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Basically I'm looking for the quietest 120x25 fan I can find with red LED lighting. Right now I'm using Cooler Master Sickleflows at 1100RPM, and I can barely hear them. Unfortunately what I do hear is the motor ticking, they're quite pronounced and sound like a miniature diesel motor is in my PC.

I wouldn't rate my setup to be totally silent, but with the D5 on flow setting 1 I can't hear the system over the background noise around my apartment with the exception of the fan ticking. I would really like to keep the lighted fans.

Is there anything that can match the Sickleflows for performance when they crank up AND keep the red LED? I'm controlling them with speedfan so when the system get stressed they turn up to 2000RPM which is roughly 70CFM with 2.94 mmH20 (they move a LOT of air). If there is nothing I guess I will keep these, it seems like the vast majority of LED fans are cheap-o designed for looks more than performance.

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Edited by Scorpion49 - 11/5/11 at 11:14am
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I dont get this fascination with 'silence'. "Lets make our cars as quiet as possible so you cant hear sirens with the windows up", "i have a fan in my PC and it keeps the neighbors up 3 doors down and i only have it on 500rpm!"...

How many of these things do you have? I have right now, 2 Yate Loons running full tilt on my 240 rad and i can hear them, but i dont notice them. Right now they are a bit loud cause i need to clean the filters, but after that, i can barely hear them, and i have excellent hearing.

But seriously, why does it need to be so quiet? Ive used R4's, Gelids and Yates and i like them all. Turned all the way up. Gelids are the quietest though, i can hear my Zalman 92mm CPU cooler over a 120 and 92mm in my server.
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Originally Posted by Furball Zen;15581850 
I dont get this fascination with 'silence'. "Lets make our cars as quiet as possible so you cant hear sirens with the windows up", "i have a fan in my PC and it keeps the neighbors up 3 doors down and i only have it on 500rpm!"...

How many of these things do you have? I have right now, 2 Yate Loons running full tilt on my 240 rad and i can hear them, but i dont notice them. Right now they are a bit loud cause i need to clean the filters, but after that, i can barely hear them, and i have excellent hearing.

But seriously, why does it need to be so quiet? Ive used R4's, Gelids and Yates and i like them all. Turned all the way up. Gelids are the quietest though, i can hear my Zalman 92mm CPU cooler over a 120 and 92mm in my server.



Every day I go to work and listen to the sweet sound of T56-A-427's/ GE T700-401C's/F-414's blast my eardrums with up to 183dB of hot air. Ever had your ears peak out into just white-noise ringing?

Every day I drive my 695 RWHP whipple 3.4 2003 Cobra with long tubes and full 3" exhaust that is so loud I can barely hear my radio and enjoy every second of it.

Every year when my hearing is tested, I'm reminded that continuing the way I am right now I might need a hearing aid by the time I'm 30 because of all the time I've spent with the constant noise on the flight decks of some of the finest warships the US Navy has to offer.

So yes, I like silence in my house so I can listen to the mariachi music being blasted by all of my neighbors as loud as their dumpster-dived boomboxes will go. Got a problem with that?
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I use the Enermax TB Silence series. They are quiet at low speed. You do hear them at full speed. Its not the fan that is making the sound. Its the grills, fins that you hear when the air flow past them. More restriction, the louder the noise will be.

http://www.enermax.com/home.php?fn=eng/product_a1_1_1&lv0=4&lv1=32&no=147

Yes I prefer silence in my system, fan controller works for that purpose.
I have 3 of those in my system. 1 exhaust and 2 on my Hyper 212.
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I understand this obsession with silence, hence my R3 + Noctua cooler+fans build. When ignorant people think about a powerful PC, they think about insane gaming performance, fast boot-ups and tons of noise. Some of us just wanna show them that not every PC have to run like a vacuum cleaner in a box, instead they can be as quiet as a meditating monk. Or maybe some of us just wanna hear our music and our videos, not our fans.

Yate Loons have some Red LED fans and they move a decent amount of air, so they are worth checking out.
    
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It's been a while since I was in the market for fans, but from what I remember, Yate Loons had a fairly quiet model with LED's. Also, CoolerMaster has another fan that people always swore by. I believe the R4's?
 
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http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=273&area=en

My friend uses these and are quite good actually.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pez;15582279 
It's been a while since I was in the market for fans, but from what I remember, Yate Loons had a fairly quiet model with LED's. Also, CoolerMaster has another fan that people always swore by. I believe the R4's?

The R4's are loud as hell!
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These are very quiet. And have red LEDs. And are Prolimatech. I believe that's a holy trinity. smile.gif

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14148/fan-761/Prolimatech_Red_LED_Vortex_14_140mm_x_25mm_CPU_Fan_87_CFM_181_dBA.html

EDIT: Oops...they are 140mm. Don't know if that's a problem... redface.gif
Edited by Dorkseid - 11/5/11 at 11:10am
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Thanks guys, I was browsing through all the offerings I could find on sites like Newegg and Amazon, nothing turned upt hat really seemed to beat what I have already. I'll check into those Yate-Loons. Forgot to mention they have to be 120mm X 25mm. I knew I was forgetting something. They go in here:

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3;15582210 
I use the Enermax TB Silence series. They are quiet at low speed. You do hear them at full speed. Its not the fan that is making the sound. Its the grills, fins that you hear when the air flow past them. More restriction, the louder the noise will be.

http://www.enermax.com/home.php?fn=eng/product_a1_1_1&lv0=4&lv1=32&no=147

Yes I prefer silence in my system, fan controller works for that purpose.
I have 3 of those in my system. 1 exhaust and 2 on my Hyper 212.

The TB silence is sort of like the Magma isn't it? I have a few of those and they were good fans, just no LED. I like my LED's biggrin.gif

EDIT: they seem exactly like magmas but at a lower RPM. I'll plug one in and undervolt it to 1200 and see how it is. This may be a winner.
Edited by Scorpion49 - 11/5/11 at 11:12am
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