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Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs I posted this in Cougar fans also, it's about both 08/04/2015

This review is from: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan

Pros: I have owned both brands of fans now for at least 2 or 3 years. My computer is a dual CPU 32 CORE workstation/server that only gets turned off when I go out of town a couple of times a year. They have been running non-stop for years without as much as a tick or a rattle. i do clean the blades several times a year, especially on my Noctuas which are on my 2 Noctua CPU coolers ( fans each) I have been waiting for them to fail so that i can get PWM speed controlled fans (either Cougar or Noctua) to replace them as my computer has an extensive fan control system built in to the motherboard. The same goes for all the Cougars that I use for the case, I bought them when there were no PWM speed controlled fans being made by then or at least the New Egg carried. I am still waiting for those to fail as well. The fans that came with the dase (Thermaltake) failed within months of building it. I got the Noctuas when i upgraded CPU's from 8 cores @ 2 GHz to 16 cores @3.3GHz for each of two CPU's. I also have 4 x 2 TB Black Enterprise Edition 7200 RPM Hard Drive configured as a striped RAID for speed and 2 X i TB Seagate 7200 RPM Drives (the originals) being used as Long Term Storage on the 3 GB/s front Bus the RAID and both SSD's a 256 GB and a 5612 GB are on the Pike card Raid at 6 GB/s. It has 64 GB of registered RAM soon to me 96 GB and a 7850 series amd processor Video Card by Radeon. I use it for Recording Music and processing it, mixing it etc as well as all my other computer needs. There are faster computers out there but few that can match it in the number of things it can do at once without breaking a sweat:) I never overheats and i never get Blue screens (Knock on Wood!) In MHO you cannot go wrong with a Cougar or a Noctua Fan. Just be sure to research all the fans they make and get the fan that best suites your specific needs. As far as CFM; Db; PWM Speed control or manual set speed. and of course what size. They are not inexpensive nor are they made cheaply in any way. The prices are very fair for what you get and I only had to call once to each company with a question and they were extremely professional and friendly and very serious about customer satisfaction. As in I truly believe that if there was a serious problem they would gladly replace the fan with no or very little argument, probably they would just want to know the circumstances in order to send it to their development team to see if it is a recurring problem. That is the feeling they gave me when dealing with them. I don't believe that you can go wrong with either company if you choose the fan that fits your needs, from either company.

Cons: I have non. Once they fail, I will just order replacements, although I think I will get fans that my MOBO can control the speed on. I use them on a computer that it used for recording music including voice, so silence in important. With the manually adjustable speed fans I just put the resister in and they go dead silent, when using the computer for production and mixing or other heavy CPU use jobs I let them run full speed. At full speed they aren't really very loud at all.

Other Thoughts: Read my Comment on the Cougar fans.SAme for Noctuas.

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ASUS KGPE-D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Socket G34 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I wrote a review of my ASUS KGPE_D16 and in it I said I had problems with MSI boards in the past and I meant to say SUPERMICRO, sorry.

Cons: See Pros.

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ASUS KGPE-D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Socket G34 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Workstation/Server Board 04/27/2014

This review is from: ASUS KGPE-D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Socket G34 AMD SR5690 DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800

Pros: Stable; Fast; Holds Loads of Memory; Great RAID/PIKE selection that work flawlessly; My computer runs for days and sometimes weeks at a time without a problem. I ude my computer for an Audio Workstation among other things. I use MOTU professional PCIe based sound and it works flawlessly.When I went to upgrade my CPU's from to 6228SE's the technician broke the CPU socket, ASUS immediately sent one out, it arrived the day after I mailed the old on in. No problem with customer service here. BTW Bios upgrade was without a problem.

Cons: I got my first board right as they were released, mine was one of the first run. One of the cpu sockets was dead. I had to wait for the second run for a new one and when it came they gave me a free remote ASBM chip for my wait. The board is definitely configured more for a server than a workstation. No sound card chip, not that I would have used it as they are all junk. No USB 3. Tight PCIe arrangement. Could use more PCIe bandwidth. Practically impossible to fit 2 high end Video Cards in if you want multiple +3 screens you have to go for a pro card and they are very expensive. Hope they upgrade the board with a second edition that includes thunderbolt. Front SATA could have been 6GB/s although my Pike card supplies 8 x 6GB/s headers.

Other Thoughts: All in all it is a great board, especially for a board that was first generation for the AMD G43 6000 series CPU's. Good supporting chips (North and south bridge). Could Use an update i.e. 2nd edition. Remote ASMB chip can be handy, so can the chip that hold passwords etc. and yes I have both. There is nothing that would make not choose ASUS again for a MOBO. I have had disasters in the past from, and was charged a lot more MSI and other companies.

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Display Name: BRIAN B.

Date Joined: 03/10/11

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 06/30/12
  • Last Review: 08/04/15
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