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This review is from: APEVIA CF12SL-BBL 120mm UV blue LED fan w/3-pin and 4-pin connectors and black grill
Pros: I am using this as a side case fan. The blue LED is not overpowering and that is a huge plus. The cable is sleeved black and so is the molex adapter. For the price, it looks and feels twice as much.
At full power, the fan runs about 1100RPMs and can be turned down to about 700 before it just stops working. The blue LED does dim if you decrease the power, of course.
Cons: Without any drag (putting your hand in front of it a little bit), there is an audible hum from the motor that I don't like. I'm going to try and get some foam to put between it and the side case to see if that is enough to silence it.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a good fan for the money, and moves a decent amount of air. I just wish there was no motor noise.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Does exactly what it says. The cable is about 11-12 inches long so I was able to route the cable through the back of the case and back in to connect to the mobo (for the 3-pin that I got).
Cons: It is fairly silent. I believe their noise levels they stated if it had no case or obstructions. In reality, they are pretty noise due to the shear amount of air they move. I got them turned down to 1100RPMs and they are more manageable now.
Remember that it is not fan motor noise, just the air it moves. 77CFM is a ton of air, and that's why I wanted them.
The cable is not sleeved black so you get to see the colored wires. Not a huge deal to me though.
The mounting screws are bare metal and not black.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend a fan controller if you get the 3-pin version of this fan. Unless you have a mobo that can turn it down in the bios.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: I don't have to say much considering there are hundreds of reviews on this.
I am running an i5 750, which has an 95W TDP. It is overclocked to 4.0GHz with a Vcore of 1.35 (LLC makes it go up to 1.368 at load). With Prime95 running blend tests, my hottest core got to 82C occasionally for a split second. You can't ask for anything better with this kind of price and performance.
On day-to-day gaming and web browsing, my processor doesn't really see over 65C.
I have read tons of reviews on different websites before I bought, and this thing is the best air cooler dollar-for-dollar. Cooler Master has made a loyal customer.
Cons: I wish the base was lapped and polished for better contact.
Make sure to pay very close attention to the instructions, especially how to put the X bracket on as it goes a certain way! The instructions are OK, but if you are completely new to this please find some videos to watch on how to mount it.
Other Thoughts: You don't have to tighten the mounts down all the way to get a tight seal on your processor.READ FULL REVIEW