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Zalman ZM-F3
6.1 out of 10

Zalman ZM-F3

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Overall 10
10

cool,, pun intended

Matthew P., Newegg
25 February 2014
  • Pros: nice and quiet with the resistor cable, needed it for mounting on the side door of my case, rubber screws definitely cool.
  • Cons: none
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Overall 2
2.0

Failed after 11 months

Ryan A., Newegg
13 February 2014
  • Pros: Quiet
  • Cons: Quickest failure I've ever had on a "high-end" case fan
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Overall 6
6.0

I want to believe

Anonymous, Newegg
12 January 2014
  • Summary: I've used Zalman fans for years and this was the first that failed me in such a spectacular manner. I do intend to buy more of these, but will make sure to keep batteries in my Smoke Detector fresh.
  • Pros: I have bought about a dozen of these and have had them running for about a year now in various builds. Cheap, reliable, and quiet.... except for one out of the 12.
  • Cons: One of the 12 fans seized up and nearly caught on fire, filling the entire room with acrid smoke. Thankfully I was in the room at the time and was able to shut down the machine (yanked power cord) before the fan actually melted. Bearing and circuit board on fan was cooked with no warning signs of failure. Made a loud noise for about 10 seconds then started smoking.
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Overall 10
10

Good product

James, Radioshack
6 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I would definitely buy this product again. It is strong yet quiet.
  • Pros: Easy To Install, Energy Efficient, Quiet, Reliable
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Overall 10
10

Its a fan

WILLIAM H., Newegg
27 March 2013
  • Summary: My last computer case fan, 120mm in size, capable of moving a 64cfm of air at 22db was produced by a brand-x company. The brand-x product had an inherent design flaw causing it to explode during normal operation. This happened to me and I will no longer purchase brand-x products.
  • Pros: Its a fan. It makes air move in one direction. It did not explode when powered up.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Nice Quality Fan

Evan A., Newegg
5 March 2013
  • Pros: Works well, like the provided resister to adjust speed. Also pretty inexpensive.
  • Cons: nil
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Overall 6
6.0

Do not mount horizontally

Michael L., Newegg
13 February 2013
  • Summary: I have to wonder if this is a common issue with Zalman fans. I used to have a Zalman ZF700 graphics card cooler with a fan that made the same kind of noise (and a replacement part did the same thing). It's a shame to see little has changed in their fans in 7-8 years.
  • Pros: As long as you only use these fans in a vertical orientation, these appear to work well. They're one of the few fans on the market at this price point with a motor that doesn't make an electrical clattering noise when running. In addition, the fan itself is very quiet below 1,000 RPM. Other fans produce a noticeable buzzing noise all the way down to 700 RPM, but this one doesn't. These have fairly long cables, so no worries if your motherboard has poorly thought out f...
  • Cons: These fans have cheap bearings that make an obnoxious hissing/scraping noise when placed in a horizontal orientation, such as the top of a case. It happens at all speeds, but becomes very apparent below 1,000 RPM. No other fan I've used does this, no matter what bearing type. I found this to be unacceptable, so back to the seller it goes.
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Overall 4
4.0

Loud!!

Joseph G., Newegg
30 September 2012
  • Pros: Cheap
  • Cons: Obnoxiously loud and very thick construction. Sounds like a lawnmower running in my machine.
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Overall 10
10

using as a pusher

Anonymous, Newegg
30 August 2012
  • Pros: Have this mounted on the inside of an H60 Corsair water cooler and it dropped the temps an extra 20f! Pushes a good amount of air and it's quiet!
  • Cons: none!
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Overall 10
10

Zalman PWM Case Fan

Michael G., Newegg
24 July 2012
  • Summary: I decided to go with Zalman for a new case fan because of the high quality CNPS9500 heatpipe/HSF I purchased back in 2009. I'll be going to Zalman when I upgrade from my Q8400.
  • Pros: PWM functionality. Supplied resistor cable for those whom want only 900 RPM instead of 1700. Works with Speedfan on an Intel DX48BT2.
  • Cons: None now, and I don't expect any.
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