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Replace noctua fans? How?

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EDIT: Due to title change, see post 4 onwards...

Hey guys, i have the Noctua NH-U12 heatsink. I also have ap-15s . You reckon i should swap them out? Replace the two noctua fans with two ap-15s? Ive just tested them out and they do give out more air than the noctua ones and are only a touch more noisy.

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Edited by 8564dan - 8/17/11 at 1:08pm
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I say you should swap them out, but do a before and after test with loaded temps, see which runs cooler.
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I say you should swap them out, but do a before and after test with loaded temps, see which runs cooler.
Yep...well with the noctua fans i hit 90C on load . So with better thermal compound (shin etsu X23) and better fans i hope they drop . I will post the results.
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I cant figure out how to put the ap-15s on. They dont work with the brackets. I dont how i would use cable ties either. Any help?
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post #5 of 6
You can cut the corner things off with a combination of a hacksaw and pliers.
post #6 of 6
The other fans may push more air, but the Noctua fans have those notches cut into the blades which are supposed to push the air through the heatsink foils much better (so they say). So in theory, the Noctua fans might produce better results at lower rpm.

I would advise doing a before and after temperature test under full load just to know for sure if you are actually making an improvement.
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