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What are the best 120mm and 92mm fans out there that are silent and have good air flow?

My HTPC case SilverStone CW02 has 120mm fans as the exhaust, and 92mm fans for HDD cooling.
I would like to replace them with better ones.

Have a read a lot of good reviews about Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm x 25mm Fan - 1850 RPM
Not sure if there is anything better. These 120mm fans are exhaust fans.

Also please suggest me some good 92mm fans for the HDD's

Here are the link to the HTPC case.

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=138&area=usa
Edited by holyindian - 3/31/12 at 1:30am
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go for the scythe gt....

you can use the scythe gt for multiple things from intake, exhaust, and heatsink and still get nice performance.
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go for the scythe gt....
you can use the scythe gt for multiple things from intake, exhaust, and heatsink and still get nice performance.

Thanks for your reply.

I forgot to mention about Noctua as well.
How are these fans in compared to Scythe GT?

Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004

Noctua NF-B9 92mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608005
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Thanks for your reply.
I forgot to mention about Noctua as well.
How are these fans in compared to Scythe GT?
Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004
Noctua NF-B9 92mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608005

The Noctua colors looks kind of ugly in my opinion...lol.

I've heard some good things about these Noctuas but in terms of heatsink performance...the Scythe GT are better due to better static pressure

there's alot of links about these fans....

http://www.overclock.net/t/1099985/noctua-nf-s12b-flx-vs-scythe-gentle-typone-1850
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The Noctua colors looks kind of ugly in my opinion...lol.
I've heard some good things about these Noctuas but in terms of heatsink performance...the Scythe GT are better due to better static pressure
there's alot of links about these fans....
http://www.overclock.net/t/1099985/noctua-nf-s12b-flx-vs-scythe-gentle-typone-1850

You are correct, just few seconds back, i was reading about how good Noctua's fan work for heatsinks, but Scythe GT's work really good for the cases.
I will drop the ball on the Gentle Typhoos in the morning, after reading a few more reviews by other members on the forum, lets see if they have something better to offer.
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You can get Gentle Typhoons in 92mm as well as 120mm.

 

I own many fans. The front and bottom of my case are limited to 120mm fans (I use 140mm where I can). In the 120mm positions I use only Gentle Typhoons. In my daughter's rig the front 120mm fan is a GT.

 

GT's come 800 rpm (AP-12), 1150 rpm (AP-13), 1400 rpm (AP-14) and 1850 rpm (AP-15). You can even find a 500 rpm AP-11 around in a few places, but it's only for very special uses -- like blowing air over a passive graphics card.

 

Other fans to consider are the 800 rpm and 1200 rpm Slip Stream fans, especially the 800 rpm. They blow more air than the GT's; and you won't need the higher static pressure of the GT's. Three caveats on SS's: they are sleeve bearing fans, so you must lube them before installing them (see my sig), and because they are sleeve bearing fans they should not point their output up; and the higher speed SS's (1600 and 1900 rpm) make lots of noise.

 

Noctua makes fine fans, but their cost is higher and they bring no benefit over the ones I've listed. If they did, I'd be using them.

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You can get Gentle Typhoons in 92mm as well as 120mm.

I own many fans. The front and bottom of my case are limited to 120mm fans (I use 140mm where I can). In the 120mm positions I use only Gentle Typhoons. In my daughter's rig the front 120mm fan is a GT.

GT's come 800 rpm (AP-12), 1150 rpm (AP-13), 1400 rpm (AP-14) and 1850 rpm (AP-15). You can even find a 500 rpm AP-11 around in a few places, but it's only for very special uses -- like blowing air over a passive graphics card.

Other fans to consider are the 800 rpm and 1200 rpm Slip Stream fans, especially the 800 rpm. They blow more air than the GT's; and you won't need the higher static pressure of the GT's. Three caveats on SS's: they are sleeve bearing fans, so you must lube them before installing them (see my sig), and because they are sleeve bearing fans they should not point their output up; and the higher speed SS's (1600 and 1900 rpm) make lots of noise.

Noctua makes fine fans, but their cost is higher and they bring no benefit over the ones I've listed. If they did, I'd be using them.

Thanks for all the tips and detailed explaination.
I was looking into 92mm Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans, but it seems they have been discontinued two years back. Although 120mm AP-15 is still available.
What else matches the performance/comes near to the Scythe GT for 92mm fans? Any alternate?
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Kama Flow 2 have been well-reviewed and are available in 92mm.

 

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Kama Flow 2 have been well-reviewed and are available in 92mm.

The 92mm fans will be attached for cooling the HDD, not sure if it is push or pull, i still have to receive the case, which is on its way through amazon.
However, will the Kama FLow do a good job for the HDD's?? or do u recommend anything better?
Edited by holyindian - 3/31/12 at 6:03pm
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Not really too familiar with 92mm fans.

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