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Customer Review

on 24 February 2010
I have just fitted this cooler to an Antec p183 Case. The case is easily wide enough to take this cooler - which is very big. Its worth making sure of this before hand because the P183 is a very large case and many smaller cases may struggle.

I was initially confused because the design has changed since the product was released and the 'backplate' is no longer supplied. This caused some confusion until I decided it hadn't just been left out of the box!

It is necessary to remove the MB for installation - wearing a wrist strap. Fitting the fan itself is fairly straightforward. The thermal paste is very easy to apply, but the instructions are not very clear in parts so it does take a bit of forethought.

Once you have installed the mount for the heatsink, you have to screw the sink to the mount with a kind of 'bow-shaped' fastener. As you screw it down, the bow flexes and pins the heatsink securely to the mount. This is a bit nerve wracking (or it was or me) as it seems as though something may snap - but its actually very strong. You do have to take care not to bend the fins - particularly when screwing the mount down.

Be careful how you mount as the instructions are vague on which way everything goes. I realised after a few days that I had it the wrong way round! which necessitated a quick refit. Interestingly I still got much lower temperatures even with it the wrong way - but def a better temp drop when its installed correctly!

The open end of the heatsink should be pointing out of the case!

The fan controller fits perfectly into the P183 front panel and the internal leads are nice and long for a big case.

In operation the fan on the lowest setting gives me a CPU temperature of about 40-43 degrees which I can get down into the high thirties by putting the fan on high and the case fan on high. (bit noisy for general use)

Noisewise, its audible on the highest setting, but when you drop it to the low setting (more than adequate - running at about 43 degrees) its really, really, really quiet - to the point where I am now looking at changing the power supply to get thing even quieter!

Its really made a difference noise and temp wise.

My only concern is that the weight of the fan is greater than recommended for a MB and so I hope that doesn;t cause any problems long term.

If you like machines, etc this device is also absolutely beautifully designed and is almost worth it for the asesthetics!
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