Product Type: Antec PC Cooling / Fan
Newest Review: ... Although it fits in the expansion slots at the back of a computer, and therefore blocks slots on the motherboard, it does not require an... more
good in certain situations
Antec Super Cyclone Blower
Member Name: Splooshiba
Antec Super Cyclone Blower
Advantages: cheap and reliable
Disadvantages: ugly, could starve a graphics card of air
This cooler is basically an extractor fan fitted on its side. It can be fitted onto the expansion slots on the back of your computer, and blows air from within the case to the outside.
It connects using a standard molex connector, and has a 3 speed switch which lets you vary the fan speed between low, medium and high settings. Although it fits in the expansion slots at the back of a computer, and therefore blocks slots on the motherboard, it does not require any slots for power. Although this means it can be placed in any slot in the case, it does increase cable clutter.
My case (antec 1200) has the power supply fitted at the bottom and so this product is not much use. I advise using this product where the power supply extracts air at the top, and there is nothing expelling air at the bottom rear of the case. Without this a graphics card might not get the air flow required. In most set ups, this will not help with CPU cooling.
The unit itself feels fairly well made, but is nothing special. It is fairly quiet at low and medium but is very noticeable on high speeds. The cable is not sleeved and the unit is fairly ugly, although this may not be a concern.
Overall i would recommend this product if your graphics card does not exhaust hot air at the back of the case (so most single slot cards), because then it would encourage fresh air from the front into the graphics card area. If you do have a card which exhausts air, then this could well starve it of air at higher speeds, and make cooling worse. Due to its location it will have little effect on CPU temperatures.
Summary: great in certain situations, consider air flow before buying
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