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Got my first batch of Swiftech Helix-120s from Perfromance-PCs in the mail earlier.

They're surprisingly well-made, with a little heft to them -sleeved, too. I reckon they push around 30-35% less air than the stock Corsair fans on my H80. Pretty good fan for the price. Really silent compared to the Corsair H80 stock fans.

Sadly, they don't work well with the Cosmos II's built-in fan controller until it's maxed-out. Won't be getting a dedicated third-party fan controller just yet, though. Still waiting for my Cosmos II's replacement revised fan control assembly. But these aren't annoying at full-blast, anyway, so I might just leave the fans on max all the time. lol.

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Just bought a pair of Helix's and AP15's. Will be interesting comparing them.
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Should I get the GT-AP15 or Helix for my H100?
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I think overall they are fairly similar, but the AP-15's seemed to perform slightly better from what I can tell, but there's nothing scientific in my reasoning. I have both and have used both on my H100, but I seem to have gotten at least a degree or two better with my AP-15's compared to the Helixes.

In reality, I think you'd be fine with either, and if you want to save money, the Helixes will work just fine. Also, the Helixes seem to undervolt better than the AP-15's, so that may be benificial as well if you plan to use a fan controller. I know sometimes my AP-15's made funny noises when undervolted, where as my Helixes never made any such noises.
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I think overall they are fairly similar, but the AP-15's seemed to perform slightly better from what I can tell, but there's nothing scientific in my reasoning. I have both and have used both on my H100, but I seem to have gotten at least a degree or two better with my AP-15's compared to the Helixes.
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I guess I'll go with the Helix. How about the quality compared to the AP-15?
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I'd say the AP-15's are higher quality, where as the Helix just feels more plasticy. The AP-15's are solid and have some weight to them, and just feel like really good quality.
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^ Yea they're definitely weight-ier, and overall better quality - but they're nearly double the price too.
I have 4x of these I'm waiting to put into my case-swap (I've had plenty of GTs in the past), so I'll be sure to post back afterward and put my 2cents.gif in smile.gif
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^ Yea they're definitely weight-ier, and overall better quality - but they're nearly double the price too.
I have 4x of these I'm waiting to put into my case-swap (I've had plenty of GTs in the past), so I'll be sure to post back afterward and put my 2cents.gif in smile.gif

I'll be looking forward to your conclusions smile.gif
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^ Yea they're definitely weight-ier, and overall better quality - but they're nearly double the price too.
I have 4x of these I'm waiting to put into my case-swap (I've had plenty of GTs in the past), so I'll be sure to post back afterward and put my 2cents.gif in smile.gif

They're not double the price, if you shop around or buy them at the right time, GTs can be had for under $15. I got mine for $12 from aquatuning not terribly long ago.
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so hows the Helix vs AP15 thing going biggrin.gif I saw a video on youtube and the helix looked far from quite at 0.25 A
    
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