Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diablo13 Usual good quality efficient high air pressure Noctua fan
As with most Noctua fans, they are more expensive than standard run of the mill fans. However, this Industrial version is supposed to be more heavy duty, with a longer lifespan and producing more air pressure. Both of these factors are quite hard to comment on because you expect it to take a LONG time before this kind of product fails, or as an end user with a pc, I don't have the ability to measure actual air pressure through the water cooling radiator it is mounted on.
That said, I trust Noctua's reputation for quality hardware, along with various independent reviews on this fan, and my own previous experiences with their fans. So I was prepared to pay more for the best.
Scan delivered it in their usual quick and efficient way and I quickly mounted it in a living room Small Form Factor pc.
The first and most obvious thing to notice is that this fan has rubber sleeves on the mounting screw corners, a simple idea which must reduce any vibration noise from it. ALL fan makers should follow this example for such a simple, cheap to produce, mod on their fans, as it eliminates vibration not just around the screw holes, but from both sides of the mounting frame, wherever it touches anything else. The second thing you notice is that there is no fourth control wire on it, as an INDUSTRIAL grade fan, it's obviously designed to run at full speed (2000 rpm I believe), maximum "thrust" throughout it's life. This actually makes it a little noisy air noise wise, in a quiet living room atmosphere, so slightly less desirable in that environment, something I should have thought about more before buying this model. It is however no more noisy than most fans during game play and it doesn't need to speed up or slow down, which can be more irritating, so during a game its not noticeable. I did set it to quiet mode in the Asus bios though, which actually seemed to make very little difference, obviously because of the lack of a control wire.
With this being an SFF machine, which has an EVGA Nvidia 980 GTX graphics card in it, there isn't a lot of room for components, which is why I went for the high CFC fan in the first place, on the Corsair 80I enclosed water cooling system.
The hot air coming out the back of this rig during gaming is just that, HOT, not WARM, so the 3 main fans including this one, are extracting heat efficiently when I have been running games at their highest settings on a 55" 4k tv. Keeps the room quite warm, along with the passive heat from the Yamaha AV Amp in the same rack.
As I said you don't really hear it when in game anyway and it's the normal fan air movement whoosh, not some sort of jarring noise which would be irritating. This Noctua replaces a stock Corsair fan on the double thickness 120 mm 80I radiator, but there is no room for a second fan as a push pull setup, so I am happy with my choice. It cools the cpu well in what is a warm room, in a quite tightly enclosed case, even under the high heat producing stress conditions of high end gaming on an overclocked I5, so it is efficient at doing what it was bought for. Which is all that really matters that it protects my gear from overheating, while allowing me to game whenever and for as long as I want without any worries.
10 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Terminator99 Best replacement fans for closed loop radiator
(Purchased 2) Very good build quality. They are quiet but can be a bit anoying at constant 2000rpm but not as loud as you think. Better cooler and quieter than the stock fans you get with H100i.
For a good all round quiet and performance. here is my settings in corsair link. (Fans in Pull) *Recomended
Custom curve (fans and pump in 4770k temp group)
Highest peak temp 63-64c @4.2Ghz 1.18v
Idle after highest peak 31-32c @4.2Ghz 1.18v
09 October 2014