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post #1 of 11
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I'm thinking about replacing and adding fans for my rad with something thats quieter as i hate noise, ruins my gaming -.-

I know really nothing about air cooling or telling how good fans are aside from Db rating. So you guys have any suggestions?
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Best noise / performance 120mm fans by far are the Scythe Gentle Typhoons. Pretty much every other fan performs very similarly on a noise / CFM basis with a few, bad, exceptions.

Don't pay too much attention to the manufacturer's specs, most of them have a very liberal understanding of test proceedures.

Check out Martin's round 6 fan test for more details.
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post #3 of 11
For radiators/heatsinks, the (Scythe) Gentle Typhoons 1150rpm or Noctua NF-F12 are most likely the best option. Because of their high air pressure combined with low noise. There 'may' be other fans with comparable performance, but none of the readily available ones that i know of.

Don't be fooled by CFM numbers. High cfm are good for case fans running in free air. But for radiator fans which have to push air between the closely packed fins, high static pressure is more important.
post #4 of 11
The only other fan I see mentioned in the same breath as the GT are the Cooler Master Blademasters. Not so much for the noise, but the static pressure is pretty decent.
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Noctua NF-F12s or Scythes.
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post #6 of 11
Do you have any test results for the NF-F12 on radiators? The NF-P12 was very poor, and it doesn't look like the blade design has changed much on the F12.
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post #7 of 11
I have seen test results from a german forum, where the F12 was tested on a Thermalright shaman heatsink with closely packed fins. It performed incredibly well, producing better temperatures then coolermasters blademaster or the TY-140, despite the former running at higher rpm and the latter being a larger fan.
If you look closely, you will see that the blade design on the F12 is quite different from the one on the P12. Plus, there are the stator-fins mounted at the outlet.
Keep in mind that the F12 has a max rpm of 1500 and is designed for low noise. So i'm not suprised that it can not keep up with louder high-rpm fans.
Edited by Stompy - 3/1/12 at 11:03am
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I have seen test results from a german forum, where the F12 was tested on a Thermalright shaman heatsink with closely packed fins. It performed incredibly well, producing better temperatures then coolermasters blademaster or the TY-140, despite the former running at higher rpm and the latter being a larger fan.
If you look closely, you will see that the blade design on the F12 is quite different from the one on the P12. Plus, there are the stator-fins mounted at the outlet.
Keep in mind that the F12 has a max rpm of 1500 and is designed for low noise. So i'm not suprised that it can not keep up with louder high-rpm fans.


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post #9 of 11
erm i would go down delta route, i know your thinkg wow they are noisey, but they arent and have immense static pressure and airflow bar none. check out the delta afb series will do you good and are easy to control unlike the ffb's (dont plug into motherboards)
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post #10 of 11
Out of wild curiosity, I haven't been able to find much at all on the Cougar line of fans in terms of rad performance. Any of you know otherwise? I have some just for airflow through my case, and they are very impressive, quiet and powerful. I don't know about their static pressure though.
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