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Phanteks PH-F140XP_BK 140mm PWM Case Fan
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Quality Fans Rivaling Noctua 04/23/2015

This review is from: Phanteks PH-F140XP_BK 140mm PWM Case Fan

Pros: Quality Construction, Truly Useful Accessories, Move Lots Of Air, Quiet!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: My first thought was to go with a pair of Noctuas, but I bought two of these after about a week of research. I attached them in push/pull config to a Corsair H90. I had recently upgraded to an i7-4790K from an i5-4760(non-K) and wanted to water cool because I expect to OC at some point after the 4790 is burned in. I've had the H90 installed in my system for 9 months now and The highest temp recorded at load while playing playing any game on High or Ultra settings is 56C. I don't even hear the fans except as a whoosh of air when my CPU's are cranking. What's doubly impressive is that they exhaust the hot air produced by my GPU out of the case at the same time as cooling the H90's radiator. As an added bonus they are the closest match aesthetically to the Fractal Design 140MM exhaust fan that came with my Node 304 case. You won't go wrong with these.

Fractal Design Node 304 Black Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: *Small Footprint
*Lots of Interior Space
*Understated and Stylish Design
*Good Airflow
*Dust Filters
*High Quality, Quiet Fans

Cons: *Screws
*Placement of PSU bracket

Other Thoughts: I've had this case for 2 years and 4 months now. Though I've occasionally looked into other cases to house my m-itx gaming build nothing else I've seen measures up to what I need. I took a long hard look at the Silverstone Raven but I could not get my CPU cooler in there. Also, I got this case on sale at it's current price when I originally bought it, so it was and is an exceptional buy in my opinion.

The things I really love about thing I really love about this case is that you can fit all high end components into it and it doesn't look cramped after you are done. It houses a full length GPU (mine is nearly the length of the case), a full sized ATX PSU, a tall air cooler, or water cooling with a 140mm radiator. My initial build took some planning mainly due to the limitations on the size of the PSU due to the placement of the mounting bracket. I tried 5 different modular PSU's before I got what worked best. 2 of the others fit with my graphics card installed but were a noisier than I liked. I settled on the Seasonic S12G 750W. This fits with plenty of clearance for a big GPU. That was the only real problem I had to solve with this case.

The screws included with the drive brackets are not good, but really are just a minor annoyance. There was one reviewer who trashed the case because he said he couldn't get the drive brackets off. I guess he never heard of WD-40. Better still is a few drops of Silicone lubricant applied with a Q-Tip.

I can not stress enough how well thought out the airflow is in the case. The two 92mm fans do a good job of bringin cool air into the case while the 140mm exhaust gets the hot air out. What is more is the thoughtful placement of an intake vent positioned next to the GPU slot, and it being full length in order to allow all of the GPU cooler fans access to cool air. Another nice touch is the bottom intake vent for your PSU and an exhaust vent for the exit of its heat as well.

The dust filters are another nice touch and they work great. The are positioned at all of your intake points and stop 99% of the dust in your environment from getting inside your rig. I've got 3 cats and a dog so that is a lot of dander, not including the stuff that the 3 other humans in the house generate. To this day when I open the case, as I occasionally do, for cleaning and component health inspection I find very little dust at all. A few blasts of canned air and a rinse of the filters and your done.

These days the box resides on a shelf in my media cabinet hooked up to an AV receiver via HDMI. It's a livig room Steambox now and all of this case's winning attributes suit it well there. It's quite, stays cool even behind a glass door and passes the wife acceptance factor because it's out of sight and unheard except for a whoosh of air when it is under load. I just love it!

Here's the current build:
8GB G-Skill Trident DDR3 2400
Corsair H90 AIO Cooler
Asrock Z87-E Mini-ITX
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB

ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Highly compatible, Fast.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is an update for this board. I've had it for two years now. Bought it in December 2013. There have been a few changes to my configuration. The biggest was adding an i7-4790K. It overclocked to 4.5 GHz with ease. No additional firmware update was necessary. I only use it for gaming and it is running almost every day, alternating with a PS4.

8GB G-Skill Trident DDR3 2400
Corsair H90 AIO Cooler
Asrock Z87-E Mini-ITX
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB
Seasonic G-Series 750W (Gold)
Fractal Design Node 304 case


Marcus H.'s Profile

Display Name: Marcus H.

Date Joined: 08/24/01

  • Reviews: 19
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  • First Review: 08/27/07
  • Last Review: 04/23/15
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