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This review is from: BitFenix Spectre PWM BFF-SCF-P14025KK-RP 140mm Case Fan
Pros: Fairly quiet, PWM helps a lot with that, Though I can hear them when they fire up. (show me a 140mm fan that doesn't make noise at higher speeds...)
No LEDs. I have an InWin 904 case, and my previous fans' blue LEDs really cheapened up the look.
cheaper than other FDB fans out there...
Cons: ...because it's likely not a true FDB fan. I have found a couple teardowns of Bitfenix's FDB fans, and most agree they use what other OEMs would call a rifle bearing. It's still very quiet and in truth the bearing is not too far off from a FDB bearing, but the real FDB bearing is a patented design, which is why only a handful of OEMs actually use it.
And no, you can't use rubber mounts, and I can confirm that there are no airflow indicators on the outside, I had to go off my last fan and then check manually that the airflow was as expected, (it was).
Other Thoughts: I basically knew all the cons going in, and I'm happy with my purchase, I still think they are a good value.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The chassis of the fan including the motor and grill are suspended by rubber/silicone supports to another plastic chassis that you actually screw in to your case. This was a pleasant surprise to me since I bought this only because it was FDB. Also there are no LEDs on it, which is part of the reason why I replaced my old one.
Cons: they don't offer this fan in 140 mm sizes, because I would buy more
Other Thoughts: probably the quietest fan I have ever ownedREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: IN WIN 904.PLUS Black 2mm / 4mm Aluminum Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Nothings beats the satisfaction of having a nice looking computer. I wish this was a laptop I could take to work and show off, but sadly it's anchored to my office desk.
The build is very solid, however I did notice a minor warp along the back panel of the chassis where the PCI slots are located making screwing in the video card a chore but other than that I could not be happier with the quality of the build. hard drive bays sit brilliantly, I have personally never had docking HDDs though I use them at work, but its more of a look thing than anything else, (there are no additional bays included than the ones already in the system so it's not really intended to be that swapable. USB ports are well located and ample.
I personally bought a 90mm fan, a 140mm fan and a 140mm corsair h90 for the CPU. Temps are perfectly reasonable at moderate overclocking and my 4770K runs at about 30C when idle, as well as my EVGA 780Ti.
The case is very roomy inside (with one exception), which makes this case a great choice for monster sized GPUs. You could easily fit 4, but you would have the 4th GPU blowing exhaust directly into the PSU so I couldn't recommend that setup without watercooling.
For cable management, the case came with plenty of handy extenders and little adhesive clips. There's plenty of room to fool around with behind the motherboard, and you'll likely need it if you do a similar build as I did.
Cons: I don't imagine this is the first case Inwin have ever made, but there are some strange things in here that make me question what the hell they were thinking.
On to what is clearly the biggest issue with the case: there is simply no easy way to put in that PSU. I went with a 1000W ATX modular PSU. since the PSU is installed upside down, the thick power cable for the motherboard has to reach over all the modular slots to get to the other side of the case. It was intended to be installed right side up, and have the Main cable be conveniently out of the way, but this case design counteracts and exacerbates that. This wouldn't be such a huge issue if there was more than a half inch sliver of a hole to fit all power cables through, plus all front I/O. And even that wouldn't be such a huge deal if you could just slide the PSU in, but you have to finagle it in past this flap, and then swing it down, squeezing all the cables through an even tighter space. EVEN THIS wouldn't be such a huge problem if the just widened the hole everything goes through, which there is clearly space. This really is a HUGE oversight, especially since the case is spec'd to fit an ATX PSU. I honestly don't think there is any way I could fit another cable unit in this case without modifying the hole the cables go through; I'm shocked I even got the ones that I did through.
The hole in the chassis for the CPU backside did not properly overlap with my CPU and I had to take the whole motherboard apart to get the waterblock on.
The case is designed for watercooling, but having the radiator attach to the panel which is meant to be detachable for access to the rear I/O means that you have to handle with care every time you remove it, meaning it's much easier to just unscrew the side panel to access the rear I/O making fingerprints a real danger.
There's no reason this couldn't have supported a dual 120mm fan radiator setup.
Other Thoughts: It's hard to put a price on looking this good. I am overall VERY pleased with the final product, and if you're willing to pay the premium, and put in the effort, this can be a beautiful and powerful rig.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Matthew D.
Date Joined: 09/23/13
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