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I need some suggestions for a 120mm fan that can move large volumes of air and stays under 30 decibels. The fan doesn't have to have PWM control but as long as I can do ehume's PWM mod, it will be fine. If it's possible to access the bearing like in ehume's lubricating guide, that would be great too.

I'm looking at the NB-Multiframe S-Series M12-P but it's expensive. My budget will probably be $20/fan.
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post #2 of 22
Scythe Ultra Kaze, Kama Flow 2, CM Sickleflow, or Zalman F3. Those will bring you tha most CFM (~20) at ~ 30 dBA. Look for prices, and whatever is cheaper and has PWM, buy it

But there are no wonders. High CFM means high noise, thats just how it works
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LocutusH View Post
Scythe Ultra Kaze, Kama Flow 2, CM Sickleflow, or Zalman F3. Those will bring you tha most CFM (~20) at ~ 30 dBA. Look for prices, and whatever is cheaper and has PWM, buy it

But there are no wonders. High CFM means high noise, thats just how it works
This is true.

Another set of possibilites:

Cooler Master Blade Masters
Scythe Slip Stream PWM medium

The PWM mod only applies to the highspeed Gentle Typhoons. I suppose an AP-29 would fit your specs.

But why do you need a high performance fan? Usually only cpu fans need high performance. Case fans need to be quiet.
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post #4 of 22
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Well, if you guys consider getting high performance fans overkill (the word seems so obsolete when I'm here), what would be some good ones for me? I'm planning on getting a BitFenix Shinobi right now (I want something that has reverse ATX so I can create a wind tunnel for my cpu. Yes, I saw your guide ehume. Great guide. Still need to give you some rep) and want to put in an 8 core BD and 2 gfx cards along with possibly 8 hard drives for 2xRAID 10 arrays. Going to spend a lot of time folding, gaming, or doing photoshop.
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post #5 of 22
The Blade Master is a good, cheap PWM fan but it is quite loud at full speed. But, at 2000 RPM, that's really par for the course.

Gentle Typhoons tend to be quieter than other fans at the same RPM, but they are also more expensive.
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i love my blademasters, also my sickleflows as well. yate loons are cheap and also good but might be loud?
   
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post #7 of 22
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I've heard that they've gotten pretty loud when spinning close to maximum speed.
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post #8 of 22
You may want to look at this fan if you wish to stay under 30db and maintain good airflow.
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post #9 of 22
Quote:
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You may want to look at this fan if you wish to stay under 30db and maintain good airflow.
1600 RPM with a standard blade design...highly doubt that fan will be less than 30 dBA in real world use.

Most manufacturers are overly optimistic when rating the noise level of their fans. Delta is one of the few manufacturers that actually publishes realistic noise ratings.
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post #10 of 22
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^They perform well but the trade-off is the price and sound.
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