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This review is from: be quiet! SILENTWINGS 3 120mm HIGH SPEED
Pros: If you run these fans at 7 volts, or at the lower case fan speeds, it is whisper quiet.
Cons: At 12 volts or higher than 40% speed, the amount of air they are move is pretty intense. It got louder than the cheaper fans I replaced. I just run them at 7 volts or less and they work as advertised. One of the fans I received was faulty, and was making a high pitched whirring noise. I replaced it with an additional BeQuiet fan and its fine now (only $20 so no big deal). Didn't lose any eggs over it, as factory defects are bound to happen sometimes.
Other Thoughts: Just FYI, sucks in air from the logo side; it can be hard to spot the air flow indicator. I used metal shears to remove the protective metal grating on the front fan mounts of my computer case so that airflow was even less audible.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 3 Silentwings CPU Cooler 250W TDP - BK019
Pros: -With Intel Q-Fan tech this thing is virtually inaudible. Remove the front fan and it's completely silent, which only makes a 1 to 2 degree difference in temperatures doing so.
-Overclocked Sandy Bridge i5 never gets hotter than 45C under load, and idles at 38C.
Cons: -The size is something you must plan for. Pay close attention to the dimensions and size it to your board/case.
-On some motherboards it blocks one of the memory slots.
Other Thoughts: Install your memory FIRST. Fits fine as long as the closest DIMM slot's memory doesn't have a tall heatsink on it. Corsair has some great memory for this. I had some trouble because of the north bridge heat sink blocks access to one of the bolts. Useing iFixit toolkit I was still barely able to get it on there. If you have motherboard heat sinks close to the mounting holes, you can expect to have some trouble.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy setup, no driver downloads required. Was able to set up two of these in a RAID-0 Stripe configuration with no hassle at all. Fastest install of Windows 7 that I have ever seen. Boots up from cold start in less than 15 seconds! Used for a year now with no issues whatsoever.
Cons: No real complaints here.
Other Thoughts: Mounting solutions sold separately. These things are solid enough that you could use double sided tape and stick them to the case if you wanted. :PREAD FULL REVIEW