Pros: moves more air than previous fans,
quieter than previous fans,
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: I started out with the stock case fans, however they were too loud so i replaced them with 3 blue led coolermaster fans which claimed 16db loudness. they were quieter but not by much. After 2 months the Led's stopped working and shortly after one of the fans did also.
So i replaced the coolermaster fans for Green Led Apevia fans.. these fans were rated at 20DB loudness but oddly enough they were alot quieter than the coolermaster fans. so i now i don't use that brand. after about 6 months one of the Apevia fans got loud, i lubed it up and it fixed the problem. but i got tired of the green glow and decided to get rid of led fans all together. having had nothing but great experience's with other Corsair products i decided to buy these. These fans are even quieter than the previous fans...
ratings like these are something that any company can lie about and get away with. and most of the fans that actually are tested are tested outside of a computer case, they are tested blowing free air, no restrictions and no case to vibrate and create noise. when a fan is in a computer it is usually pushing or pulling air through some kind of vent or grill, this creates turbulence and noise, so the fan is always going to be louder than they claim for it to be... the only way to get a good product is to buy it from a brand that you can trust, this is why i buy Corsair.
Pros: - Great Airflow.
- Actually quiet.
- Nice materials, feel and color.
Cons: They're not cheaper...
Pros: *Great Aesthetics
*Solid Build Quality
Overall I am pleased with these fans and the airflow they have put out. There is almost no discernible noise that comes from them at max RPM.
Cons: The price isn't really a con but let me explain.
On the box it shows fans mounted to the front of a case and attached to the radiator of a corsair closed loop water cooler (which I also own) using long screws going through both screw holes. But Corsair does NOT include any long screws in the box to attach the fans in any of those scenarios!
So you pay $15 per fan, but they don't include a few screws that will cost them pennies. I had to go to local hardware store and buy a bag of screws and washers just to install my fans the way Corsair advertises it...
It might seem like a silly complaint, and if you are just mounting the fans to the case with the screws provided then yes it is. But if you're like me who bought 4 of these, almost $70 worth of fans, then get home and realize you have to go back out and buy screws it just really rubbed me the wrong way.
Pros: Very quiet fans, but still manage to move a lot of air. I ended up getting three of these fans to replace the two stock AF140L fans that came with my case. While the AF140L's were good, swapping out that pair for this new trio further reduced noise and increased airflow, and theses ones look better too (the stock AF140L's had grey fan blades in comparison to these black ones).
The swap-able colored bands are a nice touch.
Cons: The rubber boots can be a trick to work with, especially if you've never had these fans before.
Overall Review: Seriously, to make your life easier, pre-thread the fans before you try installing them. Get yourself a good sized Philips head screwdriver (preferably with a magnetic tip) and try threading a screw into each boot before you try to install the fan itself. Whenever you do get to installation, the screws need to be tight, but don't torque on them like a Gorilla. Once the screw is tight and flush, back it off about a quarter of a turn to relieve tension in the boot. You should see it noticeably relax back into place (you can also feel it too, for checking boots you might not be able to see once installed), while remaining snug and firmly installed.
I currently have a Corsair Carbide series Air-540, with three of these fans on intake, one of it's larger AF140 Quiet Edition fans on exhaust, and a pair of SP120 Quiet Editions on my Corsair H100i liquid CPU cooler (setup to exhaust out the top in a pull configuration, for easy radiator cleaning). Everything is controlled nicely with the UEFI BIOS on my ASUS Z97-A motherboard. At idle the system is nearly silent, and is still barely noticeable even with my i5 5690K Devil's Canyon @ 4.4GHz and EVGA GTX770 Dual SuperClocked under load.
Pros: Amazing fans. Running off of Molex connectors at full speed they're barely audible. You will see reviews complaining about the rubber corners twisting and breaking. I didn't have any break. There is a little plastic sleeve inside the rubber corners that your screws bite into. Screw the fans into place then you'll see the corners twisted just a little. Back off your screws 1/4 th turn which will release the tension on the rubber and you're good to go. Because of the rubber corners these fans do not have to be secured super tight.
Overall Review: I will buy again and again for future builds. 6 of these in a Corsair Carbide Air 540 is silent bliss.
Cons: Installation is difficult: you have to be careful about installing because the screwholes are not threaded and the plastic that the screws go into will twist and potentially tear the rubber
Overall Review: Overall they are okay for my use, but the first one I tried to install tore the plastic right out of the rubber, but luckily It was for the top of my case, so I could hide the broken end in the back of my case. It was also only that fan that was super tight for the screws, the other 3 fans I got were easier to install and did not break
Very high quality
Comes with adapter and screws
Cons: The exhaust side of fans are sort of ugly looking compared to the intake side
Overall Review: Amazing fans, expensive, but worth every penny
Pros: - quiet
- look good
- rubber grommets
Cons: - rubber grommets
Overall Review: i really really like the fans, they are super quiet and push good air. my stock case fans where starting to get noisy, its a day and night difference between the two.
the ONLY problem i had with the fans... the rubber grommets and the hardware. the grommets hold a plastic piece which the screw self threads into. well when i installed them, the screws are soo tight that it ripped out one of the plastic pieces from the rubber grommet housing. when you begin tightening the screws you can see the rubber pieces twist and pull. maybe they should change the screw size so they screw in easily as they self tap in to the plastic. i had to shove the plastic bit back into the torn piece of rubber and hope that it stays in place, it did... but the screw goes in at a bit of an angle so now the screw does not sit flush on the top of the case
been others complained about how the screws dont work or its hard to install. maybe they just get random bad batches of screws sent to them.
aside from that issue im acceptionaly happy with the fans