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Cougar Vortex, Swiftech Helix, Rosewill RFX-120. I'm sure there are a few others I'm forgetting.
Seems like none of them come close to the AP-15 in silence and performance except for the vortex's, but i want to mount my fans in a horizontal position so i don't think those will work.
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Seems like none of them come close to the AP-15 in silence and performance except for the vortex's, but i want to mount my fans in a horizontal position so i don't think those will work.

I've had the Vortex in both horizontal and vertical without issue. The Swiftech Helix are close in noise to the AP-15s. There's a side by side in a Caselabs case on Youtube that I saw not too long ago that compared them. The Rosewill RFX is fantastic as long as you don't run it on max. Ehume recommends them frequently and runs them in his case.

Also, check out some sound clips of the AP-15 before considering them. I can't own them because they emit a high pitched whine that drives me insane.
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@Tator Tot
did you ever have a chance to look into the kama flow 2 fans from Scythe? Or do you know wich OEM they are from/if their FD bearing is good quality?
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I already know what a ap-15 sounds like as i have one for my 120mm radiator, at 90% speed it doesnt make any whine but at 100 it makes a terrible resonating sound as you described so im fine with having them at 90
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@Tator Tot
did you ever have a chance to look into the kama flow 2 fans from Scythe? Or do you know wich OEM they are from/if their FD bearing is good quality?

 

Not yet, and no actual plans yet.

 

They look good from the outset, but their airflow noise may be a bit sharp & harsh.

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Seems like none of them come close to the AP-15 in silence and performance except for the vortex's, but i want to mount my fans in a horizontal position so i don't think those will work.

I've had the Vortex in both horizontal and vertical without issue. The Swiftech Helix are close in noise to the AP-15s. There's a side by side in a Caselabs case on Youtube that I saw not too long ago that compared them. The Rosewill RFX is fantastic as long as you don't run it on max. Ehume recommends them frequently and runs them in his case.

Also, check out some sound clips of the AP-15 before considering them. I can't own them because they emit a high pitched whine that drives me insane.

I recommend GT's and use them in my case. I like Rosewill RFX's, but not for their performance. I just think they're cheery. They have been loud and have underperformed in every test I have run. I believe the blade shape is archaic. You can ask Tator.

 

But no, I don't recommend the Rosewill RFX.

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I recommend GT's and use them in my case. I like Rosewill RFX's, but not for their performance. I just think they're cheery. They have been loud and have underperformed in every test I have run. I believe the blade shape is archaic. You can ask Tator.

But no, I don't recommend the Rosewill RFX.

That's not what you said about the RFX-120s here:
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I thought enough of the RFX that I bought a second - actually, make that three: I bought an RFA-120BL thinking it was the same fan as an RFX-120BL but without the fan controller.
The RFX is on the loud side - about what you'd expect for a fan its speed. It runs sweetly at all RPM's. Its fan controller works well, and you hear no clicking. I tested one in item 1 of my sig.
The RFA would be an unremarkable Sleeve bearing fan. Mine runs at 1700 rpm. Doesn't click loudly, if it clicks at all - I can't remember and it's late enough that I'm too tired to run down to the basement and test it.
The Rosewill fans (I have some 80mm RFX's I got for their fan controllers, silly me) all have tightly woven black sleeving. The RFX have pretty LED's. Nice fans.

Your review at Vortez also showed them doing well for the money and, while loud, not obscenely so. Perhaps I shouldn't have said frequently, but I could swear I've seen you recommend them as cheap fans multiple times. When did you change your mind? Or were you thinking of the RFA-120?
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Real happy with my first ownership of Gelids fans, the Silent 12 series




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I recommend GT's and use them in my case. I like Rosewill RFX's, but not for their performance. I just think they're cheery. They have been loud and have underperformed in every test I have run. I believe the blade shape is archaic. You can ask Tator.

 

But no, I don't recommend the Rosewill RFX.

 

Blade design is solid, but the pressure is not needed for most applications. It's a well build fan based on a proven design, actually used in many power supplies.

 

On the other hand, it's essentially the same fan Silverstone has been using in power supplies for ages. Just a higher RPM variant.

 

It's made by YLTC, and generally the best budget option out there for folks who need a pressure oriented fan.

It seems rather strange, but I'd highly recommend them for a server rack than anything else since it's god a solid balance of airflow & pressure to keep multiple RAID'd 15k drives cool without an issue.

 

Like wise, they'd be a solid option for water cooling guys. Just not quiet at full speed. At 4v they're not bad, but there is some apparent motor noise.

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Tator tot, what pushes out the most static pressure while being nearly silent, i need a fan thats 25mm that can push through a 80mm rad. Thanks!
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