As promised, here are some pics of my spare rig with the new cooler installed.
First of all, a picture I took while building. I had to take the whole mobo out because the the CM690 does not have a CPU cutout. Ah well, I like doing these kinds of things so it wasn't so much a bad thing
Now here's the cooler installed in the rig:
A little overview picture here. Yup, all of this runs on a cheap 620W CoolerMaster PSU. This PSU continues to surprise me, while I've never really heard great stories about CM PSU's. Also, 1x 6 pin PCI to 2x 6 pin PCI converter cables FTW
. People really don't need as much power as they think, but on the other hand I feel like I'm getting close to the boundary.
A better overview of the PC. I was able to do some fairly decent cable management in the end, but the CM690 is a far from ideal case in this respect. Also, this is not the second revision of the case, and this one is still ugly gray on the inside. Anyway, I guess I'm spoiled by my Corsair 600T for my main rig. This case has served me well and still does to this day.
Just another pic:
Here's a pic from the outside of the case. I like how you can see the cooler through the fan mesh on the side panel.
Up close from the outside:
OK, so now some initial impressions:
This cooler has been very satisfying thus far. I gave my trusty old i5-750 a 3.5GHz overclock to start with (2.66 is default), and it is working out great. Idling at about 31 degrees Celsius (only slightly more than without overclock, which was about 29-30 degrees), and during my stress test I did not go above 77 degrees. This stress test was about an hour of prime95 (no errors). Basically, I think these results are pretty decent to start with.
Installation was also quite straightforward In my opinion. I've heard installation ease is not where this cooler shines, but I didn't have any problems with it. Hardest part was aligning the retention bracket with the screw holes while positioning the cooler on top of the CPU.
Little side story: I was busy putting some OC on my i5-750 when my computer shut of completely. I thought: damn what did I do. Turns out someone in the house created a short circuit which resulted in the power going down
Now comes the time of optimizing and going as far as I can. We'll see how this cooler holds up then
edit: by the way, I used Arctic Silver 5 which I still had left instead of the TIM that comes with the cooler.Edited by keesgelder - 10/7/12 at 9:39am