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Pros: - Silent, the entire case is a heatsink.
- Comes with all necessary parts despite the absence of information on Newegg. Do some research. The Akasa site has all of the information on contents etc.
- This 53W CPU stays under 65C even under heavy load
- Small size, discrete
- VESA mount. I haven't used it yet, but I'm looking forward to.
- Heavy. This is a Pro because the case is solid aluminum. Very good build quality.
Cons: - The case gets quite warm, but that's to be expected.
- Difficult to take apart and put back together due to the way the motherboard is mounted. Definitely make sure you build it right the first time.
- No front USB, the Euler S may have been a better choice.
Other Thoughts: My Build:
- ASUS H81T/CSM
- Intel Celeron G1820
- 4GB G.Skill DDR3L
- 32GB SSD
- Rosewill USB WIreless N adapter
- 120W adapter
- Rii Remote
I use this HTPC as a Kodi box and run various game system emulators including pj64. I tried using OpenElec, Kodibuntu, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint, but settled on Windows 7 with launcher4kodi due to poor wireless networking support and various other annoyances with using Linux. Windows uses a lot of hard drive space, though, so I had to disable the page file, hibernate, and system restore functionality to save space. Windows updates also take up a very large amount of space. In the end there is just over 10GB of free space.
Going back, I would choose a 64GB SSD which would allow a bit more wiggle room, and I would choose the Euler S which has front USB ports. Other than that everything else is functioning very well.
Overall I am very satisfied with this case and with this build.
This review is from: Fractal Design Silent Series R3 50mm Fan
Pros: * They function as expected and are hardly audible even at the full 3500RPM.
* Very good build quality.
* I like the white. It looks very nice in my case with all of the black.
Cons: * A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
* Not 4-pin, so they can't spin down much lower than 2000 RPM with my motherboard, but at this speed they are silent.
* The screw it comes with seem odd to me. I'm not entirely sure what 50mm fans are typically used for, but for my application they were 100% useless.
Other Thoughts: I bought two of these to replace the noisy fans that came with my G.Skill RAM cooler. The original fans were also 3500 RPM, but they had sleeve bearings and created a very audible dissonant wavering sound since they were operating at such a close but not-quite-the-same RPM. These Fractal fans have no such issue. Even at full speed they are hardly audible and they provide plenty of cooling for my OCed memory. I had to use the original screws and bolts that came with the RAM cooler because the screws that came with these seem useless to me.
I bought these after I purchased several of the new Fractal Venturi 120mm HP fans and a 140mm HP fan to replace all of the aging fans in my case. My experience with those fans and with Fractal Design as a whole has been nothing but positive, and these fans are no exception. I'm confident that these will remain functional and silent for quite some time and highly recommend Fractal to anyone looking for high quality fans at a reasonable price.
This review is from: Fractal Design Venturi High Pressure Series PWM 140mm Fan
Pros: * Silent at low speeds and powerful at high speeds.
* heavy, high build quality. It just feels really nice in your hand.
* PWM controlled.
* Comes with a 4-pin splitter—very useful.
* long sleeved cable—allowed me to effectively rout cables.
* The rubber corners seem to dampen vibrations.
Cons: * The rubber corners may wear out with repeated installation/deinstallation, but this will not be an issue for me.
* Pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for, more than you pay for even. Certainly a good value.
* They are noisy at full speed, but the noise is satisfying in a way. It's deep and throaty rather than the typical airy whine of a cheaper fan.
Other Thoughts: This is modified from my review of the 120mm version:
I was searching for a high quality, good value PWM fan to replace the three 120mm and one 140mm intake fans in my case. I have two cats and therefore have dust filters on all of my intake fans, so I was also looking for High Pressure fans. After about a week and a half of reading up on the various styles and brands of fans, I chose to buy this 140mm and three of the 120mm version.
The 140mm fan is now in the top of my case blowing air down onto the back of my top videocard. I've noticed a reduction in the temperature of the videocard after installation of it and the other new fans that I recently purchased.
When I received them, I was so pleased with them that I bought two more of the 120mms to use in a push-pull on the 120mm radiator of my closed loop CPU cooler. Compared to the original Cooler Master fan, they provide better cooling and are quieter together than the one fan was alone.
I also bought two of the Fractal 50mm SSR3 fans to replace the ones on my G.Skill RAM cooler. They spin at the same 3500RPM as the original fans, but are MUCH quieter. At full speed, the G.Skill fans were OBNOXIOUSLY loud while the Fractal fans at the same 3500 RPM are hardly audible.
Of the six 4-pin splitters that I received with my fans, I am using three of them presently in my case. One for my two CPU fans, one for my two front fans, and one for my two 50mm RAM cooler fans. They have allowed my to operate 8 speed-controlled fans on my motherboard's 5 speed-controlled 4-pin headers. I couldn't be more pleased.
I would definitely highly recommend Fractal fans to anyone who is looking for high quality fans at a reasonable price!