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Anyone know how to mount the Noctua A14/A15 on a NH-D14? Doesn't look like the fan clips would work.
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It works if you turn it 90 degrees.
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post #633 of 2743
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post

Run load tests across all your drives at once and track the temps, and use your ear to see which fan is quieter, that'll be the easiest method. 

AP-141 & TY-147 are pretty close in terms of airflow.

Silverstone claims a somewhat low pressure rating on the AP-141's, but that may be due to the veins used to direct airflow.

That is one thing that can seem inconsistent between the AP Series of fans and normal fans. Most normal fans push air out and let it travel freely once it moves past the blades.
The AP-Series of fans use the veins to direct the airflow, so with a simple "feel" test, of using your hand, it may seem like the AP-series of fans actually produce more airflow.
When in reality, they're just directing airflow better.

I've honestly not seen a case where direct airflow was more useful, except in the RV02 & FT02. Where the airflow being directed straight up helps create a massive positive pressure zone, which also helps heat rise naturally, and more effectively.
The TY-147 is way quieter. And if I use my hand to measure airflow, it seems the TY pushes more air (since it hits the same concentrated area). I'll have to try with both fans... Here's a pic of what will be cooled:



I do have a case: I've got an AP-14 in the side panel pushing air to the GPU. When it was still aircooled, adding a nexus beamair brought the temps down by a few degrees. I tried to use the AP-121, but it was noisier when I attached the dust filter. And it's only 35cfm (crap).
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post #634 of 2743
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AP-14, more airflow noise.

Is it just because of the blade design?
How do they fair for static pressure at the same rpm?
post #635 of 2743
Well, picked up 3 Noctua NF-F12 curtsy of the H100i annoying fan hum and my lack of patience for another firmware update. All I can say is worth every penny just to get rid of that darn hum noise. I have them controlled by my motherboards PWM and they idle at about 720 rpm and load(OCCT) at 1300 rpm with my current OC. They cool about the same, but the noise profile is non-existent at idle and much much better then the H100i fans (on silent) at load; NOTE; this is bias because of the firmware issue/hum noise. If it's fixed, I think they would sound about the same.

I got the third one blowing on the back of the socket as it runs kinda hot on this motherboard. It's also controlled by the motherboards PWM and acts roughly the same as the other two.

Quiet, cool well, no issues, ugly, lots of goodies in the packaging, expensive, worth it. Now to start kicking myself for getting the H100i and not going full WC with these fans from the beginning :/
 
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So I am planning on getting 3 NF A-14 FLX fans for my Define R4 because Corsair AF140s were too noisy at 12V.

The layout of my case:

2 Front intake, 1 rear exhaust. Part of the bottom fan in front is blocked by a 3X HDD cage, the other front intake fan is unobstructed.

It is like this old photo except that there is one more HDD in the cage, I no longer run SLI and the PH-TC14PE was missing.



Is the NF A-14 FLX a good choice for me? or should I consider another quiet & high performance fan(already tried T.B. Vegas Duo/AP141, they are too loud at 12V).
Edited by sherlock - 1/23/13 at 8:27pm
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Quote:
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Is it just because of the blade design?
How do they fair for static pressure at the same rpm?

Partially due to the blade design, as it has some chop to it, and partially due to the veins which cause turbulent airflow and thus noisy airflow.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darius Silver View Post
Quiet, cool well, no issues, ugly, lots of goodies in the packaging, expensive, worth it. Now to start kicking myself for getting the H100i and not going full WC with these fans from the beginning :/

You could still go full water. biggrin.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by sherlock

Is the NF A-14 FLX a good choice for me? or should I consider another quiet & high performance fan(already tried T.B. Vegas Duo/AP141, they are too loud at 12V).

 

I have some recommendations for the rear exhaust & bottom intake if you're not looking to spend a lot. Otherwise they're solid choices.

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post #638 of 2743
Quote:
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Partially due to the blade design, as it has some chop to it, and partially due to the veins which cause turbulent airflow and thus noisy airflow.
You could still go full water. biggrin.gif

I have some recommendations for the rear exhaust & bottom intake if you're not looking to spend a lot. Otherwise they're solid choices.

What do you mean by veins? I dont see any on my gt
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Quote:
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I have some recommendations for the rear exhaust & bottom intake if you're not looking to spend a lot. Otherwise they're solid choices.

I don't mind spending a bit extra for the rear exhaust and my current single 680 Lightning runs cool enough to not need a bottom intake imo. Thanks.
Edited by sherlock - 1/23/13 at 9:43pm
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What do you mean by veins? I dont see any on my gt

 

GT's don't have them, I'm talking about AP-141's from Silverstone.

 

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I don't mind spending a bit extra for the rear exhaust and my current single 680 Lightning runs cool enough to not need a bottom intake imo. Thanks.


It's a solid choice then.

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