4 Things You Could Be Doing Right Now That Are Ruining Your Rig

Your custom computer rig will have a significantly extended life span if you know how to maintain and care for it properly. People spend a lot of time and money building their custom rigs, but many of them make mistakes that can lead to premature failure or degraded performance. Below are four of the most common mistakes made when building and maintaining a custom rig.

Not Cooling it Properly

One of the major issues people make with their rig is not giving it enough air. You can install the best parts on the market, but if your system is not adequately cooled, it will not perform as well, and its life span will be shortened. “Most printers, computers, routers and other electronic devices have vents located on the back or on the side.  This configuration allows cool air to be pulled in to the device from the front or from the sides and for the hot air to be forced out through the back or to the sides. If the equipment is stored in an enclosed area, hot air tends to cycle through it making it hotter and hotter the longer it is running.” Heat is the number one enemy to your rig. Installing fans is not enough if the enclosure isn’t sufficiently ventilated to allow for proper airflow. (source)

Not Cleaning It

Cleaning the inside and outside of your rig is very important for preserving the life of your machine. Dust buildup is a prevalent problem with computers. Most people don’t clean their rigs on a regular basis, and when they do, the inside is usually ignored. Dust buildup can prevent air from flowing in and out of your rig. “It is important to always consult with your manual for tips, and be sure to power electronics down before cleaning them. Usually, a damp microfiber cloth, a dry microfiber cloth, and some canned air can work wonders on almost any electronic device.” (source)

Not Using Thermal Paste Correctly

The proper amount of thermal paste to use on the computer processor has been an ongoing issue for rig builders of all experience levels for many years. “There are technically many ways to apply thermal paste, but most of these techniques usually involve applying too much. This causes an overly thick layer of paste, which will not only transfer heat inefficiently, but may also spill over to the circuit board. Even if the paste is non-conductive, you don’t want excess to spill over and potentially damage any parts.” Not using any thermal paste is a big mistake, as it can prevent proper cooling. You really don’t have much leeway when installing thermal paste. Too little will create air pockets, and too much will negatively affect thermal conductivity. Try using a pea-sized amount first and see if you need more or not. (source)

We have a full article about the best thermal pastes and the dangers of Liquid Metal Thermal Paste

Not Installing Motherboard Standoffs

Your rig’s chassis will come with all the necessary hardware to properly mount the motherboard. The standoffs are critical because they will prevent the board from contacting the metal of the chassis and potentially short-circuiting. Typically, new builders are not sure what this hardware is for or simply neglect it because they are in a rush to complete their new rig.

You invest plenty of time and money building your rig. To maintain peak performance, you need to maintain it properly. Keep it clean to prevent the dust buildup that prevents airflow and reduces the longevity of your rig.

Why Migrating to Windows 10 is a Pain for Businesses (But Still the Right Thing to Do)

Migrating to a newer version of any software is always a pain. Upgrading your company’s operating system is doubly so and can sometimes be kind of expensive. The operating system is such an integral part of utilizing a computer that the changes of a new version of the OS are annoying to get used to. There seems to be a pointless trend of new OS versions changing things for seemly no other reason than for its own sake. Because of this, migrating to Windows 10 will require a period of time for one to adjust to the changes in the newer version. However, utilizing the latest version of Windows available provides sufficient benefits to justify the trouble.

Security

Windows 10 does seem to be the most secure system. The older an operating system is, the less secure it is. Hackers and other malicious actors have had substantially more time to analyze the now-outdated structure of older operating systems and determine their weaknesses. A lack of support by Microsoft for older versions of Windows leaves them vulnerable to hackers and ransomware. It is this vulnerability that justifies enduring the annoyance of migrating to Windows 10. While migrating may be a pain, it is substantially less of a pain than facing the consequences of poor cyber-security.

Support

Older versions of Windows are always given a lower priority for support and updates, not only from Microsoft but also from third-party software vendors. With the view of Windows 10 as a continually updated service rather than a static operating system, the environment is much better integrated with other Microsoft services and better supported by third parties. While newer versions of even familiar software may require a learning curve to adjust to, the support and integration that they provide frequently warrant the effort. Ensuring the tools your business utilizes are up to date and supported far outweighs the hassle of migrating and adjusting to the changes of the new version. If you are unable to migrate to Windows 10 on your own, you can utilize an assistant program to make the transition easier.

Despite the pain involved in migrating to Windows 10, the benefits of utilizing the most up to date operating system dramatically outweigh the costs. Ensuring that the software your company uses has full support from its manufacturers increases productivity and prevents unnecessary delays. The security provided by access to constant updates of security flaws as they become revealed also serves to protect your business. While migrating to Windows 10 may be a pain, it is without a doubt preferable to the alternative.

Finding The 10 Best Thermal Pastes – Don’t Get Hot!

Before we dive right into our list to find the best thermal paste we thought it would be useful to go over some basics.

If you’re wanting to skip this stuff and get right to it, use the table of contents below to jump to the section you want.

Thermal Conductivity and heat dissipation explained

Heat dissipation occurs whenever a hotter material gets in contact with a colder material; heat gets transferred from the hotter material to the colder material, not vice versa.

Your CPU/GPU emits heat whenever you turn on your computer. These are the two components that generate heat the most.

To dissipate heat, a heatsink with a cooling fan(s) is used. The surface area and the material used are the main factors for thermal conductivity of the heatsink. Copper is the best material since it has 406W/mK thermal conductivity while aluminum only has 205W/mK.

Now, regardless of the material, your heatsink is made of, is it still going to be inefficient if it does not get in contact with the source of the heat that it needs to dissipate.

Do I need thermal paste?

The straight answer is yes. The naked eye can’t see it, however, no matter how smooth the cold plate of your CPU and your heatsink looks, there are microscopic variations in them. These microscopic changes create air gaps between the CPU/GPU and the heatsink and limit the amount of contact between them.

Air is a horrible conductor of heat.

The result is that it lessens the efficiency of the heatsink to dissipate heat from the cold plate.

Thus the need for thermal paste, which fills these gaps.

Composition Of Thermal Pastes

If we are to count the number of thermal pastes available on the market the list will go on and on and can reach to hundreds to choose from.

So, finding the right one for your rig is not an easy task.

There are four types of thermal pastes which depend on the base compound it uses:

  1. Silicone-based – These are the cheapest typically, these thermal pastes have silicone and zinc as the main component for making it.
    We will stay away from those ones as they do not offer as good thermal conductivity as the ones we have on the list. Sure they may be a little less expensive, but we’re not talking about huge savings (maybe a couple of dollars).
  2. Ceramic-based – generally these contain aluminum oxides and considered to be mid-grade.
  3. Carbon-based – some of the most expensive thermal pastes out in the market some have have diamond particles as fillers (given the great thermal conductivity of diamonds).
  4. Liquid Metal –  These have the highest thermal conductivity and contain Gallium as the main ingredient.

How to Apply Properly

This part is probably the trickiest, due to the many types of thermal pastes application differs from one to another. Silicone and ceramic based and carbon-based are typically grease-like so you either let the heatsink and the cold plate spread the thermal paste, or you do it manually.

I recommend the Pea method, it’s the easiest and the video below tests the different application’s methods. I’ve jumped right to the conclusion & results.

Liquid metal thermal interface materials are different you need to apply it using a brush and make sure that the surface is evenly covered.

The amount of thermal interface material needed needs to be just the right, putting too much is better than too little (as the video above confirms) but don’t worry too much.

The Best Thermal Paste (Top 7)

We rounded up all the thermal pastes out in the market and researched about them.

We then rated them based on the thermal conductivity and expected lifespan.

Being that the most expensive thermal grease on this list is under $20, we did not factor in price very much.

I would recommend the below thermal pastes for use in between your GPU and CPU & the heatsink.

7. Innovation Cooling Diamond
“7 Carat” Thermal Paste

The Innovation thermal grease begins our list of the non-conductive group.

A great solution for your cooling needs.

It may contain diamonds in it, but it’s not enough to propose to your significant other…but I would love to see a video of the attempted proposal!

Innovation Cooling Diamond - 7 carat
  • Thermal Conductance: 4.5 W/m-K (data acquired with an ASTM D - 5470 thermal interface test...
  • Thermal Resistance: 0.25oC-cm2/W@ 100 BLT
PROS
Unique diamond filler
Long-lasting and effective
CONS
Super thick
Need strong pressure mount on cooler
Difficult to remove/clean
TypeCarbon-based
Thermal Conductivity4.5 W/mk
Weight1.5 g
Curing time10-minute evaporation time
2-hour curing recommended

Innovation Cooling is a company whose focus is all about thermal compounds. The Innovation Cooling Diamond 7 Carat has a thermal conductivity of 4.5W/mK. Its paste compound has 92% micronized synthetic diamonds.

Diamonds, as it turns out, are the best heat conductors; thus the reason why Innovation Cooling uses it in their paste. Synthetic diamonds have a thermal conductivity of 2,000-2,500 W/mK which is more than three-fold for normal compounds.
There is another component for their paste that they did not disclose and is still a mystery to its users (another secret sauce).

The best thing about this thermal paste is that it does not conduct electricity so there not a single chance of short circuits in your motherboard.

Unlike other thermal compounds, the Innovation Cooling Diamond 7 Carat only needs two to three hours curing time to get settled. Users do not need to wait two weeks (sometimes) after applying to attain its peak performance. Testing the ICD 7 Carat with other thermal pastes, this compound did not show any difference in temperature when in idle. Under full load, though the IC Diamond had about 7 to eight degrees difference.

6. Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste

Thermal paste with silver fillers? How well does it work with your CPU/GPU? Let’s check the Arctic Silver 5.

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Arctic Silver 5
  • Premium silver polysynthetic thermal compound
  • Use between CPU's and heatsinks or water-cooling solutions
PROS
Easy to apply and remove
Silver particles produced in 3 different sizes
CONS
Curing time is 200 hours
Wear gloves, difficult to take off skin
TypeCeramic
Thermal Conductivity8.9 W/mK
Weight3.5 g x 2
Curing time200 Hours

Arctic Silver 5 is a popular thermal paste out on the market, and there’s a reason for that. This thermal paste works perfectly with your CPU or GPU keeping them at low temperatures either on idle or under load.

The Arctic Silver 5 uses silver fillers with three different shapes to make sure it fills the gaps perfectly between your heatsink and your integrated heat spreader (IHS).

The Arctic Silver 5 is a ceramic based thermal compound. It is quite easy to apply. Beginners, as well as the veterans, can use this with ease.

This thermal paste does not conduct electricity, but it is slightly capacitive; but nothing to worry about. For Newbies there’s no need to be too cautious about minor spills, it would not hurt. It is always better to avoid mess however.

Silver is close to the best thermally conductive metal around. Arctic silver is made out of 99.9% micronized silver of three different variations to ensure maximum contact between heat spreader and heatsink; transferring heat generated by the processor smoothly.

This thermal paste also contains other particles such as aluminum oxide, boron nitride, zinc oxide enhancing the paste’s performance in the long run.

The Arctic Silver 5 works perfectly right off the bat. Though, it needs 200 hours of curing time. This means that it will take some time before you fully see the cooling effects of this thermal paste over others.

This curing time could be why veterans speak highly of the stuff while others who benchmark this paste don’t allow the full curing time to see the full effects of this product.

Even if the curing time is that long, this thermal paste is still one of the brands sought for by enthusiasts and overclockers. One of the best thermal pastes to consider when replacing your CPU/GPU’s thermal compound.


5. Arctic MX-4 Thermal Grease

High-performance thermal compound that gives value for every cent you spent on it.

PROS
Easy to apply
High value for money
Impressive longevity
CONS
Falls short in peak temperatures
Can be difficult to remove
TypeCarbon-based
Thermal Conductivity8.5 W/mk
Weight4 g
Curing timeNon-curing

It is not a surprise that the MX-4 is one of the best thermal pastes on the market. Enthusiasts and Overclockers have their reasons why this is their go-to thermal compound. The Arctic MX-4 performs very well in keeping temperatures low.

This may be greased-based, but the composition of the paste is made of micro carbon particles that give this thermal compound its high thermal conductivity of 8.5W/mK same with the Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme.

The Arctic MX-4 has a very long lifespan compared to other thermal pastes with metal or silicon fillers. You can apply this thermal paste and use it up to eight years without the need to reapply. This is one of the biggest selling points of this thermal paste. Set it and forget it.

This thermal paste is easy to apply and does not need any curing time or burn-in time. From the time it is applied you can expect the MX-4 to work right away.

Because the Arctic MX-4 does not contain any metallic particles, this is not electrically conductive. You can be assured that your circuits are safe from short circuits. This thermal paste is also a favorite amongst overclockers and gamers or PC enthusiasts.

4. Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste

No curing time and two years storage time. This is the NT-H1 from Noctua.

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste
  • Renowned premium-grade thermal compound for optimal heat-transfer from the CPU or GPU to the...
  • High-end thermal compound to reduce temperatures on PC applications and electronics
  • Trusted Noctua quality with excellent long-term stability: recommended storage time up to 3...
PROS
No curing time needed
Easy to apply
Long-term stability
CONS
Hard to remove
Undisclosed components
TypeCeramic
Thermal Conductivity8.9 W/mK
Weight5.6 g
Curing timeNon-curing

Noctua is illustrious creating fans and cooling systems alike. And their thermal paste is just another product they should be proud of. They continuously create and develop such products that only have one aim; provide you, low temperatures for your computer system.

Noctua never ceases to satisfy enthusiasts and overclockers alike. Their NT-H1 is one of the most sought-after items when it comes to thermal paste. The NT-H1’s uses a combination of unique particles that provides maximum contact between your CPU and your heatsink. The mixture is still yet to be known – kind of like KFC’s chicken recipe I suppose.

The NT-H1 does not need any curing time; it works right away once applied. Professionals tested this thermal paste with other top-selling brands like the Arctic Silver 5, and it is 1C lower than the AS5 (again though, not allowing the silver 5 to fully cure).

A single syringe of the NT-H1 contains 1.4g of thermal compound and can be used on 15 CPUs. It is easy to apply however it is a bit difficult to remove.

If you have anything left in the syringe, just put the lid back on the opening and store it. This can be stored up to two years; there are other thermal pastes that can be stored longer than that though (hello MX-4).

This thermal grease has a 3-year usage time in temperatures of -50 and 110 degrees Celsius. However, it is recommended that you use it at -40 to 90 degrees Celsius only.

3. Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Paste

This thermal compound may have lower thermal conductivity on paper. But this thermal grease has everything on your checklist if you’re looking for the best thermal paste.

Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Paste
  • CREATED FOR EXTREME USES: The GC-Extreme thermal compound achieves the best heat conductivity...
  • MAXIMUM THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY: The GC-Extreme guarantees exceptional heat dissipation and...
  • EASY AND SAFE APPLICATION: Thanks to GELID Applicator, you can apply EASY and SECURE GC-EXTREME...
  • OPERATING TEMPERATURE: The GC-Extreme can operate between -45 degrees up to +180 degrees...
PROS
Non-curing
Non-toxic
CONS
Expensive (relative to others)
Hard to tell how much is left in the syringe
TypeCarbon-based
Thermal Conductivity8.5 W/mK
Weight3.5 g
Curing timeNon-Curing

Gelid Solutions is starting to make a name in the thermal paste industry, and with its good quality lineup, it was able to create a niche for itself.

The GC Extreme is one of their products that have been going head to head with the market’s leading brands. The GC Extreme thermal paste is highly recommended by professionals in the computer setup industry.

This thermal paste is electrically non-conductive. So it can be used even by beginners; accidental spills would not result in shorting circuits on your motherboard. Still, you need to wipe it off.

Applying the paste is a breeze since this is not as thick as other thermal pastes out in the market.

This great thermal grease will not stick to your fingers as well so you can even use your finger to spread it on your CPU; don’t worry this thermal paste is also non-toxic.
And if ever you are not comfortable using your fingers it comes with an applicator to easily spread it on your heat spreader.

The performance of this thermal paste has been tested by pros in laboratories, and they agree that its performance is much better than some of the leading brands; showing about five to ten degree Celsius difference both idle and with full load.

The only negative I can see is that it is expensive in comparison to the other thermal pastes in the market.

2. CoolerMaster MasterGel Maker Nano Thermal Paste

The name can be a mouthful – say that name 5 times in a row!

How well does the CoolerMaster perform?

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CoolerMaster MasterGel Maker Nano Thermal Paste
  • Ultra-high conductivity for Chipset (11 W/m.K)
  • Nano Diamond particles maintains through a wide range of temperatures (-50 to 150℃)
  • Excellent Viscosity makes it easy to spread or remove without cracking or drying out
PROS
Easy to apply
CONS
Okay usibility on application
TypeCarbon-based
Thermal Conductivity11 W/mk
Weight4 g
Curing timeNo Curing

The CoolerMaster MasterGell Maker is relatively new on the market, but that didn’t stop top teams in the overclocking communities to use this on their rigs. CoolerMaster manufactured this thermal paste for maximum thermal performance, expected from a grease-based compound.

It has a thermal conductivity of 11W/mK much higher than the GC Extreme and MX-4. It has micronized synthetic diamond fillers which makes it highly conductive of heat.

It can handle temperatures from -50 to 150°C; whether you are using closed-loop cooling systems or nitrogen cooled rigs, this thermal paste can withstand extreme temperatures.

The MasterGel Maker also has a decent viscosity, so it is easy to apply and spread on your heat spreader. I did find it to be more difficult to use than the Kryonaut, Gelid and teh Noctua pastes.

You can also remove this easily without cracking or drying out. It is also non-curing, so it works perfectly from the time you apply it.

The CoolerMaster MasterGel Maker is very affordable and well suited for people who want to push their processors to its limit with overclocking; It is perfect for rigs of extreme builds.

Users of this thermal paste need not worry about short-circuits. This thermal paste is non-conductive of electricity so spills won’t be damaging any of their priceless rigs.

The CoolerMaster MasterGel Maker comes in a 1.5ml syringe, enough to apply to about 10 CPUs/GPUs. Usability and overall performance is a reason for this ranking in our number 2 spot for the best thermal paste around.

The Best Thermal Paste

1. Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut

In the jungle of the ceramic-based thermal paste, a bear reigns supreme. Checkout the Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut – the best thermal paste there is.

PROS
Good for overclocked CPUs
High thermal conductivity
CONS
Expensive (it’s all relative though)
TypeCeramic
Thermal Conductivity12.5 W/mk
Weight5 g
Curing timeNo Curing

Kryo or cryo means only one thing in Greek; cold or icy cold. The Kryonaut is a ceramic-based and is often referred by enthusiasts as the “ultimate” thermal compound. Kryonaut uses minute nano-aluminum and zinc oxide as its key components in the paste’s compound. This thermal paste halts the drying out process at temperatures up to 80C.

It has a thermal conductivity of 12.5 W/mK, which is pretty high for a grease-based compound. In fact, it can even go toe to toe with some of the liquid metals out there. This made the Kyronaut a popular choice for enthusiasts, gamers, and overclockers.

This thermal paste is electrically non-conductive. Even if you spill it to your motherboard, you don’t have to worry, just wipe it off and you are good to go.

Applying this thermal paste is easy, you can apply it with any application method you wish as it’s not very viscous.

The Kryonaut withstands extreme temperatures of hot and cold. This thermal paste can withstand up to 300C provided you have an adequate cooling system. This thermal paste is also designed for extreme setups such as liquid nitrogen cooled systems.

This is the best thermal paste that is not liquid metal – you won’t be disappointed.

Is Liquid Metal The Best?

Liquid metal is the most thermally conductive TIM on the market. There should be no questioning that.

So liquid metals are the best then?

Not so fast, while liquid metals typically have the highest thermal conductivity -they do have some major warnings & drawbacks.

  1. Don’t use these on Aluminum CPU/GPU coolers. Your heatsink will be destroyed by the Gallium ingredient in Liquid Metal.


    Don’t believe me? see the video below.

  2. Electrically conductive – With these types, you need to be careful not to spill beyond the CPU/GPU. As you see in the video the liquid metal does move around easily when heated. Some may spill outside of the thermal plates.

    You can cover your CPU with electrical tape or believe it or not clear nail polish (a couple of coats).

  3. Harder to clean – versus traditional thermal paste.
  4. Challenging to apply

If you are going to use liquid metal – I would strongly recommend putting liquid metal between your CPU die and the IHS as you will likely see the most performace gains in that application.

Delidding your CPU will void the warranty however…you’ve been warned.

I have written an in depth look at the dangers of liquid metal, check it out if you’re interested in knowing more.

With all that said, let’s look at the best liquid metal thermal pastes available right now.


The Best Liquid Metal (Top 3)

3. Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut

From the makers of our best thermal paste, the Conductonaut Liquid metal has high thermal conductivity, and is the easiest to apply (vs the other liquid metals).

Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut Liquid Metal
  • Convenient 1.0 gram syringe, making this thermal paste very easy to apply
  • Delivers optimal heat transfer for larger-scale cooling systems
  • Designed for applications where heat dissipation is of critical importance
  • Popular choice for very experience PC builders
  • Thermal conductivity 73 W/mk
PROS
73W/mK high thermal conductivity – enough said…
Reputable company
Easiest to apply of the liquid metals
CONS
Electrically conductive
Difficult to apply
TypeMetal
Thermal Conductivity73 W/mk
Weight1 g
Curing timeNon Curing

The thermal Grizzly Conductnaut has been out on the market for quite some time. If you are fond of computer expos then you already came across this thermal paste.

The Conductnaut has the highest reported thermal conductivity of 73W/mK it can seriously help your CPU/GPU attain low temperatures even when overclocked.

It is made of several metals that are liquid at room temperatures. The ratio and complete list of components is still a mystery to its user. Although gallium is known to be included, it still has that consistency for easier applications compared to ones that are pure gallium and indium.

The Conductnaut can handle high temperatures during intense overclocking sessions dissipating the heat fast enough to maintain low temperatures.

Certainly a top contender, but we have the next two liquid metals rated higher for performance.

2. Phobya LM 31001 Liquid Metal

Second best thermal paste for the liquid metal category. Is it a good buy or not?

PROS
Less expensive than other liquid metals
Great performance
CONS
Expert application skill needed
TypeMetal
Thermal Conductivity40 w/mk
Weight1 g
Curing timeNon Curing

Phobya like every other company who makes and develops cooling systems decided to put their team in the Research and Development group to come up with a thermal paste of their own. So it would complement their current line up of cooling products.

The resulting product was able to get them in the league of the best products on the market. Now, this does not just go for their thermal paste, but it was able to put them on a highly coveted spot for al their line of products.

The Phobya Liquid Metal is just like like any liquid metal thermal pastes; it features a high thermal conductivity rating. At 40W/mK, Phobya LM can manage heat rather well. If you need something to take care of your system for overclocking, then the Phobya LM is a thermal paste to consider.

This thermal paste is designed for use with liquid cooled and overclocked systems. However, given that this is pure liquid metal it has a higher surface tension than water making it a bit difficult to apply. Another thing to watch out for is that this thermal paste is electrically conductive. Extreme caution while applying is a must to avoid accidental spills and short circuit as a result.

Just like the Conductnaut, the Phobya LM is not suitable to be used with aluminum alloys. Furthermore, this hardens and swells under low temperature, making it more tedious in certain areas.

1. Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra (and pro)

This is our best thermal paste for the liquid metal category, and it is built for extreme cooling.
The pro is also the most expensive of our top 3.

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Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra
  • Liquid Ultra thermal compound
  • Easy application
  • 100% metal
  • Includes cleaning kit
PROS
Best performace gains overall
CONS
Expert application skill needed
More expensive (relative)
TypeMetal
Thermal Conductivity38.4 w/mk
Weight1 g
Curing timeNon Curing

The CL Liquid Ultra has a thermal conductivity of 38.4W/mK , which gives it the capability of transferring heat from the CPU to the heatsink without a problem even during intense OC sessions.

Just like GPU’s, the real tests are in your system. Although it is rated at having a lower thermal conductivity vs the Thermal Grizzy Conductonaut – in real-world tests, the CL Liquid reins supreme.

Unlike the Phobya LM, this thermal paste is more viscous, so it is easier to apply (but not quite as easy as the Conductonaut). They also included a brush that helps you spread the thermal paste easier on the heat spreader surface. Since it is more viscous, you have more control of the compound when applying, thus making sure that there’s less chance of an accidental spill.

If you compare it to the Liquid Pro, it can still go toe to toe, but the name itself suggests that the Liquid Pro is best handled by professionals.

The liquid pro has a claimed 80W/mK thermal capacity and may perform better than the liquid ultra. However, the ease of use and the risk involving the use of this thermal paste is much greater.

Another reason why I picked this over the Liquid Pro is that it is more expensive for a moderate performance boost.

This is the best Liquid metal thermal paste for this category.

Conclusion…

I created this list for the sole purpose of providing everyday users the idea of what thermal pastes are out on the market and what are their choices that would be perfect for their rig. Not all pastes were covered since there are only a few that I find worthy of including on my list. Depending on the budget and depending on the expertise/experience of the user. They would find a good thermal paste that they can use.

Sound off in the comments if you disagree with my ratings, as everyone has their opinions.

Best 200mm Case Fan in 2019

In continuing our best case fan series of posts – we have our best 200mm case fan review within this post. While we looked at quite a few fans, but we can only recommend 6 overall.

As mentioned, we have posts for the best 120mm case fan and the best 140mm case fan as well – so check them out if you’re interested in other sizes.

The benefit of a 200mm fan, is the size can bring lower RPM’s to push the same amount of air through your build as other smaller fans. Lower RPM’s typically bring lower noise. So if you’re looking for a silent fan – the 200mm fans are your best bet.

As with our other fans, we look at the air pressure, bearing type and noise level that each fan produces to come up with the best 200mm fan available.

6. Apevia CF20SL-UBL 200mm Fan

Bigger fan blades can give more air, even in low RPMs. So if you are looking for the best 200mm case fan, you might want to take a look at this one first.

Apevia 200mm Fan
  • APEVIA CF20SL-URD 200mm Silent Red LED Case Fan w/ 3Pin Motherboard & 4Pin Molex Connectors
  • With 4 Red LED Lights. Connect to Motherboard or Power Supply
PROS
125 CFM
Affordable 200mm fan
LED lighting
CONS
Unknown bearing type

The CF20SL Apevia is 200mm fan (obviously), and it can blow a lot of air to your system. The airflow for this fan is unbelievable at 125 CFM, and it stays quiet even at the max fan speed of 800 RPM, with a noise level of just 20dbA.

This fan only has 0.68 mmH2O static pressure, so it would be best to mount it in an area without a lot of obstructions.

We could not find what bearings are installed for this fan, however, but the life expectancy is said to be 30,000 hours (just under 3.5 years).

There are three colors to choose from; blue, red and green. This one I chose to display is a blue colored frame and fan with blue ultraviolet LEDs, so you can expect them to light like jewels once they are turned on.

The LEDs cannot be turned off though, it turns on when your computer is powered on.

The lights cannot be dimmed as well, so that is somewhat a downside for this fan.

This fan could have been better if this was PWM, but with its price and specifications, it still has a place on our list to find the best 200mm case fan.



5. BitFenix BFF-SPRO 200mm Fan

Looking for a stylish fan that can cool down your system? BitFenix has a fan just for you.

BitFenix 200mm Fan
  • Power Connector: 3 / 4 Pin
  • Noise Level: 27.5 dBA
PROS
Fluid Dynamic Bearings
Awesome airflow (148 CFM)
CONS
Fan blades stick out past mount

Bitfenix is well known for its good-looking casings, and it also is evident in their case fans, the BitFenix BFF-SPRO-20025KK-RP (a crazy long name) is one good-looking 200mm fan. It does not stop at just being good-looking, fortunately.

This case fan earned its spot on our list due to its excellent specifications (not aesthetics). The BFF-SPRO-20025KK-RP has an airflow of 148.72 CFM ±10%, and static pressure of 1.26 mmH2O. So even in tight spots, you are sure to get ample air.

The fan blades can spin at 900 rpm and still be quiet; max noise level is 27.5 dB(A). You can expect this fan to last for a long time since it is using Fluid dynamic bearings that reduce vibrations as well.

The fan blades are aerodynamically designed to push more air into your system and keep it from overheating. If you look closely, you can see that the fan blades are somewhat like the ones for high static pressure fans.

So why lower on the list with all these benefits? Mainly due to the fan blades sticking out (or are close to flush) to the face which can lead to rubbing on some of your parts, so you need to be careful with the placement.

The BFF-SPRO-20025KK-RP is not a PWM case fan. However, you can still use a fan controller to reduce the fan speed. Another thing is if this has LED lights, there would be some more flash to it. However, this is just a minor thing you can live without.

This fan sells at around $24.00 and definitely a fan worthy adding to our best 200mm case fan list.

4. Thermaltake CL-F016 200mm Fan

Big fans, lots of air, considerably quiet and still affordable. Thermaltake contributes to our number 4 spot for our best 200mm case fan list.

Thermaltake CL-F016 200mm Fan
  • 200x30mm thick for high air pressure and airflow
  • Enhanced Airflow: Fan blade designed to focus airflow and reduce noise, creating a torrent of...
PROS
Cheapest fan on list
Good airflow (130 CFM)
CONS
Uses sleeve bearing
Louder fan (28.2 dBA)

Thermaltake has been creating computer products since 1999, from mice, keyboards, casings and power supplies, Thermaltake is also known for their cooling fans.

The CL-F016-PL20BU-A is an affordable case fan, but it is still packed with features that can go toe to toe with other brands even with the premium ones.

This fan has an airflow of 129.639 CFM, and static pressure of 0.996 mm-H2O, at fan speeds of 800 RPM. It uses a 3-pin connector, so definitely, this is not PWM. The fan blades look like wings of an aircraft so expect it to handle air turbulence with ease.

This fan is a little noisier than others on this list at max fan speeds the noise level for this fan is 28.2 dBA

The case and fan blades are made of durable plastic, and are both transparent, and has blue LED lights to add aesthetics to it.

One thing I would like to point out though is that it could have been better if this fan has fluid dynamic bearings instead of the sleeve bearing. Lifespan for this fan is 30,000 hours (just under 3.5 years). However, the fan will halt unexpectedly once the lubrication for this fan fails.

Then again, this is the cheapest fan on our list, so buying a new one in 3.5 years (assuming your running this fan non stop for 3.5 years…) is not going to break the bank will it?



3. NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Fan

Best Airflow 200mm Fan

If you are looking for a fan with the largest airflow to cool your gaming rig, and won’t mind the extra noise, then this fan is just right for you.

NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Fan
  • 11 blade rifle bearing fan, 1300 RPM
  • 166.2 CFM / 282 m^3/h air flow at 1.82 mm H2O air pressure
PROS
Best in class airflow (166 CFM)
Best in class static pressure
CONS
Loudest in class (37.25 dBA)

NZXT is a company that specializes in making only the best computer case and cooling systems. NZXT’s FN-200RB is up next in our best 200mm case fan review.

This fan is not as silent as the other fans we have on the list. The noise level is 37.25 dBA when the fans are spinning at 1300RPM. The sound, however, is not mainly from the motor, since it uses rifle bearings that reduce friction and vibration. The noise is more of the air flowing from the fan.

The FN-200RB is good for airflow and static pressure. The airflow of this fan is 166.2 CFM while the static pressure is 1.82 mm – H2O. This fan is compatible with casings like NZXT Vulcan, Phantom, and Hades. For other CPU casing, you might need to ask the manufacturer if this fan is compatible.

This fan is made of durable plastic; the frame is black with white fan blades. Unfortunately for people who like LEDs with their fan, this one doesn’t have one. Another thing that this fan lacks is the anti-vibration mounting pads. The latter is probably the worst downside to this fan.

These fans are built to last for a long time, and NZXT is confident about their product they added a two-year warranty to it.

2. (1b?) Noctua NF-A20 PWM 200mm Fan

Most Silent 200mm case fan

Finally, a PWM fan in our Best 200mm case fan list, Noctua’s NF-A20 is built for airflow and static pressure.

Noctua NF-A20 PWM 200mm Fan
  • Premium quiet fan, 200x200x30 mm, 12V, 4-pin PWM, max. 800 RPM, max. 18.1 dB(A), >150,000 h...
  • ATTENTION: 200mm diameter (7.8 inches) and a thickness of 30mm (1.18 inches). Please make sure...
PROS
Balanced airflow & static pressure
Super Quiet at low RPM’s
CONS
Typical Noctua design
Cost!

Noctua is a brand that is actually known for their cooling system. And without a doubt, this fan is a great buy for your gaming rig.

Packed with a lot of features. This fan has an airflow of 86.4 CFM and static pressure of 1.08 mm H₂O; this fan can cool down your system even in places with air obstructions. The fan’s design is more similar to fans that are built for static pressure.

Vibration and friction is not a problem with this fan, and this will last for a long time since this fan has the improved SSO2 bearings installed in them. The case has rubber pads to isolate vibrations as well.

Even if the fans are running at max, this fan is still dead silent, the noise level for it is only 10.7-18.1 dB(A).

This is arguably the best 200mm case fan out there, but I’m a frugal person and the fan is more costly than the top choice (and has lesser airflow). Pricing is relative of course, if you’ve spent a bunch of money on a custom 1,000 gaming build then another $10 is not that much. The choice is yours!

One thing to hate about the fan is the color, but then again it might just be me.



1. Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Fan

Best 200mm Case Fan

If you are looking for a case fan that can cool your gaming rig even with low fan speeds, then you have to look at the MegaFlow 200 by CoolerMaster. This is our choice for the best 200mm case fan.

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Fan
  • 700RPM/110CFM - High airflow for maximum cooling performance
  • Quiet operation with low RPM
PROS
Excellent airflow even with low fan speeds
Affordable
CONS
No rubber mounting
Sleeve bearings

CoolerMaster guarantees high-performance cooling for your precious gaming rig with their MegaFlow 200. The fans have four color variations to choose from.

The fan blades are aerodynamically designed for airflow. The airflow for this fan is 110 CFM, the static pressure, on the other hand, is just 0.595 mm. The best feature for this fan is its low noise level at only 19dbA, and the fan speed is the only 700RPM.

Like any other 200mm fans you need to make sure your case is capable of taking these fans to avoid wasting money.

They are built to last however because this fan is using sleeve bearings, I have my doubts how long these will last since sleeve bearings tend to stop working all of a sudden if the lubrication fails. However, case fans are not a critical factor when it comes to cooling. Sure it cools the motherboard and other components, but I would worry more if this fan is used for the CPU’s heatsink.

I’d say sleeve bearing aside the overall feature of this case fan is excellent and I have seen great reviews for this fan as well. It has the right to be in the top spot of our Best 200mm case fan list.

Conclusion…

In conclusion, there are other fans out there that might catch your attention, and you may think it is better for your gaming rig…but I doubt it!

The Noctua fans are probably the best, but the cost of the fan is the reason I dropped it to number 2.

We hope you liked our search for the best 200mm case fan.

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[Top 10] Best 140mm Case Fan (Ultimate Roundup) in 2019

Looking for the best 140mm Case fan? Sounds easy enough to find in practice. The reality, is that everyone is typically looking for something different in a case fan. Some want the 140mm fan that pushes the most airflow (CFM), looking for the best quiet 140mm case fan, and some are just looking a good affordable 140mm fan.

We’ve broken up our list to accommodate all of these buyer profiles.

As part of our best case fan series; we also have a full rundown of the best 120mm case fans should you want a more standard size fan.

Additionally, we have a post to find the best 200mm fan if you’re looking for a larger fan size.

Introduction

In a gaming rig, you’d want to make sure that everything is working and that you keep everything at low temperature. After all, this does not just take a toll on your equipment it would affect the performance if your system is not well ventilated.

Isn’t a CPU cooler enough? In general, the processor tends to overheat and halt the system. However, there are still other components that conduct heat that could affect the computer overall.

There are a few components that need to be cooled while your computer is running, namely CPUs, graphics cards, chipsets and hard disk drives. Now the first two components won’t be that of a problem since they always come with their own cooling system.

What about the other two? Well, that’s where your case fans come to work. Case fans are the ones that take care of the heat from within the casing either pushing air in or pulling the air out.

And this is the reason why we created this list on Best 140mm case fans. We wanted to break it down as to which is the most affordable to the highest ability for cooling.

Now in the market, we have several things to consider; the price, fan speed, airflow, static pressure and noise level.

Airflow Vs. Static Pressure.

If you need cooling for an open area like pushing air towards the motherboard and pulling hot air out then you have to consider a fand with high Airflow, these fans are good at pushing/pulling air, and this is measured in CFM (Cubic feet/minute).

On the other hand fans with high static pressure is best used for radiators and CPU coolers, but there are cases where you can still use them as case fans. When you need to put fans to push air through the hard drive cradle or if there are obstructions like air filters or metal grilles with tiny holes.

A lot to bear with bearings.

In the world of cooling fans, there are a lot of bearings that you will encounter. You have sleeve bearings, ball bearings, and Fluid dynamic bearings. All of these bearings have one thing in common; it allows your fan blade to spin. No spin, no air (pretty simple concept right?).

To further explain things, a sleeve bearing is the most inexpensive and widely used bearings for fans. However, it tends to stop working all of a sudden. Thus, the need for something more reliable.

In comes the ball bearing. Unlike your sleeve bearing, the ball bearing does not stop unexpectedly and lasts longer than the sleeve bearing. It still uses either grease or oil-based lubricants to keep things running smooth.

The last type of bearing is the Fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) or Hydrodynamic bearings (HDB). These are modified sleeve bearings. These bearings use pressurized fluid or gas between surfaces to avoid friction. If you are looking for longevity and reliability, I will go for FDB or HDB bearings.

Overall, if you’re interested in learning more about bearing types – I would recommend watching the video below:

Best CFM 140mm Case Fans
(Top 3)


We begin our Best 140mm case fan list with our top choices for the 140mm fan that has the most amount of airflow.

All of these fans are great in their own right, and are often the fans I choose as I like pushing a lot of air through my builds.

3. Fractal Venturi HF-14 140mm fan

To start off our list Best 140mm case fan list. We have the Fractal Design Venturi HF-14 140mm fan.

Again, if you intend to use a fan in a relatively open space Airflow is best to consider.

If you are looking for a premium fan, I would be looking for a fan made by a company specializing in computer parts…fans being one of them!

Fractal Design Venturi HF-14 140mm fan
  • Air flow - 118.2 CFM. Noise level - 26.5 decibels
PROS
Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Long lifespan
Quiet 26.5 dBA
118.2 CFM
CONS
Only uses a 3-pin connector

Fractal design is an award-winning company specializing in creating cooling systems for computers as well as power supplies. I have to say their products are well-made.

The FD-FAN-VENT-HF14-BK AKA “Venturi” is a 140mm “full of cool air”. This fan is designed to have balanced airflow and static pressure 118.2 CFM and 0.95 mmH2o (pretty “cool” huh?). The blades are aerodynamically designed to mimic the wings of a plane for better airflow.

Fan speeds for this fan cannot be controlled since this is not PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). You can install the voltage reducer that comes with it or a fan controller if you want to have lower RPMs.

As for the noise level, it would more likely come from the air being blown into your casing instead from the motor itself. Another great feature of this 140mm fan is that it has detachable rubber mounts. You might say, well that’s common, sure! But they added a smaller rubber mount that would allow you to use the fan in a 120mm slot.

Fractal design released an almost identical fan, but it is HP (High pressure). So, be careful picking one for your case. Both fans have fluid dynamic bearings so you can be sure you get a fan that can last for a long time.

In conclusion, there are times you need to buy stuff with a price tag. Your gaming rig is expensive so might as well spend money on reliable fans. That’s it! A premium quality fan worthy of being placed on the top 3 of our best 140mm case fan – CFM list.

2. Cougar Vortex 140mm Fan

Our number 2 best 140mm case fan for airflow, is from Cougar.

This fan can be placed almost anywhere in your CPU case, even in a spot where obstructions are present.

Cougar Vortex 140mm Fan
  • 140mm Case Fan
  • Air Flow: 70.5 / 119.8 (max.)
PROS
Quiet
Decent static pressure
Great range of airflow
CONS
Not so durable isolation pads

If you have a gaming rig or planning to build one, a cooling system is one key factor to consider. Why, because all your components inside will produce heat. Especially during an intense gaming session. You don’t want to have your system halting on you in the middle of the game right?

The more reason why companies are continuously developing better case fans. And Cougar is one of the companies that has dedicated themselves providing gamers “Real Gear”.

The Vortex CFV14 HP is one of their fans that caught our attention, so I included this in the list of best 140mm case fans for a review.

When I checked the specifications, I immediately noticed that this fan could be used virtually anywhere, it has an airflow of 70.5 -119.8 CFM. This 140mm fan also has a static pressure of 1.38 (mm H2O) which is respectable. Even in a tight spot like in front of the hard drive cradle or places where you have air filters this can still keep your components cool.

With fan speeds of 800-1500 RPM, it is silent, producing only 19.2 dbA for noise level. It uses isolation pads to reduce vibration, streamline-shaped blades and hydrodynamic blades. So even in the longest period of your gaming session, you would barely hear noise from this fan.

1. Noctua NF-A14 140mm Fan

We chose this fan to be the number one on our Best 140mm case fan for Airflow because of its amazing specifications along with the company that makes it.
Believe it or not, it is not that expensive either!

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Noctua NF-A14 140mm Fan
  • Award-winning 140x25mm A-series fan with Flow Acceleration Channels and Advanced Acoustic...
  • High-speed industrialPPC version for industrial heavy-duty applications that require extreme...
PROS
Outstanding airflow (158 CFM)
Reputable Brand
CONS
Loud at max RPM
Basic color scheme

Noctua dedicated itself providing products specialized in cooling fans. It is a company well regarded by enthusiasts and has received quite a few awards. The company has been creating CPU fans and Case fans since 2005. So, you can only expect the best from them – so it is no surprise they are at the top of our best 140mm case fans – Airflow Showdown.

The NF-A14 is a 140mm fan that can push air in, even in the worst places like the front of your CPU case where the air filters and metal grilles can get in the way.

The airflow of this fan is 158 CFM at a max fan speed of 3,000 RPM. At this rate, it is just inevitable to have noise. The noise level at max is 41.3 dB(A), but if you have your headphones on would you even notice it when you are playing games?

For tight spots and well-obstructed areas of your case it can still deliver sufficient air, it has a static pressure of 10.52 mm H2O – which is an astoundingly high pressure for a case fan.

I compared it to a fan built for static pressure. Comparing the static pressure of the Corsair SP140, and the difference is huge, the SP140 only has 1.17 mm H20 compared to 10.52 mm H₂O of the NF-A14.

This fan is also guaranteed to last since they are built with SSO2 bearings that guarantee you stability and longevity.

As for the price, well it is totally up to you if you will spend around $28.00 on a case fan. The investment is pretty nominal after you have likely spent hundreds (if not thousands) on your custom gaming PC.

Best Quiet 140mm Case Fan

1. Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140mm Fan

If you want a whisper quiet 140mm fan, the Noctua NF-A14 ULN is just right for you.

There is no need to cover any other 140mm fans in this section, the Noctua is the clear winner for the best quiet 140mm case fan category.

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Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140mm Fan
  • Ultra low noise fan, 140x140x25 mm, 12V, 3-pin Molex, 800/650 RPM, max. 11.9 dB(A), >150,000 h...
  • Award-winning 140x25mm A-series fan with Flow Acceleration Channels and Advanced Acoustic...
PROS
9.1 – 11.9 dbA noise level
Reputable Brand
CONS
Basic Color scheme
39-46 CFM of airflow

The Noctua NF-A14 is built for the people who love to play games in a quiet environment. Of course, the game itself can be loud, but if your fans are loud, it can be a bit distracting.

So the best solution is to get case fans that do not have that annoying, whining noise while your gaming rig is at max settings. Unlike the other 140mm fans, we reviewed earlier this is our best quiet 140mm case fan, period.

The noise level this fan produces is just 9.1 – 11.9 dbA, and believe me; it is silent. The fans used SSO2 bearings and extra-soft silicone framing to reduce a significant amount of vibrations while the blades are spinning.

It also used Noctua’s advanced Smooth Commutation Drive system to make sure it is running smooth, eliminating torque variations and switching noises.

As for the overall performance, the fans are still useful in maintaining low temperature by delivering ample amount of airflow at 39-46 CFM. Of course, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, low noise means lower air flow. The fan speed varies from 650 to 800 RPM depending on the BIOS.

You can say it’s a bit subjective, and I am a bit of a nitpicker but, I don’t like the color of these fans. Although, the fans cannot be seen from the outside once installed, I still like the colors matched with the case used per build.

Best Cheap 140mm Case Fan
(Top 3)

Cheap but good!

Look, we get it – if you’re building a cheap Gaming build you want to get the most bang for your buck.

For you, we have put together our top 3 best 140mm case fan list that are not only affordable, but offers very respectable specs without bruising your wallet.

3. Kingwin CF-014LB 140mm Fan

We begin our affordable & best 140mm case fan list with a fan from Kingwin.

While you may not have heard of them, Kinwin has been producing computer components since 1992. Priced now at under $7.00 we have the Kingwin CF-014LB.

Kingwin DF-014LB 140mm Fan
  • 140 x 140 x 25 mm long life bearing case fan. Air flow - 58 CFM. Noise level - 23.0 decibels
  • Special high profile fan blades for maximum air flow
PROS
11 blades
Best in class CFM (58)
CONS
Reports of louder noises

There are still inexpensive fans that can still provide you the cooling your precious gaming rig requires.

The Kingwin CF-014LB is one of those fans as this 140mm fan has a maximum fan speed of 1,000 RPM.

Even with low RPM, it can still push 58 CFM of air into your system with its eleven fan blades, and since it operates in low RPMs, it is relatively silent with just 23 dBA. The RPM, however, can be controlled by the BIOS of your motherboard if you use the four pin adapter or you can use a fan controller and power it using the three pin connector.

It has a beautiful black frame with black blades and a nice touch of blue for the logo. This 140mm fan would be ideal for cases with a black finish and blue or red LED lights.

Now no one would like to buy something and expect it to be broken after a year of usage. The Kingwin CF-014LB is built to last this can run up to 100,000 hours (11 years). These case fans are high in performance fans with high reliability. The bearings are a custom built system, I’m not sure entirely what type of bearing type they are, however.

Simply put, this fan is of great value for your money, and would be good adding to our list of the best 140mm case fans.

2. NZXT FN142 140mm Fan

Coming in at number 2 of our best 140mm case fan – Affordable list is the NZXT RF-RN142-RB.

This 140mm fan is a good choice if you are looking for a fan with good specs at an excellent price.

NzXT FN142 140mm Fan
  • Dimensions: 140x140x27 millimeter, speed: 1000 15 % R.P.M; airflow: 50cfm
  • Noise level:21 dba voltage: 0.18A input power: 2.16W
PROS
Good airflow
Brand Name
CONS
For Price, can’t think of any

Most of the times price can be deceiving, you often see items that are of high value, but later on, you find out that it is not the best quality. With the NZXT FN V2, this is not the case. These case fans are less than $10.00 at the time of this review, and you could say it is a bit under priced.

At 1,200 RPM this can still cool your system quite well, the airflow rating for this fan is at 50CFM. The bearings for this case fan is made of rifle bearings, so they are durable, not to mention quiet.

Vibration also causes noise, so NZXT included anti-vibration pads with this case fan so it reduces unwanted vibrations when the fans are in use.

As mentioned, this case fan can run at 1,200 RPM with a noise level of 21 dBA. The design of this fan is not bad since it can blend in with most of the casing in the market having black frames and white fans. Could have been great if they have LEDs included.

There are lots of fans out there, and this one goes to our list of best 140mm case fans since they are indeed extremely affordable while not skimping on quality.

1. Rosewill 140mm Case Fan – 2 Pack

Looking for cheap fans that do not hurt your pocket? The Rosewill 140mm case fan sells for around $13 for 2 on Amazon.

This is the best 140mm case fan for value, and you’ll see why.

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Rosewill 140mm Fan
  • Fan Size: 140mm
  • Bearing Type: Fluid Dynamic
PROS
2 Pack
Super Cheap
CONS
Cables are short

So your cooling fans need replacement, probably the bearings gave out. So now your fans are annoyingly loud. Or it’s no longer cooling the inside components of your CPU well enough.

You needed something with good airflow, but it needs to be affordable. Worry not, since the Rosewill RFBF-131411 gives you not just one but two 140mm fans for just around $13.00.

Now, this is not just about the price you still get quality from these fans; this uses Fluid Dynamic bearings so they can last longer than the stock fans you’re likely replacing.

The max airflow for this fan is 48.7 CFM at 1,200RPM, not best in class, but still decent. Even with high RPMs it still stays quiet at 20-25 dBA.

You get your money’s worth for this fan, it is the most affordable fan on this list and that is the reason why we included this as our best 140mm case fan – Affordable showdown.

Perhaps the things I can cite as a problem is the length of cable, and the lack of LED as well as its straightforward design, but that’s not a total deal breaker. If you wanted to have fans that can just easily dissipate the heat inside your chassis, then this is a good choice.

Overall Best 140mm Case Fan
(Top 4)

Lastly, this list is a compilation of the best 140mm case fans that are very good at all things, but not best in class in any category.

If you’re looking for an all around great fan, these are the ones to choose, and you won’t be disappointed by any of them.

I didn’t include some of the fans that have already been part of earlier lists. If I were to add some of the aformentioned fans to this 140mm case fan list, the Noctua NF-A14 & the Cougar Vortex would no doubt be up near the top (but lacking RGB lighting)

4. Corsair HD140 140mm Fan

If you want high performance with aesthetic appeal with the use of LED lighting to flash up your build, then this case fan by Corsair is a thing to buy.

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Corsair HD140 140mm Fan
  • Independent RGB LED lighting: Each of the 12 RGB LEDs, built directly into the fan frame, are...
  • This product is intended as an expansion of CORSAIR’s HD140 RGB LED three fan kits that...
PROS
Great airflow
Good range of RPM
Silent range of operation (18-28.6 dBA)
Hydraulic-Bearing
CONS
Light will not turn on without the control hub

Corsair is known as one of the premium brands in cooling systems; They have been producing excellent cooling systems in the past. No doubt the HD140 is one of them, and so, it got included in our best 140mm case fan review.

Aesthetically speaking people have been using RGB lighting along with anything they can put it on, we have RGB Bluetooth speakers, LED strips for TVs and a lot more. So I am not surprised if this is also RGB is used with case fans.

The price of these fans though is not inexpensive, at the time of this review the Corsair HD140 sells at around $33.00.

Well, a lot of features can justify the price of this case fan. The airflow for this fan is substantial at 74 CFM, with the fan speed at 1350 RPM. Even with the ample airflow, it still has a low noise level of 28.6 dBA at full RPM.

The HD140 uses a SSO2 bearing that makes it run smoothly with minimal noise and a long lifespan.

Another good thing about this fan is the static pressure of 1.85 mmH20 so even if it is used in tight spots or areas with obstructions for airflow it will still work great.

The only downside for this fan is that the LED can only be controlled with the control hub included. Without the control hub, the lights won’t even turn on.

3. Corsair AF140 140mm Case Fan

Another Corsair fan made it to our list of Best 140mm case fan. This time it’s focused on Airflow and cost!

Corsair AF140 140mm Fan
  • Fan Size 140mm x 25mm
  • Noise (dBA) 25.5 dBA
PROS
Cost effective!
Decent airflow
Hydraulic-Bearing
CONS
3 Pin connector
No RGB lighting, only 1 color

Another great addition to our list, the AF140 from Corsair is low-priced but with excellent quality and features. This fan has a max airflow of 67.8 CFM at 1150 RPM max fan speeds. Noise is not a big issue at 24dbA.

This fan is energy efficient, the starting voltage of the fan is only over 3V (3.3) and only 0.02A. Now at this rate, the fans will not be much help with cooling but its still a good to know information.

Even at 12 Volts and the fans reaching 1150 RPM the motors barely make noise. The noise is coming from the airflow more than the motor; this is because of the bearings it uses. The AF140 has hydraulic bearings reduce noise pretty well.

Did I not mention the price? this is by far the most affordable fan within our overall best 140mm case fan grouping.

You have the option of 4 colors in LED lighting when you purchase, Red (my favorite), Blue, Purple and White.

I should say though; Corsair has come a long way in providing excellent computer equipment; although they started in RAMs, they are now able to produce great fans.

2. NZXT Aer RGB140 140mm Case Fan

Another fan for the LED fanatics out there. We have the NZXT Aer RGB 140.

Fortunately, the NZXT fan has stopped a streak of Corsair fans from appearing in our overall best 140mm case fan list.

NZXT Aer RGB 140mm Fan
  • Hue+ and CAM compatible for seamless software controls and customizations
  • Daisy chain and group fans together for additional lighting effects
PROS
Digitally controlled RGB using CAM
Best RGB lighting available
CONS
Can be a bit loud when on max fan speed

To satisfy the gamer in me, I have put the NZXT as our number 2 overall Best 140mm case fan – mainly because of the customization this fan offers.

The Aer RGB140 from NZXT is probably a better option compared to the previous HD140 since it does not depend on a control hub to get the LEDs to light up. NZXT has a software called Cam to customize the way the fans light up.

The colors are amazing and with CAM digital controller customization is almost endless. The controller saves your RGB settings (even animation) in memory so you’re good to go at next boot up!

An optional control hub (Hue+) is needed if you have a series of fans interconnected, but that’s an entirely different story.

Currently priced at around $35, these fans are also packed with features that justify the price range (after all NZXT is what of the premium makers of cooling systems). The airflow is 30.39 – 91.19 CFM while the static pressure is 0.17 – 1.52mm-H2O. This is a very impressive range of airflow which helps with sound when you’re not running your PC hot.

The fan speed is from 500-1,500 RPM and can be a bit loud with max RPMs since the noise level is 22 – 33dBA. It uses fluid dynamic bearings, and that is probably the reason for the added noise. Nevertheless, you can expect these to last a long time.

1. Corsair ML140 Pro LED 140mm Fan

For our final PC fan, the Corsair ML140 is our choise for the overall best 140mm case Fan.

Corsair is at it again, another great fan for people who want to make sure their system is COOL.

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Corsair ML140 Pro LED 140mm Fan
  • Magnetic Bearing: harnesses magnetic levitation technology to provide lower noise, higher...
  • Custom Rotor Design: delivers the perfect balance between high static pressure and high...
PROS
Durable bearings
Large RPM Range (400-2,000)
Great build quality
CONS
Expensive (consider the 2 pack for less cost)

Premium brand, premium quality, the Corsair ML140 has the airflow of 20 – 97 CFM with fan speeds that can reach up to 2,000 RPM. This fan uses a 4-pin connector, and the BIOS of your motherboard automatically controls the speed of the fans.

The ML140 uses levitation bearings that reduce friction so you can be sure this fan will last. Noise from the fan motor is significantly reduced by this bearing. Of all our best 140mm case fans, this is the only fan that uses magnetic levitation bearings – which will come with a price.

The downside of this fan is that it can be a bit loud every time the fans are at max speeds, due to airflow. The noise level can reach 37dbA; for some it can be annoying, especially as it’s very close to the peak CFM of our number 2 overall 140mm case fan the NZXT Aer.

However, some people would prioritize Airflow over noise levels.

Unlike the AF series that is focused more on airflow and the SP series inclined to static pressure, the ML series is a balanced case fan that can be used for both purposes.

The maximum static pressure for this fan is 3.0 mmH2o so you can indeed use it as a radiator or CPU fan. The Corsair ML140 offers a very respectable balance between offering great airflow but pairing this with impressive static pressure as well (more than almost any other on this list).

If you feel that the price of the fans are a little steep, there is a 2 pack available that does away with the LED lighting to save you some cash (if you’re getting 2 fans that is). Follow the link above, and you can choose the 2 pack instead.

The frame on the fan is black and has a clear blade, there are three colors choices for the LEDs, red, blue and white. In addition, there is also one that does not have LEDs installed (as mentioned in the 2 pack).

One very minor part is the grey supports of this 140mm fan – does not match the same color scheme of the other colors on this fan – so you will have to be aware of that.

In conclusion, this fan offers very high scores for almost all of the specs you would be looking – I’m sure you can see why it is our overall best 140mm case fan.

Conclusion…

Well, that’s it for our Best 140mm case fans. I hope we were able to provide you some insights that can help you decide which case fans are worth buying.

If you’re in the market for a great custom PC, check our custom gaming builds for any price range.

This is part of our best case fan Series of posts, as mentioned above, we have an in depth post to find the best 120mm case fan & the best 200mm case fan.


Radeon RX 570 Round-Up: Find The Best RX 570 For You!

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PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570

  • 1250MHz boost clock
  • 2048 stream processors
  • 4GB 256-bit GDDR5
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Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB

  • 6+ power phases
  • WINDFORCE 2x with blade fan design
  • Customizable 16.8M RGB lighting
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PowerColor AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DH/OC

  • 1320 MHz boost clock
  • 2048 stream processors
  • Multiple ports for improved connectivity
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Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 570 8GB

  • PCI Express 3.0
  • 8GB 256-bit GDDR5
  • 1340 MHz boost clock
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Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4GB

  • AORUS graphics engine
  • ATX form factor
  • 1280MHz core clock (OC mode)
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Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB

  • 1310 MHz boost clock
  • Directcu II with patented wing blade fans
  • Customizable RGB lighting
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XFX RS Edition RX 570 8GB

  • AMD RX 570 chipset
  • XFX dual dissipation cooling system
  • 4GB GDDr5 video memory
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Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 570 ITX 4GB

  • 256-bit video memory
  • Single fan colling system
  • PCIEx16 hardware inetrface
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MSI Gaming Radeon RX 570 256-bit 4GB

  • AMD RX 570 chipset
  • 450W power supply
  • 256-bit memory interface
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MSI Gaming Radeon RX 570 256-bit 8GB

  • PCI Express x16 interface
  • AMD Radeon RX 500 SEries chipset
  • 700MHz memory clock
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When it comes to the gaming experience, it always boils down to three things: the player, the hardware, and the game itself. But of these three, the hardware component is the only thing you can easily manipulate and tailor, and with the gaming industry taking off in terms of pushing the physical limits of their technology, gamers themselves these days are required to take the initiative when it comes to picking and choosing their platform of choice.

For better or worse, this usually involves deciding on a graphics card that can handle the demands of the next-gen games hitting the market. We take a look at some of the hottest cards in AMD’s 570 line both in terms of sheer speed, cooling, and overclocking capabilities.

Power Color Red Dragon

PROS
4096 x 2160 resolution, with extreme detail and stereoscopic vision
PowerPlay technology is adaptive and automatically adjusts clockspeed based on GPU
Super cool and strong fans means that even when you’re overclocking on a match your card and computer stays at an optimal temperature

CONS
A bit on the expensive side, but to be expected from a high caliber graphics card
Very few, if any

Like what it’s named after, the Red Dragon is definitely in the mid to high level range when it comes to graphics cards, and there are few exceptions when it comes to reliability. Whatever your game of choice, whether it be a fast-paced 4K FPS or the newest MMORPG, you can be pretty well assured that the Red Dragon will be able to keep up with just about anything you’re likely to come across – thankfully we’ve experienced a slight ‘plateauing’ effect in terms of the newest games coming out and how well they adapt to PC consoles, meaning that you won’t have to worry too much about your card suddenly being unable to compete with games coming out a year or more from now.

Like other 570’s in the range, the Red Dragon is rated at 4 GB with 256-bit GDDR5 – this is pretty much what you’d expect from most top of the line graphics cards and this card specifically has 2048 Stream Processors that give you the option of overclocking to 1250Mhz (from a baseline clock of 1750MHz).

One cool feature of the Red Dragon is the fact that it doesn’t have a back plate, and so you’re much less likely to run into a situation where heat is trapped inside – overall, there’s a lot more air movement, and this probably contributes to the higher efficiency we’re seeing in this model over previous ones.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 570

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB
  • Core Clock (MHz): 1255 in OC Mode and 1244 in Gaming Mode.6+1 power phases on the card make the...
  • WINDFORCE 2X with Blade Fan Design

PROS
slick and reliable Polaris architecture lets you overclock (boost) to upwards of 1250MHz from a 1600MHz baseline
Extremely intuitive interface, adjusts clock speeds based on demands
Super high quality graphics for under $200 – hard to find a better deal if you’re a veteran gamer operating on a budget

CONS
Not quite as fast as some of the top of the line, but the tiny sacrifice in clock speed is complemented by the fact you’ll be using this baby for a long time to come
Still not as power efficient as some of the Nvidia line models

Once in a while you come across a graphics card that just ‘gets you’, and there’s something almost intuitive about the Gigabyte Radeon. Also spawned from the same genetic pool of the Red Dragon, it demonstrates a blend of high powered graphics with the simplicity of knowing exactly what you’re getting without a bunch of bells and whistles. At the same time, the Gigabyte Radeon doesn’t pull any punches with its resolution potential – of all the cards we’ve looked at, it somehow manages an unprecedented 7680 x 4320.

That ought to be enough to work any graphics card into a fire hazard, but the extremely mobile and powerful multi-bladed fans ensure you won’t be running it to death outside of a game, and as a result you can expect to get even more years of life out it than some of the more conventional or ‘uni-functional’ graphics cards that always operate at the same speed.

Like other 570 graphics cards, one of the biggest changes (that does seem different from previous 470 cards) is the added focus on heat dissipation – always the bane of gamers, trying to keep your system cool while wreaking havoc on an alien army has never been easier, and you can expect a solid back plate with a much more dynamic configuration which allows for better airflow.

Best RX 570 For Aftermarket – Power Color Red Devil

PROS
super quiet in comparison to other graphics cards
Very fast baseline clock speeds means you can run your favorite games or movies at their highest resolutions without overclocking
Efficient airflow translates to a longer lifespan

CONS
You’re paying a premium for a high boost clock speed
4 GB of VRAM

While there is often a huge emphasis placed on the ability for a card to overclock, this can sometimes lead to the misperception that ‘overclocking’ somehow equates to how good a card is – the Red Devil in AMD’s 570 line contests this bias, and its 1750Mhz baseline is smooth and fast enough to run just about any game at its highest echelons (including the big demands of FPS staples like the Battlefield franchise and new Tomb Raider) without having to resort to overclocking.

That said, it can still crank out another 1350Mhz when needed, but one of the most surprising things about this card is how silent it is. Most often you’ll eventually encounter some issues with the fans, but the Red Devil remains remarkably quiet even with extended use – maybe because it has three high velocity-blade fans, each equipped with two ball bearings.

Like others in the 570 line there’s an added emphasis on cooling and you can expect about 20% more airflow through this model than some of its previous incarnations.  Add this to the Radeon Chill feature that monitors clock speed and graphically speaking you’re set for whatever the gaming world throws at you.

Best RX 570 For Overclocking – Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 570

PROS
8Gb RAM for unparalleled processing
Controllable LED display
One of the few graphics cards available with specific VR capacity

CONS
definitely a pricier choice
No noticeable heat issues, but keep in mind the Sapphire line can sometimes be a bit finicky in this regard

If you’re going to commit to something, the old adage goes ‘you might as well go the whole way’, and that’s sort of what it feels like to settle with the Sapphire Radeon Nitro. Unlike some of its cousins, this powerhouse of a graphics card features 8 Gb of RAM over the modest 4 Gb most 570’s come with. Like the Red Devil, you’re also getting on the highest baseline clock speeds on the market at around 1750Mhz.

So what does it look like? With a 3840 x 2160 resolution, whether you’re gaming or just sitting back to watch the new season of Game of Thrones, there’s not much more to say: you get what you pay for, and the Sapphire Radeon more or less embodies the word phenomenal. That said, it’s certainly not for everyone: it all boils down to how much you want to pay. It’s the difference between a good bottle of wine and a great bottle of wine – they both get you there in the end, but if you’re particular about your habit than the Sapphire is there to accommodate.

I particularly liked some of the nuances of this card, in particular, the Nitro Glow feature which sports some stylish LED displays that can be modified according to three parameters – additionally, if you plan on hitching up a VR headset, this is definitely the way to go, and it’s completely compatible with dual HDMI ports.

Gigabyte Aorus RX 570

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Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4GB
  • Core Clock (MHz): 1295 in OC Mode and 1280 in Gaming Mode
  • WINDFORCE 2X with Blade Fan Design with Advanced Copper Back Plate Cooling

PROS
smaller and more lightweight – and cheaper!
very high resolution over other cards
Decent 4Gb GDDR5 with 7Gbps effective
Intuitive automatic overclocking between modes

CONS
Same Polaris architecture, overclocking is nominal but not intensive
A bit more mainstream – don’t expect to be powering VR games/headsets

Speaking of intuitive, the Aurous pretty much comes as close to ‘mind reading’ as is possible for a graphics card. Alright, it can’t actually read your mind, but with the AUORUS Graphics Engine your overclocking is handled automatically, with different speeds based on whether you’re in OC or Game Mode – and you’re bound to notice an immediate difference simply in terms of its ability to render (particularly if you’re into games with expansive landscapes or like to watch movies in high definition). And although it doesn’t incorporate some of the new Vega GPUs and sticks with the Polaris architecture, there’s nothing lacking in its ability to hold its ground.

In fact, relying on the previous GPU architecture might well be what puts this card in the lower price range (without compromising on some of the key features you would expect from a top-tier gaming card). Considered more of a mid-range card anyway, it was nice to encounter something that wasn’t as bulky, and it’s noticeably shorter than some of its competitors – if you’re after something mainstream, you won’t be disappointed.

Asus ROG STRIX RX 570

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB
  • 1310 MHz Boost Clock (OC Mode) for 7% performance improvement over reference. Engine Clock:...
  • Asus Aura Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to...

PROS
Automatically caps excessively high frame rates
Radeon Chill decreases power consumption and extends card life
Boost clock 1310Mhz

CONS
Not as fast as Nvidia cards in the same class
Still relies on old Polaris architecture, so might not seem like all that much of an upgrade for those familiar with the AMD 470 line

In the realm of gaming GPUs the ROG STRIX is comparable to other mid to high range graphic cards, but as we’ve already point out, a number of these in the 570 line are more like ‘tweaks’ to the pre-existing 470 frame than totally discrete or separate graphic cards. Nevertheless, in terms of what they add to the finish product there are some notable differences, namely a 1310Mhz overclock potential and some funky RGB spectrum lighting which adds a certain look that’s hard to replicate.

But it’s not all pretty lights and show either: the power consumption has been upgraded to include a system idle and multi-monitor feature, and of course it comes with the new Radeon Chill which automatically adjusts frame rates based on activity (for example, if you’re AFK to get a snack it’ll tone down). This focus on efficiency is a bit step up, even though you’re unlikely to see any kind of memory upgrade in this series.

All in all, it wouldn’t be fair to call the ROG STRIX a rehash even though it conforms to a lot of similarities to its 470 forebears, and that mostly has to do with the fact you’re getting a slightly more intuitive graphics card that’ll last longer and give you consistently more reliable performance. At the same time, if you’re not in a hurry to upgrade, it might be prudent to wait and see if there’s any price difference in the concurrent Vega GPUs.

XFX RS Edition RX 570 8GB

PROS
Mid-range price with mid-range results – likely to satisfy gamers and movie enthusiasts alike, and can be squeezed a bit to crank out some additional power if you’re careful
Easy BIOS mods
Very easy to OC and fluid respond

CONS
Not significantly different from 470 models
Requires some care when installing – plastic shroud is cheap, and card itself is a little bulky and takes up two slots

Yet another graphics card that finds itself squarely in the center in terms of price brackets, the XFX right out of the box is visually appealing with its black shroud and red rotors. On a test run it operated smoothly at 1264Mhz on its core (7000Mhz on memory), but for all intents and purposes can be amped up to much higher if needed. Whatever tool you decide to use, we found that AMD’s own Wattman app was best for finagling out the nitty-gritty details on this card, and the easy to use interface means you’ll get all the information you need formatted clearly and precisely, and will allow you to temper your overclocking to your own specifications.

At a low load, it’s virtually silent, but depending on the little quirks of your own device you might notice some moderate noise under heavier loads, and especially over time. Again, for the price (just under or over $200 depending on where you buy it from), it manages to balance quality and affordability very decently, and is an excellent choice for any gamer looking to replace their card without breaking their wallet – and yet still manage to play all their games at their highest settings.

In terms of overall performance, don’t expect a miracle, though. Although it might be the next generation up from AMD’s 470, they operate at pretty much the same level. That said, if you were happy with your previous card this one will certainly deliver and has some useful upgrades like a solid backplate for heat dispersal.

Best RX 570 For Small Form Factor – Sapphire Radeon PULSE MINI

Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 570 ITX 4GB
  • 1 x HDMI; 1 x DVI-D; 1 x DP
  • 256-bit Memory Bus

PROS
Excellent choice if you’re looking to build an SFF or ITX system
Relatively fast overclocking speed for such a small card

CONS
no factory overclock – as a result, won’t get same performance from other 570 cards with factory overclocks like the ASUS STRIX
No dual-BIOS functionality
Potential thermal throttling issues given one fan if overclocking

There’s something to be said for going compact, but it’s always a decision that comes down between wanting higher resolution and graphics potential versus taking up space/price. The Sapphire Radeon makes a noble attempt to bridge this gap – the 4096Mb memory is what you’d expect from something short and stalwart, and actually delivers a lot better than anticipated. There are some occasional speed-ups that are audible when the graphic demands are higher (for example when encoding, during resolution-heavy scenes in a game, etc.) but are pretty easy to forgive.

For a single fan card, the baseline GPU clock speed of 1168Mhz and overclock capacity to 1244Mhz is also super decent considering. Of course, the one fan does present some issues where heat is concerned – especially if you’re an avid gamer and expect to be pushing the boundaries of the hardware with some of the newest or next-gen games, be prepared for that burnt plastic smell. Or better yet, consider upgrading to a dual-fan card. Nevertheless, for what it is, the Sapphire Radeon

Best RX For Silence (Fan Noise) – MSI RX 570 Gaming X

MSI Gaming Radeon RX 570 256-bit 4GB
  • Chipset: AMD Radeon RX 570
  • Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5

PROS
runs very silent, even when cranked to its highest capacity
Supports multi-GPU setups
Smooth graphics resolution even on high-demand 1080p games
Easy driver installation

CONS
not quite up to par if you’re looking at virtual reality compatibility
Occasional Video Scheduler Internal Error BSOD on some models
No backplate – potential heat issues

Most people who make the switch to something like the MSI RX Gaming X are doing so for on specific reason: like the name suggests, they want to enhance their gaming experience, and by and large the reception around the Gaming X card has been positive. Even when tested on some of the more demanding games (graphic wise) like Witcher 3 the visuals are consistent and fluid.

Like many in this line, there’s also an adaptive clock speed depending on if you’re in OC mode, gaming mode, or silent mode, meaning you’re only putting pressure on it when you really need to. The double fans are definitely a must given this particular model doesn’t have a backplate, but it does make up for this with heat sink technology and some well-designed heat pipes.

Another great feature of MSI is their capacity to run in parallel with other cards if you’re planning on stacking graphics cards or using more than one. All in all, at default settings it’s quite similar to the 470 – a trend that we’ve seen again and again in the 570’s – but where the Gaming X picks up the slack is really in its overclocking; something to keep in mind if you’re swaying toward MSI. It pretty neatly sticks to the middle of the road and is on par with Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 6Gb, which is pretty impressive given its baseline 4Gb GDDr5. And considering its extremely modest price (around $250 if you shop around) you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

Best RX For Value (Best Overall?) – MSI RX 570 ARMOR OC

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MSI Gaming Radeon RX 570 256-bit 8GB
  • Brand MSI, Model RX570ARMORMK2 8GOC
  • Interface PCI Express x16, Chipset Manufacturer AMD, GPU Series AMD Radeon RX 500 Series, GPU...

PROS
8GB of VRAM for long term gaming
Will easily run just about any game at ultra-1080p, no hassle
Compatible with additional GPUs
Cheap and affordable; high quality performance

CONS
May overheat, will need to do a warranty claim
Can get loud with overclock

Following in the footsteps of the Gaming X, the Armor OC is a good complement. For all intents and purposes their specifications line up pretty neatly with a silent mode and boost clock rated at 1244Mhz and 1281Mhz respectively. Like the Gaming X, this is best suited to gaming and has excellent graphic detail up to and including a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Realistically you can push it farther than that, but you’ll start to notice the quality tapering off – that said, both MSI cards are probably the better pick of the litter out of the other 570’s in our list.

Also, another cool feature of the MSI boards is that the automatically turn the fans off when they’re at a nominal temperature, eliminating any excess noise. And again, if you’re wanting to install more than one GPU in your system, the MSI (both Armor and Gaming X) allow for easy multi-card integration.

Conclusion…

With AMD’s release of 570 graphics cards, you’re getting a slightly mixed bag – on one hand, these are certainly not the new Vega cards and if you’re looking for the best of the best you probably won’t find it here. Most are still using old Polaris architecture, so depending on the specific card you might not notice a huge difference in terms of output. That said, the little tweaks that AMD has made – including factory overclock settings, new cooling technologies, and incorporation of different mods based on graphic demands – combined with the incredibly low price most of these are retailing for definitely warrants some praise.

For both gaming and watching high-def movies or television you’ll be hard pressed to find the same balance between quality and cost. The only caveat seems to be whether or not you’re looking into VR content, in which case you might want to consider looking for a slightly beefier line – everything else is fair game by the 570’s standards.

The Smallest ATX Case: Best SLIM and Compact ATX Cases Reviewed

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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO

  • Dual high grade trfle fans
  • Able to support 180mm+ tower CPU cooler
  • Easy to remove motherboard tray
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Corsair Carbide Series Air 540

  • Large amount fo expansion room
  • x3 Air Seres AF140L fans
  • Multi-chamber direct airflow path
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Corsair Crystal Series 460X

  • Dual panneled full case tempered glass display
  • Multiple fans for reduced noise and improved performance
  • Built in full dust filtration system
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Corsair Carbide Clear 400C

  • Easy access to components
  • Multiple radiators mounting locations
  • x2 AF series fans
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Corsair Carbide Series 200R

  • Multiple case expansion slots (7)
  • Compatible with a wide range of Corsair liquid coolers
  • x3 case drive bays
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Rosewill ATX Slim Full Tower

  • Open chassis with room for expansion
  • Enhnaced levels of ATX compatibility
  • Two slot vertical GPu mounting slots
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Thermaltake Core G3 Slim Full ATX Case

  • x2 120mm front fans
  • Versatile placemnt layout capability
  • Designed with a floating GPU blueprint
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RIOTORO CR1080 Full ATX Compact Case

  • 120mm RIOTOR BLue LED case fan
  • Compatible with all refrence card designs
  • Multiple expansion slots (7)
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I live in a small, two-bedroom apartment, and finding enough space for all of my stuff can sometimes prove challenging. This is why I used a small-form ATX case when building my computer.

These cases are designed to hold full-size ATX motherboards and components while still being small enough to fit into any place you wish to put it in. This makes them perfect for those that don’t have a lot of room afforded to them, such as myself.

If you are like me and want to build a computer using one of these cases, then you’ve come to the right place, as we will be taking a look at nine of the best, and smallest, ATX cases.

Cooler Master HAF XB II EVO

PROS
Four Slots for HDD or SSD
Includes two powerful fans
Easy to add or remove parts
Two handles for easy carrying

CONS
Included fans can be a bit loud

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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow...
  • A case quickly and easily transforms into a test bench ideal for enthusiasts and over...
  • Two durable trifle fans included in the front (also supports a 240 millimeter radiator) for...

The Cooler Master HAF XB II EVO is the picture of what we mean when we say “Smallest ATX cases, as this compact case can hold everything you could ever want in your computer.

To begin, thanks to a compartment-like design, adding and removing any parts in your computer should be a breeze with easy-open access to the inside of your rig. Speaking of the inside of your rig, the Cooler Master boasts the ability to seat up to four HDD or SSD inside of it, along with a full-sized motherboard, giving you much more internal room than it at first appears.

The Cooler Master comes included with two handles for easy movement, as well as two powerful fans. These fans are strong enough to keep even the most intense of gaming rigs cool under pressure and eliminates the need for purchasing other fans.

Surprisingly, the included fans also bring about the main drawback of this case, as the included fans can sometimes become a bit noisy. This can become a distraction to some, which can make you want to replace the fans with your own.

A little noise is a small price to pay for this case, however, as the Cooler Master HAF XB II EVO is simply one of the best, easy to use small ATX cases around.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540

PROS
Direct airflow design
Includes front dust filter
Comes with three fans
Great cable management

CONS
Makes a lot of noise to cheap parts
No filters on top of case where you would attach an AIO
On the larger side of the list

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Corsair CC-9011030-WW Carbide Series Air...
  • Dual-chamber Direct Airflow Path design for outstanding cooling potential
  • Clever, space-saving design still offers lots of internal volume; Case Windowed :Acrylic

Corsair is a name that is well known for its superior computer products. When it comes to small ATX cases, Corsair has an offering that can more than live up to its reputation in the Carbide Series Air 540.

This case is made for keeping your computer cool and clean. This is thanks to its direct airflow design, which helps to keep the most crucial parts of your computer cool when things get intense, and a front dust filter, which will keep dust and grime away from the inside of your computer.

The case comes equipped with three fans to help keep your computer’s temps as low as possible while eliminating the need for buying your own. Also equipped inside the Air 540 is rubber grommets, which help you to keep wires in place and reduce clutter.

If anything can be said bad about the Air 540 it’s how loud the case can be. This may be due in some way to the parts of the case itself, which appear to be cheaply made and easy to break under stress.

If you don’t mind a bit of extra noise then you will find a lot to love about the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540. With the ability to keep your computer safe and cool at all times, you know that this small-form ATX case will keep your computer safe for years to come.

Corsair Crystal Series 460X

PROS
Beautiful Tempered Glass design
Red or Green LED lighting options
Top-to-bottom dust filtration
Can fit multiple GPU

CONS
Poor cable management
Limited space

CORSAIR Crystal 460X Compact Mid-Tower...
  • Beautiful two-panel tempered glass displays every component of your build / clean, modern lines...
  • Compact Mid tower design fits full-sized ATX boards and multiple Graphics card configurations /...

Corsair is a name that you are likely to see pop up on this list of Smallest ATX Cases a few times. That is because Corsair simply makes some of the best cases around, such as this one: The Crystal Series 460X.

The 460X is one beautiful ATX case to look at, as it sports a design that covers it in tempered glass, allowing you a view of the insides of your computer. Adding to the aesthetic of this case is the option of red or green LED lighting on the front of the case, making your computer emit a nice and soft glow.

For protection purposes, the 460X is fitted from head to toe with dust filters, keeping all the nasty dust and dirt out of your computer. You’ll want this protection as well, as you are able to fit many parts, including multiple GPU, inside this case snugly.

I have to say “snugly”, as although there are slots for stuff such as multiple GPU, the room inside this case is actually very limited in comparison to others. Not helping matters is a poor wire management system, which can leave wires hanging around loosely inside your build.

But this is a small price to pay for the Corsair Crystal Series 460X, as the beauty and safety of this case are just too much to pass up on, even if there could be a bit more space inside.

Corsair Carbide Clear 400C

Corsair Carbide 400C

PROS
Easy-access window panel
Durable steel frame
Liquid cooling capabilities
Easy to clean filters

CONS
Latch to side panel opens too easy
front mesh makes cooling challenging

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C Compact Mid-Tower...
  • Clean, modern lines with an all steel exterior: For those who want premium aesthetics, the 400Q...
  • Hinged and latched full side panel window: Easily access your components with a single touch -...

As I had previously stated, Corsair is likely to pop up a few times on this list. This time, Corsair offers another case from their Carbide series, this time with the Clear 400C.

Thanks to an easy-access window panel located on the side of the case, it is easy to get into your computer and add or remove pieces as you please… maybe even a little too easy. While the ease of access to your computer is certainly great, the latch to open the window panel will open with the slightest of touches, which may expose the inside of your computer at an inopportune time.

Luckily, the protection you can get from this case makes up for that problem, as the steel frame and liquid cooling capabilities of the 400C will help to keep your computer’s parts safe from damage while keeping them chilled out. Two dust filters also help to keep your computer safe and are easy to remove and clean when you may need to.

If you decide to order one of these cases, make sure to double check the box it comes in, as there are sometimes parts missing that you will need. Things like zip-ties, screws, and manuals can all turn up missing from the box, making it a necessity to have to take a quick trip to a hardware store.

At the end of the day, you simply can’t beat this case’s convenience and safety measures. It is for those reasons that we think the Corsair Carbide 400C deserves to be called one of the best small ATX cases you can buy.

Corsair Carbide Series 200R

Corsair Carbide Series 200R

PROS
Super affordable
Seven expansion slots
Ports for many external accessories
Liquid cooling capable

CONS
Full-sized motherboards will fit tight
Snug-fit for some components

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  • Maximum GPU Length : 420mm
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height : 165mm

Building a computer is an expensive endeavor as it is, with there being many different parts that you need to buy just to get your system running. Thankfully with the Corsair Carbide Series 200R, at least you can save a bit of money on your case.

With a price point just around the $60 dollar mark, the 200R is one of the most affordable small ATX cases you can buy. This helps to free up extra money to buy other parts you may need, such as fans and GPU.

What you save in money you pay for in space, however, as there is a bit less headroom for full-sized ATX MOBO to fit, making it a tight squeeze. And speaking of a tight squeeze, some of the slots for your various computer parts may hug your hardware snug, with many parts feeling like they actually have to bend to fit.

Even so, you do get a lot of value with your money, including advanced liquid cooling capabilities and seven slots for expansions. This case is also great for those that have a lot of external accessories, as there are several ports for external hardware.

While not the best ATX case you can find, the Corsair Carbide Series 200R has a lot to offer and is a great choice for those building on a budget.

Rosewill ATX Slim Full Tower

Rosewill ATX Slim Full Tower

PROS
Lightweight
Slim build
Plenty of space
Multiple expansion slots

CONS
Weak design
tough cable management

Rosewill ATX Full Tower Gaming PC...
  • Spacious open chassis with ample room for expansion; great for performance systems and ultimate...
  • Extended ATX compatible; supports EATX 12 x 13in larger form factor motherboards with more...

Our next small-form ATX case comes courtesy of the folks at Rosewill with their Slim Full Tower. As the name suggests, this is one case that is as skinny as it gets.

While other small ATX cases are short and compact, the Slim is tall and thin. This design actually gives the case more room to fit larger motherboards and parts while still being small enough to fit comfortably into narrow nooks and crannies.

The case is also lighter than most, making it easy to move around if you need to. On the inside, you will find that you will have all the space that you could possible need and multiple expansion slots that can be used for your hard drives and fans.

Despite the extra space available to the user, the overall design of the Rosewill is very weak, with it being easier than it should be to break pieces off of the case. This issue can even happen before you open the box, with a lot of users claiming that they have received the product broken in the box and needed to get a quick replacement.

If you have a steady hand and think you can handle it, then you will get a lot of mileage out of the Rosewill Slim Tower. With a small size and plenty of room to expand, there are a lot of reasons to consider buying this ATX case.

Thermaltake Core G3 Slim Full ATX Case

Thermaltake Core G3 ATX Slim

Can be adjusted to stand both vertically and horizontally
PROS
Fairly affordable
Support for multiple ATX and non-ATX motherboards
Easy-access side panel

CONS
Not too much extra space
Bad PCI-E cable problems

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  • STAY SLIM A compact micro slim chassis design for the perfect fit at your desk or living room
  • LAN PARTY READY Perfect for at home or on the go, the Core G3 includes GPU padded braces and...

There are few small ATX cases out there that can give you a wide range of potential building options. There are even fewer that can do so at a low price, which is the case with the Thermaltake Core G3.

While not the cheapest case on this list, the Core comes to an affordable price of around $70 dollars, making it one of the better options for building on a budget. For the price that you pay, you get a ton of extra options for making your perfect build that you can’t get with other cases.

This includes compatibility with multiple types of motherboards from both ATX and non-ATX products, which can all be easily installed thanks to an easy-access side panel. Providing, even more, potential building options is the fact that you can set up your case to either stand vertically or sit horizontally, enabling you to place your computer in the perfect spot.

There is a major issue with the Core as it concerns the PCI-E cable included with the case. This piece has a fairly high failure rate, with the cable either malfunctioning after a short period of time or failing to work altogether. As a result, you may have to contact the manufacturer for a replacement sooner rather than later.

There are definitely some faults with the Thermaltake Core G3, but all things considered, the positives far outweigh the negatives for this case. If you want a wide range of customization options at a low price, look no further than the Thermaltake Core G3.

RIOTORO CR1080 Full ATX Compact Case

RIOTORO CR1080 Compact Gaming Case

PROS
Compartment design for better cooling
Includes Blue LED-lit fan
Multiple expansion slots
Supports all types of ATX motherboards

CONS
Tight fit for full-sized parts

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  • Full ATX support (small case) Drive Bays 5.25"x1, 3.5"x1, 2.5"x1, convertible 3.5"/2.5" x 1
  • Compartment design for better cooling, Water cooling Compatible. Includes 1 - 120mm RIOTORO...

On the surface, the RIOTORO CR1080 isn’t that much different than some other cases we have talked about, with it having a fan included and sporting multiple expansion ports like many others. However, there are certainly some things that help set this case apart from the competition.

For starters is the compartmentalized design of the RIOTORO. This design not only helps with cord management but helps to disperse heat and keep the computer cool even during high-strain.

The second thing that helps the RIOTORO step away from its competitors is its versatility. This case supports all types of ATX MOBO, from micro ATX to full-sized motherboards, making this a great choice for nearly every type of build.

While a larger motherboard is certainly capable of fitting in this case, the RIOTORO leaves little room for anything else. This makes it hard to fit both a full-sized MOBO as well as larger GPUs and other components in the same build.

The RIOTORO CR1080, with its support and technical capabilities, is one of the most versatile cases available today, giving you everything you need and more in one small package.

Conclusion…

When you are lacking the space for your new computer build, then getting a case that is small but can fit all your parts is essential. Any of these nine options above are some the smallest full atx cases available, allowing you to build the perfect, compact computer of your dreams!

If you think we’re missing any cases from this list or if you need any additional help on finding the smallest atx case for you, please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll make sure to answer as soon as I can.

The Best Ryzen Motherboard: Top X370 and B350 Motherboards Reviewed!

We talk a lot here about building amazing gaming computers, as well as all the best components and parts to use in your build. But all the fancy hardware in the world does not mean a thing if you don’t have a good motherboard to support it. You’ll want something with power, something that can handle all the rigors of top-of-the-line PC Gaming.

Intel’s been considered the top dog in the PC industry for a few years now, but with so much success also comes complacency and AMD isn’t a company you want to get lax with. AMD’s new Ryzen CPU’s are proving to be just as good and in many cases better than Intel’s Kabylake series!

In today’s article, we will be looking at the best X370 and B350 motherboards that Ryzen has to offer, giving you all the essential information to get the best motherboard for your Ryzen processor!

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What’s The Difference Between X370 and B350 Motherboards?

X370 and B350 are terms that refer to the kind of chipset that the motherboard in question supports. Both X370 and B350 MoBos have their own benefits that help out when making a custom gaming build.

In terms of features, X370 and B350 do have some things in common. For example, both chipsets use USB 3.1 Gen2 PCIe, as well as allow for extra overclocking performance while gaming.

In contrast, the X370 chipset also allows for 4x 3.1 USB Gen1 PCIe that the B350 can’t support. X370 also support multiple GPU better than B350, which can help to increase graphical performance in games.

That aside, both chipsets are virtually identical. No matter what your preference, you will be sure to get the most out of your gaming with either X370 or B350.

Best Ryzen X370 Motherboards

First off, we’ll be looking at the best X370 motherboards. These Motherboards are going to cost you a bit more than the B350 motherboards, but offer more features. If you plan on using SLI or Crossfire then I recommend going with an X370 motherboard. On the other hand, if not, I’d just save the money and go with a B350 motherboard as you get similar features for a significantly cheaper price.

My Top Three X370 Ryzen Motherboards

MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON 

MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...
PROS
Supports Unbuffered DDR4
High-Quality Audio w/ Noise Guard
Automatically Detects Fan Type and Voltage
Internet Accelerator
CONS
Not Compatible With Linux

With a name like Gaming Pro Carbon, you would expect that this motherboard would be all that a gamer ever needs for their PC. Luckily, you would be right.

The Gaming Pro Carbon is ready for everything modern gaming could throw at it. Thanks to support of 3-Way crossfire, four DDR4 RAM slots, and being VR ready, there doesn’t exist a game that won’t run perfectly while using this MoBo.

To go along with it’s gaming capability, the Carbon is also as strong as they come. Not only does the MoBo support a strong design, but the specially crafted PCIe slots on-board are designed to hold your PCIe components in securely in place, without the worry of potential rattling or damage.

If there can be any drawback to the Carbon motherboard, its that the on-board LED lighting can sometimes be faulty, with lights turning off and refusing to come back on. This is only really an issue if lighting is important to you, and otherwise doesn’t detract from the motherboard.

For the price you pay, you get more power than you can ever dream of. For modern and classic gaming alike, the Pro Gaming Carbon is an X370 motherboard that can handle it all!

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MSI X370 SLI PLUS

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MSI X370 SLI PLUS
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...
PROS
Double-layered Grounding for Mounts
Easy-to-use Bios
Overclocking Capability
Great Price
CONS
None to speak of

MSI seems to be the go to brand for a lot of the best Ryzen X370 Motherboards. With MoBos like the MSI X370 SLI PLUS, the ATX, it is easy to see why that is.

Installing of the motherboard is very simple, with installation taking little time at all for those that know what they are doing. This in combination with the secure mounting holes on the board make for an easy to use and durable motherboard that will keep all your various components tight and in place.

The fast BIOS of the motherboard is a step up from some other boards, as it helps to make your computer operate at faster speeds that are otherwise not possible. For graphics support, a user has their options laid out for them, as there is crossfire support for multiple brands including NVIDIA, AMD, and SLI.

While multiple graphics card types are supported, there is a bit less support when it comes to DDR4 RAM brands. If you want to be able to overclock your games performance, you may need to take a quick visit to the MSI website, as not all DDR4 brands are compatible with this feature.

All in all, the MSI X370 SLI PLUS is a great, if not a bit average, motherboard that can suit most people’s needs for fast and graphically intense gaming.

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MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM

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MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...
PROS
Studio Grade Audio
Various Performance Options In-Game
VR Ready
CONS
Cooling Issues
Slow BIOS

There are a lot of things that today’s gaming landscape will throw at us, and one of those things is VR gaming. If you have wanted to delve into this new dimension of gaming, then the MSI X370 Xpower is the Ryzen motherboard you are looking for.

As you might have guessed, the Xpower is ready for the world of Virtual Reality, thanks to an on board “VR Accelerator” chip. To make for an even more immersive experience, the Xpower supports 3-way AMD Crossfire, allowing you to seamlessly use multiple GPU and increase the graphical output of your games.

To help this gaming experience run smoothly, this motherboard also supports four DDR4 memory sticks, for a potential output of up to 64 GB memory. To keep all this gaming power from burning up, the MoBo also includes six fan headers, which allows for multiple cooling options.

A word of caution when choosing which brand of DDR4 RAM to use, as the Xpower seems to have some compatibility issues with a few brands, so you’ll have to make sure that you are buying the right memory for the motherboard. In addition to this being a potential drawback for some, there do exist a few design flaws with the Xpower that may bother some, such as location of the heat shield and BIOS issues.

If none of that bothers you, then you would have no reason not to love the MSI Xpower; a great X370 Ryzen motherboard that can tackle all of today’s gaming.

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Other Great X370 Ryzen Motherboards!

MSI KRAIT Gaming X370 Motherboard

MSI KRAIT Gaming X370 Motherboard
  • Supports AMD RYZEN Series Processors and 7th Gen A-series/AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4
  • Supports DDR4-3200+(OC) Memory. Military Class 4, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high quality...
PROS
Supports Studio Quality Audio
Bandwidth Management for Online Gaming
Supports DDR4-3200 memory with Overclocking
CONS
None to speak of

AMD processors are some of the most common in gaming, and for good reason as they provide top-tier performance to any gaming computer. With this offering from MSI, we have a Ryzen gaming motherboard that is made to support this processing powerhouse.

This X370 motherboard is one that gives gamers support where they will want it most: in the memory department. With support for DDR4-3200 memory with overclocking capability, the MSI Ryzen MoBo will allow you to get some of the smoothest, fastest gaming possible.

Speaking of smooth, thanks to the on-board bandwidth manager, you can easily adjust your internet connection to help support seamless online play. Helping even more with immersing the gamer is the MSI’s support for studio quality audio, which will surround you in the sounds of your gaming.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what is a nearly flawless MoBo. Everything a gamer wants and more can be found with the MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen X370.

GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K7

GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming K7
  • Supports New Generation AMD Ryzen Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
PROS
Durable Design
2-Way Graphics Support
Built-in Performance Tuning
Many On-Board Color Options
CONS
Limited Features
Tuning Utility Can Crash

It’s Gigabyte’s turn to throw their hat into the X370 chipset game with this strong offering, the AORUS AM4 AMD.

The AORUS gives those building their own computer options right at their fingertips for their gaming experience. Supporting two-way graphics, the AORUS allows users to fine-tune their gaming and computer experience, thanks to an intuitive Performance Tuning utility.

This utility is a great way for gamers to adjust settings how they wish for their computer, but it isn’t without issues. The utility can sometimes crash on launch, meaning that you will may have to go into your task manager and close the utility before trying again.

While the tuning utility may be somewhat faulty, you can rest easy knowing that the AORUS itself is not as flimsy. This motherboard is built to last, sporting a durable design that can protect the motherboard and all components currently plugged into it.

While the AORUS may be a bit light feature-wise, it is a heavyweight in terms of performance and durability, and is something any gamer would love in their build. Plus it has tons of on-board lighting options, and who doesn’t love lighting?

ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero

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ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero
  • Powered by AMD Ryzen AM4, 7th Generation Athlon and HD 2000 series processors to maximize...
  • 5-Way Optimization featuring Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 provides automatic overclocking...
PROS
Optimization for Overclocking Performance
Strong and Durable Design
8-Channel HD Audio Options
3D Printer Friendly Mounts
CONS
Certain Drives Cause Unexpected Reboots
Some BIOS Settings Confusing for Newcomers

ASUS is a name that is well known in the computing world for its various products, which includes anything from motherboards to laptops. For Ryzen X370 offerings, ASUS provides us with the ROG Crosshair VI motherboard.

The Crosshair VI is a motherboard that is built to last. Using a patent-pending design, this MoBo has a frame, slots, and mounts that are meant to keep it and all the parts attached to it safe from damage. The secure mounts on this motherboard are also 3D printer family, allowing you to add a bit of customization to your board if you so choose.

Performance wise, the Crosshair VI is a force to be reckoned with. The board allows for optimization for overclocking, which allows you to fine-tune your gaming experience for the best performance. In addition to this is the on-board 8-channel HD audio, which will give you unparalleled sound that will completely immerse you in your gaming.

There are a few caveats to the performance aspects, however, as some drive configurations that may be used with the motherboard can cause your computer to reboot unexpectedly. The BIOS also leaves a bit to be desired for newcomers as well, as some of the settings included with the BIOS can be a bit confusing to use without doing some research.

While it may not be perfect, the ASUS Crosshair VI is a MoBo that most gamers can grow to love in their custom build, providing speeds and sound the likes of which can not be contested.

ASUS Prime X370-Pro Motherboard

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ASUS Prime X370-Pro Motherboard
  • Powered by AMD Ryzen AM4, 7th generation Athlon and HD 2000 series processors to maximize...
  • Two patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal...

The ASUS family of products brings us our next entry, the ASUS Prime, and it is equipped for protection during intense gaming sessions.

Thanks to the auto-tuning options available with the Prime, as well as the included fan controls, users are able to optimize their experience for the best possible gaming while also ensuring that your computer doesn’t overheat. For those using heavier GPU and other parts, the Prime also comes equipped with heavy-duty slots, which will hold even the biggest of parts securely in place.

The only drawback to these features is that they may not work. The Prime is unfortunately susceptible to failure right out of the box, as some units have shipped with faulty, out of date BIOS, or would just refuse to work at all. Thankfully, returning the Prime should this occur is fairly simple, and you should be able to quickly replace it.

In terms of other features, the Prime has 8-Channel HD audio to give you the best possible sound from games and other apps. For those that like lighting on their MoBo, the Prime is sure to please as well, as the product has several options of LED lighting available to the user.

While it may be a bit of a gamble, buying an ASUS Prime is a bet that can pay off in dividends. If you want to protect your computer while still having great gaming potential, than you may want to put your money down on the ASUS Prime.

ASRock X370 Professional Gaming

ASRock X370 Professional Gaming
  • 4x DDR4-2667/ 2400/ 2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of...
  • 2x USB 3.1 Ports (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C), 10x USB 3.0 Ports (6 rear, 4 via headers), 4x USB 2.0...

The ASRock X370 Professional Gaming motherboard may be one of the more expensive Ryzen X370 offerings at nearly $300 dollars, but it is also one of the best motherboards that money can buy.

The ASRock sports a cool red and black design that makes it fit in with nearly every computer build imaginable. Once installed, the MoBo is easy to use for even the newest of computer builders, thanks to a very user-friendly BIOS interface.

For gaming purposes, the ASRock supports overclocking from nearly any DDR4 RAM, giving you great, latency free gaming. If that isn’t enough to sell you, maybe the whopping 12 USB slots that the ASRock has to offer will, as it gives you more than enough options for USB connections.

While pricey, there isn’t anything really bad to say about the ASRock Professional Gaming Motherboard. If you have the extra cash to spend on the item, then you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.

ASRock X370 Killer SLI

ASRock offers multiple options for Ryzen X370 users, but only one such option can be called a “Killer”.

The Killer is a motherboard that is made with hardcore gamers in mind. The MoBo is not only equipped to be VR Ready, but is also made to accommodate crossfire from multiple GPU types. No matter if you prefer to use AMD or Nvidia graphics cards, the Killer will allow you to play and game with top-notch graphical output.

Despite its name, you don’t have to worry about the Killer “murdering” your computer. The Killer is made using a special copper that keeps temperatures low at all times, and is also designed to allocate electricity evenly through the motherboard, which prevents power shortages.

For Ryzen X370 motherboards, it does not get too much better than this. For a great gaming experience and protection, you may just want to turn to a “Killer”.

Best Ryzen B350 Motherboards

If you’re looking for getting a more affordable motherboard for your Ryzen processor, then you need to pick up a B350 motherboard.

B350 motherboards come in both micro-atx format as well as ATX format making them very versatile. One major con with B350 is that they don’t support SLI (two Nvidia cards at once), but they do support AMD Crossfire.

Even with these cons, I’d still recommend a B350 motherboard for people who want a more affordable motherboard!

My Top Three Ryzen B350 Motherboards

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 ATX Motherboard

Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 ATX Motherboard
  • Supports AMD Ryzen AM4
  • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs. BIOS : PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Gigabyte brings us our next Ryzen B350 offering with their Gaming motherboard, which is made to give gamers the most out of their games and beyond.

The Gigabyte Gaming supports Unbuffered DDR4 overclocking, which will allow you to get the highest possible frame-rate from your games. To ensure that the higher frame-rate can be sustained during online gaming, this motherboard comes equipped with an “Internet Accelerator” utility, which allows you to optimize your internet for the best possible connection when online.

One of the cool things that the Gigabyte can do is that it automatically detects whatever fan is connected in the header. When it does this, the Gigabyte adjust the fan speed and voltage to accommodate whatever fan is in the header, allowing it to better cool your computer and avoid electrical shortages.

The biggest drawback of the Gigabyte Gaming is that it is not compatible with certain types of operating systems Should the user wish to run on a Linux OS, this motherboard will flat out refuse to boot up, leaving the user to find a different OS or motherboard.

For Windows and Mac users, however, you can get a lot of mileage from this Ryzen B350 Motherboard, with the Gigabyte Gaming being one of the most advanced B350 compatible boards you can find.

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MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen B350M Mortar

MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen B350M Mortar
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...

MSI has provided us with many motherboard options in the past, and they do so once again with our next offering, simply known as the “Mortar”.

The Mortar is made to provide security to all of your computer parts thanks to its double-layered grounding mounting holes. This grounding will make sure that your motherboard and the parts attached to it stay firmly in place, preventing any potential damage from moving.

The Mortar comes made with an easy-to-use BIOS that makes navigating options for your computer a breeze. One of these options is easy overclocking, which will give you the latency free gaming that you have always wanted.

There really isn’t much else to say about this motherboard. Simply put, the MSI Mortar is a motherboard that anybody would be happy to purchase.

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MSI B350 Tomohawk Arctic

MSI B350 Tomohawk Arctic
  • Supports AMD RYZEN Series Processors and 7th Gen A-series/AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4
  • Supports DDR4-3200+(OC) Memory

The Tomahawk Arctic may not be the best option out there for B350 Ryzen Motherboards, with various known problems. That said, it is more than serviceable for what it can do.

Lets get the bad out of the way first: The Tomahawk does have a few issues when it comes to cooling and BIOS performance. Many users have stated having problems with overheating or slow BIOS, both issues of which can be less than desirable in an intense gaming build.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what the Tomahawk does right, including being ready for Virtual Reality. If you have been ready to jump into the next dimension, than this motherboard can take you there, complete with immersive studio-quality sound.

There are even more features available to the user from the Tomahawk when in game. The Tomahawk comes equipped with various utilities, including “Game Boost”, which are available to the user at the touch of a button while in the middle of a game.

While there are some obvious issues with the Tomahawk Arctic, there exist some essential features that gamers will love and they can only get with this MoBo. It is for these features, as well as the great price point, that those building a custom computer may want to take another look at the Tomahawk Arctic.

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Other Great B350 Ryzen Motherboards

MSI B350M GAMING PRO

MSI B350M GAMING PRO
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...

Are you building a gaming computer, but don’t have much money to spend? Then you may want to take a look at the MSI B350M Gaming Pro!

Sporting a great look and an even better price, this motherboard will only cost you around $90 dollars. For this price, you get a lot of features that are essential to a custom gaming build.

This includes an easy-to-use BIOS that, while slow on initialization, has a ton of intuitive utilities such as fan controls. Despite only having two slots for DDR4 RAM, the MSI B350M also has great overclocking capability, able to provide a boost to most games.

In order to use this feature, you’ll want to make sure that the DDR4 RAM you plan to use is compatible with the B350M. Not all brands are compatible and using the wrong type of RAM can cause your computer to crash, so you may want to take a look at the MSI website before installation.

If you were looking for an affordable MoBo option, you really can’t do much better than the MSI B350 Gaming, which gives you an intuitive interface and great gaming options on the cheap.

Asus Prime B350-Plus

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  • Powered by AMD Ryzen AM4, 7th generation Athlon and HD 2000 series processors to maximize...
  • 5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability

As you may have seen in the X370 section, ASUS has a lot to offer computer users in terms of great motherboards. This time, with another offering from their Prime line of MoBos with the Plus, ASUS shows that it has just as much to offer for B350 users.

One thing that many people that are building on a budget will love about the Plus is the incredible price point. At just under $100 dollars, the Plus is a quality motherboard that won’t soon break the bank.

For the price you pay, you get protection that you can’t get in most other MoBos, as the Plus is built with special components that will protect your computer from damage. This is in combination with advanced fan controls, which gives you the power to adjust your computer’s cooling system right at your fingertips.

Although it may be expected from a budget motherboard, there is a bit of limitation in terms of how much you can overclock your system with the Plus. While overclocking is an option, you won’t be able to obtain the memory speeds that you may otherwise be able to with more expensive motherboards.

This can be forgiven for the price you pay and protection that you get with the Plus. While maybe not as advanced as some other MoBo, the ASUS Plus gives gamers more than enough of what they love.

MSI B350 PC Mate

MSI B350 PC Mate
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...

MSI Gaming motherboards are some of the best motherboards that someone can buy when making their own gaming computers. With this offering from MSI for Ryzen B350 users, it’s easy to see why that is.

Setup and install of the motherboard is easier than you will find in most other MoBo. Even if you aren’t the most tech-savvy of persons, this MSI Gaming motherboard should be ready for boot up in no time at all. Should you be a bit clumsy, however, you may want to be extra cautious, as the board is also easily damaged if not careful.

Once you are ready to go, you will find that the MSI Gaming is a dream to use. BIOS utilities are easy to navigate, and overclocking is as simple as it comes, allowing you to achieve gaming speeds that are not possible with other motherboards in the same price range. To top it all off, the MSI Gaming has double bandwidth support, allowing you to game online with little to no latency.

While it is a bit simple, it’s hard not to love the MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen B350 PC Mate motherboard. Just be careful not to break it, or you may have to wait a bit longer to jump into the intense gaming that this motherboard can give you.

MSI ProSeries B350 PRO-VDH

MSI ProSeries B350 PRO-VDH
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Generation/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors and AMD...

The Pro-VDH is our next motherboard offering from MSI, and this motherboard brings with it some features that our unique to the table.

One of said features is an interesting troubleshooting technique that you can’t find in a lot of motherboards. Using the on-board LED lights, the Pro-VDH will flash its lights in certain patterns to let you know if there is trouble with your computer, allowing you to know the problem and fix them immediately should they pop up.

Added to this is a unique audio-boost capability, which allows you to get the best, most immersive sound out of your games and applications when you want it most. Should you have USB components on your computer, the Pro-VDH also has the capability to boost the performance of these devices, giving you the smoothest and fastest experience when using USB attachments.

All this potential is housed in a shell that is impossible to break. Thanks to the use of high-end, military grade parts, the Pro-VDH is as durable as they come, and will not break under weight or pressure.

If this doesn’t sell you on the Pro-VDH from MSI, than nothing likely will. This powerhouse of a motherboard is easily one of the best Ryzen B350 Micro-Atx motherboards that money can buy.

ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM

ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM
  • Powered by AMD Ryzen AM4, 7th generation Athlon and HD 2000 series processors to maximize...
  • ASUS Corporate Stable Model complimentary Advance Replacement and long lifecycle

There exist strong, sturdy motherboards. Then there is this motherboard, the ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM, which is possibly even stronger than the rest.

This motherboard is built to go the distance, with many design features that protect the motherboard and attached hardware. This includes a component safeguard which keeps various components from being damaged, as well as heavy-duty PCIe slots, which keep even heavier GPU units secure.

For those that like to add a little customization to their MoBo, this motherboard has you covered here as well. The B350M-A/CSM has a special fan header, which allows the use of fans with LED light strips, giving your computer the custom look you’ve always wanted.

Unfortunately there isn’t much space for all these components, such as fans, as the board is a bit on the small side, making components seem a bit cramped on board. This isn’t the only issue with this motherboard, however, as the motherboard overheats more easily than most may like, which means you may be looking for even more fan options.

This can be forgiven a bit when considering the low, $90 dollar price, making this a decent option for building on a budget. And for the level of protection that the ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM gives you, your budget build is sure to last a long time.

Final Thoughts On The Best Motherboards For Ryzen CPUs…

That wraps up this list of the best Ryzen X370 and B350 motherboards. We truly hope that you’ve now found the best ryzen motherboard for your needs! There are likely even more motherboards out there that we may have missed, but we hope to have at least given you a good idea of what your are looking for. The Ryzen series has been absolutely amazing and I truly can’t wait to see what AMD does in the future with their processors.

I understand some of you might still have questions on what AMD motherboard would be best for you. If so, let me know in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Top 10: Best WiFi Card For Gaming of 2019!

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ASUS 4×4 802.11AC Wireless AC3100 PCIe Adapter

  • Dual band 4x4 wi-fi
  • Magnetic antenna base
  • R-sma antenna connectors
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ASUS WiFi PCI Express Adapter (PCE-AC56)

  • Ideal for Windows users
  • Connections up to 867 Mbps
  • No lag for gamers
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TP-Link AC1300 Wireless Dual Band PCI-Express Adapter (Archer T6E)

  • Very fast speeds
  • Increase range (2 x antennas)
  • 2 year warranty
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TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E PCI Express Adapter

  • Reliable wireless range
  • Made for high-speed use
  • Lower temperature, longer lifespan
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Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I Rev PCI Express Adapter

  • Bluetooth 4.2 is fully qualified
  • Up to 867 Mbps connection
  • Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate
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TP-Link Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter

  • Up to 900Mbps
  • 3 antennas for added range
  • Very easy to set up
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Rosewill 802.11N, N900 PCI Express Wireless Adapter

  • Quick setup and easy installation
  • Dual Band Connectivity
  • Supports advanced wireless security
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ASUS (PCE-N15) PCI Express Wireless Adapter Card

  • Enhanced security and privacy
  • 2 x R SMA Antenna for long range
  • Supports Multiple OS
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Fenvi Desktop PC Dual Band WiFi PCI-E Adapter Card

  • Supports Windows and Mac
  • Data transfer rate of 300Mbps
  • Increased range and speed
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TP-Link N150 Wireless PCI Adapter

  • Dual band 4x4 wi-fi
  • Magnetic antenna base
  • R-sma antenna connectors
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What is the best wifi card? There are so many options to choose from, you can lose your mind sorting them out.

Connecting to a hardwired ethernet connection when able is always the recommended option.

Sometimes though, the extra cords can get in the way, and become a real hassle when making room available for your custom computer.

With the right adapter, you can reach network speeds that rivals even the best wired connections.

That is where our list comes in today, as we’ll be taking a look at some of the best PCI Wireless Adapters that are available for purchase.

Also, if you’re on a laptop or looking for very portable wifi options, we have a post looking at the best USB WiFi adapters for gaming. We break down the different options for you in an easy to read method

These wireless adapters connect to any PCI port within your custom build, and allows you to connect to wireless networks with ease. With that in mind, let’s take a look at top ten PCI adapters!

So What Is The Best PCIe WiFi Card?

  1. ASUS 4×4 802.11AC Wireless AC3100 PCIe Adapter
  2. ASUS WiFi PCI Express Adapter (PCE-AC56)
  3. TP-Link AC1300 Wireless Dual Band PCI-Express Adapter (Archer T6E)
  4. TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E PCI Express Adapter
  5. Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I Rev PCI Express Adapter
  6. TP-Link Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter
  7. Rosewill 802.11N, N900 PCI Express Wireless Adapter
  8. ASUS (PCE-N15) PCI Express Wireless Adapter Card
  9. Fenvi Desktop PC Dual Band WiFi PCI-E Adapter Card
  10. TP-Link N150 Wireless PCI Adapter

To top off our best PCI wireless network adapters list today, we are showcasing an adapter that is not only a great fit in any custom build, but affordable as well. This adapter is the TP-Link N150 Wireless PCI Adapter.

PROS
Super Affordable
Compatible with the most wireless connections
One Press Setup (QSS)

CONS
Can Cause interference with other WiFi devices
Overheats after long use

9. Fenvi Desktop PC Dual Band WiFi PCI-E Adapter Card

Something that anybody wants out of their internet is more speed, and that is something that users will get with our next product, the Fenvi Desktop adapter.

PROS
Dual-Band support for faster wireless internet
Detachable antennas
All OS support

CONS
Speeds can dip during downloads
Difficult setup

8. ASUS (PCE-N15) PCI Express Wireless Adapter Card

Our next adapter comes from the computer wizards at ASUS with their PCE-N15 wireless internet adapter. Much like any product you may come across from ASUS, this adapter is one that is sure to please many people.

PROS
Up to 300Mbps speeds
Microsoft & Linux support
Easy setup
Can act as a virtual access point

CONS
Weak wireless range

7. Rosewill 802.11N, N900 PCI Express Wireless Adapter

Rosewill may not have the name recognition as some others on our list, such as ASUS or TP-Link, but don’t let that fool you. The Rosewill N900 adapter is an adapter that can top even the best of adapters.

PROS
Dual Band connectivity
Great long range connection
Advanced security support

CONS
Takes some tweaking to get working properly

Our first entry, the TP-Link N150, while a great choice for those on a budget, was rather limited in features. That changes with our next TP-Link offering – the N900 – with their Dual Band PCI Express adapter.

PROS
Easy Installation
Up to 450 Mbps Speed
3 Antennas for good connections

CONS
Limited OS support

We now come to the bottom half of our list today, and with it comes more powerful wireless adapters. Such is the case with our next product, the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I Rev.

PROS
Speeds up to 800Mbps
Strong antenna (even as a single antenna)
Bluetooth capable

CONS
Uses a USB port as well

The Gigabyte is capable of reaching speeds of up to 800Mbps, which allows for nearly seamless wireless internet (depending on your ISP). This means that you will be able to effortlessly game or watch videos, among other activities, with little to no lag from your network.

When you are downloading something online, the Gigabyte’s Bluetooth capabilities allows for a greater flow of data through your network. Keeping all that speed maintained is the powerful external antenna on the Gigabyte, which will help to prevent your connection from dipping and keeping it strong.

The only real drawback of the Gigabyte comes from the fact that to connect the adapter to your computer, you need the use of an extra USB port. While not a big issue, this can cause some problems to those building a custom computer with only a few USB ports to spare.

The Gigabyte, outside this one issue, is a nearly flawless adapter in every other regard. This makes the adapter a great choice for any computer user trying to get the most from their internet.

For the fourth spot, on our list of PCI Adapters today, we see TP-Link. This time, they attempt to blow the competition out of the water with another of their Archer models, the T9E.

PROS
Dual Band (5Ghz at 1300Mbps) (2.4Ghz at 600Mbps)
High bandwidth data transfer
Backwards compatible wifi

CONS
Compatibility with Windows 10

To start, this adapter is capable of lightning fast speeds. Capable of internet speeds of up to 1300Mbps across 5 Ghz band and 1300Mbps on the more signal friendly 2.4Ghz band.

With the adapter’s dual bands, the T9E is able to give users fast, uninterrupted internet while gaming online or during other activities.

If you happen to download a lot of stuff online, then you will like that the T9E offers higher bandwidth options, that reduces download times like never before. Even if you happen to be using an older wireless internet connection, you will still get the same great speeds out of the T9E, as the device is fully backwards compatible.

One major drawback that does come out of the T9E is for Windows 10 users which is why it drops to position 4 on ourlist.

There seems to be some compatibility issues with the device. While these issues can be fixed, the extra time and effort that goes into making the adapter work properly with Windows 10 can be more than some people wish to deal with.

I have found that while the driver hasn’t been updated since 2015, there is a recent video on TP Link’s website that describes how to get through some common troubleshooting issues.

Amazon users have shown some frustrations with connections with Win10, while others have had no problem.

Given the unreliability of them, they’re not worthy of the top 3 despite being one of the faster cards on our list.

All in all, TP-Link proves once again that they know how to make quality PCI network adapters. Dominating nearly half of todays list, if TP-Link is in the brand name, you know you will be buying a quality product. If you’re savvy computerwise, given the price and the speed that the T8E offers – I still think it’s worth it.

Once again on our list, we see the brand of TP-Link pop up, this time with their powerful Archer T6E model.

PROS
Prioritize data transfer for devices (hello gaming)
Heatsink prevents overheating
Pretty good range
TurboQAM to help boost connection speeds

CONS
For the price, none to think of

The speeds that the T6E are able to reach are the fastest on our list yet, with two bands capable of 867Mbps and 400Mbps respectively. This will allow for seamless upload and download speeds across your network, as well as latency free gaming and video streaming.

One unique thing about the T6E is that it is backwards compatible with some older wireless connections, including 802.11 a/b/g/n. Despite being backwards compatibility, the does not seem to be compatible with Linux operating systems, which seems like a slight oversight for an otherwise versatile adapter.

What is not an oversight is the wide wireless range of the T6E. Even if your computer happens to be on the other side of the house from your adapter, you can be certain that you will not lose connection thanks to the wireless network adapters large and strong signal range.

If you use a Linux OS, you’ll have to look elsewhere. For everyone else, however, the TP-Link Archer T6E is capable of giving your computer the strong wireless internet that you have been looking for.

We are now in the top three portion of our list, and while the prices may be higher with our next three adapters, we also get more features. Such is the case with this adapter, the ASUS PCE-AC56.

PROS
Dual Band (5Ghz at 867Mbps) (2.4Ghz at 400Mbps)
Backwards compatible wifi connections
Impressive wireless range

CONS
No Linux support

This ASUS adapter comes with a few unique features that we have not seen yet on this list, including being able to adjust your wireless signal to prioritize data transferring. This allows you to focus your connection on downloading and uploading, helping you to finish these task in no time.

Two other unique features of this adapter is the ability to prevent overheating, thanks to the adapter’s heatsink, and the design of the adapter itself, which helps to eliminate any wireless deadzones. If this wasn’t enough to sell you on this adapter, the fact that, thanks to  ASUS’ Broadcom TurboQAM technology, you are able to boost internet speeds even further, likely will.

All this comes with the fact that there is little to no downsides to speak of about the ASUS PCE-AC56, making the product near flawless, and a great way to kick off our top three products today.

While our number one pick for today, the ASUS PCE-AC88, may be a little daunting price wise for some, every penny spent on this adapter is worth it. This wireless adapter is the crown jewel other wireless cards aspire for (you know if wifi cards had feelings…)

PROS
Fastest Dual Band Speeds
External antenna maximizes connection
Compatible with aftermarket antennas
Heatsink to maintain strong connection
Longest range wifi adapter available.

CONS
Price
ASUS drivers could cause issues

As you can see above, this is quite expensive for a PCI adapter, so it’s natural to feel some apprehension when you look at the PCE-AC88.

If you decide to take the plunge and buy this adapter, you will be treated to speeds like never before, with 2100Mbps and 1100MBps available from the adapter’s dual bands. This, along with an external, multiple antenna base, give you more coverage and speed than most other adapters available.

Should something happen to the external antennas, or should you just wish to replace them, you will be happy to know that doing so is simple, as the PCE-AC88 is compatible with most aftermarket antennas. If you are worried that all the power of the PCE-AC88 could cause overheating, worry no more, as the adapter has a custom heatsink, that disperses heat and keeps the device nice and cool.

The Asus AC88 is the best long range wifi adapter in the game.

I’m not sure if the picture does it justice, but this card does something that nothing else on this list is able to do.

Move the position of the antennae.

The absolute best way to receive the fastest speed possible from your router is through a line of sight.

Have you ever seen in movies or someone in real life looking for the best coverage with their phone?

What do they do?

They either raise their phone up in the air or go to the highest point they can.

You can do the same with this router, the cable attached to the antennas is around 3 feet – enabling you to raise the receiving portion of your wifi signal.

Ideally, we could buy even longer cables, but regretfully, that isn’t an option.

Moving this away from likely the ground and up as high as possible makes the AC88 able to receive a signal the farthest than any other wifi adapter in this list.

While this ASUS model may be expensive for some people’s taste, the cost is more than worth it for the sheer amount of power that the PCE-AC88 puts right at your fingertips.

As a final note, if you do purchase this wireless card, make sure to just plug it in and let the computer fetch the appropriate drivers. There have been many complaints about installing the provided drivers or downloading the driver from the ASUS site. If this is true, first plug it in and if everything works as it should do as my Grandmother says “best leave well enough alone”.

Conclusion…

That concludes our list for today. With ten options at your disposal, you should be able to find the perfect PCI adapter for your custom build. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time.

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Top 10: Best 120mm Case Fans 2019

I think it’s safe to say that being able to relax for a long gaming session is one of the best things in the world. Being able to immerse yourself in virtual worlds for hours on end, and escape the worries of the real world, is really a great way to cap off a busy day.

Too bad that intense gaming sessions can also heat up your gaming computer if you don’t have the right components. And if your system overheats, you are looking at computer crashes or worse. But overheating shouldn’t be something you have to worry about if you have a good fan.

Fans are important to have in your gaming rig, as without them, your components could heat up and in turn cause harmful damage to your gaming computer. Seeing how important these fans are, it’s essential to have the best one possible, and that’s why we made this list today.

In this list, we will take a look at ten of the best computer case fans for your PC, which will keep your system cool and you gaming longer. Along the way, we will look at the pros and con of each fan so you can better understand the best fan for you.

If you’re looking for a case fan with even more airflow and size, check out our posts on the best 140mm case fan and the best 200mm case fan.

Did I say this was a top 10?… well I lied it’s actually a top 11!

What Are The Best Case Fans?

  1. CORSAIR ML120 PRO LED Case Fan
  2. Noctua NF-F12 120mm Case Fan
  3. THERMALTAKE LUNA 120mm LED Case Fan
  4. ARCTIC F12 PWM REV. 2 120mm Case Fan
  5. CORSAIR AIR SERIES AF120 Case Fan
  6. ASIAHORSE SOLAR ECLIPSE 120mm Case Fan
  7. COOLER MASTER JETFLO 120mm Case Fan
  8. ROCKSOUL Cool Killer 120mm Case Fan
  9. HBT+ AXE 120mm Case Fan
  10. NXZT FZ-120mm AIRFLOW Case Fan
  11. THERMALTAKE RIING 120mm Computer Case Fan
Thermaltake RIING 120mm Fan
  • Twin Pack x 120mm Red LED Computer Case/ Radiator Fans
  • Noise Reduction Level by 24% from 24.6 dBA to 18.7 dBA.

Chances are, when you are buying fans for your computer case, you are going to want to get more than one, as it helps to maximize cooling. That makes the the Thermaltake RIING fans a good place to start, as every purchase of these fans come in packs of two.

Not only will you get more for the money you spend, but these fans let off a high amount of airflow (up to 51.1 CFM). It does this using the Thermaltake’s “Concentrated Compression Blades”, which optimizes the direction of airflow for the best performance possible.

Despite the power of these fans, the RIING runs very quietly, barely emitting any sound while in use. And using the RIING’s anti-vibration mounting system, these fans are easy to use and can fit perfectly into most computer cases.

Should you want a single fan, the option is available to purchase these solo. However, if you do buy the duel pack, it should be noted that there has been a few issues where the “duel pack” has only come with one fan. While this may not be an issue with the fan itself, it would not leave the best taste in your mouth if you paid for two fans and only got one.

If you want a quiet fan that keeps your system cool, the Thermaltake RIING is a great choice. And with the ability to fit into most gaming cases, it’s certainly a purchase you won’t be disappointed with.

NXZT FZ-120mm Airflow Fan
  • Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25 mm / Voltage 12V DC / Current 0.21A (rate), 0.30A (safety) / Input...
  • Air Pressure 0.71 mmH₂O / NOISE 26.8 dBA / Bearing Long Life Bearing / Life 40,000 Hours

Our next best 120mm case fan, from NZXT Technologies, is the type of fan for those gamers who want more out of their fan, but may be on a tighter budget.

This is because the NZXT series of fans all run fairly cheap. Ranging anywhere from $13-17 dollars, these fans are some of the most affordable computer case fans available. Don’t let the cheap price fool you – despite the affordable price point, these fans are super durable. These fans have power that will last for years, making that little amount of cash you spent stretch even further.

In terms of specs, this fan is capable of cooling an entire system all by itself. With a minimal airflow of 1200 +/- 20% RPM, this fan puts out a high level of airflow (up to 65 CFM), and does so while maintaining a low decibel level of around 26.8 dBA, making the fan quiet as well. And if all this isn’t enough, the NZXT is available in a variety of LED colors, allowing you to match up with the color fan that fits your system best.

Granted, while this fan isn’t very loud, it is louder than a good portion of other fans on the market. On top of that, while it may not be too much of an issue for everyone, the LED color lights on the fan tend to sometimes be dim.

Besides these relatively small issues, a gamer will love everything else about the NZXT fan. With great price, durability, and airflow, what’s not to love?

In my opinion, one of the coolest looking fans that you could get for your gaming case is the HBT+AXE 120mm computer case fan. But while this fan does have a cool, sci-fi look, this fan is much more than just a pretty face.

To begin with this fan’s features, the HBT+AXE is made with a fluid-dynamic fan bearing. This bearing allows the fan to both run quiet, and increases the fan’s durability. Adding to this, the design of the fan blades help to increase air flow, and you have the perfect storm for what makes a great computer fan.

And the price? I can’t believe they’re as inexpensive as they are – what’s not to like about that.

To make this fan even more quiet, the HBT+AXE comes with anti-vibration pads around the screws, as well as a noise limiting adapter. These features help to make this one of the most quiet fans available, leaving you with less noisy distractions while gaming.

As of right now, there are not many negatives to speak of about the fan, so you won’t have many regrets buying one. For a nearly flawless, and quiet, fan, HBT+AXE has got you covered.

ROCKSOUL 120mm (120x120x25 mm) Blue LED...
  • Gaming Pc and Normal Pc Cooling Fan with 4 scews included
  • Optimized for extreme airflow 120mm fan with minimal speeds of 1800+/- 10% RPM.

To look at the Rocksoul fan, you may think the fan is as generic as they come. It don’t come in many colors, and the transparent look leaves a bit to be desired. But if you can get past the aesthetics, you will find a fan that can live up to the competition.

Easy to install, the Rocksoul comes in a 120x120x25 mm frame, which allows it to fit into most gaming builds. And should this fan be in your gaming build, you will have little to worry about in terms of cooling. This is thanks to the minimal fan speed of 1800 +/- 10% RPM, which allows for extreme airflow (up to 64.6 CFM), keeping your gaming rig cool while in operation.

What makes all this even better is the super affordable price of the Rocksoul. If you are a gamer building on a budget, then you will be more than pleased with the price of the Rocksoul, which you can see above. This means you can get a good gaming case fan for barely more than a Starbucks coffee.

While it is affordable, some of the features of this fan are just as cheap. The fan, for example, can be quite noisy while in operation in comparison to others, and sometimes the LED lights in the fan just flat out don’t work.

Don’t let the lower star rating fool you, with only a single 1 star review dragging the rating down (LED lights not working); the overall sentiment is very positive.

If these aren’t big issues to you, however, and you are short on cash, then the affordable and high performing Rocksoul 120mm fan is what you are looking for!

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COOLER MASTER JETFLO 120mm Fan
  • Ultra-thin yet extremely strong fan blades - 800 to 2,000 RPM (PWM) +/- 10%
  • High performance motor and fan blades - generating up to 95 CFM airflow +/- 10%

If you are trying to build a gaming computer using a smaller computer case, your options for fans may not be as great. But luckily, should this be the case, we have the Cooler Master JetFlo 120.

The JetFlo is designed to save space, with the fan and the blades ultra thin design. This design means that the fan won’t take up any room in your gaming case, leaving more room for any other parts you may be putting into your computer. Despite this small design, the JetFlo is capable of pretty good airflow (generating up to 95 CFM), with a range between 800-2000 +/- 10% RPM.

The JetFlo is also extremely durable for a small fan, and can even resist dust and water damage, giving you a fan that will last a long time. Should something get caught in your fan’s blades, you won’t have much to worry about, as the auto-resume function of this fan makes it go back to working normal after said obstruction is removed.

On the downside, there are complaints about these computer fans being loud. This is something that can be quite the distraction to some – but what can you expect from a fan that can push out such a huge CFM? This computer fan noise ranges from 12-36 dBA.
You can also fix the fan speed at 1600 RPM (28 dBA) or 1200 RPM (19 dBA) to limit the sound with the included silent mode adapters.

Despite the noise, the Cooler Master JetFlo picks up the slack in nearly every other area. The JetFlo is small and powerful fan that will be sure to last as long as your gaming computer does.

ASIAHORSE Solar Eclipse Fan
  • 1.Asiahorse PWM MIRAGE model white Led Fan for Computer Cases, Long Life CPU Coolers
  • 2.The size of 120mm, compatible with various types of chassis, suitable for CPU type...

Other than the Logo (which can be peeled off!) I have to admit that the Asiahorse Solar Eclipse is a sight to behold. Anyone who’s looking for a case fan that’s just outright mesmerizing should check this out.  The Eclipse comes in four colors, blue, green, red, and white. So whichever color scheme you’re going for should be covered here.

First of all, there are many colors to choose from – my preference is either the blue or red. This allows you to really create the look you want for your computer build.

While all of these aesthetics are amazing, they are little more than fluff. What we really need to know is the performance of the fan. The fans are set at 1200 RPM, but you’re able to easily adjust this to fit whatever you want. The Eclipse is also very silent compared to most other mainstay fans out there. With silence typically comes with lower airflow, however, and these fans generate up to a max of 48.6 CFM. As a result you won’t keep your build as cool as others on this list.

You also get a choice of either a 2 pack or a single fan purchase option – in case you only need one fan.

All in all, you get a quiet stylish fan that’s hardly going to break the bank. For anyone looking for a great 120mm case fan that’s going to take their build to the next level, this is a good choice.

There is an old adage that says “Variety is the spice of life”. If this is the case, then the Corsair Air Series AF120 may be one of the spiciest fans available…pardon my humor.

The AF120 line of fans come in almost any color LED light imaginable. From red to purple, to even no light at all, whatever the user’s preference in color choice is, they can find it with the AF120. Not only that, but each color is sold in packages of either one or two fans, allowing you to mix and match your fan colors if you so choose.

But what is color in comparison to performance? Luckily, the Air Series are made to do that as well, as these fans are made for high-volume cooling. This means you can game for hours on end without the worry of overheating. It performs this feat thanks to its ultra thin blades, which also help to reduce the fans noise and vibration (they provide a max CFM of 52).

There are little to no hardware issues with the Air Series either, except for a few issues with some users and the brightness of the fan’s LED lights. This issue really is an isolated one, however, as it seems to be something that has only afflicted a select few.

With the rarity of that issue, this fan is nearly flawless, making the Corsair Air Series AF120 one of the best 120mm case fans money can buy.


ARCTIC F12 PWM REV. 2
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN ENABKES QUIET AND EFFICIENT VENTILATION: The innovative design of the fan...
  • PERFECT CASE FAN REGULATION WITH PWM: The PWM function allows the motherboard to run the fan...

Want to keep you computer ice cold? Well… probably not, because that could damage your computer. But if you want to keep it just cold enough, what better name to trust then one called Arctic?

With the Arctic F12 PMW Rev. 2, you get a fan that runs between 500 and 1350 RPM. This makes the fan great in cooling down your case during gaming sessions. However, this is also lower than a lot of other fans available, so it may struggle a bit if you have a system that gives off a lot of heat.

For most gamers with a custom computer build, this amount of airflow can be more than adequate (a respectable 53 CFM). The Arctic is not only more than capable of cooling your system, but does so while remaining as quiet as a mouse while in operation (22.5 dBA). Not only that, but thanks to to the fluid dynamic bearing that the fan is made with, your fan will remain in operation for years to come.

That value is even further magnified when taking into account the price. The Arctic is one of the most affordable fans on our list. And should the worst happen and the fan does malfunction, the fans come with a six year warranty, making them easy to replace if need be.

While maybe not as cold as its name implies, the Artic F12 PWM is still an amazing fan. And at an unbeatable value, the Artic is worth every penny spent.

THERMALTAKE LUNA
  • Anti vibration mounting system. Air flow - 50.44 CFM. Noise level - 20.7 decibels
  • Long life bearing

For the second time today, Thermaltake takes their place on our top ten list. But it isn’t without good reason, because the Luna is not only one of the best 120mm case fans, but best looking fans available.

To start is the Luna’s anti-vibration mounting system. This system allows the fan to fit snugly into place in almost any computer build, while eliminating any vibration that not only emits noise, but can damage the fan. The frame of the fan is also enlarged, which allows for greater airflow going to your computer (50 CFM), and preventing overheating.

The Luna fans are not just great to keep the temperature low, but they are also beautiful to look at. The design of these fans is, simply put, stylish, and with a variety of colors, they may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing fans available.

Unlike its brother, the RIING, the Luna can run a bit noisy. This is the only drawback to an otherwise great fan, which is also very durable thanks to the Luna’s self lubricating hydraulic bearings.

Yet another great fan by the people at Thermaltake. No matter if you choose the Luna or the RIING, if Thermaltake is in the name, you are sure to get a quality fan.

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Noctua NF-F12
  • Premium quiet fan, 120x120x25 mm, 12V, 4-pin PWM, max. 1500 RPM, max. 22.4 dB(A), >150,000 h...
  • Award-winning 120x25mm fan with FocusedFlow frame for high static pressure and superior quiet...

This list wouldn’t be complete without giving a nod to the Noctua brand of computer case fans. You don’t get the flashiest fan, but with the lack of color, you get almost everything else.

Professional without all the flash, the Noctua just gets down to business. It is difficult to find many negative things to say about this fan – and I couldn’t find many poor reviews about it elsewhere either.

The name Noctua just sounds silent, which is one of the big features this fan has going for it. The Noctua F12 has a low noise adapter than can reduce the fan speed as low as 1200 RPM if you choose. Continuing with the silent features, the Noctua F12 has Integrated silicone anti-vibration pads to ensure the only sound you hear is the hum of the motor. So what does that mean in terms of decibel rating? The range is between 18.60 and 22.40 dBA.

Reliability is another factor with this fan – Noctua is continuously striving to perfect their fan. In this generation, Noctua has changed the location of the magnet, which is supposed to make the fan more stable (and further reduce noise) and I believe they have succeeded.

Noctua’s focus on air flow has also not gone unnoticed. This is a “heptafan” which is just a fancy way of saying it has 7 fans which help push the air out with minimal RPM. The fan is able to push out a reasonable 44 – 55 CFM, which is impressive given the low RPM this fan produces. You’ll notice that the Noctua case fan has stator guide vanes which are designed to direct the air in different directions. By pushing air in different directions you can create inefficiencies in the airflow as mini vortices can be created. The Noctua fights these mini cyclones by using what they describe as “vortex-control notches” – which are meant to reduce the turbulence the direction changes produce.

All in all, this is a great fan – it’s probably more like a 1b in the list – you will not be disappointed with this wicked computer case fan.


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CORSAIR ML120 PRO LED
  • Magnetic Bearing: harnesses magnetic levitation technology to provide lower noise, higher...
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If you’re looking for pure quality then it’s going to be hard to beat the Corsair ML120 Pro computer case fan. Not only do these fans just look absolutely amazing, but they also fan performance that is next level. The fan comes in four different colors, blue, red, white, and black. So they really cover most bases, when it comes to design, but what about performance?

These fans have magnetic bearings which simply put, makes the fans better and longer lasting.
You’re also able to customize your fan’s RPM – ranging from as low as 400 RPM all the way up to 2,400 RPM which is essential to any good fan.
Furthermore, with this range of RPM options the CFM ranges from 12 – 75.

How about noise? Again with such a RPM range this fan is able to be one of the most silent computer fans out there (16 dBa), at the highest RPM this fan goes up to 37 dBa which is equivalent to a babbling brook or a library – but noise is to be expected at a higher RPM.

With you getting all of this stuff, you’re going to be paying a hefty dime, which is to be expected as they’re just amazing. There isn’t a fan I’d pick to cool down my gaming PC build over these. If you want the best, then I’d definitely give the ML120’s a look.

Conclusion…

With so many options, finding the right case fan can feel overwhelming, but I can assure you that if you get any one of these 120mm fans you’ll be in good shape.

While my top choice would be the The Corsair M120 Case Fan  a very close second is the Noctua F-12 Case Fan , every fan on this list is more than good enough to cool your gaming PC build.

Looking for the fan with the highest airflow/CFM? Choose the The Cooler Master Jetflow 

Looking for the fan with the most color options? Choose between the Corsair AF120 or the The Asiahorse Solar Eclipse

Again, If you’re looking for a case fan with even more airflow and size, check out our post on the best 140mm case fan.

If you think I’ve excluded any really good fans or just want to talk about case fans, leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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