At this point I already have the award I want to give to Swiftech made up in my mind, but let me explain why I am doing this. This cooler may not offer the flashy LEDs, or a huge plastic shroud that takes up a ton of room with little effect. This is simply the right amount of cooler to get the job done, and get the job done well. Of course, it has its attractive points. The white fan blades would make this an attractive addition to any Fractal case, but with the simple black and white theme of the cooler, there isn't really a system the Polaris 120 won't make an attractive addition to. On top of the looks there is the huge group of features, the louder fan that is a great companion for this cooler, and an easy to use and very secure mounting system.
Taking advantage of all the trends and tricks of the trade spawned a real winner with the Polaris 120. There isn't one aspect about this cooler that made me think "why did they do that" or "this cooler could really use this". There just isn't anything they missed here. The universal mounting system makes installation very secure no matter if it's AMD or Intel, which is rare in cooling. The five huge 8mm heat pipes making direct contact to the processor and transferring heat into one of the best use of fins I have seen to date. Don't get me wrong, I have seen the dimples, serrated edges, even strategic placement of the pipes, and closed sides. As far as I know, Swiftech is the first to put it all together into one very pleasing package.
Now comes to the best part of the deal, the price. While it is only currently available directly through Swiftech, I love the $59.95 pricing they sell it for. It used to be that the line was at $50 to make or break the middle of average coolers from high end coolers. That line is getting more grey with every new cooler bring released, and for an additional $10 over my old mark, I really think the Swiftech offers you the best compromise for those looking to really push your system. You can by all means go right out and buy a $100 Noctua cooler and I assure you, you will like the cooler, but there are issues with most of the better performing coolers on our test results; size.
Swiftech not only offers you great results, an attractive cooler, and a more attractive price, they do it in the least amount of room as needed to get the job done. This leaves plenty of room for memory heat spreaders, and larger chipset cooling around where you are going to house your Polaris 120 after reading this review. For those who really don't mind the noise, I can only imagine what a Delta or Kaze fan could produce on this cooler! These reasons are why I gave Swiftech the Editor's Choice Award.
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