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Cougar Vortex vs. Scythe GentleTyphoon AP-15, Let the Battle Begin!

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Since I posted another thread comparing between 3 different brands of fans to use in Push/Pull for my H60 setup, I've been directed to 2 Fans in particular

1. Scythe GentleTyphoon AP-15

Specifications:

Speed (R.P.M.) 1850 RPM
Air Flow (CFM) 57 CFM
Static pressure (mmH2O) EDIT: 2.05 mmH2O
Noise Level 28 dB

2. Cougar Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing with Pulse Width Modulation

Specifications:

Speed (R.P.M) 800 - 1500 RPM
Air Flow (CFM) 70.5 CFM
Static pressure (mm H2O) 2.2 mmH2O
Noise Level 17.9 dBA


I need your ideas based on, real life experience or suggestions from others based on real life experience, so that I can make a decision!

Please help me decide biggrin.gif
Edited by 0mar32 - 6/24/12 at 10:37am
post #2 of 39
I've used both of these models in push/pull on my H50 and I wasn't impressed with either one. My problem with the AP-15s is that they make an annoying, high-pitched hum when run at full speed (many others have made the same complaint). Once I turned them down to 8V, the annoying sound went away.

My problem with the Cougars (other than the strange orange color which doesn't match anything) is that they consistently run 2/4*C (idle/load) warmer than the AP-15s at the same voltage. I had to run the Cougars at 12V to match the cooling performance of the AP-15s at 8V. At 12V, the Cougars don't make the same annoying racket as the AP-15s but there is a notable air turbulence noise.

I am currently running the AP-15s at 8V while I search for a suitable replacement.
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I ordered 2 of the cougars in black and I loved them so much because of how quiet they are at full speed and they move a great amount of air. I currently have them on my h100 and I just ordered 5 more for my 600T. Also the dBA goes down more if you use the rubber screw things.
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I've used both of these models in push/pull on my H50 and I wasn't impressed with either one. My problem with the AP-15s is that they make an annoying, high-pitched hum when run at full speed (many others have made the same complaint). Once I turned them down to 8V, the annoying sound went away.
My problem with the Cougars (other than the strange orange color which doesn't match anything) is that they consistently run 2/4*C (idle/load) warmer than the AP-15s at the same voltage. I had to run the Cougars at 12V to match the cooling performance of the AP-15s at 8V. At 12V, the Cougars don't make the same annoying racket as the AP-15s but there is a notable air turbulence noise.
I am currently running the AP-15s at 8V while I search for a suitable replacement.

Finally, someone answered, thanks for answering, I've read similar complaints like what you said about both, so in your situation you fell towards the AP-15 until you find a replacement but you chose the AP-15 in the end!
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I use cougar vertexs in push pull on my h100, very quiet even at 12v, or plugged into the pump thumb.gif
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I use cougar vertexs in push pull on my h100, very quiet even at 12v, or plugged into the pump thumb.gif

Well, I am leaning to the Cougars a bit but I wanted to check out the AP-15 that everyone has been talking about everywhere, I can buy the Cougars now and I do go to Thailand in the summer where they have the Nidec Factory so they have plenty of stock of the AP-15! biggrin.gif
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Just ordered a set of black cougar 120s cuz they are on sale now. Should have them in a few days so if you're not making a purchase soon I'll get back with my review of them. Mine are without the pwm tho, didn't see they point really
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Just ordered a set of black cougar 120s cuz they are on sale now. Should have them in a few days so if you're not making a purchase soon I'll get back with my review of them. Mine are without the pwm tho, didn't see they point really

How much were they and where did you get them ?
post #9 of 39
I was kinda disappointed by AP-15s after reading so many glowing reviews here. They are quiet but the two I used had a faint humming noise that some other fans i've used don't have.

The cougars are VERY nice fans, i've used those in the past but I don't like the color scheme.
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I had both the 1200RPM and the 800-1500RPM Cougars and have two 1200RPM 140mm fans. I absolutely love all of them. I tried both on my Antec 620 I was using on my GPU and they were dead quiet and my GTX 460 never went above 40C, no matter how far I overclocked it and overvolted it. They also were great and quiet on my Hyper 212+, keeping everything a few C cooler than the stock fan and my Scythe Kama Flow 2s and were great as case fans. They easily beat my Scythe Kama Flow 2s and Cooler Master Blade Master and were only matched in silence by my Thermalright TY-140s. The 140mm fans are quieter and much better than my Bitfenix Spectre Pros. I'd recommend the Cougars in a heartbeat. The only reason I got rid of mine is because the Fractal Design Arc Midi only has room for one or two 120mm fans and the front 140mm mounts are picky.
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