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This review is from: Phanteks PH-F200SP 200mm Premier Case Fan Black color edition
Pros: Its everything you could want/need in speed & air flow ect. I have a v21 Thermaltake Micro ATX case and I used it to replace the 200mm Thermaltake fan in hopes I could improve airflow and reduce noise. It did improve airflow......
Cons: Understand my case is an ultra low noise Thermaltake V21 Micro ATX case. I have upgraded the case with multiple ULN Noctua 140mm fans (ULN = ultra low noise). The 200mm Thermaltake fan that came with the case was very loud relative to all the noctua products in my case. So I saw this Phanteks fan and decided to give it a try as Noctua doesn't make a 200mm fan. Basicly the noise of this Phanteks fan doesn't change that much at low speeds vs high speeds.however at low speeds it was louder then the fan that came with my case also running at low speeds. At high speeds it was much quieter then the Thermalake fan that came with my case running at high speeds. So I only dinged it 1 egg, as its still a good product but not one I am happy with because it is still too loud. If you are going for a very quiet <20db case, this is NOT the fan for you.
Thermaltake 200mm Fan @ 40% speed = Quiet(acceptable) not much airflow.
Phanteks 200mm Fan @40% speed = Louder then Thermaltake (too loud for me) with greater airflow
Thermaltake 200mm Fan @60% speed = Louder(too loud for me), a little better airflow
Phanteks 200mm Fan @60% speed = Noise is the same as 40%, better airflow
Thermaltake 200mm Fan @80% speed = Very Loud, a little better airflow
Phanteks 200mm Fan @80% speed = Noise is about the same as 40% & 60%, better airflow
Thermaltake 200mm Fan @100% speed = Ridiculous Loud, better airflow
Phanteks 200mm Fan @100% speed = Noise is now getting loud enough to be real annoying, great airflow.
I decided to run the Thermaltake at 40% speed or the Phanteks at 80% speed, its a trade off for noise and performance. So in the end I would NOT have bought this product had I known how it would perform in the noise category and will look for a better 200mm fan in the future or maybe just go for 2X 140mm Noctua fans but that wont leave me room for my digital fan controller..... So I'm still looking.
Bottom Line if your want an ultra low noise fan this is NOT the fan for you. If you want a good fan that has low noise then this is a pretty decent fan.
Other Thoughts: Please understand this product is a Good fan, just not quiet enough for me at any speed setting. If your case is down on the floor on the side of your desk I doubt you will notice the sound. But if its up on your desk only inches away then you will notice.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake Core V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis CA-1D5-00S1WN-00
Pros: I could afford to buy any case but this case offers so much fun for an euthsiatist who has built 100's of computers in the past and likes to Tinker with their build. I really like this case. Can't say enough.
Cons: I did not ding any eggs for these cons as you consider the price of this product, all of my complaints can be fixed but would increase the cost of the unit.
200mm Fan that comes with case is meh = Nice and quiet at 40% fan speed, but starts getting annoying loud at higher speeds if you put this on your desk close to you. It probably wouldn't matter if you have this thing down on the floor away from you. I will definitely be upgrading this part.
Overall Construction and Build Quality is on the cheap side. I would love to see a version of this out of aluminum with high build quality especially on the fax rails. But again I can't ding this considering the price point.
This review is from: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Pros: This was the most powerful card that could fit in my mini ITX case. I had like 8.2 inches, and the card was just a hair over 8 inches. Even in a relativily hot case this thing is running well. I have one of the coolest little gaming pc's ever now. See this my review at this link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353030&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo for the entire build. First time I have bought a ZOTAC product, very pleased so far.
Cons: I am editing this. The above Pro section is my unchanged review only a couple months after I bought this card. In the past 2-3 months the card has developed a whine that appears to be coming from the fan. Once the card has been running for a while the sounds goes away. I have no problem with the card, but I felt like I should make an updated review. The card has always run HOT ~80C, I have now owned it for about 17 months, it developed the whine at about 14 months. The card is not overclocked however it is running in a slightly hotter then normal mini ITX case. Maybe 5 degrees C hotter then a normal well ventilated ATX Case. This thing might still be under warranty I might be able to return it when I have time. I originally gave this card 5 eggs, but I just reduced it to 4.READ FULL REVIEW