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A local reseller who also premods these fans with a led color of your choice sells it for like $6 a pop, Im wondering if these fans work well as case fans or even replacement fan on the D14 ?

I wonder how this also compares to the 120mm Coolermaster R4 which is more expensive..
Edited by EarlZ - 5/18/11 at 1:05pm
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Personally, I like the R4 because they run at a higher Rpm. If you can figure out what RPm the custom ones are then you can make a decision. R4s run at max of 2000 rotation per minute (RPM). So that means it can push 69.69 CFM of air flow. The higher the better. Next thing to consider is the noise level. R4s are 19 dBA.

dBA noise levels:
30 Theatre, no talking
20 Whispering
19 dBA <----R4s fall into this level
10 Human breathing at 3 m (10 ft)


I hope this helps!Good luck deciding.
post #3 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by EarlZ;13552299 
A local reseller who also premods these fans with a led color of your choice sells it for like $6 a pop, Im wondering if these fans work well as case fans or even replacement fan on the D14 ?

I wonder how this also compares to the 120mm Coolermaster R4 which is more expensive..

If the Deepcool fan specs are accurate they should do OK for case fans.
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Originally Posted by cheenou77;13552929 
Personally, I like the R4 because they run at a higher Rpm. If you can figure out what RPm the custom ones are then you can make a decision. R4s run at max of 2000 rotation per minute (RPM). So that means it can push 69.69 CFM of air flow. The higher the better. Next thing to consider is the noise level. R4s are 19 dBA.

dBA noise levels:
30 Theatre, no talking
20 Whispering
19 dBA <----R4s fall into this level
10 Human breathing at 3 m (10 ft)


I hope this helps!Good luck deciding.

19 dBA is at ~900RPM and close to 40dBA at 2000RPM. The low dBA rating is highly overrated and more marketing than reality.
Edited by gymenii - 5/18/11 at 3:38pm
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Its the standard windblade the retailer offers changing colors for the LED for just $1 making it $6 per fan. Im thinking of using it as an intake fan 4 of them.. and if I like the sound profile ill get 2 more and slap it on the D14
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The Deepcool fans should make fine case fans, and at $6 each, it's a no-brainer. As for the heatsink, I don't think they will perform quite as well as stock Noctua fans, but I can't find any stats for static pressure, so I'm not sure.
The CM R4's are decent fans, and do well as heatsink fans, but the stats on them are misleading. They move quite a bit of air at full speed, but they are loud at high RPMs. They are also PWM fans, so you need to find the best way to control them.
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Thanks, Ill be getting them as case fans.. Im wondering if the R4 can be a decent replacement fan for the D14.. I need 120mm with LED. I think I'll be keeping the stock 140MM fan the D14 has.. I just want the LED on the fans that dont perform worse than the stock fan but aint that loud either.
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Originally Posted by EarlZ;13562304 
Thanks, Ill be getting them as case fans.. Im wondering if the R4 can be a decent replacement fan for the D14.. I need 120mm with LED. I think I'll be keeping the stock 140MM fan the D14 has.. I just want the LED on the fans that dont perform worse than the stock fan but aint that loud either.

I would look at getting a low speed Yate Loon to add to the heatsink then. They have a good noise profile and should accompany the Noctua 140mm well. http://www.petrastechshop.com/120x25mmfans.html

If you want a really great fan to stick on the NH-D14, look no further than the Thermalright TY-140. http://www.directron.com/ty140.html
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R4's are 3-wire fans. PWM fans have 4 wires. R4's must be controlled with voltage.

The Deepcool Windblade seem to be a nice 9-bladed 1300 rpm fan. I doubt it would add anything to a D14, but you could do some testing. The fan seems nice to use as a case fan. An R4 would be a very loud case fan. I've got two, and they do make noise. It's mostly airflow, though.
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Its fine with me if the deepcool performs exactly like the stock fans, as long as it does not perform any worse.
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