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Looking for some recommendations for Radiator fans. I prefer quiet ones, 120mm, and blue if they come in that color biggrin.gif

What do you guys think of this fan...
Edited by Gallien - 3/10/13 at 1:35pm
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Noise Blocker, Noctua and Gentle typhoons are my favorite.
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1. Gentle Typhoon
2. Gentle Typhoon
3. Gentle Typhoon
4. Gentle Typhoon
5. Gentle Typhoon


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For the best noise to performance ratio, Noctua NF-F12 with the new SS02 bearing or the good ole Gentle Typhoon.

Also a very notable option would be the Cougar Vortex, available in pwm and 3 pin.

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I like corsair High Performance Fans.
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Just make sure that your radiator is mounted vertically if you use cougar vortex fans. They have a nasty scraping noise if mounted horizontally.
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I like the Peaceful Tempest...also known as the Gentle Typhoon. Put those suckers on a fan controller and you can get it to run at 20db or less easily. Though I've heard good things about the Corsair SP120 quiet editions.
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Best performing fans (from personal experience)

1. Corsair SP120 High Performance
2. GT AP-15's
3. Cougar CF-V12HB

If noise is a concern then look at the Cougars. At full tilt they are just barely audible. If you don't want any noise then look at the SP120 Quiet Edition fans. I put a set of those on my Antec 620 and at full tilt the only way to hear them is to put my ear right next to them. They're currently keeping a 2500k @ 4.0 GHz under 68C while running Intel Burn Test so they definitely move enough air.

The SP120 High Performance fans put out a fair amount of noise so I'd avoid them if you want a silent system but so far they're the best fans I've used on my rads.

As far as the AP-15's go, they are quite noisy on my RS240 rad but on my EX120 they are near-silent. I believe it had to do with the more restrictive FPI of the RS rad vs the EX rad.
   
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High FPI or low FPI radiator?

I don't think anyone has done a proper review of that Cougar fan, so I don't think anyone can say how it does. It should be similar to the Vortex, but louder due to the frame material. I also think the blade design may be a little different, but I can't remember off the top of my head.

That said, if you want a good, quiet blue fan for a radiator, look no further than the Gelid Wing. It comes in a PWM version with a blue LED (linked earlier) and a three pin version without an LED.
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