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Can you guys recommend a few current good fans that I should look at? [ I am currently off reading, but a lot of these posts seem to be from 2012 so I wanted to throw out a "help me" post]

I've been out of the game for a while, simply because the machine has been too good to mess with. Which is great really. But now that it's winter, I need to do a little maintenance including replace these fans. I have been using 16x of the gentle typhooon 3000 RPM. 120x25mm. The more powerful black ones -not the normal gray ones. That are pretty darn loud, rather deafening at full power. I keep them around 2000 rpm at 6V. Lately it's really been bothering me, now I just have 8 of them on. I've lived with it for a long time but really they've been too loud since day one.

Time to change them out. I'd like to move to a considerably quieter fan, and really do not need near as much airflow as these put out (even at the reduced usage as stated above). But I don't want dead ones that move no air either. The only other fans I've owned were those brown noctua's which were silent but the airflow was a borderline joke. Something good in between there somewhere perhaps. I need 16 of them, so it's just going to be expensive even if they are cheap fans. rolleyes.gif

Thanks for any help. thumb.gif
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Thanks for any help. thumb.gif

What is your case?
post #2703 of 2709
What smihydan said. Much better to know the details before givng advice. thumb.gif

The AP-29 are great fans. Have you considered converting them to PWM? The internal PCB has the PWM terminal so all that is needed is to add the PWM lead and PWM plug. With a PWM splitter you can easily run 8-12 fans on motherboard PWM signal with 12v power and ground from PSU molex or sata socket. Can do the same with another 8-12 using GPU PWM signal. Info to using PWM in link in sig.
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Case is the original Case Labs TH10. Machine details are in the sig. I am using two of the lamptron FC5V2 fan controllers, with two fans in a Y on each knob. It works pretty well, not really interested in PWM and running wires into the motherboard. I have 4 on each radiatior, 4 venting into the case on one side, 3 on the other side and 1 on the back.

AP29, yes, that's what they were called. They are good fans for sure, just too loud for me anymore. At one point I had the whole thing in a closet, but I've moved houses and I no longer have said closet to contain the noise. And these are 4 or 5 years old so a couple have developed nasty vibrations. It's time to move on.

I don't really need a lot of airflow, just more than those Noctua NFP-12 fans gave out.
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post #2705 of 2709
GTs are probably the best all-around fan, but sadly no longer readily available.

EK has a new fan out. The EK-Vardar
http://www.ekwb.com/news/548/19/EK-announces-new-high-pressure-120mm-fan-EK-Vardar/

There's a thread running about it and geggeg is checking them out and reporting his findings there. Maybe they would be good.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1526843/does-ek-just-resurrect-that-good-old-gt-ap-15/0_20

Sorry I can't be more help. I use mostly 140mm fans as I haven't been using H2O is many years. Couldn't keep up with the costs and air does the job for me just fine.
post #2706 of 2709
Yeah, they certainly were the real deal at the time of purchase. I figured by now there'd be a whole array of fans that have came out and are "better".

I'm with you on moving away from water, I really should, I'd be fine. I just have too much invested in it to quit now. But I should... rolleyes.gif

Thanks for the suggestions, I will take a look. Any other suggestions are appreciated. thumb.gif
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GTs are probably the best all-around fan, but sadly no longer readily available.

They are still readily available, you just have to know where to look wink.gif

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They are still readily available, you just have to know where to look wink.gif

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Thanks, I know they are out there .. just not as handy as others. thumb.gif

Most everything I do is 140mm now so not a problem.
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Thanks, I know they are out there .. just not as handy as others. thumb.gif

You're welcome smile.gif

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Most everything I do is 140mm now so not a problem.

In that case, take a look at lowfat's mod for 140mm GTs!
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