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So I'm in the slow process of filling out a Fractal R4 and currently debating what fans to fill her out with. Currently have the stock fans up front with a cougar 120mm on the bottom for intake (PSU is too big for a 140 on the bottom) and a Phanteks fan on the back for exhaust.

Cougar - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553006
Phanteks - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709005

The cougar doesn't really have any motor noise just the white noise from the air going through, it gives a pretty focused stream and has purdy good static pressure. When the resistance gets high the noise does get a bit louder but the fan's still whispering like it's in a library.
The phanteks has motor noise as well as the standard white noise from air and isn't exactly the quietest resident in my library. So to get to my point.

I'm looking for a 140mm fan with decent to balling air pressure and cfm. Preferrably extremely quiet @ 12v. Those are my only two requirements. Move air and do it quietly. If I can't find anything to fit this I'm probably just going to grab up some b-gear blasters and drop em to 7v as those fans are pretty beast even @ 7v. Oh yea price isn't that big a deal since I'm not buying right away and it's only going to be 4 fans. I'm not planning on replacing that cougar on the bottom since cougar is my go to brand for 120mm fans. Thanks in advance biggrin.gif
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since their release, these might as well be the only fans on the market in my opinion...

corsair SP and AF series fans...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028
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The 140mm Cougar Vortex fans are awesome as well. I've used both and love them and they're my go to 140mm fans. Other good options are the Silverstone AP-141, Gelid Wing, Noiseblocker PK-3, Cooljag Everflow, Prolimatech Vortex Blue!, Arctic Cooling F14, and Thermalright X-Silent. The Corsair fans mentioned above aren't bad, but to be quiet, you need to avoid the performance fans.
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The performance fans don't bother me as I can run them @ 7v but they have to still outperform the quieter fans @ 7v or there really isn't a point to buying them over the quieter fans. Forgot to add this but I'm in the US with a gf in canada so I can buy from both those countries.
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I would rather buy a higher performance fan too. thumb.gif

Run it at 5v or 7v .. or .. If you use PWM fans on CPU use PWM signal to control case fans so as CPU heat increases all fans increase in rpm to keep things cool. thumb.gif

All PWM fans used need to be of similar rpm range so they run at similar rpm on same PWM signal. wink.gif

Can also use GPU PWM signal to control case fans. wink.gif

Of course use PSU for 12v power for these PWM fans so no strain on motherboard. wink.gif
Edited by doyll - 12/7/12 at 2:16am
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The 140mm Cougar Vortex fans are awesome as well. I've used both and love them and they're my go to 140mm fans. Other good options are the Silverstone AP-141, Gelid Wing, Noiseblocker PK-3, Cooljag Everflow, Prolimatech Vortex Blue!, Arctic Cooling F14, and Thermalright X-Silent. The Corsair fans mentioned above aren't bad, but to be quiet, you need to avoid the performance fans.

Almost all of those are pretty solid fans but which would you pick as your top recommendation?
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I would rather buy a higher performance fan too. thumb.gif
Run it at 5v or 7v .. or .. If you use PWM fans on CPU use PWM signal to control case fans so as CPU heat increases all fans increase in rpm to keep things cool. thumb.gif
All PWM fans used need to be of similar rpm range so they run at similar rpm on same PWM signal. wink.gif
Can also use GPU PWM signal to control case fans. wink.gif
Of course use PSU for 12v power for these PWM fans so no strain on motherboard. wink.gif

Yea this is what I'm thinking.....Do you have any recommendations?
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Almost all of those are pretty solid fans but which would you pick as your top recommendation?
Yea this is what I'm thinking.....Do you have any recommendations?
I've been using TY-140 fans for some time and love them. My entire system is based on them now. Case and CPU. I'm actually using 2x TY-143 fans which areTY-140 with different motor and bearing in red / orange color. and love them.

Keep in mind the TY-140/141/143/145/147 fan design are 120mm mounting holes and are 140x150mm so won't fit just anywhere.


We have several knowledgeable members here. Cyclops and Tator Tot both have long threads they are reviewing/testing fans on. Maybe give them a look.
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Almost all of those are pretty solid fans but which would you pick as your top recommendation?

It all depends on your budget. I got the Cougars and Prolimatech fans because they were cheap. If you have a bigger budget, Noiseblockers are pretty awesome. I have no personal experience with the others, only some reviews I've seen with a sound meter, microphone, and anemometer and some personal anecdotes from people. I've heard really good things about that Cooljag Everflow I linked to. Supposedly it's pretty much the same fan as a TY-140 but in a 140mm housing. If that's the case, that fan would be my recommendation.
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I hear good things about the cougars... at least enough the name has stuck in my mind. To me fans are kinda an investment item and can be moved on to new builds if need. Coolers too.

Like that apple berry avatar too. thumb.gif
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I just ordered another aerocool shark today. They are quieter than the yate loon I have and move about the same amount of air.
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