After buying a fan that kept falling out of place, largely because of rather crude expanding nylon connectors that never worked properly, I ended up deciding enough was enough and resolved to buy another fan.
And I’m very happy with this one. Here’s the deal. It’s the usual combo fan/heatsync, with a three pin connector (if you need to know that kind of thing.) What I like about it is how it connects to the motherboard. The fan comes with a frame that fits on the back of the motherboard, with four short metal tubes (one on each corner of the frame) that fit through the holes in the motherboard that you’d usually use to hook the fan up with. The fan then screws into these tubes. The result is that the fan really can’t come off.
Downside? The only downside of this approach is that you will have to remove your motherboard completely from your computer to fit it. That’s a little bit of a pain, but in my view it’s worth it.
I wholeheartedly recommend this fan.
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I bought this fan as a replacement for another that was too loud in my HTPC. This ia quite large, but you’ll be amazed at how quiet it is. I really like the metal feet and clamps to secure the fan to the motherboard. I have snapped many plastic securing clamps. Of course with this you must remove the motherboard since the clamp must mate with a bottom locking device. This was extremely easy to do. I cannot say anything negative about this CPU cooler.
Economical, efficient and waaaaay better than the stock fans Intel provides, with their cheap plastic ‘feet’ that bend or pop out, causing your CPU to overheat and your computer to shut down in a BSOD. I’ve ordered a second one to replace the CPU fan on a friend’s build.
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