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I need 6 fans.

6 yates are 23usd and 6 AP's are a whooping 123USD. The fans are for RX360 radiator.

I know AP15s are better, but does 100USD worth 1-2C tops difference in water temps? With that $ difference you could add another RX360 with yates and have even better temps
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Which Yate model are you looking at?
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D12SM-12

Model: D12SM-12
Air Flow: 70.5 CFM (sketchy yes, but sooo cheap)
Fan Speed: 1650 RPM
Noise Level: 33 dBA
Current: 0.30 Amps
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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.
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Originally Posted by stonetrap View Post

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.
Plus a fan controller is always useful.

Yes im buying the fan controller, i burned mine yesterday with a stupid phobya 4 x 3 pin cable. So im replacing it
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What fan controller was that?
I'm running 4 AP15's off a single channel on a Lamptron FC3.
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I'm going to vote the yates here. The AP-15s are popular here, but IMO they just don't justify their price, you're not going to see a HUGE jump going from yates to AP-15s, certainly nothing comparable to the price jump. If budget is important, Yates are pretty unbeatable in the price/performance department, and you can afford to buy twice as many fans VERY easily, giving you spares for if/when one fails.
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What fan controller was that?
I'm running 4 AP15's off a single channel on a Lamptron FC3.

I burned the sunbeam extreme, but thatcs because the fan cables shorted. Glad didnt put it in expensive hardware.

I guess with the savings from the APs ill get a another Rx360. Question is will a D5 pump handle 3 triple rads and a block?
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I'm going to vote the yates here. The AP-15s are popular here, but IMO they just don't justify their price, you're not going to see a HUGE jump going from yates to AP-15s, certainly nothing comparable to the price jump. If budget is important, Yates are pretty unbeatable in the price/performance department, and you can afford to buy twice as many fans VERY easily, giving you spares for if/when one fails.

twice? Lol more like five times more fans
Edited by douglatins - 3/20/12 at 10:12am
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Quote:
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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.
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