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Going to buy an EK 480 rad (Because amazon refunded me 100 bucks) So have to buy the rad off amazon </3

Anyways was wondering is there a big difference between lets say the corsair fans and the yate loon fan. Temps wise? I currently have 10 yate loons lol.
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I don't think it's worth getting new fans. Your Yates will do just fine. Even if they were poor fans (which Yates are not) just turning up the rpm an other 100-200 rpm would put them on par with most other fans.

I say you are good to go with your Yates. Unless you find them too fast and too noisy. What rpm are they rated at?
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Martin did the work for you:



Basically the lowest noise for the best CFM through a rad is the GT AP-15 at maximum 45 dba for 36 CFM. Yates are in the 45-50 dba for 22-31 CFM max. Yates will work just fine but will not be as quiet for the same amount of air movement as the mighty GT AP-15's but they cost 1/3rd the price.

Switching from yates to GT AP-15's would do very little to your performance it would only lower the noise level at the same RPM. I would stick with the investment in the Yates. If the noise didn't bother you before it shouldn't going forward.
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Nice info there +1 rep
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In the end, if you intend to reduce you fan speed to below 1000 rpm when not under load, your fans will be about as quiet as any other fans out there. It's when you start to crank up the rpm that there can be a difference in noise and performance.

My next build will have about 34 AP-45 Gentle Typhoon fans and to be honest, if I did it again, I would have probably bought Yates as they are much cheaper and I'm not likely to ever crank up that many fans above 1000 rpm, much less their rated 2150 rpm.
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Sound doesnt really bother me since I have a real fan cooling my office lol.
Edited by iMica - 3/1/13 at 11:28pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iMica View Post

Sound doesnt really bother me since I have a real fan cooling my office lol.
If that is the case then you should look at some AP-45, Delta's, or Panaflow high CFM fans. The more air you move through the rad the more thermal transfer will occur and you will be extracting the most heat out of your loop.
Like this Delta PFB1212UHE 120x38mm Ultra High Speed - 252 CFM but it is61dBA loud!:


From here

Most people get into water cooling to keep things silent which is why medium performance / low noise is so popular. As Pepe said, he will keep his fans at around 1000 RPM to keep the noise down.
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Owner of 6 YL Highs here, and really happy with them.

At the same noise levels I'm getting similar performance to the one I was getting with Ultra Kazes (running the Loons at 1600RPMs and the Kazes were at 1500), with the difference that there is zero motor noise.

I really like Yates. At €5 a piece you can't really go wrong.
   
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