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doing a push/pull threw a 120x120x38 radiator and the fans i currently have on are to noisy and under performing.

I am looking for a good fan in terms of cooling rad's with a noise level of a moderate humm

these are what i have in mind

cooler master r4
sythe slipstream
couger cf
xigmatek XAF

i searched far and wide for scythe gentle typhoon but no one sells them anymore. atleast not at a price i would pay for a outdated fan.
post #2 of 13
do you know the dBa rating for your current fans?
do you know around what dBa you'd want for these new fans, that'll help narrow it down a lot
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What fans do you have now? Are you looking for Push/Pull. 12V or 5-7V? I have R4s in my 58mm RAD and there are good. Also have Wing 12s and they are even better. I tun them @ 5v.
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Originally Posted by Itsonme View Post

doing a push/pull threw a 120x120x38 radiator and the fans i currently have on are to noisy and under performing.
I am looking for a good fan in terms of cooling rad's with a noise level of a moderate humm
these are what i have in mind
cooler master r4
sythe slipstream
couger cf
xigmatek XAF
i searched far and wide for scythe gentle typhoon but no one sells them anymore. atleast not at a price i would pay for a outdated fan.

cooler master r4 - I own six of these fans, and they are great, but they don't run at their rated 2000rpm. All six of mine that I have owned have run around ~1,600 - 1700rpm.

xigmatek XAF - Haven't used this particular fan before, but I currently use five of their 120mm fans as my case fans and they are fantastic. They are rated for 1,500rpm and all five of them run at ~1,500rpm. So if this fan is anything like their 120mm, it should be good. Though the $24.99 price tag for this 140mm is kinda ridiculous.

The scythe gentle typhoons are not outdated by any means. They are still the best fans for radiators. They are hard to find because they go out of stock fast. I bought two AP-15's yesterday when they were finally back in stock from Frozencpu and within thirty minutes of purchasing them they were out of stock again lol.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by konoii View Post

The scythe gentle typhoons are not outdated by any means. They are still the best fans for radiators

...ebm papst, nmb panaflo, san ace /sanyo denki, comair rotron, sunon, delta...
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...ebm papst, nmb panaflo, san ace /sanyo denki, comair rotron, sunon, delta...

Cause a high RPM Delta or Panaflo (aka all of them) would be very quiet...
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post #7 of 13
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right now im using r4's in my case, and i want the Db rating under 25.

i like the r4's but im hearing such great reviews on the couger CF. people say they are quieter then the gentle typhoon and push more air. if you watch THIS the guy says at the end when he compares them that the cougar sounds less "motor like" and clearly pushes more air. The bad part is he doesn't have a way to measure pressure.

TBH im kind of sold on the couger's i will probably buy 2 of them and if they are as great as he say's i will buy more in the future
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Originally Posted by Snowmen View Post

Cause a high RPM Delta or Panaflo (aka all of them) would be very quiet...

You are assuming high rpm. Not all models of those brands are 'high rpm' / high noise fans. What matters for a radiator fan is higher static pressure. Which is something all of those have. Medium speed ebm papst or panaflo work very well for radiators. They also are not very loud.
For example the panaflo FBA12G12M1J produces 86.5 cfm at 35.5 dBa or the ebm papst model W2G107AD01-48 produces 94.2 cfm at 44 dBa.
Additionally you can undervolt them. At 7 volts they are very quiet yet still move plenty of air with good pressure.
Also, not all noise is the equally annoying. These 120x38 fans tend to have a (to me - this is all subjective right?) less annoying sound than high speed 120x25 fans. This is something that is probably impossible to measure but I am sure is very real. Imagine fingernails on a blackboard sound - at 30dB it is probably still a lot more annoying than generic fan noise at 40dB.
Edited by nub - 3/11/12 at 2:34pm
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is a rated 1.73mm static air pressure good?
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is a rated 1.73mm static air pressure good?

guess i should mention 1.73mm or .68 inches and using h20
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