I am really glad that Sapphire was able to get me another sample, because at it was, I was not ready to get behind or recommend their CPU cooler. From what I have seen with the latest sample to hit my desk, my feelings about the Vapor-X have completely changed. Once the new cooler was up and running and I realized it is now one of the top five air coolers money can buy, it sheds a whole new light on what the Vapor-X is capable of. As for its direct competition, the TPC-812, the only other air cooler to offer any sort of vapor chamber in its cooling, the Vapor-X beats that buy two degrees out of the box. Not too shabby in my book.
While I don't quite get the specifications showing that these fans should run at 2200 RPM and my fans only reaching 1800 RPM, the results are pretty good, but if I had the 2200 RPM fans listed, the performance could have been much better. Even with the inconsistency, I am still happy with the results I was able to obtain. As far as the installation process, well even there things are pretty simple, and it shouldn't take you an hour and a degree in engineering to install it. Then of course you have the pair of fans that easily clip on to the cooler after it is mounted along with the center piece at the top that not only holds the Sapphire and Vapor-X logos on it, but once powered, a pair of lines and the Vapor-X illuminate with the glow of blue LED to match the LEDs in both fans.
With a refreshed view of what the Sapphire Vapor-X is actually capable of with a good review sample in hand, I really think the pricing is on point. With the consideration of pricing on the other top five air coolers, aside from the TPC-812, all other solutions on the chart that are comparable, cost just as much, if not more.
It really is a shame that this $80 cooler is so tough to find in the USA, as I would completely advise readers to own one of these coolers on their own rigs if CPU air cooling is what they want. That being said, if you can get your hands on one, I do strongly suggest you consider the Vapor-X from Sapphire for your air cooling needs.