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Just so you know, the manufacture's specs are often inaccurate or blatant lies.

People buy Noctua because of the hype of the brand. From my experience, the Noctua is a bit quieter than the Cougar at low rpm, and seem similar at high rpm. Noctua also includes a lot of nice accessories in their packaging. Those numbers don't tell you everything. You must also understand that a fan can sound very different when you hold it and when it is attached in a case. When I compared the PWM versions of the Noctua and Cougar, the Noctua did not have the ticking sound a typical PWM fan has. Don't forget about the tone of fans; different tones and pitches stand out more to our ears even though they might be at the same noise level. A dB test would not test that. In some ways, the Noctua are worth it.

Also, why would have you a side fan at 1600 rpm during idle?! I also highly HIGHLY doubt a 2000rpm fan can stay at 19dB. I'd be surprised if it can stay under 30dB.

Many times, you get what you pay for. From that perspective, I'd be highly doubtful a cheap $8 fan can do as well as a $20 fan. From my experience, cheaper fans are made cheaper and are significantly louder than more expensive fans.
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Just so you know, the manufacture's specs are often inaccurate or blatant lies.
People buy Noctua because of the hype of the brand. From my experience, the Noctua is a bit quieter than the Cougar at low rpm, and seem similar at high rpm. Noctua also includes a lot of nice accessories in their packaging. Those numbers don't tell you everything. You must also understand that a fan can sound very different when you hold it and when it is attached in a case. When I compared the PWM versions of the Noctua and Cougar, the Noctua did not have the ticking sound a typical PWM fan has. Don't forget about the tone of fans; different tones and pitches stand out more to our ears even though they might be at the same noise level. A dB test would not test that. In some ways, the Noctua are worth it.
Also, why would have you a side fan at 1600 rpm during idle?! I also highly HIGHLY doubt a 2000rpm fan can stay at 19dB. I'd be surprised if it can stay under 30dB.
Many times, you get what you pay for. From that perspective, I'd be highly doubtful a cheap $8 fan can do as well as a $20 fan. From my experience, cheaper fans are made cheaper and are significantly louder than more expensive fans.

Hmm, yeah that's good stuff. Thanks.

I guess I am getting the cougar 120mm, and I have a fan controller, so I am not taking advantage of it's PWM, so I lower every fan in my system to 50% when not in game, and 85-100 while gaming, so the noise is okay, but yeah it could cause vibrations, but the Cougar seems like it has good material.

AH the r4 sickleflow is making so much noise. Even at 50%, at 100% it seems it's at 30dba. mad.gif I guess its vibrations, and other stuff, so if I get the cougar, would my ears bleed?

The cougar I had in mind was this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553002

I found the same exact one, but in black:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553006

Is there a difference? Why does one have soo much less reviews? Black one is faulty? I hate that orange color, won't go well in a black case.
Edited by Aregvan - 4/15/12 at 8:51pm
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Try a shroud in between the R4 and your honeycomb mesh. Trust me.
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Is there a difference? Why does one have soo much less reviews? Black one is faulty? I hate that orange color, won't go well in a black case.

I think that the black versions are much newer. I really like mine a lot! fyi, the orange corner portions of the cougar fans are just stuck on, you can peel them off if you want an all black fan. Thats what I did with mine wink.gif
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Try a shroud in between the R4 and your honeycomb mesh. Trust me.

Will later tomorrow. Thanks!
But don't have any shrouds frown.gif

I did put this (ordinary mouse pad)
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between the screws and the fan. I cut maybe 1/3 by 1/3 inch and put it between the screw and fan, but little help. When I did that the first time with the 140, it helped a bit.

But this is unbearable. The fan is old and rustled, when I flip it horizontally, I hear loud clicks.
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I think that the black versions are much newer. I really like mine a lot! fyi, the orange corner portions of the cougar fans are just stuck on, you can peel them off if you want an all black fan. Thats what I did with mine wink.gif

oh sweet okay thanks!

But the corner thing helps right? It's rubber?
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yeah, like silicon rubber. well, you can leave the mounting side ones on (since they will be hidden) and if you wanted, use those rubber screw replacement things to mount the fan. I haven't had any buzzing or noise from mine that I can hear using regular screws
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yeah, like silicon rubber. well, you can leave the mounting side ones on (since they will be hidden) and if you wanted, use those rubber screw replacement things to mount the fan. I haven't had any buzzing or noise from mine that I can hear using regular screws

Alright thanks man!

Also when it is in Max volume, does it have any distinct noise? I mean compared to it just being turned on in air instead of against the panel?
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I would avoid getting PWM fans. Make sure they are 3 pin if you have a fan controller. PWM/4 pin fans tend to make clicking noises.

I don't recommend using the Cougar as a side case fan. Something with a slower rpm would be nicer since very high airflow from the side will disrupt the direction of other airflow. You want things moving in one direction.
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I would avoid getting PWM fans. Make sure they are 3 pin if you have a fan controller. PWM/4 pin fans tend to make clicking noises.
I don't recommend using the Cougar as a side case fan. Something with a slower rpm would be nicer since very high airflow from the side will disrupt the direction of other airflow. You want things moving in one direction.

Oh I see.
What do you recommend?
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