Pros: Effective, reliable little fan. Does what it is designed for.
Cons: No mounting hardware of any sort comes with this unit. I didn't really expect it to but if another brand provided this, I would consider it. I had to be creative to get it to stay on my northbridge hs.
Summary: My home file server is built around an Intel Atom N330 board. It's on 24/7. The stock CPU cooler fan is 40mm, and it started buzzing and making more noise after 3 years. This little Scythe fan is one of the few available in the right size.
Pros: Quiet for a 40mm fan Inexpensive Right size for replacing stock cooler fan on Atom N330
Cons: Power cable is only about 5" long (long enough for my use)
Cons: The fan only begins spinning if I give it a nudge, as if there is a bad fan bearing that keeps it from spinning up. And when it does spin up, it doesn't move much air at all, is it supposed to be like that? How are there so many 5-eggs? When my computer goes to sleep, the fan turns off, and won't...
Pros: Eliminated a motherboard chipset overheating issue in a case with poor airflow.
Cons: Not many options for mounting. Unless you end up extremely lucky with existing mounting you're at the mercy of rigging something up for this fan to work. This will however work with any standard 40mm mountings that you commonly find in external components suck as drive enclosures, hubs, etc.