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Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fans
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1 out of 5 eggs Fan is LOUD 07/10/2014

This review is from: Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fans

Pros: Fan is Noctua, which is a respected company with a very good reputation. Fan seems well built at first glance and the packaging is not skimpy at all.

Cons: My fan is very LOUD, even with the adapters being used. The noise is not from airflow, it is the motor. Almost as loud and just as annoying as the PWM noise from the Cougar it replaced. I purchased this fan to replace the Cougar because of that PWM noise, otherwise I would have stuck with the adjustable speed PWM Cougar fan...

The "selling point" of these fans as far as I know is their reported decibel level. My Noctua is actually louder than the stock Corsair fans that came with my H80 and louder than the stock Raidmax fans that came with my Cosmos case.

Other Thoughts: Perhaps my fan is simply defective? Or I am using it wrong somehow? It is on the side blowing air directly on my GTX760... I will try to find some more info on various forums but I must say so far I am very disappointed.

MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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Pros: This is an excellent graphics card! At least... parts of it are. And those parts are fantastic. So far I've been able to play every game I can throw at it on Ultra settings, including Star Citizen (Hangar Module), Batman: Arkham Origins, and Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag. The automatic overclocking feature is nice, and the ability to overclock it further using MSI Afterburner is great too, should you wish to do so.

Cons: The cons that I've found are huge: a seemingly lack of good driver support. When I first got the GPU, I connected everything and downloaded the drivers. However, since then nothing I do can get my PC to detect any onboard PhysX or CUDA support. It detects the CUDA cores, but cannot make use of them properly. BOINC won't even sense the card, and PhysX support in games are limited to the CPU. I have contacted MSI for support but so far all they have been able to do is tell me to download older drivers. I have done so, but still no joy. If this problem gets resolved in a satisfactory way I will definitely change my assessment of this card.

Other Thoughts: If PhysX and CUDA were working for me I'd give it 5 eggs. As it is, games run great, but not being able to use the card for other things really annoys me.


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Display Name: Joshua P.

Date Joined: 08/27/13

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