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Very quiet for a dual fan cooler. It is HUGE, but not an issue my mid-tower case. Keeps things very cool. I removed my rear case fan because this cooler was about 1.5" away from it and the case fan was actually impeding airflow from this unit. Now the case runs even cooler and quieter.
You have to remove the motherboard to mount this, as it cannot use existing supports. You have to use the supplied bracket due to the size of the cooler. If you ever have to remove it, you also have to remove the MB as it does not unscrew from the top side.
Great cooler and well worth the money to replace a stock cooler. I am just mildly overclocked and the stock fan was fine, but noisy. This is extremely efficient with a 5C and 12C temperature drop at idle and load, respectively, and it is very quiet. The 2" fan on my video card is louder.
Reviewed by Anonymous from Santa Cruz, CA on 04/19/10
Very happy with the results. Fan is not any louder than my existing two case fans. Keeps i7 860 mildly overclocked to 3.38 GHz nice and cool. Idle temp is around 30C. Runs at 57-58C at full load. No clearance issues on a mid tower case.
The flow of the fans were not indicated well. The plastic peel away protector on the bottom of the cooler that indicates flow was facing sideways so that was obviously wrong. I had to look closely at the fans to figure out the correct flow (the frame side of the fan is the output). I could see issues trying to mount this without removing the motherboard. I was building a system from scratch with the motherboard out and I had no issues with the installation.
The current unit ships with a bracket that will work for LGA1156 processors even though the description does not indicate that.
Reviewed by Jason Foundas from Clovis, NM on 04/14/10
Excellent service: Ordered Monday, shipped same day, scheduled for delivery in 3 days! Can't beat the service or the price.