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This review is from: Black 200mm Case Fan 1000RPM
Pros: The fans have a reasonable life. I had one as the intake fan in my Corsair 650D for several years, without issues.
Cons: NewEgg sells this fan for a fair bit more than the OEM.
The fan costs more than the higher quality, higher airflow, lower noise BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm, or the CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200mm which NewEgg also carries; I have owned all three.
Other Thoughts: At a full 12 volts, this fan gets a bit whiny. It is much more tolerable lowered to about 7.5v with a fan controller, but you get less airflow. Cooler Master's MegaFlow 200mm and BitFenix's Spectre Pro 200mm operate at their full 12v with much better noise quality. I would purchase these from NewEgg rather than the Corsair.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-LPRO-20025B-RP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan
Pros: Tons of mounting options (variable spaced holes)
Lots of mounting screws included (threaded for washers, self-tapping, and rubber grommets)
Multiple adapter cables included for power
The fan itself is a high quality unit
Multiple LED color options (this is blue, but red, and white exist, or no LEDs at all)
Cons: Can't think of any. The price is reflective of the quality you get. Maybe the one con is that it'd take some modding to try and get the 230x30mm model in my case? =)
Other Thoughts: There are not a huge number of options for Corsair 650D owners for the front 200mm fan, and the stock fan is somewhat loud at full speed, and a little flimsy.
The BitFenix Spectre Pro is quieter at its full 12v speed, and still moves more air than the stock Corsair fan. A lot of thought was put into this fan, and the packaged accessories and it shows.
Pros: Works just fine fanless in the Core i5-2500 system I built for my wife, which runs Folding@Home (CPU and GPU) all day. Used for video encoding/decoding which works fine. Fast GDDR5 memory.
Cons: Price. At the time I bought it, the fanless Radeon R7-240 version was perhaps ten dollars cheaper (due to being in short supply), and now it is $30 less. It would have been enough for her.
Other Thoughts: Used in a Lian Li PC-A04 case. Two low-speed Scythe FDB fans for intake, one for updraft exhaust. Arctic Freezer 7 Pro CPU heatsink. Single 1TB 7.2k hard drive, DVDRW. I purchased this because the fan on the Geforce GT 430 in my wife's system failed, and I couldn't find a replacement fan. I don't want to deal with small, failure-prone GPU fans for her system.READ FULL REVIEW