Swiftech Polaris 120 CPU Cooler Review

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Swiftech Polaris 120 CPU Cooler rated Kickass by 3dGameMan.com

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Review category: Cooling
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The Swiftech Polaris 120 CPU Cooler has lots of aluminum fins, many heatpipes, smooth copper base comes with a quiet 120mm fan and fits all current Intel and AMD sockets. Also, this cooler is medium sized, so it will fit in just about any mid-tower case. So if you need an affordable CPU air cooler that performs well, this might just be it.


 

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Anonymous

will a noctua 140mm fan work with this cooler

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it seems pretty good, but I would rather get the Cooler Master V6GT. I plan on getting one of those later this year.

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COOLER MASTER V6GT CPU COOLER is better still. It would've been nice if they add another fan to maximize cooling performance.

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Could the 120mm fan be changed with another 120mm fan of my choice? Other words can I buy another 120mm fan to replace the one that came with the heat sink?

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Yes, fan can be replaced. Did you have a specific fan in mind?

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If I was to switch it out I would go for an Antec 120mm with green LED to match my case lights:)...

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Yes, shouldn't be a problem, although the way the clip snap in might be. Although most standard fans are very similar.

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Rodney, how come I never see you review any "bad" products? You always say that they are great, kickass, or 100% kickass. I don't think I've ever heard you suggest purchasing a different product instead of the product being reviewed.

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Great question, but one that been answered many times. But I'll answer it again ;)

The real question is, why would I request poor products for review? Fact is, I don't have time now to review all of the decent products I'd like to ;) So when sponsors contact me about reviewing products I'm only interested in the ones I feel are worthy and would interest my viewers. And I usually research the products before agreeing to review them.

Maybe I should start reviewing crappy products, it might be funny. But then again, it's time I just don't have ATM.

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Sorry about asking a repeat question. I'm new to the forum, so I was not sure if you had been asked that before. Perhaps, you could have your webmaster create a Rodney Reynolds FAQ page, no?

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No problem, not the first time someone has asked me a question I've already answered.

Please be aware that we do have a Q&A area: http://www.3dgameman.com/q-and-a You can also search the site (top left).

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Sweet. I'm aware of the Q&A videos. I was merely suggesting a separate section where you type responses to FAQs so that helps folks think of new questions for the Q&A videos which would cut down on repeats like mine. :)

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Yea, that wouldn't be a bad idea, but we'd to find the time to create it.

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I'm not a huge fan of giant air coolers, as I've had one break the stock bracket on my ASUS AMD AM2+ mobo a few months back, and it was a Rosewill fan from Newegg(about the same size as this one), so I now have a smaller copper heatsink, with a stronger bracket, that keeps my CPU as cool, and at times cooler then the Rosewill cooler, plus it's quieter, which is a plus, sense my main rig is in my bedroom lol! Question though, what's everyone's thoughts on the big tubs of white coolermaster thermal grease, as Newegg, has a nice deal on it, as I want to know if it will work as well, or better, then say something like Arctic Silver, or anything in that class of thermal grease?

Anonymous

can someone tell if i plug a pwm fan(4 pin) into a 3 pin motherboard header will it run at max speed?and if a buy a 4pin adaptor to 3 pin will it work?Thanks

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It will run at full speed, the 4TH pin, is so the motherboard can read the temp and/or speed of the fan, and control it's speed threw the bios(if supported), and/or any fan controller software that comes with the motherboard. You will be just fine with that 3pin fan, as long as it can push/pull enough air.

Anonymous

DID YOU TESTED THE STOCK COOLER AT 4 GHZ? ARE YOU CRAZY? Sorry for caps, but I'm really shocked...

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LOL. Yes, I tested the stock cooler at 4GHz. I did it for comparison sake :)

Anonymous

yeah you just said silverstone around 3:30 on

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Don't think so, I said heatpipes and solid copper base at 3:30. Maybe you heard silverstone when I said "solid copper base"?

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I didn't read the other comments, my bad. :p

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No problem, we are only human ;) LOL

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So-so performance relative to similar coolers on the market, nothing new in the stylizing, 120mm pwm fan... nothing new to see here folks... Nothing about this product stands out above its competition.

Anonymous

Hi Rodney, Did you just say silverstone?

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Silverstone, where did I say this?

Anonymous

You said "Silverstone logo" after commenting on the heatpipes.

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Ahh, thanking for spotting that. I'll get it fixed ASAP.