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The A14 and the Silent Wings 2 are arguably the very best best 140mm "silent Fans", mainly due to the extremely smooth running bearings. If it's worth the price depends solely on you. To me it'
s worth spending more, because i'm extremely fickle when it comes to bearing noise, to most it's probably not. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post

The A14 and the Silent Wings 2 are arguably the very best best 140mm "silent Fans", mainly due to the extremely smooth running bearings. If it's worth the price depends solely on you. To me it'
s worth spending more, because i'm extremely fickle when it comes to bearing noise, to most it's probably not. smile.gif

I don't know if this post is for me or Kinaesthetic but I felt like posting anyways : )

The thing is that I am extremely finicky about aesthetics which is weird, I know, but if it looks good then I sort of automatically like it until it is proven to be rubbish. I'm currently torn between three fan choices: Corsair AF140, Noctua NF-A14 and Noctua NF-A15 though I'm leaning more towards the NF-A14 because it seems to be more compatible with different scenarios than the A15 is and it seems to perform better versus the AF140.
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I'm sorry for being intrusive but is the NF-A14 FLX so much better than the competitors that the price is justified?


In a straight up value assessment, not at all.

 

But if you're in it for top performance, build quality, and silence is the #1 priority; then yes. Though, in your case, I may recommend a Silent Wing 2, since it's more readily available in the EU and from what I have seen of initial pricing; cheaper.

 

They also offer a solid PWM option, while Noctua only offers PWM on the A15.

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In a straight up value assessment, not at all.

But if you're in it for top performance, build quality, and silence is the #1 priority; then yes. Though, in your case, I may recommend a Silent Wing 2, since it's more readily available in the EU and from what I have seen of initial pricing; cheaper.

They also offer a solid PWM option, while Noctua only offers PWM on the A15.

Actually the Noctua NF-A14 FLX isn't that much more expensive than the Be-Quiet SilentWings 2 here in Sweden which is quite weird however given that I might just purchase them (the NF-A14's) and be done with it.
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Logisys SF140's are definitely the option to go for, bang for the buck wise. They're $10 at Newegg right now, while the Hyperborea's are out of stock.
All four are good fans, but really you only have 2 designs available on the market for good PWM 140mm fans.

I ended up ordering 4 of the Logisys SF140s yesterday - with sale price and an email coupon they were $8.80 apiece. Also ended up returning my AIO water cooler and I ordered a Phanteks PH-TC14PE, which looks to be at or near the top of the heap when it comes to air coolers for cpu
 
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Still trying to decide between 140mm SW2's and A15s. A15s seem to provide better cooling and staying within my acceptable noise levels.
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post #787 of 2743
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Still trying to decide between 140mm SW2's and A15s. A15s seem to provide better cooling and staying within my acceptable noise levels.

 

Check the dimensions to make sure they are compatible; if they are, I'd go for the A15's just due to the increased airflow.

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post #788 of 2743
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Check the dimensions to make sure they are compatible; if they are, I'd go for the A15's just due to the increased airflow.
I currently have my TY-140 mounted on the "wide" way. TY-140 is supposedly 153mm and A15 is only 150mm. Should definitely fit then. I was worried even my Samsung Low Voltage ram would be in the way, but A15 is smaller! I'm surprised.

This is great though. Idling noise will be absolutely inaudible with A15s once they come in. And even with GPU at max load, my rig will be under 25dB since I got fans directly feeding my GPU too!

Check out what I've done if you haven't seen: http://www.overclock.net/t/1355164/ohhgouramis-gpu-pci-fan-mod
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I've done a similar thing in the past.

 

Works great if you leave those PCI slots open on a case.

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I've done a similar thing in the past.

Works great if you leave those PCI slots open on a case.

Never going to SLI since too much noise. Always will have those slots open. Trying to justify spending another $50 for a pair of eLoops to replace those Slipstreams.
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