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Notcuas + Krylon FTW?
As long as it isn't on a radiator. Noctuas are pretty ugly.
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As long as it isn't on a radiator. Noctuas are pretty ugly.
Noctuas are damn sexy, hands down
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Noctuas are damn sexy, hands down
Until you open your eyes.
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When I was trying to decide on fans to use on my Megahalems I realized that specs on fans sold to consumers can't be trusted (fans sold to industry tend to be accurate).

So I tested a bunch of fans, head to head. Results in item 1 of my sig. More recently I tested 140mm fans. See item 4 in my sig.

My case sits 20 inches (0.5m) from my right ear. It must be quiet. I can choose from nearly any fan. I have the 800 rpm Gentle Typhoon AP-12 in front. When I gave my daughter a choice of fans for the front of her own case, she chose . . . my AP-12. I had to get another one for myself. She explicitly passed up two Yate Loon lowspeeds (LED and non-LED) to pick the AP-12.

For 140mm fans, the T.B. Silence was the quietest, but the Slip Stream 140 (Kaze Maru 2) was essentially just as quiet (you can't hear a 1dB difference) but cooled 3.3c better.

Although I love my AP-14's (I have six of them), their claim to fame is that they are the best balance of noise and output of any fan I know. They are not the quietest of fans, as you can see by my choice of front fan.

For quietness, stay away from any fan running over 1200 rpm. So, no R4 need apply.

Overall, the best balance in 140mm fans is the TY-140, and it is a PWM fan as well. Among 120mm fans, The Gelid S12 and the Nexus Real Silent are very good. The PWM versions of those fans should also be good, but I haven't tested them yet.
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lol if ap-14's arent considered "silent" (i dont think a 0dB fan is possible..) then i dont know what is, they are pretty much inaudible at full speed
They might be inaudible at full speed while 5 other 1600rpm fans are going at the same time, the TV is on, and seven Vietnamese hookers are screaming at the top of their lungs outside your window lol. They aren't loud fans, but they are FAR from silent.

No 1450rpm 120-140mm fan on the planet is silent lol. Most fans are silent around 600rpms if you are in a quiet room and have decent hearing.
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Until you open your eyes.
Your opinion is yours. Same thing for me but I just said this guy should have a look at them as noctuas might actually appeal to some.
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and seven Vietnamese hookers are screaming at the top of their lungs outside your window lol.
Holy 'mokes, where the heck do you live?
    
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beleave it or not, the fans with the best DBa to CFM ratio is probably this... 66.5 DBa for 252.8 CFM... not exactly quiet but a realy high ratio ... also, this is an absolutely silent fan for how much air it pushes ... now on a more serious note... the yate loons are probably the best you will find for silent fans
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