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I am new to liquid, though I am in the process of doing mass amounths of research. I'm wondering what to look for in a fan when it comes to cooling a rad. From what I'm assuming it's the CFM of the fan. Also, is a setup like this most efficient for cooling a rad?

Air-->fan-->shroud-->RAD-->fan

I'm trying to get a cool setup that's not massively loud without a fan controller. I'll be using the XSPC Rasa 750 and replacing the fans. (cooling CPU only for the moment) Thanks in advance for the help!
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post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by kdb424 View Post
Air-->fan-->shroud-->RAD-->fan
Yes, seems correct.

When looking at radiator fans, the important specifications you want to compare are CFM and static pressure. CFM = how much air it can push, and static pressure = capability of it to push air through turbulence (like radiator fins).

The most popular fan that is recommended here is the Gentle Typhoon AP-15 ($15 each).
Alternatives include Yate Loons ($7 each).

If you're going for a flashy design with lighting effects, the Gelid Wing 12's (UV reactive, and the newer model is UV reactive + four LEDs) are a very nice fan in construction quality, performance, and silence. They are just on the pricey side ($18 each).

Or you can cheap out like me and buy LED CM 120's ($7 each)
But don't do that, I will probably regret it in the long run.
Edited by kiwiasian - 5/23/11 at 4:41pm
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2nd gt 1850 or ap-15 (same) . good presser low noise My 5200rpm hard drive is louder.
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I've heard good things about the Yate Loons, and that seems very affordable. I'm hoping for blue LED as I am keeping the blue took in my antec 900 case. Are the Gelid Wing's worth the money in your opinion (if you have them)
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I've heard good things about the Yate Loons, and that seems very affordable. I'm hoping for blue LED as I am keeping the blue took in my antec 900 case. Are the Gelid Wing's worth the money in your opinion (if you have them)
Yate Loons are good fans but they are a little on the noisy side. I haven't used them myself but I've heard that they are comparable to the Antec Tricools.

I don't own Gelid Wings, but I would never buy them.
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When looking for fans I would first decide on what rad you are going to be using. Some rads require different fans.
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When looking for fans I would first decide on what rad you are going to be using. Some rads require different fans.
XSPC Rasa 750 kit with the 240 RAD they have in it.
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XSPC Rasa 750 kit with the 240 RAD they have in it.
Is this the RX or RS..??
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I copied and pasted. What's the difference I meant to ask.
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post #10 of 17
RX = thicker radiator
RS = thinner radiator

The RX radiators would favor fans with higher static pressure.
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