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XIGMATEK AOS (Aeronautical Oil System Bearing) XAF-F1453 140mm White LED Orange Case Fan Ultra Quiet Copper Bushing Axis Aeronautical Oil System Bearing
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Pushes alot of air at low DB, mounts in 120mm slots, nice look and white LED's, 4 pin connector allows motherboard to control speed

Cons: doesn't fit all 120mm slots (due to size restraints)

I will only buy these (and the 120mm version) ever again, which will be more expensive...

I had to put something in cons...

Other Thoughts: Fan is very silent at 800-1000, motherboard spins it up faster when my system starts heating up. Installed in front 120mm of Cougar Spike mATX case!

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COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great compact design, space for large 3dcards, front 120mm, 2 side 120mm (may be blocked by CPU fan). Enough space for Zalman 9900ALED CPU cooler, pretty monstrous. 2.5" bottom mount. Absolutely insane value.

Cons: 120mm side fans blocked with large CPU cooler, might have been able to position so only 1 was blocked. Very tight build (my first mATX build, so probably typical). bottom 3.5" bays must be installed before motherboard, otherwise CPU heatsink will block. Need low profile ram or 3.5" bay HDD will block. Had to remove back 120mm fan to get MB in case.

Other Thoughts: Really great value, tight space because of mATX formfactor. Massive value and pretty darn good layout. Using zalman 9900ALED CPU fan, with MSI X79MA-GD45 motherboard, 660 TI GPU, 3 SSD's, 1 3.5" HDD, 1 Bluray burner, Xigmatek 140mm fan (takes 120mm mounting) fits in front of case just fine (N82E16835233094).

Took me awhile to figure out what order to put everything in, but got it all to work out. Would have probably helped to mount CPU fan after motherboard was in case (I put fan on MB before installing in case like I usually do), 2011 screw down style would have been easy to mount there after installed (any other requiring backplate would have been more tricky).

Airflow actually isn't that bad, with the zalman and 140mm front, my 3930k idles at 32C and is 72C under full load @ 4ghz

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MSI X79MA-GD45 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 2011 mATX, allows solid overclocking, good layout

Cons: no PCI, weird overclocking bios (v3.2) (instead of dropdown selection, you have to do + and - to get overclock selection, could have been much more userfriendly). Live Update 5 utility keeps wanting to update things I have a newer version of (according to windows), uninstalled.

Other Thoughts: Would rate 4 and 1/2 stars, some bios and utility quirks, but good hardware.

Had this board for a few weeks, just started overclocking and it keeps up with my CPU/memory. Bios is sort of weird, + and - to change values, custom ram speeds require separate divider (unable to select in same area like some other boards).

Bios update was very easy using windows exe (M-Flash). Usually did bios update from bios, but utility just reboots system then applies.

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Galen V.'s Profile

Display Name: Galen V.

Date Joined: 06/28/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/08/13
  • Last Review: 05/31/13
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