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This review is from: Noctua NF-R8 PWM 80mm Case Fan
Pros: Absolute quiet, even at 80% it's barely noticeable. Also when PWM kicks in and changing the rpm, the noise is smooth. However, like every other fans on the market, once the fan is at 100%, the noise is starting to be noticeable (80mm fans are noisy). But it's still quieter than most fans.
Cons: NOTHING. It's Noctua, bro.
Other Thoughts: Replaced my SilenX fans (these babies run at 3000 rpm and ~30 dB!) as case fans. Now my computer is finally quiet.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan
Pros: It's Noctua, what can I say? Purchased this after some research to replace the radiator fan on Corsair H55. The stock fan is absolutely horrible, and has no PWM control. Right now NF-F12 is controlled by CPU temperature, and this thing is absolutely quiet, most of the time it's running at 65%, barely noticeable. Even at full speed (~1600rpm in my case), the fan is still noticeably quieter than most of other fans.
Cons: NOTHING, IT'S NOCTUA.
Other Thoughts: It's good to use this fan as radiator fan or simply case fan. Either way, make sure you have the anti-vibration pad on, and PWM control settings setup properly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small and compact, perfect fit in my dorm. I love this case that it can fit a water cooler. But if you do decide to get one, I suggest a CM Seldon 120M where the tubes are more flexible than the one I have right now (Corsair H55), because the PSU mount is going to be a headache), If you get a 120M, you can mount the radiator side way, so it does not interfere the PSU.
Cons: The stock case fan is ABSOLUTELY LOUD. Get a Noctua NF-F12, it's 35 bucks, but you get what you paid for. Even at full speed it's barely noticeable.
Other Thoughts: Currently I am running A10-7850K, ASRock FM2A88X-ITX, G.Skill Areas 2133Mhz @ 2400Mhz, Corsair H55 with Noctua NF-F12, and two Noctua NF-R8-PWM on the side. Also a SSD mounted side way and two HGST 500GB 7200rpm on top of the PSU. It's perfectly doable.READ FULL REVIEW