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Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great fans 05/18/2013

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

Pros: Much quieter than the stock fans that came with my Corsair H100i. Also keeps it cooler than the stock fans. Works well with the CorsairLINK software. No obnoxious LEDs.

Cons: Not quite as quiet as I would like when running at full speed. The colors Noctua uses doesn't match my case and does make it look out of place.

Other Thoughts: Perfect design for radiator cooling due to the high static pressure. They keep air moving through my radiator with ease.

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nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 2000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It looks nice in my rack. Solid all-metal construction. HDD and optical drive mounting was convenient as the unit swings out.

Cons: Where do I begin?

First, my PSU didn't quite fit as the fan grill would hit the rear 80mm fan on the case. Bending the grill on the PSU caused the 80mm fan to bind making it useless. The other fan is fine.

The built-in card reader doesn't work. I tried plugging it in every available USB header but failed to be recognized.

The HDD LED in the front isn't visible. You can see it working from behind the case but not visible from the front.

MANY SHARP CORNERS!!! Not only inside the case but the rear expansion slots.

Due to the front USB connectors being behind the lower door, it needs to be remained open for my infrared USB dongle to work. Would've been nice to have one built-in.

The optical drive doesn't mount flush in the front. Thankfully it sits behind the upper door so it's not visible but it also has sharp corners on the opening.

Some of the screw holes don't quite match up. They fit but are not straight. It is also missing some holes to fit my motherboard which makes plugging in cables a challenge. The board hangs on the right side and any pressure causes the board to flex.

While the included fans are a nice touch and are silent, they don't move much air.

Other Thoughts: This case could be an overall nice box for an ATX HTPC but fails in quality control.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to install, as long as you have a case that will fit this beast. It keeps my i7-3770k @ 4.6GHz under 80c whereas with the stock HSF temps ran around 80c @ stock 3.5GHz. CorsairLink software allows to change the fan speeds and LED color of the cooler.

Cons: Significantly more expensive then air coolers. Although they seem to move air, the fans are extremely noisy at any speed. Careful with the mounting as it can be vary easy to strip out the bolt holes in the radiator (thankfully mine holds tight), so don't overtightened. While the USB and fan headers on the cooler are removable, the power and fan sensor is not and can make proper cable management a slight pain.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the thermal paste with Arctic Silver 5 as I normally don't trust the paste that comes pre-installed to the cooler. I also replaced the fans with a pair of Noctua NF-F12 which keeps things just as cool and much quieter.

Overall, this was a great buy. Despite having some minor annoyances I would highly recommend this.

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Display Name: Patrick S.

Date Joined: 07/10/05

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 08/23/05
  • Last Review: 05/18/13
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