Samuel 17 is easy to use, simple to assemble and install and can get into tighter positions and locations that most of the coolers I have tested to date. I tried to give the perspective from both sides of the equation. The cooler is warm with a silent cooling solution with only 60 CFM of airflow. Sound levels aside, the extra 30 CFM of the Yate Loon took the Samuel 17 into a whole different league. I know there are plenty of silent fan solutions flooding the market currently. That is why I say choose wisely, depending on your application.
As I mentioned, I tested this cooler mounting on both my DFI P45 Jr. which offers little room around the CPU due to its m-ATX design, and the Foxconn X38A, which has a Northbridge cooler that blocks almost all coolers from mounting. Samuel 17 saddled right up and fit on both boards and in multiple directions. On the DFI the fan does overlap the RAM, and on the older DDR2 rig, where voltages are a bit higher, in a tight spot, that extra bit of airflow can make or break stability.
We were told to expect the cooler to make it to market in late June, and well, that time is now. If you have battled fitting a cooling solution into the cramped confines of a HTPC, or behind a power supply in a SFF chassis, I must say look no further. Prolimatech offers you David in the most compact, universal and unassuming form, and will still deliver that one time headshot. I am really looking back at my first impressions and seeing just how wrong I was to giggle at the Samuel 17 when I first laid eyes on it. Just like in the story, just because it doesn't necessarily look the part, doesn't mean it can't play the part, and with great success, too. Just in case you forgot about the good part, not only does it fit anywhere and do a good job, it's only going to set you back about $42 before shipping!
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