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This review is from: Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fans
Pros: Good combination of airflow, static pressure, and quietness. At 900 RPM, it's almost silent - all you will hear is the sound of air being blown, but parctically no vibration or buzzing. At 1000 RPM, the sound is a little bit louder but still bearable. Again, mostly the sound of air blowing. At full speed 1200 RPM, you can hear it for sure. I don't believe anyone who says this fan at full speed is completely silent. It can't be with all of that air flowing and fans spinning.
Cons: The color is not the greatest. The cable length (minus the low noise adapters) is not the longest, and thus might be too short if you want to have good cable management and still get to the otherboard connectors.
Other Thoughts: Know what you need before you get it.
This fan works pretty well as an intake fan for something where you still want quiet performance.
If you need more airflow such as when you have a harddrive cage to blow through, there are better suited fans such as the F12 series.
This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Easy to build in.
Motherboard mounts up easily, with no standoffs need for installation. The backplate is cutout so you can install an aftermarket CPU cooler with a MOBO installed.
6 HDD/SSD slots, divided into two cages. The middle cage is removable to allow for better cooling.
Fans are almost silent at idle, not annoying at all.
Doors are easily removed and attached.
DVD/CD drives sit flush against the front, no mismatch.
With everything installed and closed, it is VERY quiet. But certainly not silent.
Cons: The area where the MOBO mounts may be a little tight for any ATX MOBO that has the SATA connectors that lay flat at the bottom right hand corner. This may block SATA slot #1 for a larger (non-standard) ATX format.
Fans - not the best, not the worst, just average.
Other Thoughts: It's large. Know that coming in. It may be fine if that's what you want, but if you are looking for a smaller mid-ATX case, this may be too big for your taste.
This case will help silent whisper-quiet components, as well as help tame those that are fairly quiet.
For a GPU running at full fan speed, this won't block out all the noise, but a good chunk of it.
This review is from: Noctua NH-U14S 140mm SSO2-Bearing (Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing) CPU Cooler
Pros: Runs cool. With my 4670k CPU chip overclocked to 4.2 Ghz, I am getting mid 50C at load (not benchmark but actual use). Benchmarks run higher depending on what you use. When overclocked to 4.4 Ghz, I'm at mid 60C.
Easy to install, and extremely quiet. The fan is PWM controlled, so it runs almost silent at idle. At full load, it's noticeable but certainly not loud or annoying.
The included installation brackets and tools are great, as well as the thermal paste.
Great alternative for those who don't want to venture into liquid coolers.
Cons: The size of this cooler will definitely block PCI-E slot #1 (closest to CPU).
RAM slot #1 may also be blocked if you use RAM with taller heatsinks. With low profile RAM, it works no problem. This fits easily with my MSI Z87-G45 motherboard, with low profile in RAM slot 1.
The overall size may not work in some cases. This all fits fine into my Corsair 550D case, no problem.
Most people don't like the color of the fan. I don't hate it, but I don't care for it.
Other Thoughts: In my build with a Corsair 550D case and MSI Z87-G45 MoBo, it fits.
Know what case and MoBo you want before buying, as well as RAM considerations.