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I never go cheap with fans. Last couple times I did that I wasn't happy with the results. I have not tired Yate Loon so can't comment. Xinruilian do look interesting. wink.gif

The YTs are actually the default recommendation on SPCR. At low RPM, the airflow and noise level are one of the best. There are better, but for the price it is quite good.
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Indeed, Yate Loons tend to be very well regarded. You have to buy from reputable sources, as they have some QC issues that vary based on retailer.

As for the Xinruilians, ehume did a nice review on them here and on OCN. Same review, I think. Really close the AP-15.
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I'm not against Yates. biggrin.gif I have a config I like and don't have a need to try other fans. thumb.gif
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post #1224 of 2110
In Australia fans tend to be harder to come by apart from the regular brands. Even Scythe is fairly rare. I use Coolermaster R4's for case fans, turned down they work ok and quiet, and I got them for $8 each.
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If the only Slip Stream you can get is a 1900 rpm, get that and run it at 5v. It comes out to 900-1000 rpm, which is fine. I like SS's best of all the low-priced fans.

 

The GT's are the best of the moderate-priced fans, IMO.

 

If you are not in the UK, where you can order directly from XSPC, or the US, someone else may be selling the Xinruilian fans. Very sturdy.

 

Ultra Kazes. I'd recommend the UK2K's, not the UK3K's. The UK2K's are in the middle of their range, so they should last a long time. UK3K's are noisy, but they do really push air. Overkill, though. UK''s are very sturdy.

 

High ceiling cases: full tower cases. No wind tunnel. But then, you get a full tower case to hold your rad, right? For air cooling you don't need so much room.

 

In items 1 and 4 of my sig you can find studies that include many types of fans.

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OK. My review of the Phantom 410 is up. You can see what I think is important in a case.

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Nice. I'll check it out when I get home from work. Got nothing better to do since my system is Boinc'ing away for the next several days. biggrin.gif
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If the only Slip Stream you can get is a 1900 rpm, get that and run it at 5v. It comes out to 900-1000 rpm, which is fine. I like SS's best of all the low-priced fans.

The GT's are the best of the moderate-priced fans, IMO.

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High ceiling cases: full tower cases. No wind tunnel. But then, you get a full tower case to hold your rad, right? For air cooling you don't need so much room.

In items 1 and 4 of my sig you can find studies that include many types of fans.

If I decide the Slip Stream 1900RPM at 5V, do I need to use 4 of them (2 intakes and 2 exhausts) on my cabinet to have optimal airflow?

For my HAF922 case, is it better to have one top front intake fan (and blocking the rear area) than having a 200mm intake fan in there?
post #1229 of 2110
Hi Ehume, digged your phantom 410 review tongue.gif!
I'm a fellow air cooler and OCFer as well. thumb.gif

Question, do you think the Lian Li pc-a04 could do fine as an air cooled case? I have a noctua nh-c14, and I'm not too sure on how to rig the case.
It comes with two front intakes -kind of at the bottom, but the case is really short so those cover most of it's height- and a rear/high exhaust.
Taking into account that the I have a top down cooler, what would you say is best? rolleyes.gif

Don't know if I can (or if I should) fit a third front intake in the 5.25 bays...some zip ties could work fine, but I'm not sure if it'd fit there. That should make it work similarly to the pc-90...
Edited by ivanlabrie - 5/8/12 at 1:29am
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The only thing I don't like about that case is the position of the top panel fan. Love the completely mesh-free exhaust hole. Adding a fan in the 5.25 bay would be easy. Lian Li makes 5.25 mesh covers and a fan could be secured with zipties or foam. thumb.gif
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