What You Get - Continued
Moving on to the fan shows us a pretty standard looking 80mm x 80mm x 25mm model. Actual airflow numbers were not available through the Scythe webpage, but it is designed as a variable speed model with speeds ranging from 1300 - 3400 RPM. And while they rate the sound of this fan at 37dBA, I would be very surprised if it is even that loud. Running at full speed at all times, it was quieter than the slow spinning case fans that I use in my system. So yes, the claims of being quieter than the competition is very true.
Also of note about the fan is that it uses a 4-pin Molex connector power and also has a separate 3-pin connection to allow for fan speed monitoring through your favorite software utility.
One downfall in the design that needs to be pointed out is the lack of a fan grill. Even with slower spinning fans, the fact that many mainboards have the primary motherboard power cabling in close proximity to the processor makes it too important to leave out of the design plan.
This little item seems to be getting to be a mainstay in modern coolers of late. What we have is a rheostat that allows you to manually adjust the speeds of the fan. You simply install it into an empty PCI slot and you have full control of the 1300 - 3400 RPM speeds; and control over the resulting noise levels. But as I stated earlier, the fan used is already quiet so you may not have much need of this feature. It is still a nice addition, though.
Finally, we have a quick peek into the realm of versatility. The device shown above is a retention device in case you happen to have a Pentium4 system instead of an AMD based one like I use. The screws that tighten up the clamp bar hook into the holes on the top (metal) portion of this bracket. After the bracket is attached to the P4 mainboard, tightening the screws will work in the same manner as on an AMD based system. But don't worry, there are instructions that come with the cooler to get you through the installation.
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