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I'm really picky about my case fans. Due to some good news today I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on redoing my case fans again. Along with it I will be picking up a cathode which has been long needed as well as some sound proof material. I wanted to get some opinions on the products.

Before opinions are stated, I have always been very picky about my non led fans and how they look. For example, noctua fans look ugly and I refuse to put them in my case. For my cpu cooling, I ended up deciding on two of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-083-_-Product

And for the rest of my case which I prefer led fans for I decided on these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-056-_-Product

My current fans are xigmateks, the xlf series which move around 60 cfm + or - a little. Unfortunately, these products were not out at the time, and it looks like a very nice boost in cooling without getting really loud. Does anyone have any input on30db fans all around in a case? How much will this sound proof foam help:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30500

I will be getting two 140mm of the aerocools as I have two 140 slots in the tops of my case. I believe the 140's push slightly more air than the 120's that will go in the front of my case. Thank you for any input and opinions.
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Both fans have good specs +1000 RPM and up to +80 CFM. One thing I would like to point out on the COOLER MASTER Excalibur is the holes around the rim of the fan. I am not sure if those will reduce air flow since it doesn't have that tunnel effect.

Edit: I use Scythe fans and I love 'em. Some of the best fans IMO
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As for the hols on the side, this is what coolermaster has to say about it, and I will be operating all fans at 100 percent. Might be a little loud than what I'm used to but hopefully that sound reducing foam will help.

"Honeycomb ventilation meshed frame:
- Low speed operation works as a secondary intake to increase airflow.
- High speed operation helps to reduce noise by releasing excessive turbulence and vibration. "

Also, from the reviews I have read, the mesh style on the outside of the fan doesn't seem to keep it from performing by any means, especially since it is rated at about 85 cfm anyway. Figured I would post and see what people thought. Still waiting on something about sound proof foam though before I actually checkout. I don't see anything wrong with the fans at all, but I sure do like to the OCN's voiced opinion on the matter.
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Before you decide, you may need to read this or this.
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The Excalibur is cr*p, from what people have said in reviews and in private conversations.

I love my AeroCool Shark 14 - at 7v (the downvolting adapter comes with the fan). Zero clicking, right down to 5v.

Kaze Maru work very well, and do not click when downvolted.
Kaze Maru 2 (Slip Stream 140) click when downvolted, but there are enough speeds that one need not use a fan controller.

Yate Loon D14SL-12 and D14SL-124B are excellent 140mm case fans.

I use Gentle Typhoons for my 120mm case fans. Slip Streams are OK, too.

With all sleeve bearings, lubricate them before you put them to use, them re-lube once a year or so. See item 3 in my sig.

As for using all 30dB fans for intake, you'll soon be joining the official OCN Loud Rig Club (it does exist).
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in the video, if the thing with the mic on top is reading the dba, it starts at 31 before the fan is even turned on. The specs say up to about 30dba at its full potential of about 85cfm. Even after reading those posts and watching that video, some of the stuff seems to be wrong in the tests. 30dba will be an increase of what I have now, so I am getting some sound proof foam for it to try to even it out, however, I don't think that 30dba will bother me as I have dealt with it before with default antec and lian li cases. I imagine the sound proof foam will help quite a bit.

Also, the videos also do not test it when it is inside the case, which reduces the noise as it is. The videos make it seem louder than it actually will be in a real situation. Although, they are good links to get an idea, but out of the charts, I found a lot of things that did not match the specs at all. specs say a max of 30dba and the charts in the links for the excaliber say well above that posting it at 60. There is no way.
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The Excalibur is cr*p, from what people have said in reviews and in private conversations.

I love my AeroCool Shark 14 - at 7v (the downvolting adapter comes with the fan). Zero clicking, right down to 5v.

Kaze Maru work very well, and do not click when downvolted.
Kaze Maru 2 (Slip Stream 140) click when downvolted, but there are enough speeds that one need not use a fan controller.

Yate Loon D14SL-12 and D14SL-124B are excellent 140mm case fans.

I use Gentle Typhoons for my 120mm case fans. Slip Streams are OK, too.

With all sleeve bearings, lubricate them before you put them to use, them re-lube once a year or so. See item 3 in my sig.

As for using all 30dB fans for intake, you'll soon be joining the official OCN Loud Rig Club (it does exist).
Yeah, the sharks look nice for front and top fans, but I will power them at full power. Sound reduction foam will help me a little here, and I also have my 3 front and 2 top fans on a fan controller. cpu will always be at 100 so I will have two of those excaliburs on it. Judging from the specs, that fan can move serious air, however, its dba is around that of the sharks. The sharks you have at 7v push as much air as my xlf fans right now at 100 percent. I am looking for more cooling in my case, and I will have to give up some silence for it, which is why I will be setting my case up with that foam. Those sharks are the first led fans I have seen that can honestly perform, and its a relief to see. I won't put ugly fans in my case though, so since I am stubborn about that the excliburs will have to do. Cant find anything that looks better.
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Did some more looking at that fan thread, and I do keep questioning 30dba all around. I do like my silence. I am sticking to fans I chose still, but for now I think I have chosen to stick with the fans I have, and only replace the fans on my cpu cooler.

I will be getting two of those excailburs for my h70 to increase airflow and attempt to lower some temps, sound proof foam to try to balance the sound out.

Also, I read some threads on positive airflow, and since I have two 140mm fans in the top of my case, it might benefit me to make the one towards the front of my case an intake fan, but I will not be able to remove my rear fan due to my cpu cooler. From what I have been reading this will at least creat more of a wind tunnel and get me slightly better cooling so I will do some testing when the fans get in.

Here are my current fans around my case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233046

Those are also on my h70 as of right now, but I really would like to see some better temps out of it so I will be getting those new fans. Any updated opinions would be much appreciated. If anyone has some input on sound proof foam, that would be much appreciated as well. Thank you OCN.
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I ordered two xcaliburs for my prolima megahalem in the past. When I installed the push pull setup, I thought i did something wrong because of the noise.

These fans do not blend well with obstacles. I ended up using one of them as an exhust fan.

I dont know which ones to suggest, but dont use them for the cpu cooler.
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I say fans from Xigmatek & Artic Cooling are good fans never had any problems with them
    
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