat sink in low profile it partially covers the first memory slot on my motherboard, this meant that I also had to buy low profile memory, standard memory modules are too high and would have prevented the heatsink from seating.
Supplied with the heatsink is a 12cm slim profile fan which clips on to the heat sink with a couple of very thin wire like clips. The clips are quite fiddly to fit, and they don't offer much support, the fan can still move around even with the clips in place.
The problem for me though was the fan noise. In a small case with restricted air flow the CPU tends to get very hot, especially when running CPU intensive applications or games. This means the fan often runs at 100%, and it's pretty loud. Also, it doesn't do a great job of keeping my CPU cool, temps could easily reach 65 degrees C when gaming.
The cooler didn't last long. I removed it and fitted a Corsair H60 closed loop radiator instead, it's much quieter and it does a much better job of cooling. When gaming the CPU now barely reaches 36 degrees C which is a huge improvement. The radiator also enabled me to increase the overclock from 4.4Ghz to 4.7Ghz.
Space permitting, I would recommend the liquid cooling alternative to anyone who wants quiet & effective cooling, especially if you want to overclock your CPU.