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The Fan is rated MTBF for 50,000 hrs Dual ball . 9 out of ten fan failures are directly traceable to bearing failure. I paid a buck extra per fan for the added reliability. I have been trying to get the warrenty for the heat sink out of my lawyers office and post to the site. but I am looking At a 50,000 hr complete Heat sink replacement garrantee for a bearing fan failure. The base is diecast, the top peice is brazed to the base and xrayed to verify integrity.
Now this sounds like somthing that I can't change fans on if I get a wild hair and want to put somthing with a higher cfm rating on to see if I can increase the performance.If the fan fails I'm S.O.L. and have to send it back for a replacment instead of putting another fan on(we all have spares lying around right?) and getting right back into action.
For this reason alone I will not be buying one of these coolers. I like to be able to have the option to try different fans on a heatsink to get the best performance possible.
BlakeN (Jun 04, 2001 10:05 a.m.):
Correct me if Im wrong but since its copper (thats the part im not sure of) It should be relatively soft. So you can dremmel through it and then solder it back together. The point is the type of people that are going to want this HSF are the type of people that cant buy somthing and let it set. We are all the type of people that have to break it and then try to make it work better. Since it seems oc.com has some pull with this company they need to sugest a removable fan for the Millenium 2.