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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I like the color even though they are buried in windowless cases, bought 3 pwm and 2 standard 3wire variants feb 2012, kept 1 pwm as a spare and haven't needed it yet, the 2 non pwm have been running 14+hrs a day since feb 2012 and still running strong out in a dusty shop with wide temp variations wide open and you can't hear them, the psu and hyper 212's pwm fan is louder at idle temps... the pwm's have been running 12+hrs a day in an apu machine on an asus mb with the exact same results, far quieter than the tcx3 92mm cm air cooler on the a8-3870 or the antec-650 in that machine stuffed inside a micro atx, cm elite-341 stuffed under a desk in the house that rarely gets cleaned, well over 4 years of hard use in multiple machines and still going strong.

Cons: not free, they never die so you can't get all giggly ordering new stuff, at full blast so quiet you can't tell if they are running.

if I had a single honest complaint it would be that they are somewhat picky about how they are mounted, ie if you bolt them down solid to a poorly designed fan hole in case they may get a weird howl from the case itself, use the rubber plug mounts and the problem is largely eliminated unless your case sucks in which case the fan isn't the problem...

Other Thoughts: anyone that complains about these being loud most likely has them mounted in bad cases with poorly designed fan ventilation and didn't bother to try the rubber pin mounts... well over 4 years of hard use both in the house and out in the shop with zero issue's

ORICO PNUS3-2I NEC Renesas Chipset Desktop PCI - E Express to USB 3.0 20 Pin Controller Adapter Card Extra Low - Profile PCI Bracket
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: it's a via clone chipset

takes about 5 minutes to google the differances and driver version...

Cons: it's a via clone chipset

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W HDZ965FBGMBOX Processor
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: still relevant after years of service, unlike my 939 3800+ manchester which was obsolete within 3 months of purchase...

Thing is a beast, has chewed up everything I've thrown at it without so much as a whimper, this at stock clock

long story short this cpu is probably the best bang for your buck with ungodly longevity to boot, ever built.....

Cons: mine is actually the early 140w version, not really a con just sayin

Other Thoughts: idles at 29-30c @800mhz core with a cm hyper 120 evo maxxes at 50c under video recompiling at 80%+ load.

best money I've spent in a very long time

cpu - 965be 140w
gpu - saphire 5870 1gb cypress xt reference card ( scythe setsugen2 cooler )
mem - 4gig corsair dominator 1600 (switched to 8g corsair vengeance lp 1600 this week just because it was laying around un used)
mb - msi 790fx-gd70
junk raidmax case with various cooling mod's, ie extra holes at bottom of sidepannel, 2 cougar 120mm case fans
power supply - bfg-tech 1200w modular
cheap pci-e x1 usb3.0 card
sony dvd burner / LG blueray burner


Ryan D.'s Profile

Display Name: Ryan D.

Date Joined: 03/27/08

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 10/09/09
  • Last Review: 09/20/16
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