Where do I start with a cooler like this? There is just so much goodness to discuss. Aesthetically, I don't think there is anyone with a red and black themed build that can say this wouldn't make an awesome addition to their system. Then come all the perks of the NiC C5. It does very well in the thermal testing, almost surprising for a cooler this small. With that you also get room for swapping out memory modules with no need to remove a fan or the cooler to do so. You can easily mount the cooler to the motherboard before putting the motherboard in the chassis and still have access to all the screws, as well as this not blocking the 8-pin plug. Then there is the coolest trick and moment of awe when I saw that the fans just slide in and out of the shrouds. No complicated clips, no screws - just pressure holding them in, and even with the two piece shroud design and the way the fans fit into them, there wasn't a squeak or a chirp to be heard from them throughout my testing.
During the installation, I would have liked slightly larger heads on the universal screws that go through the back plate, or even a slightly deeper track to put them in. When I installed the black risers on top of the motherboard, if you go slightly off angle with it, the screws will spin on you. I did end up getting it all together, but it would be nice to lock the screws in a little better since the threads in the risers are tight enough for a lot of resistance. The only other thing anyone could bring up as a con of this cooler would be the noise levels. Being a guy who still likes to go for the gusto with my PCs when it comes to overclocking, I know what it takes to deliver this sort of efficiency to a single tower, so for people like myself this isn't an issue. For those of you who want something quieter, there are PWM versions of this design out there, and of course, you can set the VR dial on this to anywhere you desire.
What really takes this whole thing over the top for me is the price point. How can you deny a cooler that has this level of performance and won't break you financially to own one? To me the issues I did bring up are overshadowed once you think back and consider you are getting all of the features and function we found in the NiC C5 Untouchable Cool CPU cooler for the MSRP of just $54.99. You honestly can't beat this deal with anything I have seen lately. I mean, this thing not only can do what the monsters of air cooling can do, it competes with the AIOs, and offers the sort of room that an AIO delivers to the CPU area.
From every angle, and every design nuance in the NiC C5, there is no way you will be disappointed with this latest cooler from Thermaltake.
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