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Depends on what Amazon you have. tongue.gif

Amazon.com (US version) lol. I do see those black on black Phanteks there...very pretty.
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120mm Fan #79 - Phanteks PH-F120MP:





This review has been a long time coming. I was excited to test this thing as it looked really promising, but I am a little bit disappointed at the end of it all.

The performance is very close to the Noctua NF-F12, so in that regard, it's a very good option to have, specially considering that it costs about 50% less than the Noctua. It also, in my opinion (and probably most of you as well), looks a lot better than the F12.

I was hoping for higher levels of performance from the PH-F120MP given its unorthodox blade design, but it is what is it, placing itself in the middle of the pack.
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While PH-F120MP makes similar noise at rpm as others, it moves more air at same noise level.

Amazon link to PH-F120MP
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Maybe, it doesn't stand out in any of my tests though. Arctic Cooling F12 PWM (In push), for example, is 2.4 dBAs quieter while being 0.8C cooler.

In push/pull, the P12 is a little bit warmer but much quieter.
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Arctic F12 are amazingly good for the price.

Might have something to do with test system. That or simple margin of error. +/-2c or 2dB is well within margin of error, even if 2 test systems are all identical components. Test system using different cooler / radiator could easily make 2c 2dB difference .. the difference in blade designs may react differently when used same cooler / radiator than on yours. I only have one to play with and comparing it to GT Ap-14 on H80 radiator I'm seeing /hearing little difference in airflow and sound measurements. Definitely not enough to say one is better than other. I need to put it on a CPU or try them both on air cooler before I make final decision, but I'm strongly leaning toward ti being a tie.
Edited by doyll - 6/23/16 at 12:55am
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! Much appreciated... That being said since your damn good at this I'll throw another wrench at you...

I have $190 worth of Amazon credit just sitting there. It looks like they have the normal color GT's there. Any Amazon-specific recommendations? Thanks again! thumb.gif

Coolerguys have an Amazon storefront, so the 2150rpm PWM GTs would absorb some of that credit. Not as sexy as the all black Darkside GT editions, but still far better performing than the pretenders some old dogs are flogging here. biggrin.gif
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GT AP-14 may be only 1450rpm, but it performs same as the 1850rpm GT up to 1450rpm.biggrin.gif Depends on if extra rpm is needed .. along with extra noise levels
A certain black tail might come up missing while asleep! tongue.gif
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Coolerguys have an Amazon storefront, so the 2150rpm PWM GTs would absorb some of that credit. Not as sexy as the all black Darkside GT editions, but still far better performing than the pretenders some old dogs are flogging here. biggrin.gif

Thanks for the suggestion. What are your feeling about EK-Vardar F4-120ER's? From what I can see their pretty comparable to the GT's but black w/ sleeving.
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Thanks for the suggestion. What are your feeling about EK-Vardar F4-120ER's? From what I can see their pretty comparable to the GT's but black w/ sleeving.

Yes, they're comparable in terms of performance and more blingie. They are not comparable in terms of the noise profile. The GT bearings are superior - they sound smooth and innocuous. All the Vardars I have, are a little (or a lot) noisier for a given airflow, but the character of the noise is more annoying - more peaks and resonances. Hard to explain in words - but once heard, it's obvious. GTs, there is no substitute. biggrin.gif

If you want the best performance with the lowest noise and with the bling - gotta pay up for the Darkside GTs with optional sleeving.

However, as totally objective and important my opinion is to me, you don't have my overly sensitive ears - you have your own. Good fans are a sound investment (a free pun with every one).

Suggest if the budget permits (hell, even if it doesn't) to buy one or two of the top 3 candidates and audition them for yourself. That way you make the best possible choice - the internet can't make the best choice (unless it's for GTs) for you. The bonus is that you get to start your own collection of closet fans. That's real status symbol of true fans of fans. tongue.gif
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Maybe, it doesn't stand out in any of my tests though. Arctic Cooling F12 PWM (In push), for example, is 2.4 dBAs quieter while being 0.8C cooler.

In push/pull, the P12 is a little bit warmer but much quieter.

I've got the AC F12 PWN in push underneath my Silverstone NT06-Pro and let me tell you, nearly dead silent at 1150RPM, full speed its a little more noticeable but definitely a great fan!
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