|Item model number||RC-RST20-01|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.6 x 4.9 x 6.3 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||2.56 x 4.89 x 6.3 inches|
NZXT Technologies Respire T20 Cooling Fan, Silver RC-RST20-01
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- Stacked aluminum fins for maximum heat dissipation and anti-vibration rubber pads for sound absorption.
- Equipped with one 120mm fan with fan speeds up to minimal 1300+/-10% and high 1800+/-10% RPM.
- Heat pipes applied using a patented manufacturing process that allows for the maximum amount of pipes in the minimum amount of area.
- One 8mm and two 6mm seamless direct touch heat pipes catalyzing heat transfer while providing super-efficient conductivity.
- Universally compatible to Intel Socket: 2011/1366/1156/1155 /775 and AMD Socket: FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
- Materials: Aluminum Fins and Copper Heat Pipes/Dimensions: 124 (w) x 160 (h) x 65 (d) mm/Heat Pipers Diameter: 1x8mm and 2x6mm/Fin Thickness: 0.4mm/Fin Gap: 2.2mm
- Weight: 310g (Heatsink) and 510g (Heatsink with Fan)/Fan Dimensions: 120(w) x 120(h) x 25(d) mm/Fan Speed: 1800+/- 10% RPM (high)/1300+/-10% RPM (Low, With Speed Adapter)
- Fan Air Static Pressure: 2.26 mmH2O/1.7mm H2O/Fan Air Flow: 68.8 CFM/49.3 CFM/Fan Noise Level: 34.0 dBA/26.5 dBA/Fan Bearing: Sleeve Bearing/Fan Life: 20,000 Hours/Fan Connector: 3-Pin
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Engineered for pure performance, the Respire Series is the newst line of CPU coolers offered by NZXT. The Respire T20 is a compact CPU cooler incorporating 8 mm and two 6mm seamless direct touch heat pipes applied using a patented manufacturing process that allows for the maximum amount of pipes in the minimum amount of area. This enables ultra-high thermal transfer performance. The exterior is well constructed and includes a sturdy fan mounting kit that makes installation easy. The Respire T20 is compatible with any Intel and AMD socket and backed by a 2 year manufacturer's warranty. With the Respire T20, vanquish heat without breaking the bank.
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I built a media center PC with a Biostar Micro ATX FM2 Socket motherboard for $70 which came with a free 2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 Ripjaws X Series Ram, an AMD A6-5400K APU for $65, and put them in a small Thermaltake case I got at Microcenter for $30. Happened to have a corsair 430w PSU and Logitech K400 wireless keyboard/trackpad all laying around. Overall, got a really nice media center PC running Windows 8 for under $200.
+ Easy Install. Very similar to every other air cooler out there on the market. Install backplate. Screw in some screws. Apply Thermal Interface Material. Place heatsink. More Screws. Done.
+ Not that the A6-5400K is very difficult to cool - it was running at ~33C on the stock cooler which was basically a tin can with thermal tape on the bottom and a $0.25 fan on it - but it kept my APU at about room temperature idle, and around 46C running Prime95 for an hour. My office where the computer was tested for this was about 67F because I turned the heat off and it was in the 20s outside. Obviously the extent to which an air cooler can effectively cool a CPU is determined by the ambient temperature.
+ Works fine with FM2 socket. I know that a lot of air coolers don't specify FM2 socket compatibility, but it's not any different from FM1/AM3/AM3+/etc....if you're installing a backplate specifically for the heatsink, then it's going to be compatible. The holes on the motherboard are the same distance apart on all the sockets as far as I can tell without using a ruler.
- Like all CPU coolers for an AMD chip, the way the mounting bracket is designed makes the heatsink sit vertically (as in the fan points up or down, not front to back) in the case. This isn't a big problem but keep in mind a few things.
- First is airflow and thermal design. If your only exhaust fan is out the back of the case, this isn't ideal having the CPU cooler blow either up or down (Obviously if you have an exhaust fan on the top of the case, just place the fan on the bottom side of the heatsink blowing upwards).
- Second, if you use RAM with large profile heatsinks, then this might not fit for you. I'm using G.Skill Ripjaws X series ram and the heatsink on them comes within about 1mm-2mm of touching the NZXT T20 heatsink. I had to install the ram first before installing the heatsink for it to fit.
Other Thoughts: Air cooling is a dying breed of thermal solutions for home PCs. With self contained, low maintenance, liquid cooling solutions from Corsair/Zalman/Thermaltake/etc. for ~$50 at the low end...it's hard to justify spending $30-40 on a heatsink like this or the next model up. At $10, this was an incredible steal. For $30...I wouldn't bother.
I also tested this cooler on my main PC to see how it would fair compared to a Corsair H100i Liquid Cooling system. The results for the TL;DR: Not good!
Intel Core i7-3770K (Stock Speeds: 3.5GHz(3.8GHz Turbo))
ASUS Sabertooth LGA1155 Z77 Motherboard
Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler with 4x 120mm Corsair Performance High Static Pressure Fans in Push/Pull Configuration
16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-2400 CL:10 Quad Channel Ram
SLI: 2x EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX680 Superclocked 2GB Graphics Cards
SSD: 2x Intel 330 Series 120GB in RAID0
Intel's Ivy Bridge line of processors are notorious for having terrible problems with heat. On the stock Intel cooler, I was at nearly 90C with Prime95 running at stock clock speeds. The Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler brought that down to about 45C at load. How did the NZXT T20 fair you ask?
(Idle Temp/Load Temp)
Stock Intel Cooler: (45-50C/85-90C)
Corsair H100i: (25-30C/55-60C)
NZXT T20: (40-45C/75-85C)
Overall not that great. But is the test to cool an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge processor a fair test? No I don't think so. You need a liquid cooling solution for this processor (Intel cheaped out and rather than using fluxless solder to attach the integrated heat spreader to the CPU die, they used crummy thermal interface material and epoxy of some sort) - I'm sure the T20 would handle a Sandy Bridge processor just fine.
I should also mention I didn't use included thermal paste..I used ceramic paste (Arctic Cooler mx-2)
Basically my problem boils down to my package missing two crucial screws for installation and NZXT customer support being horrible to deal with. Amazon said I could return the product for replacement or contact NZXT who would replace the missing parts. I decided to take the issue up with NZXT since they have offices based in California where I live. I thought getting a couple screws wouldn't take too long. It should actually be faster than sending my package back to Amazon to get a replacement then shipped back. Besides, it's not Amazon's fault is it? It's a manufacturer issue of poor quality control.
Since November 30th, I have emailed customer support multiple times, waited on hold multiple times for 30-40 minutes at a time to get disconnected or to be redirected to a voice mail, I've left multiple callback messages on their phone system, and I have left messages in the Live Chat system, but I have not received any responses back. I got lucky two times out of ten contacting them by phone and through the chat. BTW, their Live Chat Support is a joke. They have hours of operation posted as Mon - Fri 12:30 to 6:00pm PST and yet it is unavailable 99% of the time.
On December 3rd, I was told by NZXT I would receive replacement screws in 1-7 business days from their California office and that I would receive a confirmation email with a tracking number once they are shipped. I have not received a email about the replacement screws or any explanation for the hold up with shipping. On December 11th I called NZXT and I was told the screws would be shipped the next day and again that I would receive a confirmation email. Didn't happen.
NZXT screwed up by failing to include two particular (crossbar) screws in my package and they screwed me with no follow through on support. They've been extremely difficult to contact and have had no follow through with responding or making good on their promises. They said they would replace the screws twice now, and failed to ship the screws twice now. I don't know what the problem is with not shipping two little screws or why they never have responded to any of my communications. I have been patient and polite, but I am tired of being jerked around.
Product price and performance isn't everything. If the company backing the product has bad quality control preventing someone from using the product and having to deal with horrible customer support then it should be made known. I think they are hoping I just return the product to Amazon and stop bothering them to do their job and support their product.
***December 18th UPDATE:
Still no screws and no response back from NZXT. I opened a official support ticket a few days ago (though my issue was supposed to be solved already).