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Excellent work man, I'm moving my hardware to the T60, if I cant use my NH-D14, I would use a Megahelms Black, so your bechs are my guide right now.. thumb.gif looking forward for the review on the corsair's SP120..

Thank you. I'm glad this is helping people out.

I ordered a pair of SP120s a while back alongside a pair of AF120s. The AFs arrived safe and sound but I'm still waiting on the SPs. - Sad Face -
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Fan #14: Noctua NF-F12:

Overall, I'm kind of dissapointed with these fans. Compared to their older brother, NF-P12, they're noisier with marginally better cooling. The result is that it can not beat the NF-P12s in noise to temperature rating scenarios.
I must add though, these fans are built to push air as far as possible as you can tell by the name "Focused Flow", so maybe their not suited to cool down a tower heatsink. Don't get me wrong, the performance was great, it's just that i'm comparing them with the NF-P12s and they are coming up short. It's basically sacrificing noise for airflow.
The annoying buzzing/whining noise is back again when operating these fans in either pull or push/pull configs.
Were those the original or updated NF-F12s?
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Wow, that's a nice idea, it's a bit hard to choose the right fans, especially on a budget.
   
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Were those the original or updated NF-F12s?

Didn't know there was an updated version. At any rate, I've bought these fans before, and bought another pair 2 weeks ago for this review. I have to say that the packaging was totaly different. I'm guessing they are from different revisions. The ones in these tests were the latest.
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Fan #15: Silverstone SST-FN121-BL:



Quite unremarkable. Rather load for the amount of cooling they offer. These ones have blue LEDs. What else... oh and they come in a box.

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Eh, no Sickleflows? Not very complete or comprehensive if you leave out these very popular fans.
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Eh, no Sickleflows? Not very complete or comprehensive if you leave out these very popular fans.

You can ask everyone here "what is the most popular fan" and you'd get different answers. The fact that I've rarely heard of them doesn't really make it "popular" in my book. This is a work in progress project, more fans will be added as I aquire them.

Your negative feedback is noted.
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Didn't know there was an updated version. At any rate, I've bought these fans before, and bought another pair 2 weeks ago for this review. I have to say that the packaging was totaly different. I'm guessing they are from different revisions. The ones in these tests were the latest.
I think there is a newer version of those fans, I am not 100% sure.
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You can ask everyone here "what is the most popular fan" and you'd get different answers. The fact that I've rarely heard of them doesn't really make it "popular" in my book. This is a work in progress project, more fans will be added as I aquire them.
Your negative feedback is noted.
I used to have some sickle flows. They were pretty loud and the LEDs were awful. I ended up tearing the LEDs out of them, and eventually just abandoning them.
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Fan #16 - Silverstone FM121:



Pros: Incredible noise to temp rating when used in push or p/p while opertaing at the lowest RPM settings. They beat everything else I've tested to date and are very very quiet. They come included with a fan controller that you can install on a 3.5" bay.

Cons: Very inefficient in terms of noise to temp rating when operated at full speed. Very loud, they move alot of air, but still very loud. The fan comes with three, yes three, connectors, which complicates things. One molex and molex passthrough to power the fan, one signal cable that you can connect to your motherboard to monitor the RPM, and one weird 2-pin cable to connect the included fan controller. I don't know about you, but that's just very busy to me. To top it all off, none of the cables are braided or come in black so overall, it's a bit of a mess.

Other thoughts: They are relatively cheap. They go for just under 12 CAD on Direct Canada (Don't know about prices in the US). The blades (Shape, numbers, etc), the hub and the frame look identical to the last Silverstone fan I tested, the SST-FN121-BL. The latter has LEDs and a fixed RPM motor.
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Thanks, you're very kind, but I will need at least a pair to do a proper test. I'll buy them in the near future.

Only a few places carry them (yet) and most are in the US I got mine from Performance -PCS (direct link) I thought I would offer because the shipping is the killer on these.
    
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