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This review is from: SilenX EFX-09-15 92mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan
Pros: The fan, for it's size, pushes a lot of air. It's very quiet. The silicon mounts work well if you use them properly. The red is a nice dark red, not too bright. Will look good in many "ROG" themed cases. If you want a good, very quiet fan, you won't regret this one.
Cons: The 4-pin MOLEX connector is obtrusive in my application/usage. But seeing as it is an extension of the regular 3-pin fan header, I was able to cut off the MOLEX and use some electrical tape, and it works fawlessly.
Not a can, just point it out: The fan itself is basically dead silent. The noise you'll hear with this fan is either the air flowing around the fan bracket assembly itself, which is minimal at most, or air flowing through case openings/heatsinks. Otherwise, as I said before, this is an incredibly quiet fan.
Other Thoughts: I have two of these in my case, along with two of the SilenX Effizio 12-15's (120mm)'s in my case. One of these 92mm is an exhaust fan, the other is a replacement fan for my heatsink. I've had many other high end fans, of this same type: low noise, higher CFM. But these fans are definitely the best value I've had for it. They're cheap, they give you all the accessories you need and want, and they make a sturdy, well built, assembly, with no fling-or-flare to raise up the price.
The fan cable is not braided, but a black sleeved type cable, all together. It goes all the way into the assembly so even on the back side you don't see wire colors, just black. Nice touch.
Are there "better" fans? Possibly. Are there better fans that have a near-perfect balance of airflow and noise levels? Not in my experience; it was worth every penny.
You do NOT need to use both the 4-pin MOLEX and the 3-pin fanheader. I'd recommend using only the 3-pin if possible. Using both at the same time shouldn't; but possibly could; over-volt the fan motor and either cause it to spin faster (damaging it over time, and increasing noise levels) or actually destroy the fan motor.
This review is from: SilenX EFX-12-15 120mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan
Pros: These fans are pretty impressive. The red color is a very nice darker red and will look good in many themed systems. The fan is incredibly silent, and I've owned some many higher end, much more expensive fans. They move a lot of air, especially considering the price they are and their volume level. They'll do well in any case.
Cons: The silicone mounts are useful, as case mounts. But are pretty hard in some installation spots. It's definitely easier to install the mounts to your mounting location first. Then trying to feed the tab into the fan screw hole, and pulling it through until it's all the way in.
Also, the MOLEX connector may be useful to some, but it's cumbersome in my application. Luckily, the 4-pin MOLEX power is an extension of the 3-pin. So I was able to cut off the connector and use electrical tape, so it fits without any clutter.
Other Thoughts: The fans are beautiful, but I had one with a minor defect in the paint. Not noticeable, really.
The cables are not braided, but they are all together in a black sleeve-type closure. They look nice. All the way up into the motor.
At the end of the day, an absolutely great value.
This review is from: IN WIN 901 Aluminum / Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: This case is possibly the most beautiful case I've ever seen. The brushed aluminum has a solid, polished edge that angles into the actual side-finish, also the same as the angled part, and gives it a much more complete look. The interior is all metal, and among some of the best metal I've ever seen used inside of a case. The entire frame is very light but still very rigid.
- 2x 2.5" drive "bays."
- 2x 2.5/3.5" hot-swap drive bays.
- Tool-less "spring-loaded" screws all through out the case.
- The glass is tinted all throughout, along the edges and each side.
- The glass seems pretty durable for glass.
- Large, well placed rubber feet for balancing.
- The addition of the adapter for the 12.7mm drive bay is quite nice.
- Plenty of cooling capability, with the right components.
- I'll say it again, just absolutely stunning.
- Dark enough to hide components, if kept out of direct light.
- Light enough to show off components, if kept in the proper lighting.
- Interior cables are all in woven-black.
- Cables are plentiful in length to reach where ever need be.
- Comes with tons of zip-ties, and a fair amount of cable managing points/tie downs.
- Space for power supplies that would be far over-kill for this build.
- GPU's should run relatively cool right above the intake.
- PSU's will also help cool certain style GPU fans.
- Clearance for decent size tower heatsinks.
- Will accept A-I-O water coolers, or if you're really adventurous, possibly a custom loop.
- Technically three fan mount locations, front 120mm intake. Rear panel, 92mm. And the back-plate on the case, can fit a 120mm or possibly even a 140mm with some modification.
- Magnetic fan filter on intake.
Cons: As beautiful as the case is, there are still some things to be known/concerned of:
- You're paying outright for form, well over function here. Pricey, pricey, and some cheaper cases will "perform" better, in terms of cooling capability.
- If you over clock, or are running very warm/hot parts, cooling may be an issue for you.
- Due to the construction of the case, the glass mainly, noise might be an issue with rattling/movement.
- The 2.5"/3.5" combo drive slides can be a bit noisy with the pull-out piece for them. Either tighten them down more or try and find a fitting washer. Or just remove them if you're concerned about the noise.
- The power cable along the hot-swap bays isn't as thick as the others, and you can partially see through the cabling exterior.
- Obviously, finger-print [[AND DUST!]] magnet.
- It's a bit awkward/cumbersome to try and place CD's into the "cubby" where the 12.7mm drive is. I have medium sized hands and I find it uncomfortable at times, larger hands would be worse.
- If you do wish to use an all-in-one water cooler, bear in mind. You'll need to mount the radiator exterior to the case. There is only about 60-70mm of clearance between the rear I/O-panel and the rear shield on the case. So if you aren't using a 25mm thick radiator with a 25mm thick fan (which even then, some cables might be too deep) you'll probably need to mount the fan inside the shield and the radiator exterior the case and shield. Or both fan and radiator exterior on the rear shield.
- The intake fan is, not largely, but partially blocked by some of the front-panel I/O circuitry and wires.
- The 12.7mm adapter uses a 2-pin Floppy power connector. Which is kind of a pain; it'd be nice if they used SATA power.
- Cable managing might be hard, especially with a non-modular power supply. I HIGHLY recommend you use a fully modular power supply.
- Make sure your graphic card isn't overly wide, as power cables may be squeezed in tightly in some cases.
- And lastly, I don't believe it's common, but, it may be possible to over-tighten the case/side-panel screws and crack the glass.
Other Thoughts: Those cons, for me, were no where near upsetting or bothersome enough to take off an egg. I'm absolutely in love with this case, and hopefully with the build I just pieced together (aside from the GPU of course), I'll get to enjoy my components in there for a very long time. And hopefully Mini-ITX will still be a form-factor board, as I don't have any desire to change this case. I also deeply enjoy how the case is set up in a traditional M-ATX/ATX fashion. It may waste more space, but it just looks more traditional compared to many of the other M-ITX case designs. Some other things to note:
- "Blower style" GPU's [[Graphic cards with one fan at the far end of the card]] will largely benefit from this cases design. It will basically steal air from the front 120mm intake and exhaust it out the rear of the case.
- If you're using a non-blower-style GPU, such as a dual-fan towards the middle kind-of-card, you may want a powersupply that either has more wattage headroom, so it runs lower cooler, or one with a better fan. As it would be pulling the air exhausted from the GPU down. [[You can also use this to your benefit to help with cooling]]
- The cover for the 12.7mm drive, when off, partially shows into the case. Some people might not like the look of that.
- Not a case friendly for those who are bad at cable management, as it will be visible.
- Contrary to that last point, it's a good case to work in for a newer builder, as it is larger on the M-ITX scale and easier to work with/inside of, compared to many other M-ITX cases.
- The In Win logo on the front glows white.
- As far as I can see, no reset button. Although, we all know the trick of holding down the power button for a few seconds and it'll power off. So not a huge deal.
Conclusion; if you're looking for a beautiful case, maybe more fitting for a work/home PC than a super powerful gaming rig? Go with this little guy. He's pricey. And may not cool as well as some others. But it is quite an exceptionally beautiful case. Alternatively, if you're looking for something bigger for regular ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, there is an "In Win 904" which is larger, for those motherboards. Here's to hoping many years of useage and joy, with this build!
- Intel i7 4771
- 2x 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 1600MHz
- ASUS Maximus VI Impact
- 480GB Intel 730 SSD
- 2x 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD's
- EVGA GTX 670 4GB SuperClocked
- Corsair AX760
- Noctua NH-L9i cooler
- 2x Effizio 09-15 [[Red]] 92mm fans. [[One replacing CPU fan, one next to rear I/O panel.]]
- 2x Effizio 12-15 [[Red]] 120mm fans. [[One as intake, one as exhaust on rear case shield.]]
- LG GA31N 12.7mm CD/DVD slot-loading drive.
- Corsair [[Red]] sleeved cable kit.