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ENERMAX UC-12EB 120mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet and fit for my purpose 06/12/2014

This review is from: ENERMAX UC-12EB 120mm Case Fan

Pros: I have a couple of these on two different PCs as the side fans blowing onto the graphics cards. For this purpose, they are very silent if mounted properly (see below), and move enough air for a moderate power graphics card, though not really a great quantity.

Cons: I would prefer more air flow, and keep looking for fans that move more air, but they are always too loud for me. For example, I just bought a Noctua NF-S12A PWM for twice the price, and found that it did not cool as well, and was louder. I am sure it is the better fan in most applications, but just not where I was using it.

Other Thoughts: Fans are a tricky business, and the ones that work well as rear exhaust fans may be too loud as side fans. The direction the air flows affects its sound a lot; just try turning a fan around and see. In general, the intake fans are harder to mount properly. I now space them away from the side panel using a couple of bolts on each of four machine screws and seal the air gap with tape. That reduces the noise considerably until they are now silent.

Gateway Celeron 1017U (1.60GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD 19.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The hardware on this machine seems nice enough.

In theory, it should work.

Cons: Where do I start? First, it has Windows 8.1. That should be enough to give anyone pause. But this was for a relative, who is not that familiar with PCs, and I thought it might work for him. But before I could warn him, he had installed Norton's Antivirus; Big, Big mistake. We have been trying to remove it ever since, even doing a supposedly clean reinstall of the operating system from the backup partition, but to no avail. Norton's keeps coming back.

Other Thoughts: I build my own machines, and use Win7 (or even XP), but would never dream of installing Windows 8 on anything, and would never dream in a million years of installing Nortons, which I gave up on over a decade ago.

I have even tried ordering the recovery disc/flash drive on the Gateway (now Acer) website, but they don't recognize the serial number of this machine. This is going to be a bigger problem than it should be.

Dynatron K17 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler LGA 1155/1156/1150
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Nice cooler, fan could be better 03/15/2014

This review is from: Dynatron K17 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler LGA 1155/1156/1150

Pros: Nice mounting; I much prefer the back-side brackets to the miserable push-pins you get on some heatsink/fans, but you need access to the back side of the motherboard (or mount it first before the motherboard).

Cons: The supplied fan had a slight rumble; not that big of a deal, but I wanted quieter, so I replaced it with a SilenX EFX-09-15, having to drill out the mounting holes on the fan to fit on the plastic fan mount. The SilenX does not have PWM speed control, but it is quiet enough that I don't need it.

Other Thoughts: This cools as well as the NZXT RC-RST20-01 120mm that it replaced. (The NZXT works well too, but was a little large for my case, and interfered with the side fan.) Running 4 out of 8 cores on an i7-4771 (Haswell) on World Community Grid/MCM, it averages around 63-64 C in a 70 F room.


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Date Joined: 07/08/04


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