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What are the best fans for high CFM and low DB in these sizes?:
80 mm
120 mm
140 mm
200 mm
230 mm

i'm looking to add all possible fans to my HAF X (currently being shipped)
Edited by itzzjason - 8/13/11 at 7:39am
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80 -Not sure don't know any
120 - Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15, or maybe NoiseBlockers
140 - Probably the NF-P14 FLX from Noctua, although my Xigmatek 1454's move a load of air, and were quite cheap
200 - CM Storm Force
230 - Not sure don't know any
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80 -Not sure don't know any
120 - Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15, or maybe NoiseBlockers
140 - Probably the NF-P14 FLX from Noctua, although my Xigmatek 1454's move a load of air, and were quite cheap
200 - CM Storm Force
230 - Not sure don't know any
thanks i'll check those out
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post #4 of 9
The 120mm gentle typhoon ap-15 i know is (one) of the best. The others, i have no idea.
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post #5 of 9
with scythe I find 140 is the sweet spot
finding places to mount could be problematic vs the common 120
scythe does have 140 fans with 120 holes
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post #6 of 9
The bigger the fan, the slowest it can spin (and produce less sound) while giving the same CFM as a smaller one, so you should aim for 140-200mm fans, and not go lower than 120mm unless your case is too small.

A good 120mm alternative would be GT's, even ho the AP-15's would be too loud, expensive, and hard to find. Maybe the AP-13's would fit the bill better.

THere are some nice 92mm silent fans with pretty good CFM, like the Artic F9 fans. I have two of them on my HTPC (i have the PWM version tho), and they're very silent and move around lots of air. I expect the Artic F12's (120mm fans) to follow the same trend, but got no experience on them.

80mm... do not use them. Some might be good, but are noisy as heck. My San Ace 80mm fan is a prime example of that. That thing can spin up to 5k RPM 12v, and it sounds like a jet. Hell, even on a fan controller on lowest speed (around 7v), you can still hear it. To really tame it, i must use a fan controller and a 12v-7v resistor. But it moves more air than my stock Corsair fans on my H70.
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post #7 of 9
Take a look at this. Because the CFM ratings given by websites and companies are often a load of crap!

Source:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ng-thread.html - GREAT THREAD
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post #8 of 9
If you think you need an 80mm fan, you need to think again. Small fans mean big noise and little airflow.

For case fans, if you have a 120x120mm window, use a 140mm fan with 120mm screw holes, like the TY-140, the Slip stream 140 / Kaze Maru 2 (500 and 800 rpm fans give decent to good airflow for little noise). If you have a larger space, use the largest fan that will fit.

For 120mm fans the Gentle Typhoon 800, 1150 and 1450 are the best fans for quiet airflow.

Check out items 1 and 4 in my sig for fan comparisons. Also, reviews here, here, and here.
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