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New fan round-up!

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/05/07/fan-testing-round-12/
wow! is the 2100rpm GT AP-15 really more silent than the noctua 1500rpm!?

ok im genuinely confused. the 2150 ap45 is about the same dB as the ap15, provides more air movement/static pressure and costs $4 less than the ap15!? biggrin.gif

From all the readings its still safe to say the ap 15 are by farthest the quietest and best performing quiet fans?
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When I was selecting my initial fans, I bought about 12 different fans to audition in person. Several Noctua were included because I had a favorable impression of them. That changed after hearing them in person. They are so much louder than other fans moving the same amount of air. They may be well built fans, but they are not quiet fans. I don't have testing equipment like Martin does, but he was kind enough to test them for me. His tests confirmed what my ears heard. Noctua's are not quiet fans.

And the new 2,150 rpm GT's are exciting!
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i wish they had pwm 2150's but they do have the 3000rpm pwm version though.
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but for now im gonna stick with my Switch Helix fans and see how they do when i expand my H220 or go full custom loop.
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When I was selecting my initial fans, I bought about 12 different fans to audition in person. Several Noctua were included because I had a favorable impression of them. That changed after hearing them in person. They are so much louder than other fans moving the same amount of air. They may be well built fans, but they are not quiet fans. I don't have testing equipment like Martin does, but he was kind enough to test them for me. His tests confirmed what my ears heard. Noctua's are not quiet fans.

And the new 2,150 rpm GT's are exciting!

The NF F12 are not quiet at full speed that's for sure. Running them off my case controller at the 2nd highest speed, they are quiet.
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The NF F12 are not quiet at full speed that's for sure. Running them off my case controller at the 2nd highest speed, they are quiet.

But still noisier than other fans running at similar speeds. And much noisier than other fans moving the same amount of air.

Wonder if noctua is still working on those active noise cancelling fans they teased last year.
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But still noisier than other fans running at similar speeds. And much noisier than other fans moving the same amount of air.

Wonder if noctua is still working on those active noise cancelling fans they teased last year.

I don't find them any louder than other fans I have used. This is real world usage of course. A DB meter might say otherwise. I have used Cougars, BGears, Swiftechs, NZXT and many more. Once they are down to a certain RPM, to me they are quiet enough. I have no way to actually measure what they are doing, but temp wise are better than anything I have used on my H220 so far.
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not sure if i should save for the ap-15's or the ap-45's smile.gif
  
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not sure if i should save for the ap-15's or the ap-45's smile.gif

If you got a fan controller or if your MoBo can control voltage, I would go with ap-45. They are pretty much the same as ap-15 with more headroom.

Plus, they're cheaper.
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If you got a fan controller or if your MoBo can control voltage, I would go with ap-45. They are pretty much the same as ap-15 with more headroom.

Plus, they're cheaper.

+1. i believe you can use speedfan to control them if you have no fan controller.
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