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This review is from: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan
Pros: -Exceptional build quality backed up by a 6 year warranty
-Great airflow, even w the LNA, and pulling through a front dust filter and case grill
-Silent if used with low noise adapter
Cons: -Not quiet @ max (1500) rpm - without the LNA
-Price could be off-putting to some
Other Thoughts: I have two of these as intakes in the front of my case.
These things scream quality … the weight, the rotation, the lack of any play in the fan, the materials – all top notch. I can see why Noctua confidently offers a 6 year warranty.
I use a case fan controller which offers 12, 7 and 5 volts. Without the LNA, and the fans at max 12v (1500rpm), they are definitely audible, even through a noise dampened Desxxgn R4 case. The sound isn’t obnoxious at all, just a distinctly audible wind rush sound. However at that 1500rpm they push a crazy amount of air!
I have mine on the LNA and my case controller @ 12v – so they run at a constant 1300 rpm, and are dead silent at that setting. I find that speed to be the perfect noise \ airflow ratio, and they cool my stacked HDD’s v. nicely. They’ve dropped temps a few degrees with a more silent operation than my previous 140mm fans up front.
Other fans may offer equal airflow or sound levels? Not sure ... but for me the selling point on these is that they deliver the goods with the additional piece of mind that exceptional build quality and a 6 year warranty bring. Check ‘em once and close the case. See ya in 6 years! I have no problem shelling out a few extra bucks for that and am very happy with these fans. I’m sure I’ll buy more in the future.
Pros: Very large capacity @ 5TB
Five year warranty
Good performance- decent bench and real world numbers.
Cons: Could be too noisy for some; no prob for me
Run on the warm side, even in a well ventilated case.
Price could put some people off
Other Thoughts: I’ve only had this drive one week so these are initial impressions and I’ll update if it changes.
I own the 2, 3 and 5TB versions of the Black drive. They all run on the noisy side - head seeking. I knew this going in so this is no different than my other two WD Blacks. I’m using a noise dampened case so it’s not a deal breaker for me. I barely hear them.
So far this one is benching a bit faster in seq writes than the other two Blacks I own.
With disk @ 55% full, Crystal Disk bench numbers:
500MB data size – seq read 155 MB/s seq write 171 MB/s
1GB data size – seq read 158 MB/s seq write 173 MB/s
(that’s not a mistake- it’s benching faster in writes than reads)
My experience with all 3 Black drives I own is that they operate at a little higher temp than other drives I own. Idle is ~ 35C, and continuous extended load has been as high as 40C. My case is well ventilated - three intakes and two exhausts. Mine is an editing rig so the drive is under a lot of extended continuous use for editing and rendering.
Overall I’m happy with the drive. My big selling point on these drives is the five year warranty. Performance of these drives is very good. It’s also the sustained and continuous performance of the drive over time that makes it a reliable choice.
EDIT: I changed up the fans on my case to provide better cooling on the drive. I put in a slightly more powerful case intake fan blowing across the drive. I also put a an exhaust \ suction fan on the other side of drive cage (facing the inside of the case) to pull air off of the drives - so it's actually a push \ pull arrangement on the drive cage. This reduced temps by about 5 C on extended idle \ desktop and heavy load use. Max temps under load now top out at 35 C. CPU and package temps remain the same, even with the exhausted HDD air blowing into the case, from the drive cage
Pros: - Cheap & it was one of the few that didn't create it's own shipping charge in my cart, when added on to an existing order.
- I see no speed difference between this and more expensive cables
- Has a latch end
Cons: -None I can see
Other Thoughts: Note this has one right angle connection, so make sure you need that. I did want & need that.
Best price on a STAT III cable I could find when I bought it