Joined on 11/10/05
Updated review - Arctic OWNES!
Pros: Extremely quiet fans, beautiful looking, I'm now a dedicated Arctic "fan", pardon the pun. I have revamped my fan configuration since I reviewed this fan in May '10: I now have 6 of these as intake fans, 4 in the side panel, one in front and one in the rear, and moved the 2 Sharkoons up to the exhaust stack. This makes an extremely effective positive-pressure cooling solution, and provides so much air I can run these fans at 6v, and at that voltage, they are silent, with temps in the 28 - 30 deg C range, high 30's under load, low 40's overclocked & under load. Of course, I have to give some of the credit to the Titan Fenrir S.E. Heatpipe and Arctic Cooling Accelero GTX 280 Pro coolers. With that said, these fans are hard to beat, and I have tested them all. The Noctua P12's are also really great, but at $25 a pop. The Arctic is $10 and just as quiet, just as powerful as the P12, and WAY better looking (whats with that Noctua brown color, anyway? They look like "the sticky hit the fan
Cons: The only way to make them better would be to give them away free. If you're doing a "Theme" build, and looks & LED's are your priority, these may not be for you. These have no LED's, no UV-reactive blades or frame, but the white blades do look awesome in a black case. White & black go with a lot of things, like black powdercoat, or a Corsair Graphite white case, unlike the Noctua's brown color. If, however, you're rich, and doing a "Toilet" theme, then maybe the Noctua is for you!
Overall Review: My case has 6 of these, and the Accelero Xtreme GTX 280 Pro vga coolers (x 2) have 3 x 92mm Arctic fans. Thats 12 Arctic fans in this case, plus the 2 sharkoons for exhaust and 1 Scythe on the Titan Fenrir S.E. cpu cooler. Add in the Corsair 950TX's single 140mm fan, and that's 16 fans in the case. Results? Near silent operation, no need to run the fans above 6v unless overclocking to the extreme, temps that are ridiculously low, like 28 deg C., GPU temps in the 30's. plus, I have some money left that I wouldn't if I put in 6 Noctua P12's. I've tested (db, cfm, start/stall voltages) a large cross section of the available 120mm fans, over 100 models. These are the best performing, best looking, and quietest fans, for the money, that I have found. InWin Maelstrom case Gigabyte G1.Assassin EVGA GTX 260 x 2 6 GB Kingston RAM Titan Fenrir Special Edition Thermaltake X-Controller (running the arctic fans) OCZ Vertex2 120GB SSD (OS) Seagate 1TB HDD (storage)
OCZ - NEVER AGAIN - is zero stars an option?
Pros: Makes a really classy paperweight.
Cons: The drive worked OK for a while, then the problems. Oh, the problems. The drive became unstable and an attempt to reformat hit a snag. In performing a secure-erase prior to install, there were errors about the drive being frozen. I finally got past the error by booting with the SSD connected, then disconnecting the SATA POWER cable to the SSD for a few minutes without turning off the pc, and then reconnecting the power. If you have hot-swap, you can just boot with the SSD disconnected, then connect the SSD via your hot swap bay without turning off the PC.
Overall Review: Don't expect any meaningful support from OCZ. They go through the motions, but then it's deny, deny, deny any problem exists. If they do break down and issue an RMA, they will just send it back without fixing it or replacing it. THE WORST SUPPORT I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. I would point out a contrasting situation: My Seagate drive had a problem, and their website analyzed the drive online, in real-time, and issued an RMA on the spot. Plus, they didn't even wait to receive the broken drive, they immediately cross-shipped another drive which I had installed 48 hours later. Now, THAT'S SUPPORT! These OCZ drives are cheap, but you're wasting your money. Buy Intel, Corsair, something from a REPUTABLE company, but DO NOT BUY OCZ ANYTHING.
Long Term Results A++++
Pros: This vendor is very concerned with your satisfaction, as evidenced by the care they take to make sure the product you purchase will be compatible to any devices you're planning on combining with that purchase, such as RAM, PSU, CPU, etc.. They make sure you're buying compatible hardware. The 142-SS-E178 I purchased was replacing an identical board, so of course, everything should work, but, they checked anyway. Nothing left to chance... I like that! Needless to say, everything is working great. Over a year now, no problems.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a quality Vendor whom you can trust, look no further. The prices are quite good, the staff is both helpful and knowledgeable, and I place my trust in them.
Simply The BEST
Pros: The Arctic MX4 is the best, and I've used them all. I've used expensive phase transfer medium, diamond-based medium, silver, you name it. CPU is running at 23 deg C right now.
Cons: No cons
Overall Review: Very easy to use and extremely effective. Forget the liquid metal stuff, pads and diamond pastes. Nothing better that MX4.
Great except the Frame design makes it unusable
Pros: Great pressure, low noise, everything I've come to expect and respect in an Arctic product. Sleeves wires look great, extra plug for daisy-chain.
Cons: The Frame has some 3-dimensional thing going on, makes it IMPOSSIBLE to seal around a gasket, decoupler, case, or filter. I was really, really counting on this fan, but now I'll be switching to an F14 PWM, solely and inexcusably due to this obtuse frame design. What were you thinking, Arctic? Just give me a simple, flat frame i can count on and build on. This has set me back, not only the dollar investment, but in time as well..
Overall Review: I'm an Arctic customer for many years, I always take out "included" case fans and replace them all with Arctic fans. My CPU cooler is an Arctic Freezer eSport 34, I also have a Liquid Freezer II 280, great products. This is the first time I've been at all dissatisfied with an Arctic product, however, this was a bad time to get caught in the middle of Arctic re-inventing the wheel. Fan frames are just not that hard to make PERFECT. I need flat, buildable designs, not something that looks like it's from a Transformer movie.
SCAMMER obviously just trying to scam buyers for the restocking fee and return shipping. I WILL NOT PAY EITHER. Instead of issuing a return shipping label, just cancel the order, since it NEVER SHIPPED IN THE FIRST PLACE. I ordered a replacement directly from Newegg, since you can't seem to locate one in your vast inventory of non-existent items.