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Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 140mm 140mm Fan
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very quiet
Moves a decent amount of air.
rubber mounting pins isolate vibration
Even comes with a resistor cable to lower fan speed if you find it too loud, but I really don't see a need to use it since they are so quiet anyway, though I have mine plugged into the motherboard so they are speed controlled by temperature. Though, I have plugged them in at full power just to see how much noise they make and couldn't hear much.

Cons: none that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I bought 4, one had a broken blade, but that gave me a chance to try out the new Newegg premier service I recently subscribed to. It was fantastic! I called the premier 800 number when I did the RMA and the return shipping label didn't show up to print. I got to a live person right away and he was excellent. Spoke perfect American English, in fact I don't think Newegg is using an external call center, sounded like I was talking to someone in California at Newegg headquarters that was born and grew up in the US. He handled the issue quickly and professionally. Sent out the new fan right away and told me I didn't need to bother shipping the broken fan back. Which was great for me since I get really bad headaches (cluster headaches if you are curious) that make me very light sensitive, so I don't leave the house if I can help it. Now I don't have to! Thanks Newegg! Saved me some hassle and actually saved me from some physical pain.

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Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm Case cooler
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best fans I've found 02/11/2014

This review is from: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm Case cooler

Pros: I've built more than 100 computers for myself, family and friends over the years and Noctua makes the best fans I've ever used. I love that you can fit this 140mm fan into many places where only a 120mm would fit.

Don't listen to John M's review below, he seems to be measurement challenged... This is in fact a 140mm fan, but it has mounting holes to fit 120mm screw holes, and comes with adaptors so it also fits 140mm screw holes. just make sure if you plan to mount it in a 120mm space there is room for the 140mm of fan that protrudes past the mount holes. It also wouldn't make sense to put the 140mm in a 120mm space if the ventilation holes only cover the 120mm fan area.

Rubber mounting pins work great and isolate any vibration which keeps noise down even more.

Long sleeved cable,

2 resistor adaptors to set fan speed lower if you want to really keep the noise to a minimum. Even at full speed these are very quiet though. With the highest resistor, your ears are better than mine if you can hear the fan at all from 2 feet away.

Cons: Color is a con for some, but I prefer quality and quiet to flashiness. Since they are inside the case I don't spend that much time looking at them anyway, but since I have an Asus Sabertooth motherboard the fans actually match quite nicely for me.

Other Thoughts: Just a tip from an experienced builder. Make sure you have more/bigger fans blowing into your case than blowing out. You want to maintain positive pressure inside your case. IF you have more exhaust than intake your computer will suck in dust through every crack and crevice trying to equalize pressure. If you have positive pressure it will actually blow dust out of your PC. You will have to dust your PC far less often with positive pressure. unfortunately, most cheap cases are terrible for this. spending an extra $20-$30 to get a case with positive airflow is well worth it, especially if it has easily cleanable filters where the intake fans are. Don't forget to account for your video card's exhaust if you have one of the cards with a blower fan that exhausts outside the case when calculating to get positive pressure. They can move a lot of air at high speed.

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Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm Case cooler
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best fans I've found 02/11/2014

This review is from: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm Case cooler

Pros: I've built more than 100 computers for myself, family and friends over the years and Noctua makes the best fans I've ever used. I love that you can fit this 140mm fan into many places where only a 120mm would fit.

Don't listen to John M's review below, he seems to be measurement challenged... This is in fact a 140mm fan, but it has mounting holes to fit 120mm screw holes, and comes with adaptors so it also fits 140mm screw holes. just make sure if you plan to mount it in a 120mm space there is room for the 140mm of fan that protrudes past the mount holes. It also wouldn't make sense to put the 140mm in a 120mm space if the ventilation holes only cover the 120mm fan area.

Rubber mounting pins work great and isolate any vibration which keeps noise down even more.

Long sleeved cable,

2 resistor adaptors to set fan speed lower if you want to really keep the noise to a minimum. Even at full speed these are very quiet though. With the highest resistor, your ears are better than mine if you can hear the fan at all from 2 feet away.

Cons: Color is a con for some, but I prefer quality and quiet to flashiness. Since they are inside the case I don't spend that much time looking at them anyway, but since I have an Asus Sabertooth motherboard the fans actually match quite nicely for me.

Other Thoughts: Just a tip from an experienced builder. Make sure you have more/bigger fans blowing into your case than blowing out. You want to maintain positive pressure inside your case. IF you have more exhaust than intake your computer will suck in dust through every crack and crevice trying to equalize pressure. If you have positive pressure it will actually blow dust out of your PC. You will have to dust your PC far less often with positive pressure. unfortunately, most cheap cases are terrible for this. spending an extra $20-$30 to get a case with positive airflow is well worth it, especially if it has easily cleanable filters where the intake fans are. Don't forget to account for your video card's exhaust if you have one of the cards with a blower fan that exhausts outside the case when calculating to get positive pressure. They can move a lot of air at high speed.

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Display Name: Kirk W.

Date Joined: 04/25/01

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  • First Review: 10/28/11
  • Last Review: 02/20/14
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