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Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan
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3 out of 5 eggs Silent, but mediocre 10/05/2013

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

Pros: Silent at ~1500 RPM

Cables are sleeved

Comes with a V cable and extension cable.

Cons: Perform slightly worse than corsair H70 (CPU cooler) stock fans.

Specifically states that it is "designed for pressure demanding applications such as heatsinks and radiators." But is ineffectual at doing so.

Other Thoughts: I bought this expecting my CPU to run slightly cooler with less noise. After all it is a $20 case fan with great reviews. After installing this fan I found that I had to manually go into the motherboard and set it for 100% all the time or it drops to 400 RPM and is completely ineffective until the CPU reaches 70 degrees. This problem does not happen with my other case fans.

After doing that I noticed that my CPU still gets up to 67-69 degrees within the first few minutes of prime95 testing. With the corsair stock fans, which are not very good at all, I get 63-65 degrees. (Tested right before installing the Noctua)

This is decent if you just want something quiet, but it honestly is not a great fan for pushing air through a radiator. All in all not worth the $20 for one fan that is quiet but makes my CPU run hotter.

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CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Keeps CPUs cool 09/21/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

Pros: Keeps my CPU cool at 4.2 GHz.
(4.4 GHz still cool, but I can't get it stable with voltages I'm comfortable with.)

Doesn't have space issues with RAM close to CPU like a normal heatsink.

Easier to maintain than custom water cooling.

Looks very nice in an Antec 1200 case.

Cons: The mounting brackets are terrible. Very flimsy and barely able to secure as well as it needs to. I know the H80i brackets are much better, shame that wasn't out when I built my system.

With using both push and pull fans it is hard to fit alongside a side mounted fan. Had to cut unneeded plastic edge off the side fan.

Other Thoughts: Bought this 5 years ago and still running strong.

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Nexus BASIC D12SL-12 120mm Case cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet 09/13/2013

This review is from: Nexus BASIC D12SL-12 120mm Case cooler

Pros: Quiet
Works for my uses
Low CFM (Can be a pro/con depending on use.)
Includes 4-pin Molex converter
Fancy material cover over the wires (Not shown in pictures, but it looks nice. Wish all fan wires had it.)
Looks good

Cons: Low CFM (Can be a pro/con depending on use.)

Other Thoughts: My Antec 1200 came with all adjustable fans, but even at the lowest speed they were noisy in the back. The front fans have filters in front of them which dampen the sound a bit, and are actually quieter on full speed than the back ones are on low. (You can hear air passing through the fan.)

I just wanted something quiet as exhaust, but I also wanted low CFM to keep air pressure positive and dust out of my case. This works very well.

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Date Joined: 05/30/08

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