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Depends if you want awesome silence or not. There's a point of diminishing returns all the time; but that's with everything.

Why get a GTX 680 when you could just go down to med in some games and still get 60 FPS with a HD7870? It's just one of those things, you pay more to get more with some products. But value for your money isn't strong in the high end.

My point was based on the fact that I've never seen a study giving a direct comparison with GT fans, that actually showed them to have worse performance and sound characteristics than the competition.
     
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My point was based on the fact that I've never seen a study giving a direct comparison with GT fans, that actually showed them to have worse performance and sound characteristics than the competition.

GT's don't make much airflow noise based on the design, which is why people say they are quiet. Personally, I've used the AP-14 and 15 and they both had a super annoying motor hum that drove me nuts, I could hear it from the next room as it was just the right pitch. However, I did just buy the AP-45's which are the newest ones, and they do not seem to suffer from that humming problem. I have 8 of them on my rads and at 1200RPM I can not hear them unless I put my head right up to the case. Good enough for me, my whole machine makes around the noise of a gently breeze and I'm happy with it.
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My point was based on the fact that I've never seen a study giving a direct comparison with GT fans, that actually showed them to have worse performance and sound characteristics than the competition.

Not sure why but GTs are touted as some godly fan on OCN. GTs aren't anywhere near the best fan, but very far from being a bad fan. GTs are kind of an older generation fan that was made very well compared to the rest.
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Not sure why but GTs are touted as some godly fan on OCN. GTs aren't anywhere near the best fan, but very far from being a bad fan. GTs are kind of an older generation fan that was made very well compared to the rest.

I don't blindly follow the advice of other people, there are plenty of reviews that show just what a good balance of cooling and quiet sound they offer. These are some of the more extensive comparisons I've found:
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/120mm_and_140mm_fan_comparison,19.html and
http://martinsliquidlab.org/2010/11/04/120mm-fan-testing-on-an-mcr120-radiator-round-6-summary/ (this one's a little old).

Also, Ehume's testing showed them to be excellent performers. In my personal experience they have been better than any other fan I've tried. I find their sound signature to be far less objectionable than other popular models. Granted, I do not have experience with fans selling for >$20 but I haven't actually seen a review where any of them were worth paying more for. The fact that GTs can be purchased for so cheap on sale, when other high-end fans normally go for more, sealed the deal for me.

With that said, I'm completely open to trying something else if I should see a reason to do so. I was merely pointing out the fact that I have yet to come across reviews that really show other fans to be that much better using objective data. From what I have seen, other fans are generally a compromise in either cooling or sound.
     
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Does voltage matter here? Won't overload the splitter or cut the voltage down the split?

Voltage is the same across the circuit, you just have to supply enough amperage for all fans. Should be fine here.
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Voltage is the same across the circuit, you just have to supply enough amperage for all fans. Should be fine here.

So just have a normal amperage power supply and I'd be fine I guess. So just why away from the 300W power supplies? thumb.gif
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You could use a 300w psu if it's modern and high end anyway...depends on the rest of the components. Unless you use fans like mine (39w each), you won't have a problem cause of fan power draw.
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Yikes! Your fans are 39w each... wow. Didn't know they draw that much power.

I'd be using Fractal R2 140mm fans, and those two Gelid Silent 140mm I ordered.
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Yikes! Your fans are 39w each... wow. Didn't know they draw that much power.

I'd be using Fractal R2 140mm fans, and those two Gelid Silent 140mm I ordered.

Mine are 3.3a rated fans...220cfm and 5300rpm. Most fans are nowhere near close to that so don't worry! biggrin.gif
Just read the rating on the sticker and multiply the a value by 12v to get the real wattage. If your mobo headers can handle them you won't need a controller, just read the manual for that info and the labels for the amperage.
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My point was based on the fact that I've never seen a study giving a direct comparison with GT fans, that actually showed them to have worse performance and sound characteristics than the competition.

 

I'll put it this way, since I don't wanna dig out data or give spoilers.

Certain fans have the same or better static pressure, produce more air, and are a tad quieter.

 

That doesn't mean GT's are bad though. Since some of those fans cost $20-30 USD. For a single fan. GT's you can pick up for $15-18, so almost half the price of some of the high end fans.

 

GT's are not "Godly" fans. They're just a good balanced offering that most folks can use in a multiple of situations, and an easy recommendation since the build quality & product are very consistent due to their server oriented nature.

 

That's one thing you'll find about Nidec, Delta, Panaflo (Panasonic, NMB-Mat, Matushiita), & Sanyo Denki (San Ace) fans, they are consistent products. As these are OEMs/ODMs who primarily focus on products for the server market. High Reliability and consistent performance & build quality.

Which again, is part of the reason GT's were originally so highly regarded.

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