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This review is from: COOLER MASTER Excalibur R4-EXBB-20PK-R0 120mm Case Fan
Pros: **Update, 5/1/2016- bought 4 of these, three are now dead. They began squealing and stopped or slowed down. They were nice while they lasted... The rest of this review is my original review**
Blowing through a high FPI rad, like the H100 on my server, I want something like this. High mmh20. For the amount of pressure and CFMs these deliver, the noise is, my subjective opinion from building rigs over the last 15+ years, low. It is not a 'silent' case fan, however. If you are looking for that, look elsewhere. I also have some Corsair SP HP fans on my XSPC 360 rad on the gamer, they are louder and produce less static pressure. They whine really much more loudly, and I run them down about 30%. The Silverstones and Thermaltake are noisier, and less pressure. Yates use sleeve bearings that don't hold up long term, and again less static pressure. Enermax makes some good case fans, some are quite quiet, like the one with the orange blades, but again they don't provide the pressure. And the Antecs I've used were low CFM case fans. If you are looking for something to get air through high restriction you can't get much better than this with this noise level. I love that they don't have LEDs, as they are in a 24x7 server in the bedroom. They replaced some XSPC fans that were noisier with less static pressure. I also like that they come PWM, with 3pin and molex adapters. I know I used the word 'pressure' a lot here, but that's what this fan is about, a good amount of _push_ through radiator fins. This isn't a case fan.
Cons: Not really best for a case fan, where you can get away with less pressure and noise. And I miss the old days when fans came with grills...
Other Thoughts: If you want 'silent', 'low noise', 'whisper quiet' or whatever, then live with static pressure below 2, and CFM below about 50 in a 120mm fan. Don't expect whatever you get to work well attached to a large CPU cooler with dense fins or a high FPI rad. If you need a fan for these applications, and are willing to pick up some noise to get optimum results, this is a good choice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Without any measuring devices for airflow or sound level, my subjective once-over before mounting it was that it pushed air as strongly, or a bit stronger, than the Corsair SP, with a less obnoxious sound. It is more of low woosh with a hum, as opposed to a higher pitched woosh and whine that the Corsair has. That whine is what gets to me so a lower pitch is better IMO. No LEDs is another plus. Fans are for airflow, not light shows. It's about CFMs, static pressure, noise level (and ones subjective view of that noise), and how long before it starts squealing and stops spinning. So far, I am liking the fan. It feels well made and the blades turn very freely and smoothly. It's going to be on 24/7 so we shall see how long it will last... One month and counting.
Cons: A bit pricey, that is why I removed one egg. If it was 5 bucks less I would be happy with the price. If it lasts 1 year 24/7 it would be cheaper than the two previous fans that lasted 6 months each and cost about 15 bucks each and would deserve that fifth egg.
Other Thoughts: I bought this fan to replace a failed fan I had top mounted in the modded case of my Western Digital EX4, 4 bay NAS box as it's pathetic rear fan's lack of cooling was cooking my drives at over 50c. This is the third fan I have mounted, eager to see how long it will last 24/7 as the two previous ones (Corsair and Cooler Master) crapped out in about 6 months each. My initial impression with it after unboxing was that it felt solid, the blades spun very smoothly with almost no resistance, and yes it looked nice. Now my NAS runs at around 32c under heavy load instead of 54c, about where it was with the previous fans, with less objectionable noise. Now it just has to last.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's a good stable board. I have two, one of which I have had running for 2 years 24/7 as a home server. It's had a SATA card in it at one point with a total of 9 drives attached, 4 port Intel NIC, 32 gigs ram, constant use running 4 virtual servers (WIN 2012R2) in VMWare ESXI and it takes all in stride. Even doing a mild OC to 4.4ghz. I just bought another and moved the 4 data drives over from the other one, and made a NAS with it using NAS4FREE. Yes, it accepts ECC unbuffered RAM, which is what I am using, and it is reporting the 72 bit memory, which makes this setup a steal for home use over what you would need to spend to get similar from Intel. CPU in the first one is the 8350 Vishera, and the new NAS has the 6300 6 core Vishera, way more than I need for the NAS, so it runs cool and quiet. (Also 95w vs 125 for the 8350). So it provides ISCSI to the VMs in the older build and backup room for personal data. No kids it's not flashy, no fancy colors or glowing lights and it's not for extreme OC, but it will provide a solid platform for a reasonable cost, paired with a reasonably priced AMD processor. Even helped my sister build a similar setup at her house and hers has been UP for over a year similarly burdened, with no issues.
Cons: It is not flashy, and is not for extreme OC, if you could call that a CON.
Other Thoughts: Highly recommended for someone on a budget who wants a machine they can use for general purposes and then game on it (with an appropriate video card and PSU) without spending triple what it sells for. If you want cutting edge, get a Maximus board, INTEL cpu, water it and OC the heck out of it. Otherwise, put the dough into a good video card and PSU, pocket the rest and use this board with an AMD Vishera cpu,READ FULL REVIEW