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post #11 of 21
yeah, these are 1100 rpms, they would be terrible if they did make noise, i want to hear reviews about the higher rpm versions of this fan
   
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post #12 of 21
Does anyone think either these or the sp120's would be better fans than the intake fans that come with the Obsidian 550d?
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post #13 of 21
Wonder what bearings are these. If they're rifle/sleeves then I don't think the high price is justified; just go with Yates or GTs instead.
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post #14 of 21
they are hydraulic bearing, and if they are quiet they would be worth the price imo.
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post #15 of 21
what a lot of people do not realize here: there is a market for people who want their fans to be as clean sounding as possible. Obviously a 1100rpm fan won't be very noisy. So if "pretty quiet" is enough you dont need to search through a million fans, because there are plenty of cheap options, These fans are not for you guys!

But if you want a fan with next to no (motor/bearing) sidenoise, because that's the only thing you can hear at lower rpms, things get a little more difficult.
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post #16 of 21
For radiator I think AP-15 is still better. See videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcXcz2VU0Q4

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slQyPkLzUSY&list=UUsbEu6VBEkjQn-hVFFJSqow&index=5&feature=plcp

At all sound levels the AP-15 are pushing more air through the radiator. I decided to go with AP-15s for my H100. This was a test of high speed versions but results probably hold for AP-13 vs Corsair QE.
post #17 of 21
bought 5 of these and a fan controller for my build, i hope these move more air than my cheap noisy fans
post #18 of 21
As for fan cases, I think these are pretty terrible at moving air.
For water cooler radiators, you need fans with higher pressure to push through tight spaces, but as for fan cases there's not much (excluding grills or mounts) to push or pull restrictions that would require high pressure.

I don't know. I'm no engineer, just thinking about these kinda hurt my head.
post #19 of 21
I have 9 of these fans, only 7 are installed at the moment, because that's all I could fit in my case, power wise at least. Getting a NZXT fan controller soon, so who knows what crazy thing I will do with the extras.

4xCorsair SP120mm QE
4xCorsair AF120mm QE
1xCorsair AF140mm QE

I think it's quiet enough but since I feel like a huge Corsair Fanboy, I am wanting to order a Noctua to see how it compares to them and maybe another highly recommended fan. I don't have a lot of money now but in the future, I will definitely consider other fans, even though these fans do very well for me.
post #20 of 21
got my fans put in, and my ambient temps dropped quite a bit, so far so good, and silent!
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