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Jonathan N.

Jonathan N.

Joined on 12/25/14

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Most Favorable Review
Silverstone FF143B 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet (Black)
Silverstone FF143B 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet (Black)

Pros: -Clean look -Filters well -Not overly restrictive -Magnetic, but still has screw holes

Cons: -None

Overall Review: Not a whole lot to say, other than it's exactly what you'd expect. I have multiple German Shepherds in my household, so a filter cover is an absolute must have for any fan intakes on my system. This has caught a substantial amount of dust, dirt, and dander that would otherwise have gone into my system. Definitely suggested if you're looking for an easy to remove magnetic dust filter.

Great bang for your buck

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 390 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXR9 390 8GBD5-PPDHE
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 390 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXR9 390 8GBD5-PPDHE

Pros: The cooling on this card is fantastic. Utterly fantastic. The stock settings keep the fans off until 60C, and then once the fans kick in temps haven't gone above 65C in any game I've played. The card stays at around 55C with America's Army, 65C with Mechwarrior: Online, 65C with BF4, and 65C with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. The only game that doesn't get maxed out for a solid 60 frames per second is Assassin's Creed, though the game seems more optimized for Nvidia to start with. Idle temps keep the card right around 30-35C, with the fans turned off. The heatsink is doing more than enough passively when I'm just typing out documents, spreadsheets, or anything graphically non-intensive. The temperatures stay at around 40-45C with the fans off when I'm watching videos or movies. The pricing is fantastic, and at the time of purchase the card was $300 after rebate. I've seen the price dip as low as $280 with rebate, which is an absolute steal. If you want a large cooler like Sapphire's, but are on a hard budget, then this is a great choice.

Cons: There aren't many cons, though they are worth noting. When the fans get above 50% speed they get loud. Because they are smaller diameter fans, they have to rev up to faster speeds to effectively push more air. This is offset a little by the sheer size of the cooler underneath the fans, but you'll want to use custom fan curves and keep ample airflow to find the right balance of cooling and noise. There can be coil whine, especially during loading screens. While it's not with every game, some games like MW:O make the card produce some coil whine. The coil whine was the worst when I loaded something like Catzilla or Heaven Benchmark, which was meant to tax the card as heavily as possible. The Cooler Master N400 case that I have the card in has lots of open mesh vents, so there's nothing really muffling the noise, and it's not too loud. Something like a Define R5 or Define S will probably cut this down to a minimum, or make it unnoticeable altogether.

Overall Review: The card is quite long. If you have a smaller case, or if the drive cages are fixed, then you should definitely check to make sure there's enough room. It's not necessarily a pro or a con, it's just something that should be kept in mind. The stock overclock isn't all that high, though I've seen people show that they can easily get 1080 MHz on their core clock and 1600 MHz on the memory clock with only a +25 on voltage and power target in MSI Afterburner. It doesn't overclock like an MSI, but the cooling is superior. I would have no issue recommending this card to someone, provided that their case has the space for it.

Surprisingly good fan

Rosewill RAWP-141209v2 - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - Seal IP56 Dust Resistant, Splash Proof with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Speed Control & High End Teflon Nano Bearing
Rosewill RAWP-141209v2 - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - Seal IP56 Dust Resistant, Splash Proof with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Speed Control & High End Teflon Nano Bearing

Pros: -PWM controlled -Genuinely silent -Good airflow -Decent static pressure -Price to performance and PWM control is unmatched

Cons: -Bearing type seems to be a sleeve type -Color scheme

Overall Review: I got a few of these fans and crossed my fingers that they would actually function quietly while still moving air through my case. I was not disappointed at all. The fan itself makes little to no noise; I had to put my ear next to the fan at full blast to hear any motor noise, which was drowned out by the sound of air being moved. In my case I hear the air moving more than the fans. There is enough static pressure that you can use them with coolers that have more open fin designs without issue, and in a push configuration you won't hear the fans much if at all. Again, you'll hear the air moving more than the fans themselves. I did notice that there was a LOT of resonance as a pull fan when right up against the side air intake, but that's more to do with the fan grill than the fan since every other fan I have did the same, though this one showed it worse. The only real solution to that is to mod the case for less turbulence when the fan (any fan) is used as an intake on that grill. If you keep the fan at or below 50% speed you'll only hear the air being moved. Between 50-60% speed you'll notice the blades cutting the air, though it's negligible over any games/videos or if you have a front panel rather than open mesh panels. Above 60% speed and you will notice the fans more, though I hear more air being moved than the fan motors or blades cutting the air at that point (low whoosh vs high whine). There isn't much info on the bearing type, which seems to be a modified sleeve bearing. Not a huge deal since it's still quite silent, and there aren't any other PWM fans at this price point that operate this well or quietly. The only real flaw here is the color scheme, which may not even show up depending on your case. Definitely worth buying, and I'll certainly buy more of these again.

Bingo

COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HPB) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Black Version)
COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HPB) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Black Version)

Pros: -PWM controlled -Utterly silent operation -Pushes plenty of air -Works fairly well against a cooler -Fairly lengthed power cable

Cons: -May not suit your color preference (subjective)

Overall Review: This is one of the quietest fans I've used. For the price, there are few others that can beat it out without skimping on things like PWM control or using a sleeve type bearing. With unobstructed airflow these are completely silent. Placed against a cooler or fan grill as a push fan and these are completely silent. Placed as a pull fan and you may hear some resonance, but that's entirely dependent on the way air flows into the grill and less to do with the fan. Easily worth the money, and I plan on getting more of these in the future.