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This review is from: Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fans
Pros: - Warranty
- Well Engineered
Cons: - Price (But you get what you pay for)
Other Thoughts: I purchased three of these fans to replace the failing intake fans in my Antec 1200 and paired them with the NZXT sentry mesh fan controller. Other than the buttugly Desert Storm color scheme, I can't really find anything wrong with these fans and while these don't have any fancy LEDs, it's usually a good idea to choose performance over appearance. The three of these sit unlit behind some intake filters so the color isn't an issue at all.
For any of you feeling especially white and nerdy, check out Noctua's website. They do a good job of explaining the engineering behind high quality fans.
This review is from: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels
Pros: 5 Control Sliders
Lengthy 3-pin connectors
Cons: LED flood light on the front
Other Thoughts: I bought this controller along with three Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm case fans to replace my dying intake fans on my Antec 1200 case that have been running dutifully 24/7 for the past 5 years. I wanted high quality fans while still retaining the ability to adjust them on the fly. I didn't experience any of the buzzing that so many other reviewers here mentioned. My only gripe is the obnoxiously bright white LED on the front. It probably won't bother people who keep their PC on the floor, but mine sits on my desk and that LED is mighty bright at eye level. If you keep your PC in a room where you sleep, this might present a problem. The light does bleed into the space occupied by the right-most fan control slider, but that's not a big deal. An on/off switch for that LED would be nice, but I'll probably end up covering it with something. Overall, I really like this controller so far.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
Pros: This cooler performs so well that I'm updating a previous review.
Cons: The 1155 bracket kit was a colossal pain in the *** to install, but it was worth the trouble.
It still doesn't cook bacon.
Other Thoughts: Using this cooler to replace the stock Intel HSF, the difference in temps are like night and day. With the stock HSF on the Core I5-3570K, I was getting around 40 to 42 degrees Celsius at the stock 3.4Ghz speed while idle.
After installing the CNPS9900, I am currently able to overclock the CPU to 4.12Ghz. With Prime95 hammering all four cores, my temps have yet to get above 40 degrees Celsius.
Ambient room temperature is 22 degrees Celsius.
This HSF is obviously capable of higher overclocks, but it's pretty much overkill at this point. An extra 700Mhz out of this processor is plenty fast for my needs today.
As the thermal grease goes through a couple of thermal cycles, I may see another one to two degree drop over time. It's a marginal improvement, but I suppose every little bit helps.