So I got my Prolimatech USV 140mm, it's so cute and thin, but wow put a filter on it and it may as well be off. What is this fan's intended purpose? Exhaust where you're lacking space for a 25mm?
Originally Posted by Abula
This is where we all are different, for me there is no single fan that i have used ever that over 1k rpm is not noticeable, but we all have different needs on cooling and we all have different tolerances to noise, many just don't care or they accept what they hear as part of their envoirement, but to me at 1850rpm they are not quiet and i own 7 on antec 1200, but the GT undervolt great, so there is room for everybody.
I'm with you, 1000rpm is a tonal threshold period, there is not one single fan out there that is silent or very quiet over that. Even at 1000rpms most fans are noticeable. I tried AP 15s because of all these people saying they're quiet at 12v. I don't think I'm acoustically sensitive but you've got to be kidding me, AP 15s at full rpm are unbearable. And you have to keep maintaining those things with squirts of fluid. And they cost $20+. Yeah they move air, and through barriers. But I think they are waaaay over-recommended.
Personally I think rosewill hyperboreas are a better choice, a lot cheaper, no maintenance, good airflow and pressure. Not that I can stand to run those at full rpm either. If you're undervolting AP 15s you may as well get these IMHO.