Originally Posted by stonetrap
The AP15's will last longer and are better built besides the difference in temps.
It's not the best analogy but imagine an MDF/plywood IKEA table and a carpenter's solid wood table. They both get the job done, but one is something that will last for alot longer and could
take a little more abuse.
For instance I put my finger in a 2200RPM yate and it broke the blade off the fan. With an AP15 it's harmless.
Saying that if you're buying 6 maybe get high speed yates and a fan controller? You'll still end up saving money compared to the AP15s, and they perform around the same, albeit louder at full tilt.
I can't say what the lower speeds are like but the high speeds are practically silent at ~70% on my external rad.
Plus a fan controller is always useful.
I'd agree with the longevity comment. I'm not sure what the MTBF is for the Yates as I couldn't find it listed anywhere with a quick search of the net.
The AP-15 are rated for
100,000 h / 35°C or 60,000 h / 60°C
*1,850 rpm Model 55,000 h / 60°C
Most lower quality (cheap) fans are rated for more like 10,000 - 30,000 hours (about 3 years 24/7 use) (from personal experience) which is 10 times less than the AP-15 @ 35C.
If you factor that into the cost the AP-15 make more sense.
I would definitely be interested to see MTBF on the Yates for comparison.Edited by Sparhawk - 3/20/12 at 10:15am