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CORSAIR CX series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC CP-9020059-NA Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price! Very affordable for a certified PSU. Almost dead silent even under heavy gaming load, yet does not get very hot. The fan will slow down and sometimes stop if the PSU is not under load.

Semi modular, the only plugs that cannot be removed are the CPU power connector, and the ATX 20/24 pin power connector which you will need anyways. From there, you can plug in only what you need as far as SATA, Molex, and GPU power connectors. Makes for a much cleaner case interior. Quite a few connectors come with it, enough for the average user for sure. The cables are quite long, so it should be fine for most ATX mid towers. The cables are flexible enough, and are a simple black rubber coated design, so it looks nice and clean and should be easy to clean off if they get dusty.

Overall, very nice power supply, especially for the price these go for. Nice job by Corsair on these units.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I have used these CX units before and recommend them to friends doing new builds. I have a CX 750M in my main rig and have no issues with that one or this one. Nobody I have recommended them to has had issues either. The CX series in general are quite nice for the money. The higher end ones likely last longer, but these cost quite a bit less.

This CX 500M is powering:
Asus m4a78lt-m board with a Phenom II X4 965 BE (125W) stock clocks, 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM, Seagate 7200.14 1TB HDD, MSI Twin Frozr HD7850 @1000 MHz, stock voltage (1100 mV I think), 4 90mm case fans, and 1 DVD-RW drive. It has been perfectly stable and I would not be worried to run a few more drives or max out the RAM slots.

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NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ120-U1 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs An update 06/22/2014

This review is from: NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ120-U1 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Pros: High airflow for the price and size of this fan. Vividly bright LED. Nice, long fiber wrapped cable. Looks very nice when spinning. Seems to push about as much air as the stock NZXT 140mm fan that comes with a Phantom 410. See other thoughts.

Cons: See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: As an update to my previous review complaining about how loud this fan is, I have tested it in a few different mounting locations. I have discovered that the extremely high amount of noise it makes was coming from mounting it in a position where it has to draw air into the case through a "honeycomb" grill, such as the type usually used on the rear exhaust and side intake positions on most cases. It only seems to be horribly loud when used as an intake through the holey grill. If used as an exhaust, it is not that loud at all. It also seems to only be loud if mounted directly to the grill surface. If it is in an open hole with a grill/dust filter spaced away from it, it sounds fine.

My thoughts are that the closely spaced blades set at an extreme, airplane propeller looking pitch is the cause of the rushing air sound it was making. If you are buying it to mount it into an open hole in your case, or as an exhaust fan in the rear, it should do the trick just fine. But, if like me you want an intake fan on a honeycomb grill mounting position, look elsewhere for a fan with a less aggressive blade pattern, such as the NZXT FN-120RB. For an LED, I'd say the Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm would perform on par with this with more mounting options.

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NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ120-U1 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Good airflow... but... 06/21/2014

This review is from: NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ120-U1 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Pros: LED lighting is very bright, and nicely colored. The blades make it look very cool when its spinning. It move a lot of air for a mid range 120mm fan.

Cons: This thing is extremely loud at higher speeds! I mean, unbearably loud. I mounted it on the bottom of my Phantom 410 case as an intake to help cool the GPU. All fan slots are filled in this case except for the internal one on the hard drive cage (3 140mm and 3 120mm including this one, and 2 Corsair SP120 performance series fans mounted push/pull on an H60). This single fan is so loud it is audible over all the other fans and even my Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X combined!

I have all the fans hooked up to the stock fan controller on the case, so I have 3 speeds to choose from. On the lowest setting, it blends in with the other noise, but either of the other 2 settings makes it unbearable. Fan noise doesn't normally bother me at all, but this one makes a buffeting sound and is higher pitched than the other fans are, which make more of a droning, humming sound on full speed. It kind of sounds like air rushing through an open car window on the highway.

I tried mounting it as an exhaust to see if it was different, it was not. I mounted it on the side of the case as an intake and it was still extremely loud.

Other Thoughts: I would only recommend this fan to those who play games with headphones on, or to those who don't care about how noisy their rig is. It does it's job at moving air admirably, but for me the bottom line is it is just too noisy.

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Keenan J.'s Profile

Display Name: Keenan J.

Date Joined: 10/14/08

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 03/23/12
  • Last Review: 10/06/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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