The MSRP for Steropes is $44.99, cheaper than Silverstone's NT06-Pro, and far cheaper than Akasa's Nero LX. Sure, it's pricier than the close-to-stock Alpine 11 Pro cooler, but it also fares far better than it. The price-per-performance ratio weighs in the cyclops' favour.
Low profile coolers are few, though their numbers are growing. As enthusiasts are trying to cram as much power as they can in tiny spaces, effective cooling becomes mandatory. Steropes might seem like a strange offering (though most low-profile models sport a similar lok), but it m,anages to deliver on its promise, providing good performance for its size and specs.
It's not the best, there are similar offerings that are better, and it most assuredly will struggle to match full-sized or double-tower coolers. However, it does well in what it's designed to do, namely provide better-than-stock performance for more intense activity, with less noise output, while still reamining small-form-factor friendly. In our case, it had excellent memory clearance, despite it covering a third of the MOBO. Granted, depending on your motherboard, the reality might be different.
Lastly, build quality is exceptional, and there's a certain level of "Reeven" type polish here (everything nickel plated, bright-yellow fan, matte black plastic) that manages to grab my attention. I'm not sure it's for everyone, but one cannot fault the Steropes for at least trying to be appealing.
- Great Design;
- Excellent build-quality;
- Performance could be better;