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StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Intel NICs are the best, but this brand wasn't worth the hassles 09/04/2016

This review is from: StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip

Pros: -Solid intel NIC performance
-4 queue depth compared to 2 in motherboard integrated intel NICs
-Additional options in device manager for DMA Coalescing and TCP low latency
-Low profile, small card
-Black PCB
-Great price

Cons: -Card seems highly incompatible with some boards, unless I got a lemon. I think this brand was wrecking havoc on my Maximus VII Formula's Intel Management Engine Interface. I still don't know the exact issues but it seemed to be confusing the IMEI causing odd POST messages, missing memory from windows, and intel GPU disappearing. All issues gone once card was removed.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an Intel NIC, I would stick with Intel, Supermicro, or some other reputable brand. Something is really odd about this one causing the above issues mentioned in Cons. Every boot would show "(A7) Me FW Downgrade - Request MeSpiLock Failed" and then something about HECI disabled. I even manually updated my IMEI firmware to the latest version for my platform but still was receiving this issue, nomatter what PCIe slot I installed it into. Perhaps the firmware on this card is too old or has some corners cut somewhere in the manufacturing and design. From what I understand, Intel products usually communicate with each other and something was incompatible with this card combined with my z97 chipset and haswell cpu but it might not just be limited to these hardware configurations, could very well be a broken motherboard BIOS implementation too but until I know for sure, I can't recommend buying this unless you want to take a chance. I'll probably be buying an Intel brand of this i210 NIC and painting it black to match my system.

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Scythe SY124020L 40mm Case Fan
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4 out of 5 eggs Good low cost silent fan 06/17/2016

This review is from: Scythe SY124020L 40mm Case Fan

Pros: -Silent even at max rpm with no noticeable vibration
-Steep fan blade curves for good static pressure.
-Seem like decent sleeve bearings, most are usually kind of bad. (I'd recommend vertical orientation for max longevity with sleeve bearings.)
-Great for replacing noisy 40x10mm fans if you have the extra room.
-Versatile fan that can cool (or add additional airflow) to GPUs, VRMs, embedded CPUs, routers, or any other hot spots needing additional airflow.

Cons: -Short 2pin wire, but can be remedied with a 2pin to 3pin/4pin converter wire. Can also just stick the 2pins into the appropriate pins of a standard fan extender wire in a pinch, or splice or crimp a regular fan wire onto it
-Low airflow, not suitable for servers unless you have existing adequate cooling. Doubling them up may work though.
-Sleeve bearing probably won't last as long as ball bearing or FDB bearing but for this price it's not really a con.
-20mm thick as apposed to 10mm, so it may not fit all applications but its much quieter and higher air pressure if you can fit it.
-No PWM or RPM wire, so know what you're buying beforehand (sleeve bearing, 20mm thick, short 2pin wire, low airflow, etc).
-Lack of RPM reporting wire may be an issue if you need to detect a failed fan (but again, know what you're buying).

Other Thoughts: I bought this fan about 10 years ago but the pictures look identical so the design probably hasn't changed. I can't comment on the current batches nor the longevity since I haven't had it in use for many hours. For the cost I think these are great fans for many niche applications.
If you're having trouble screwing this into a heatsink, a good trick is to use longer screws with enough "bite" to them so they screw inbetween the fins (but will gouge up the fins a bit) and it should hold it secure enough. I can't comment on the screws since I don't even remember if mine came with any but I'm using some standard electrical wall plate screws with mine to screw into heatsink fins. Any tech should have a multitude of spare screws though, and if not - screws are cheap and can be bought locally.

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Phanteks PH-F140MP 140 mm PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great radiator fans for silent case, when they work right. 09/05/2015

This review is from: Phanteks PH-F140MP 140 mm PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Fan

Pros: pros
•Good airflow even with fan grill and radiator
•Silent below 900rpm
•Rubber vibration dampeners built-in
•Sleeved wire with good length
•Sturdy feeling frame
•No "PWM ticking" some fans suffer from.
•Wide PWM range
•Fast support from Phanteks
•5yr warranty
•Supposedly 150,000hr MTBF

Cons: •Frame should probably be more square instead of beveled edges at the corners if these are designed to be radiator fans. Most radiators can tolerate this but some might leak air and loose pressure here. Function over form should win here...
•Phanteks' "Updraft Floating Balance" bearings don't seem as great as they claim. They are just another name for Sleeve bearing and they seem to hold the fan blades rather flimsy. Doesn't seem very balanced to me.
•Quality Control: One fan (out of 2) started making scratching sounds from the bearing after only 6 months. See Other Thoughts for more info.
•I doubt these really will last 150,000 hours, at least not without making horrible noise.
•Almost the price of FDB/Hyrdo/Twister/SSO/SSO2 bearing fans.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if Phanteks recent batch of fans are just awful but after my first went bad, Phanteks sent me a replacement which was even worse right out of the box. Again I asked for a replacement, and this second one started making noise after only a few hours. TWO bad replacements sent back to back is just awful QC. It seems like they're not putting enough oil in the well or they're not being stored properly. It also doesn't help that the well is sealed with plastic so you can't oil them. I sincerely hope Phanteks makes some revisions to their manufacturing process to amend this.

When they work right, these are an amazing value for people seeking silent radiator fans at a cheap price, but I just can't recommend them now due to recent build qualities. I can't comment on what batches Newegg has, so they might work perfectly fine from here.

Other info: I've only ever run them vertical, I wouldn't dare run these horizontal - even if you win the lottery on good ones, it will wear out sleeve-style bearings very fast.

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