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The fans use “Hypro” bearings and their blades rotate at a constant speed of ~2200RPM generating maximum 28dBA of noise at 40.2CFM airflow:

From my subjective standpoint, the cooler is a little bit noisy. It is a pity that its fans do not support PWM mode, however, you can manually power them from 7V or even 5V source. We are going to check it out later in this review.

The fans can be removed revealing more details of the cooler aluminum heatsink:

There is no base polishing to talk about here, but we definitely have to point out extremely big distance between the heatpipes in the cooler base. Take a look:

The aluminum parts between the cooler heatpipes is a little less than 3mm, so you may get the impression that this pretty big distance may gravely affect the cooler efficiency. You may get even more concerned when you check out the thermal compound imprint on the cooler base…

… and then on the graphics processor heat-spreader:

And if you install the cooler on top of a bare graphics chip, only two heatpipes will actually be working:

I would like to refrain from making any conclusions before the test results come in, but frankly speaking, the heatpipes placed so far apart concern me a lot.

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