Originally Posted by MicroCat
Welcome to GT week on OCN.
At 120mm, suggest the 1850rpm PWM GTs. At least 6dB quieter than the SP120 with slightly better performance at lower rpm. GTs have a far more pleasant noise profile and much better build quality. In case you missed the link in my previous posts, Darkside PWM GT
or the 2150rpm PWM version from Coolerguys
. The 120 EK F4ER is another high performance option.
For performance at 140mm, the Noctua NF-A14 IPPC-3000 PWM delivers. It also spins down to 350rpm on PWM, so it can run quietly too. The EK F3ER or F4 are solid high performance options too.Thermalbench IPPC-3000 test
Check the tests on the first page of this thread too. The IPPC-3000 performs the best of the 140mm fans tested - at the expense of noise. Any 140mm fan above 2000rpm is going to be on the loud side. Not my cup of cooling. I've stopped chasing the lowest temps and prefer to get the lowest temps with the least amount of noise.
Which...looking at your rad area and only cooling the cpu, you should be able to have both low temps and low to moderate noise. What are the load temps currently with the 5960?
Thanks for the info. At 4.5ghz + 4.2ghz cache @ 1.3v or so my temps are decent. In the mid 30's idle, and on full load with like Cinebench or such i get up in the mid 70's. But once i go to 4.6ghz i need to push 1.4v to get stable, and that ends up with me hitting mid 40's idle and mid 80's under Cinebench load. And i ordered a 4.4ghz binned I7 6800K from siliconlottery; gonna test it and see how it does and sell my 5960X if i can get the 6800K to perform as well in multi-core as a stock 3.5ghz 5960X since i'll theoretically get better single core perf on broadwell-e while keeping "Most" of the multi-core perf for a lower cost than i can sell the 5960X for. The thing is, Broadwell-E is even MORE hot! The dense 14nm process means higher voltages rack up heat even worse than on the 5960X. And i'm only guaranteed the 4.4ghz bin at "1.34v or lower. The "or lower" means its just a placeholder, so it'll likely be more like ~1.3v - 1.34v range to hit 4.4ghz, but i'm wanting to hit 4.5ghz on it at a safe for 24/7 voltage and temperature, and its looking like i might have to climb to the max safe voltage of about ~1.4v to get a 4.5ghz overclock, so i'm wanting to keep my temps as low as possible to really maximize my overclocking potential and curb the heat output.
I really do like the Gentle Typhoons, especially the new black ones from darkside. Although i am doing a white oriented build so i love the look of the white ring on the SP120's etc.. Right now i have four SP120, so i suppose i could just swap all four of those onto my top 480 rad, ditch the cheapo fans, and then run three GT 120's on my front 360 rad. I did have four of the 140mm Noctua NF-A14 ippc's a while ago, but iirc they weren't PWM so they couldn't spin down and ended up returning them to amazon.
I got a FANTASTIC deal on the four SP120 i have already though, got them on NCIX's amazon site for....brace yourself....$5 for a pack of 2...bought two packs...should've bought TWENTY pack lol.
What's your opinion on these for a 140mm fan. Been interested in them for their black/white color scheme which matches my build but can't find a lot of info on them: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835129076
Trying to find a not super expensive quiet radiator optimized 140mm especially since getting three GT's will run me ~$75 with shipping already. Kinda thinking of getting like a Mo RA3 nine fan external rad or something and maybe just running it "passive" till i can afford more fans lol.Edited by DarkIdeals - 6/25/16 at 5:32am