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I'm looking to buy two fans for my Fractal R4(rear and top) and placing the stock fans in the front.

I find the Fractal fans to be noisy at 12v due to motor/bearing noise and wind turbulence. Unless the different blade design on the corsairs make a huge difference in reducing air flow noise i imagine they would always be run at 7v while the thermalrights would use pwm. I'm looking to keep noise down as low as possible but still want to move enough air to keep things happy.


Between the two which would be the better choice?
Also at 7v what cfm and rpm does the corsair have compared to the thermalright?

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anyone?
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This could be of help: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/140mm-fan-roundup-2.html

I personally have 3x 140mm fractal stock fans (Arc Midi, probably the same as the ones you have) and I've recently bought 2 AF140: the AF140 don't seems less noisy to me, especially at full speed.

I'm ashamed to say that I do have a TY-140 (on my thermalright macho), but comparing it to the others would be a little mess, I'd need to uninstall it from the macho, play with the bios settings to test it a different speed etc.

IMO, your first choice is: do you want PWM ? If yes, then your choice is made.

MaX.
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Just finished helping a mate put TY-147 fans in his new R4. TY-147 is same as TY-140 except it's black and white. Here in UK they are £5.99. The ones for the front had to be cut so they were 141x141mm square and cut sides clipped into stock front mount. I don't have any pics of it yet. Hopefully he will get me some soon. The front fans rare PWM controlled by CPU fan PWM signal so their speed rises and fall same as CPU cooler. The bottom intake is PWM controlled by GPU PWM signal. System is dead quiet unless doing serious gaming and than GPU makes all the noise... even with it's fan changed to 2x 120mm fans.. which are much quieter than the stock GPU fans were.

TY-140 cut square using power miter saw with fine tooth carbide blade

Edited by doyll - 2/14/13 at 10:28am
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The bottom intake is PWM controlled by GPU PWM signal.
Interesting. How did you pick that signal up ? Directly on the GPU ?

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yes. Have a friend who has the mini GPU 4pin plugs and sockets and he made up a cable with a PWM lead to a regular PWM socket. Used a molex connector for power from PSU. Same basic design as PWM splitters but has GPU 4pin plug/socket.
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If i get the thermalrights i will use PWM. Saves me from flicking the fan speed switch and lets everything adjust as needed. Plan is to plug the rear fan into the second cpu motherboard connector so they both spin up with heavy use. Top fan will use one of the other pwm headers.

However I noticed the 120mm screw holes on the top of the R4 are slightly off center to the grill. Since the thermalrights are 140mm but use 120mm mounting that means a portion of the fan will be blocked by the case. Are there any cheap adapters like what Noctua packs in with there fans?
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As far as I know, thermalright fans comes bare, not even the screws. You may want to double check that.

BTW, if you have a bunch of PWM, I suggest a pwm splitter (Gelid and Akasa do nice ones): they are cheap, sleeved and you get the power to the fans from your PSU instead of the mobo. Win.

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The Gelid splitter is much better than the Akasa one. The Akasa has 10 sets of braided wires running around.. Spaghetti with connectors on it. And heatshrink on the ends that DOES NOT stress relief the wire going into the connections. Not too bad at PWM sockets but coming off the molex and PWM plug the wires stress fatigue and break off.

Akasa



Gelid

Edited by doyll - 2/15/13 at 7:58am
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Maybe right, I don't own either of the two ... but Akasa is for 5 fans, Gelid "only" 4... could matter, or not.

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