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Cons OEM packaging? no screws. Ugly colored wires.
Summary First off I'd like to say it was strange to receive a couple of these in bubble wrap and no screws. Not a big deal to me, usually Cougar fans come with ugly chrome screws anyways, I always have black ones kicking around. That aside, these are great performing fans for the cost, full they are a bit loud to me, but push a pretty good amount of air. I usually run 2 of them around 850rpm, hardly hear them, with 3x120mm cougars, all medium settings, roughly 800rpm. Honestly very good bang for the buck done quietly. At 700rpm they are as quiet as anything out there, if you can live with the non-retail no frills packaging, these are great 140mm fans. I would have bought Fractal Designs fans(ever so slightly quieter), but hard to find in stock, but these are great too and a little cheaper. Used in an HTPC 20feet away from where I sit and its dead silent medium settings, its definitely audible at max though, but with a HD7970 and X4 860K, honestly medium settings keep it cool enough in Fractal Design's Core 1500 case, pretty darn happy with my purchase!
Pros - Great fan. - Moves good amount of air. - Quiet.
Cons - TERRIBLE packaging, caused half the fans to be damaged. - No included accessories, not a huge problem as I had screws. - Half died due to negligent manufacturer packaging.
Summary I purchased 4 of these to put in the top and front of a Corsair 350D, I already had 4 of these fans (120mm version) in another case and was extremely happy with them. When I picked them up I was surprised to find they are literally shipped in empty Ziploc bags with the NCIX tag stuck to the bag. One wasn't even in a bag, it actually had the NCIX tag stuck to the fan itself and was in the box.
Normally I wouldn't mention shipping as it's irrelevant to the product, but the manufacturer packing is completely unacceptable. Unsurprisingly two of the fans had serious vibration problems. I ended up returning all of them and just getting Corsair AF Quiet Editions instead.
The fans themselves are great, the manufacturer packaging used for the 4x120mm Cougar bundle is good and should have been used for these as well, it would have kept otherwise excellent fans from being ruined.
Summary I was able to price match this fan so it was good value for the money. It didn’t come with one of those led lights, but that was okay, I just needed something to help keep my system cool. I find the fan is nice and quiet. I have never heard of Cougar before but so far I’m quite pleased with the fan and will definitely buy again.
Summary NO LEDs, NO LEDs!!! It is so hard to find good fans at good prices without stupid LEDs. This fan does not have them, so I love these fans. I have two in my rig and would have bought four if I didn't need higher RPMs for exhaust fans. Really good price.
Pros -Excellent price (when PM'ed) -Good airflow/static pressure/noise balance for the price
Cons -Came without any packaging, easily damaged during transportation.
Summary I recently purchased several of the new fractal design cases, as much as I love their designs, their included fans just does not have the static pressure to push air through those front harddrive cages (I know they can be removed, but they were for a fileserver build). These are great fans when running at 7V, inaudible over the hum of the harddrives. A lot more pressure than the fractal design included fans (which I moved to exhaust).
Only downside, irrelevant to the fans themselves was the fact that they came without any packaging, not even a bubble wrap, just sitting in the shipping box, these can be easily damaged, and I hope NCIX will at least include a DVD-drive type bubble wrap for it in the future.
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