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I was looking at Noctua, Scythe, Noise Blocker, and Corsair. I was wondering which company has the best airflow 120mm fan. Also 140mm same style? And also just wondering, will changing the fan on my 212 evo help temps, if so, how much? Over time i plan on changing all the fans in my phantom 410, just the intake first and i only have the lower hdd cage in if that changes choice of fans. Currently i have the 3 stock plus 2 really cruddy $5 ones.

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post #2 of 21
Corsair AF and SP fans look really nice, blend into most rigs really nicely.
Noise blockers E-loop fans look nice, great for rads, have nice bearings.
Noctua NF F12 look, well you know, push a great amount of air, decent for rads.
Scythe no looker operates in North America until further in 2013 or so. However, their GT fans are really good, one draw back is that they don't look as nice, and the cables aren't braided or painted black.

I have 2 AF120 Perf and AF120 Quiet editions in my Phantom 410, along with a noctua NF F12.
I'd recommend getting 2 AF140 in the top (exhaust), AF120 performance in the rear. And 2 AF120 Perf in the front.
Edited by Frozenoblivion - 12/7/12 at 6:41pm
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post #3 of 21
Delta AFB1212DE's
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Question: Are you looking for silent operations?
If not, Delta fans
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post #5 of 21
The corsair fans are pretty awesome. Rig's filled with them and I'm pretty happy with the performance of the AF120 Performance editions. Would recommend.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Frozenoblivion View Post

Question: Are you looking for silent operations?
If not, Delta fans

Fan controller = maintain amazing static pressure + tolerable operation.
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ya, i want a quiet high airflow system. I'm stuck between the noctua NF-S12B and the af120 performance. I dont care about color (hey, it could be my first modding project tongue.gif)
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Radmanhs View Post

ya, i want a quiet high airflow system. I'm stuck between the noctua NF-S12B and the af120 performance. I dont care about color (hey, it could be my first modding project tongue.gif)
For modding NF F12: http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=35185#entry419931
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post #9 of 21
So you want a fan for both your heatsink and case?

I would say getting new fans for your heatsink wouldn't be worth it. You would get 1-2 degrees better. The stock EVO 212 fan has very high RPM so it will do fine.

As for your case fans, Noctua just release some new 140mm fans that seem to be promising. I will be picking them up in a couple of days when they finally arrive in the U.S. I would definitely read some reviews on them.

And really surprised to see a person say they don't care about the color of Noctua fans. Personally, I love them!
post #10 of 21
the cougar fans are also very nice. i have them in both of my cases and they are great.
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