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Zalman ZM-F3
6.3 out of 10

Zalman ZM-F3

Does not generate noise or vibration in Silent Mode. It is a Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Quiet on slow speed

John P., Newegg
22 February 2012
  • Pros: Cheap $5 love the silicon anti-vibration grommets! nice step-down resistor adapter! Very quiet using a 5-7VDC line or the step-down resistor. Make it run at about 900-1000 RPM.
  • Cons: At 1700 RPM (12VDC) it moves a lot of air, but at the expense of noise.
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Overall 8
8.0

Very reliable, reasonably quiet

Seth B., Newegg
20 February 2012
  • Summary: Don't forget to blow out the dust on occasion. Other than that you shouldn't need to think about these much.
  • Pros: - Pretty quiet. I do hear them but don't really notice them. - Very reliable. Been running mostly nonstop since 2006. - They move alot of air an keep things nice and cool.
  • Cons: Could be a bit more quiet.
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Overall 8
8.0

neat little case fan

Anonymous, Newegg
14 January 2012
  • Summary: I would buy another if I had the chance, but not for $9.99. Maybe if it went on sale
  • Pros: Quiet fan. Spins silently and smoothly.
  • Cons: It's got weird silicone pins. They're ok, but I would much prefer standard screws. No directions, just a picture on the outside of the box. You have to pull the pins pretty hard to get them to snap into place. I thought I was going to break them. But they worked out ok. Could push a little more air.
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Overall 8
8.0

4.5 for the fan 2 for the pins.

Jonathon G., Newegg
3 April 2008
  • Summary: Given how much air it moves and it's size, anyone could logically deduce it will be loud. Get a fan controller and turn it up as needed.
  • Pros: Moves a massive amount of air.
  • Cons: You can pretty much never remove the pins once they've been inserted, thus your fan is going to need to be a permanent fixture in your case. I'm sure I'll just use regular screws once I can find me some.
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Overall 8
8.0

Quiet & Nice Fan

Anonymous, Newegg
29 February 2008
  • Summary: Must Buy for anyone wanting a cooler computer.
  • Pros: Very quiet fan, cooled my case temperature and my CPU is now running 6C cooler! Definitely worth it over the stock fan in my system.
  • Cons: Those silicon connectors are too much hard work to fit with everything installed, I just used standard screws.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Douglas B., Newegg
24 January 2008
  • Summary: Mine was missing mounting hardware and the noise reducer initially, but newegg fixed that quick.
  • Pros: Worked when I plugged it in. Nice and quiet with the supplied voltage reducer.
  • Cons: It is a bit noisy at full speed.
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Overall 8
8.0

good fan

Steffen W., Newegg
11 January 2008
  • Summary: As Megiddo below wrote the silicon mounts are a big plus. They are difficult to mount and will probably last only one use but hey, how often do you change a good fan?
  • Pros: Silent adapter and silicon mounts included, in silent mode very quiet
  • Cons: This is not a hardcore silent fan. It is okay but even in silent mode it is not inaudible as they state.
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Overall 8
8.0

Quiet...

Gregory M., Newegg
26 December 2007
  • Summary: The only reason I knocked it down to 4 eggs is because it isn't quite as quiet as it could be. Still a GOOD fan. Excellent would move 50+CFM and still be silent though.
  • Pros: It does what it says it does, any way you look at it.
  • Cons: Not as quiet as I would have liked. With the resistor on, it doesn't move enough air, without it, it's louder than some, quieter than others.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great fan - stupid mounting

Anonymous, Newegg
17 December 2007
  • Summary: Zalman makes great cooling products. This fan is no exception. But their mounting "innovation" leaves much to be desired.
  • Pros: This fan moves a good volume of air and does it quietly. It also will hook up to the motherboard so the speed can be monitored. GREAT!
  • Cons: Whoever thought up the idea to use those little rubber mounts needs his head examined. After fiddling with the stupid things for nearly an hour (and breaking two of them) I just gave up and put a rubber mount on the fan and used normal fan screws. They _should_ include fan screws for people who d...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good fan Bad way to attach

Timothy M., Newegg
16 October 2007
  • Pros: This is such a quiet fan and does exactly what its supposed to do. Lowers the temperature of my case by a few degrees. (Once I had it blowing out instead of in :P)
  • Cons: The only bad thing I can say about this fan i show it actually attachs to the case. It uses silicone pins that stretch through the case and then through the fan. These pins tear very easily and if you don't get it on right the first time you are pretty much stuck with it ir take the chance of tea...
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