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This is my last call before I leave for Florida. Like Froggy, I will be without internet until I return.

I'm gonna die!
Sucker

Blitz, when do you get back?
Edited by thlnk3r - 5/20/08 at 9:03am
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^ don't worry, its not as bad as you first think
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This is my last call before I leave for Florida. Like Froggy, I will be without internet until I return.

I'm gonna die!
Hey Blitz stop buy we will pay you back that cup of coffee
    
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More fans!

Fan: SilenX Ixtrema IXP-74-14B
Dimensions: 120mm x 25mm
Number of Blades: Seven
Maximum RPMs: 1400RPMs
Airflow: 72CFM
Noise: 14dBA
Static Pressure: Data not available
Bearing Type: Fluid Dynamic Bearings
Voltage: 8-14V
Current: 0.22A

Here's a stock image of the fan lit up:


Here's a picture of mine:


And a shot from the inlet side:


txtmstrjoe's thoughts: This might be one of my absolute least favorite fans. Why do I dislike this one so much?

For one thing, it was a horrendously expensive fan. As I recall, I paid a touch over twenty bucks for one of these. I got two, and this particular one died within three days of me opening up the package. From the moment I sent power into it, it emitted an odd odor which I later discovered was the smell of fan motor grease. The little that this fan had burned away, and the fan seized. Thankfully, the vendor was satisfied with an online transmission of my invoice, and I was refunded for the cost of one of these horrid things.

(The second one hasn't died yet, but I absolutely refuse to use anything by SilenX now.)

I should have been alerted to the fan's suspect quality because it just feels so flimsy. It is easily one of the lightest 120mm fans I own; I have a 92mm fan that's a lot heavier than this thing. The plastic feels quite brittle as well. I have the impression that I could very easily break this fan with my bare hands, but the shards of cheap plastic would probably slice my hands to bloody shreds, so I've never bothered.

Another reason why I dislike this fan so much is because the manufacturer's claims for its performance are horrendously inflated. I don't have an anenometer to measure CFM output, but I'm very very sure that this fan produces far far less than the claimed 72CFM. How am I so sure? Well, I have some fans in my collection that allegedly produce less than 72CFMs, but they feel more powerful via the "hand test" (putting one's hand in the air pathway of the fan's outlet side). And I'm not the only one with a story of SilenX's fraudulent performance claims to tell. Many users have reported similar stories as mine, saying that while the fans are indeed quiet, they are also pretty gutless. An ant sneeze is more powerful than a SilenX Ixtrema.

I used two of these fans last year as case fans. Even with very low impedance, they seemed quite ineffective at moving air in any appreciable amount. Whilst a pair of these were mounted to my TJ09B-W, system temps were about four-to-six degrees C higher than any other fan mounted in the same positions.

There is no way I'll ever recommend using this fan for heatsink/radiator duty; they're simply just useless, in my opinion. About the only good thing I can say about these fans is that they have a beautiful shape; I like the small hub, as well as the aggressive appearance of the blades.

Unfortunately, in this fan's case, the beauty really was only skin deep, and it faded away rather quickly too.
    
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That's to bad. I was going to order a few SilenX for my next build. Glad I read your review of them. Oh yeah, I'm going to start a part at a time for my next AMD rig. Probably start with the case. Most likely a CM case.
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That's to bad. I was going to order a few SilenX for my next build. Glad I read your review of them. Oh yeah, I'm going to start a part at a time for my next AMD rig. Probably start with the case. Most likely a CM case.
Any particular cm case you were looking at? This 690 was the best purchase Ive made in a while, and I got it from a forum member for cheap. Great space, wire management, and Im away to stuff a watercooling setup in it
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Heehee

thlnk3r now has my CM690. I believe he's pretty happy with it.

Excellent value for a case, in my opinion. Whether or not it can easily accommodate an internal WC system, though, is debatable.
    
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Any particular cm case you were looking at? This 690 was the best purchase Ive made in a while, and I got it from a forum member for cheap. Great space, wire management, and Im away to stuff a watercooling setup in it
That's going to depend on if I go water cooled or not. If I go Air then I'll want something with great airflow. If I go water cooled then it really won't matter as I won't need a ton of fans mounted to the case.

EDIT: Along with my other custom Mods, My boss has scrap aluminum that I could build a custom case from. I would start by buying/finding a fullsize ATX case frame I can add the new skin/plus Mods to. I believe he has scrap up to 48x72 inch or so "he's building a boat" and the thickness is about 1/8inch thick. I'd have to ask him to be sure. But the scrap sheets he has are nice and solid.
Edited by GuardianOdin - 5/21/08 at 12:25am
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That's going to depend on if I go water cooled or not. If I go Air then I'll want something with great airflow. If I go water cooled then it really won't matter as I won't need a ton of fans mounted to the case.
Well the case is also excellent for air cooling, many places for 90-120-140mm fans. It keeps everything cool on air, I just wanted to finally try out watercooling myself. Still a excellent choice for both air and water.
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Heehee

thlnk3r now has my CM690. I believe he's pretty happy with it.

Excellent value for a case, in my opinion. Whether or not it can easily accommodate an internal WC system, though, is debatable.
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Well the case is also excellent for air cooling, many places for 90-120-140mm fans. It keeps everything cool on air, I just wanted to finally try out watercooling myself. Still a excellent choice for both air and water.
CoolerMaster makes some beautiful cases for sure. If I'm not mistake they all use the same or similar sub frame.
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