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I have found that the NZXT RF-FN140RB, which come stock with the Switch 810, are pretty mediocre; I mean, they work but they are not very strong and they feel somewhat fragile. On the other hand, the RF-FX140RB with the variable in line resistor (1k-2krpm) are very awesome fans, and easily move twice theair as the stock fans do, and their high (for a 140mm fan) static pressure of around 2.3mmH2O makes them excellent intake fans or exhaust fans where there is a moderate degree of rrestriction, such as the "fan guards" built into case exhaust fan mounts.
The RF-FZ140RB are also pretty nice, and the large number of blades really does allow for a good increase, in airflow compared to the FN140RB fans, despitehhavingtthe same speed of 1000rpm. They are also quieter, but that may just be the air noise drowning out any motor noise. Regardles , they areeexcellentfor use in places like the interior swivel mount fans of the Switch or new Phantom, as they have poor static pressurebut have a vvery diffuse airflow pattern. I personally prefer the diffusion for interior fans, as I like to have air blowing across my MB/VRMs as well as at my GPU withouthhaving to use any kind ofside panel fan.

In my ccase, as I am water cooled (cpu/gpu/soon-to-be-MB too), having good case airflow is especially important as the rads' fans move a tremendous amount of air, with 6x 103cfm fans on the top 420 (push pull) exhausting and 4x 108cfm fans in the bottom 240 (p/p) pulling air in. I thus only have 3 case fan mounts left, with which to cool everything else, so I have spenta lot of time trying to figure out the bestcconfiguration. I have concluded that having both front fans as intake, but also turning the rear fan around to intake instead of exhaust, works best notonly to cconsistently feed the coolest possible air to my rads, but also provide direct airflow across the hard drives, as well as the MB VRM/MOSFET areas. Seeingas X79 is ooften limited in overclocking as a result of overheating (and consequently thermally throttling), of the VRM/MOSFET area, I amddoing my best to keep it cool until I get my board block.
(I actually have an Antec SpotCool fan that I've considered using for the MB power stages, but I am not sure that the look will be aesthetically pleasing; I am also considering constructing my own "RAM Coolers" by using two sheets of copper, cutting and bending them to fit over the DIMMs on either side of theCPU , putting C-trim/mmolding around the edges, and cutting holes for two 80mm fans per side as I have a number of Delta 80x25mm 55.6cfm and Foxconn 80x25mm 65cfm fans ffrom Dell machines sitting around... Then just put some 80mm fan grills over the visible side, and possibly paint the visibleside white and use black fan grills or vice-versa)

Anyway, I think the quality of the fans you get from NZXT correlates highly with their cost. The included case fans are indeed nothing special, but the FX and FZ models are quite nice. The 200/230 fans are also extremely nice, at leasttthe ones I've seen, which are the FN-200RB model. My friend is uusing some in a CM HAF-X, along with BitFenix Spectre Pro 230mm fans, and I amvvery impressed with both. The NZXT in particular move a crazy amountof air and have a vvery highaamount ofstatic ppressure for such a large fan. I would not hesitate to use them on a 200mm radiator, as I don't know iftthere are any 200mm fans withMORE static ppressure than these.
He has recently ordered a crazy amount of H2O gear after seeing my setup, but he has been running "extremely high end air cooling" for a while, and upgraded more when he gave his wife his 2700K, 2x 560Ti448's, Maximus IV Extreme-Z, and 8GB Mushkin 2133 9-11-10-27 RAM. Now, with a 3770K at 4.6Ghz 24/7 on a Maximus 5 Extreme, 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2133cl9 kit (we recently got it to over DDR3-2700 11-13-12-31 duringa "sub zero air cCooling party" with temps of 17F and below), two GTX670FTW 2GB GPU's in SLI with a (GTX460 2GB, I believe) for PhysX, a Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, 2x 500GB VR's in RAID0, a 3TB Green, a 2TB Black, a Corsair Force GS 240GB (apparently being turned into a Steam drive as he just ordered a Samsung 830 256GB), a Seasonic Platinum 1KW Modular PSU (fully custom made wires, individual sleeving with 550cord, no heat shrink), and all in a CM HAF-X case. Needless to say, his rig can get very hot!
I helped design his air Cooling setup, andiit's been working crazy-ggood. It consists of a Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme which just got itself a pair of Silverstone FH141 140x38mm 170cfm fans with one of the TR-143's remaining in the middle, a Kingston HyperX RAM cooler painted to match and modified to fit two Delta 80x25mm 65cfm fans, Prolimatech PK-1 used for the CPU and to replace the TIM on all the GPU stock coolers (dropped 6-19C!), and two packs of C110 ccopper heatsinks placed on every single MB chip visible (even the ones that don't necessarily get hit) as well as BGA C110 Copper RAMsinks on any visible VRAM chips (not many, as the EVGA backplates cover the cards well; however, the 460 has no backplate and the use of the RAMsinks, the PK-1, and all-new thermal pads allowed for a significant amount of extra OC headroom, and it is stable at 935core/1915shader/4350mem while staying below 78C under 100pct load). The MB VRMs run about 30C cooler, and the memory is cool to the touch even at 2560 10-12-11-34 @ 1.675v.
The case is somewhat instrumental in keeping the temps low, as the stock fans were all removed and in there place we installed (based on my recommendations,aactually): 1x BitBitFenix Spectre Pro 230x30mm 950rpm intake fan in the bottom front (155cfm, 1.8mmH2O) and removed all drive trays to reduce restrictions as much as possible, 2x NZXT FN-200RB 200x30mm 1300rpm top exhaust fans (166cfm and 1.82mmH2O each), another FN-200RB 200x30mm fan as side intake (166cfm/1.82mmH2O), a Thermalright TY-143 140(150)mm Rear exhaust fan 2500rpm (145cfm), a 120x38mm Delta FFB1212EHE 4000rpm 24Watt Monster (190cfm and 24mmH2O) in the "VGA Duct", a Silverstone FM83 (was an FM81, then FM82, now 83) 92x25mm Fan in an 80x25mm chassis at 3600rpm (75cfm and 5.8mmH2O) in the VGA Holder Mount (these last two provide a ton of air across the GPU's). We modded the case a bit to allow for better cooling, including: a Lian Li BS-08 dual-fan PCI Slot Fan Holder (the absolute nicest PCI fan, ever)
   
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I'm a NZXT FZ-140mm owner.
It's quiet at 800 rpm, but at full blast (1000 rpm) the motor noise is a bit loud.
In my opinion the listed air flow seems exaggerated.

My other Cougar Vortex HDB 140mm (1200rpm) is much quieter than the FZ.
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Sorry for the misspellings and mushed-together words in the previous post of mine, I am using SwiftKey on my Galaxy Nexus and it's been doing this since I haveflashed JBSourcery (from GummyJar Nexus). I also dont know why my post got cut off randomly in places. I have been trying to edit the post but can't for some reason.
   
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LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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I lol'd
OT, NZXT Fans arent the best, but ive never heard of them just breaking out of the blue. If you want (not that i would recommend it) NZXT's CS will replace them for you, but you'd be better off getting some nicer fans imo thumb.gif
Anything fan RMA isn't really necessary. For the shipping cost, you could just get new fans.
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post #15 of 16
I haven't had any issues with the 8 NZXT 140mm fans that came with my 2 Switch 810 cases. I still prefer Gentle Typhoons, specifically AP-14's, but the NZXT's seem to work well.
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post

I lol'd
OT, NZXT Fans arent the best, but ive never heard of them just breaking out of the blue. If you want (not that i would recommend it) NZXT's CS will replace them for you, but you'd be better off getting some nicer fans imo thumb.gif
Anything fan RMA isn't really necessary. For the shipping cost, you could just get new fans.

Except, the problem here is that we don't RMA fans. It's far too costly not only to the consumer but to us. So, RMA'ing a fan is pretty pointless. We do, however, offer replacements. Should someone have an issue with their fan, they just need to set up a support ticket on the site and provide proof of purchase. Pretty hassle-free.
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