After running this mini-might through the gauntlet, I think that it managed to do a pretty good job. Even though it uses smaller fans, it still manages to give a very acceptable performance when it's put under pressure. It has found a very nice compromise between cooling and noise level.
The only real drawback I can see to this HSF is the clipping mechanism. Though it does manage to keep the cooler firmly attached to the processor, the fact that there is enough play room makes it necessary to make a physical adjustment before seating the heatsink. I think that if the clip were just a bit narrower, then this wouldn't be an issue. It's a simple fix, but it still gnaws at me a bit.
Bottom line...If you're the type of person who is sick and tired of the noise that comes from performance coolers, then take a look at this model. Though pricing isn't yet available, it is looking like it will be marketed at a very competitive price. It features a very nice performance/noise ratio, and will manage to look good in a windowed case too.
Very smooth base
Good cooling performance
Rating - 8.5/10
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