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I might just go with the turbine version of the vortex then, some other thread of fan testing says theyre identical in specs. Except the turbine has a rifle bearing which just wears out faster
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To be honest, RPM have got nothing to do with noise most of the time. Some fans barely make any noise at 1500 RPM while others would deafen you. It all depends on how much air they move as generaly speaking, the more air a fan can move, the louder it will be.
I'm not sure what you'd consider loud but 38 DB is where I kind of draw the line. I have to note that I test these fans on an open bench so the generated noise is far more noticable than if they were running inside a chassis.
Sticking to the 38 DB sweetspot, I'd say go for the NF-P12s if you have the money, if not, then Cougar CF-V12HBs would be my next choice IF you were to position the rad vertically in your chassis as they are known to make weird noises when you run them horizontally. Nothing I've tested can touch the P12s. They are in a class of their own even though the color scheme is still questionable.

I thought the AP-32 is better than the P12 for PWM radiator fans?
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To be honest, RPM have got nothing to do with noise most of the time. Some fans barely make any noise at 1500 RPM while others would deafen you. It all depends on how much air they move as generaly speaking, the more air a fan can move, the louder it will be.
I'm not sure what you'd consider loud but 38 DB is where I kind of draw the line. I have to note that I test these fans on an open bench so the generated noise is far more noticable than if they were running inside a chassis.
Sticking to the 38 DB sweetspot, I'd say go for the NF-P12s if you have the money, if not, then Cougar CF-V12HBs would be my next choice IF you were to position the rad vertically in your chassis as they are known to make weird noises when you run them horizontally. Nothing I've tested can touch the P12s. They are in a class of their own even though the color scheme is still questionable.

I thought the AP-32 is better than the P12 for PWM radiator fans?
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Never heard of AP-32.

Never heard of Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-32, the high speed version of the infamous AP-15?
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Never heard of Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-32, the high speed version of the infamous AP-15?

Advice was asked based on what Cyclops has reviewed, not one every fan that exists.
post #447 of 2610
Ap29 and ap31 ring a bell...what's ap32?
3000rpm and 5400rpm respectively.
I think most 80mm rads have low fpi, in the order of 8 or 9, so you shouldn't have trouble with even swiftech helix fans for 6usd.
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Yeah the rad im using is 10 fpi and 80mm thick but greatly benefits from higher cfm and static pressure but i'm trying to build a silent computer
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Martinm (can't recall his exact nick) favors the modded for pwm ap29 for this exact scenario.
Can be as quuiet as an ap15 at same rpm but can also revv up if needed.

Edit: thatt guy at xs, he owns the site mmartin's liquid cooling lab
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Great review..... Have me rethinking my Fan selection. learned things I didn't know, thanks!
 
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