So first off sorry for the long intervals in between updates lately I have been going back and forth between this blog and my youtube channel and having tons of trouble with adsense. So without further delay what happened with the No name no brand cooler.
Well my initial look at the cooler was it works decently well no better than a stock cooler though despite the tower design. Its nice that it is only 90mm tall so it fit into my Corsair Air 240 which houses my Plex media server and HTPC. My main complaint is it feels cheap and its kind of fragile.
Well here is the where
"YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR"
Comes into the game. It was working ok for a few weeks and it would probably still be ok if I hadn't messed with it. But let me go into further detail for people just reading this post in case you haven't read my upcoming projects post from back in March.
We all know eBay and the chance to get a sweet deal, and to be honest who wouldn't want to save a little money when you have the PCMR addiction and buy PC parts quite often. Well the no name no brand CPU cooler caught my attention and for $14.99 shipped I couldn't help but try it. It arrived 3 weeks later in a black plastic bag with some bubble wrap on it. No instructions and a white tube of "Thermal paste".
Ok so back to the results.
First installation went pretty easily I decided to try and use the included paste to give it a chance. The temps were okay about on par with a stock cooler. Well "mystery thermal paste" lasted maybe 2 weeks before I was watching a movie and running my CPU around 62 °C. So obvious solution change out the thermal compound. Well this cooler mounts with little plastic push pins through the motherboard and they were kind of made to only be installed once. Even through careful removal one of them cracked at the bottom. It gets better! After swapping out the thermal paste and figuring out a way to re secure the cracked push pin. I went to reinstall the fan that clips on the front of the fin stack as most tower coolers do. Well one side no problem, stretched the staple thin clip on the other side and it snapped making mounting the fan straight more time consuming than the cooler is worth. So honestly for an extra $5 a Cryorig M9i would be a much better option for CPU coolers on the cheap. But since this case is so shallow I'll stick with the low profile coolers and pay a little more for quality.