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Are GT AP-15's the best rad fan?

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I'm going to be purchasing fans for a high end WC loop soon, and I am not looking to skimp on anything. I want a top of the line radiator (Black Ice GTX360 from what I hear?) and want the best possible fans for the lowest temperatures possible. Noise doesn't bother me, I just want my loop cool.
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Gentle Typhoons are probably the best tradeoff of sound for quality. I'm going to try Panaflo mediums on my radiator (GTX360) because they're near silent at 2000rpm, and have great static pressure to boot.

If noise doesn't matter, you can get full speed Panaflo fans, or Ultra Kaze fans, and they'll cool even better, but you'll pay for it in noise. According to Skinnee Labs' tests, the GTX360 with good fans on it will do a great job on most hardware, so what are you cooling that needs the best performance from a 360 rad?
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I plan on buying bulldozer or ivy bridge when they're released and I will be setting the loop up when they are available. Also, probably a 6990 for the graphics card unless something better comes out any time soon. Possibly 6990 + 6970 tri-fire.

My rationale is that if I can keep WC parts for multiple builds, why should I skimp on anything? Even if it's a little overkill for now, who knows what the future holds? I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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GT-APs are pretty good. San Aces H101/H1011s, Panaflos, Deltas are good too, but you would need a fan controller to fine tune the noise level that you want.

Also, there's the high performance GT-APs; higher rpms (all black).
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My question was more related to what you were going to cool, not so much as why go for the best. Depending on the wattage of the 2011/bulldozer CPUs, you may need more than a 360 rad (even the best/most efficient at high load radiator). A very good 360 with good fans should cover you for a 6990 and 6970, but throwing the CPU in there adds questions, especially when you consider what the power outputs of those parts may be.

The 360 for the 6990+6970 comes from the very general rule of 1 120mm of radiator for each component to be cooled. I would say it holds true here considering the radiator you're looking at. We'll have to see what the power outputs of the new chips are. I probably would recommend throwing a 240mm rad into the mix if its output is like that of a hexacore 1366 chip. If it was like a sandybridge quad core, you might be able to get away with the 360 by itself, but it would be best to add a 120.
post #6 of 7
Delta AFB1212VHE will kill the ap-15 at the same rpm on a fan controller...38mm vs 25mm It is louder though at the same RPM. Owning 6 AP-15 i don't think they are worth the price.
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post #7 of 7
GT win out on the Noise : Airflow ratio. If you want the "best" ones, OCN has gotten the group buy together for the 2150rpm Gentle Typhoon. Check out the stickied thread at the top of the forum.
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