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post #21 of 51
I use Bitfenix Spectre Pro fans. In my Bitfenix Shinobi build, I have 2x120mm Spectre Pros used as intakes on the front running at 7v, and for exhaust I have 2x140mm Spectre Pro red LED fans for exhaust at the top of the case also running at 7v.

In my everyday build using a Silverstone SG05 case, I have a Spectre Pro white LED 120mm installed at the front running 7v. Quiet and decent at cooling as well as looking good. thumb.gif
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post #22 of 51
i have 3 cooler master sickleflows 120mm as intake, 2 at the front and 1 on side aimed at gpu, antec tri cool 120mm exhaust and antec big boy 200mm roof exhaust, everything in my case stays very cool and isnt that loud imho.. where is your case kept on desk next to you or ender just curious cos of noise??
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I currently have 4x NZXT RF-FN140LB 140mm case fans (62cfm), 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm rad fans (103cfm), and 4x Koolance 120mm rad fans (107.4cfm). I will be switching the case fans to Bitfenix Spectre Pro PWM 140mm fans which push up to 122cfm with 2.8mmHg static pressure at maximum. This is in a Switch 810 case, with a 420 rad in the top (push pull) and a 240 rad in the bottom (push pull), and I am experimenting with the case fans orientation but I think I will be removing the internal HDD Cage Fan to better fit my reservoir, so good airflow (or large volume) becomes even more important.

I would suggest going with 140mm fans over 120mm if you have the option, as they simply have the ability to move more air at a lower fan speed.

A few guidelines I go by, regardless of size:
- Static Pressure is the most important factor in an intake fan that has any possible obstruction (HDD Cage, Filter, or even a mess of wires)
- Airflow Volume is the most important factor in an exhaust fan as they generally have one mostly-minimal restriction, the case's rear fan grill
- Never mount an expensive sleeve bearing fan horizontal, or any sleeve bearing fans you can't afford to replace
- Positive Pressure is generally more appropriate than negative pressure (always exceptions, not a hard rule)
- Large fans (200/230/etc) are good for keeping air moving in a case but their generally awful static pressure limits their usefulness as an intake fan where there is anything significantly obstructing airflow
- Front+Bottom Intake and Top+Rear Exhaust is NOT always the ideal configuration
- EXPERIMENT! Try out numerous configurations to see the effects on each component's temps before deciding
   
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I currently have 4x NZXT RF-FN140LB 140mm case fans (62cfm), 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm rad fans (103cfm), and 4x Koolance 120mm rad fans (107.4cfm). I will be switching the case fans to Bitfenix Spectre Pro PWM 140mm fans which push up to 122cfm with 2.8mmHg static pressure at maximum. This is in a Switch 810 case, with a 420 rad in the top (push pull) and a 240 rad in the bottom (push pull), and I am experimenting with the case fans orientation but I think I will be removing the internal HDD Cage Fan to better fit my reservoir, so good airflow (or large volume) becomes even more important.
I would suggest going with 140mm fans over 120mm if you have the option, as they simply have the ability to move more air at a lower fan speed.
A few guidelines I go by, regardless of size:
- Static Pressure is the most important factor in an intake fan that has any possible obstruction (HDD Cage, Filter, or even a mess of wires)
- Airflow Volume is the most important factor in an exhaust fan as they generally have one mostly-minimal restriction, the case's rear fan grill
- Never mount an expensive sleeve bearing fan horizontal, or any sleeve bearing fans you can't afford to replace
- Positive Pressure is generally more appropriate than negative pressure (always exceptions, not a hard rule)
- Large fans (200/230/etc) are good for keeping air moving in a case but their generally awful static pressure limits their usefulness as an intake fan where there is anything significantly obstructing airflow
- Front+Bottom Intake and Top+Rear Exhaust is NOT always the ideal configuration
- EXPERIMENT! Try out numerous configurations to see the effects on each component's temps before deciding


what happens if you mount a sleeve fan horizontal? and what is static pressure?


thanks
post #25 of 51
Technically the bearing is not made to be mounted that way - so it's self lubricating design may fail to function causing premature failure.

Personally I have had some mounted like that for four+ years with no problems but that's what people say - "Don't do it or your fans will implode!" After four+ years the cheap 2$ 80mm fans I got off ebay did stop spinning, but it happened to all of them within a few months not just the ones mounted horizontally so I really can't say it has made a difference for my PC.

Hopefully some other members who have had this cause a real problem will chime in, maybe even with an explanation as to what exactly happened to their fans due to the orientation.

Edit: Also if you really want to avoid sleeve bearing definitely expect to pay up..... and do your research - many "alternative" bearing types are in fact only a slightly modified sleeve bearing with a different name and most of the same drawbacks.
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Sleeve bearings can last a very long time in any orientation, you just have to be willing to remove them every 6mo or so and relubricate with a few drops of 3-in-1 oil, or my preference, 0W30/40 Redline Group V synthetic motor oil.
   
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I have actually done that, but it's only ever been necessary on the above mentioned ridiculously cheap 2$ ebay fans - regardless of orientation. They will start to buzz like crazy - if you give em a good smack it will stop - but adding a bit of oil reduces the need for frequent smacking....

However on the Yate Loon fans I own I have never needed to take them out for any reason other than installing a liquid cooled radiator so I don't think this is the case with every sleeve bearing fan. The nine I originally ordered have been going for over a year now just fine regardless of orientation. Heck two of them mounted horizontally are even missing two blades each due to my own inept handling - the shake a bit due to the lack of balance but are in fact still quiet because they are mounted with rubber. Even off balance the bearing has yet to give out or begin making noise - and they've been running out of balance for almost six months now.

The twelve I more recently got are all 20mm slim fans and I haven't had them more than a month so I can't say if they will ever need me to lube em up or not, but I hope they turn out to be similar quality to the original 25mm regular ones I ordered.
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I have 6 Thermaltake fans from 2003 that still work perfectly thanks to regularly being lubricated.
   
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I have 6 Thermaltake fans from 2003 that still work perfectly thanks to regularly being lubricated.

So moral of the story is: If it seems dry, don't be stingy with the lube! wink.gif
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So moral of the story is: If it seems dry, don't be stingy with the lube! wink.gif

I live my life by that rule! thumb.gif
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