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Pros: I built a custom water loop in my NZXT H440 case, which if you don't know, is optimized for quiet operation. I put 3 of these fans in front of my radiator, and then I put 3 more on the top because the case really needs help in the exhaust department. I booted up my system and I immediately frowned. My supposedly quiet case now sounded like a leaf blower... Awful... The inline resistors are a definite must, and my system's temperature did not vary a single degree C. Keep in mind though, I have a pretty nice 3x120 radiator cooling off a single CPU. So low RPM high static pressure will work just fine. The rubber connectors are honestly a stroke of genious, and I see no way at all that the fan could ever vibrate and add noise. The quality is superb, and I am now a customer for life.
Cons: It takes a lot to impress me. I have zero problems.
I did buy 3 of these twin packs, and the screw heads for each one was a little different. Oh well.
Other Thoughts: These are 3 pin fans, and if you search on the internet "how to control 3 pin fan speeds" you will read where people have regurgitated the same nonsense that you can only control PWM fans blah blah blah. PWM fans are great if you really are looking for 30 rpm settings. If you think you need that many RPM settings, you don't. I hooked these fans up to my 12 V PSU test bench and used different inline resistors, and the one that corsair provides really gives the best mix of quiet and performance. No, these fans do not make noise when they are undervolted. If yours do, return them.
Not a pro or a con, just really neat though... If you hook up these fans and lay them flat on a table, they make so much torque when they start up that the entire fan will rotate until it gets up to speed.
Pros: NOTE: VERY EARLY REVIEW, WILL UPDATE AS OWNERSHIP INCREASES
Very good graphics performance for the price, nice cool temps, GPUTweak is great for overclocking (VOLTAGE SLIDER = WIN). The fans can be throttled, but I never hear them speed up (even though I manually sped them up, and it does make noise when turned all the way up) Overall, it does what it does very well and the heat pipes look like an exhaust manifold on one side of a V6
Cons: I have a few issues with the build quality. Yes, there is a brace to hold it all together like they mention in the review video, but that doesn't mean that the card doesn't flex under its own weight. In my opinion, that is not a good thing.
Fan duty spikes for no apparent reason according to the monitoring software, and that doesn't make sense. The GPU usage also spikes while watching youtube vidoes but stays fairly regular during gaming? These are not real problems because I cannnot audibly hear the fans speed up and GPU usage during gaming is what really matters with this breed of graphics card. May be due to my cheap Xion PSU
Other Thoughts: Abysmal without updates... duh! looking forward to Mantle!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Pros: I opened up the power supply to make some minor modifications and (no I wasn't surprised) I found a lot of really high quality, Japanese manufactured components. The bottom of the fan actually has a piece of plastic covering one side of it (there is an empty side) to ensure that all of the air is pushed over the the active components.
Cons: The heat spreader could be a bit better, however.
Other Thoughts: I crack these open fairly frequently to modify them to suit, and this is probably the best so farREAD FULL REVIEW