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This review is from: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Red 200mm Case Fan
Pros: High airlflow.
Easy to mount.
Light switching is misleading - it only work with bitfenix cases or fan controllers.
Other Thoughts: The front fan on my CM HAF XM went out. I replaced it with a CM Megaflow 200mm fan, but wanted to be able to turn the LED off from the switch on the case.
I turned to the Spectre Pro 200mm fan becuase it is supposed to be quiet and it claims to have an on the fly LED switch.
The fan was easy to install in the HAF XM, no need to cut corners off. The LED switch was not compatible and the actual product packaging makes it clear that the switch technology is for *compatible* bitfenix cases and controllers.
The fan is loud. Really loud. It makes a high pitched hum. Its not unpleasant, but it is definitely noticeable, it sound almost like a very quiet airplane prop. It is by far the loudest fan in my case (3 other 200mm CM fans, 1 140CM fan).
I moved the fan to the side panel when I saw the LED switching was incompatible. I have now removed the fan from the PC entirely and replaced it with the original side panel fan. There has been no change in CPU or GPU temps with the switch, but the PC is much quieter.
This review is from: Noctua NF-A14 FLX 140mm Case Fan
Pros: Very quiet under 12v.
Lots of airflow with restricted intake.
Cons: Price, but you get what you pay for.
Kinda loud at 12v, but not unbearable by any means.
Other Thoughts: I want a silent HTPC and I'm using a Fractal Design R4. The installed case fans are noisy at 12v and that was needed to keep the GPU cool (last noisy part of the build). These are running at 7v and are silent. The also keep the GPU about 5-6 degrees cooler as well.
MSI P67 GD-45
16 GB G.Skill RAM
EVGA GTX 480
Seasonic 760W Platinum
OCZ Vertex II SSD for OS
This review is from: Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fans
Cons: -Color (for some. It looks better in person than the pictures.)
Other Thoughts: The cable is really long.
I bought two of these, one for my HTPC since it was too loud and for my main rig. Both fans are on CoolerMaster Hyper Evo 212s.
These fans are very quiet. I thought the only reason reason my gaming rig sounded like a jet at load was the GTX480, but the stock fan on the evo was a big part of it. Now, it is noticeable at load, but essentially inaudible otherwise. It cools at least as well as the CM stock fan, maybe a little better (1 degree, but its been cold so hard to say).
The cord is too long if using on a cpu cooler, but it can be threaded behind the rubber mounts.
Very high quality build, solid plastic. I wish they made 200mm fans.
You get what you pay for.