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post #1 of 20
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I'm thinking about buying a few Corsair AF/SP series fans for my case.

Heres what my case supports: (NZXT Phantom 410)
FRONT, 2x120mm or 1 X 140mm (1x120mm included)
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included)
SIDE, 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm
TOP, 2 X 120/140mm (1 x 140mm included)
INTERIOR, 2 X 120mm

I Think I'm going to buy three fans (Front and Back) so I need to figure out which ones I should be buying. I want Two 120mm intakes and 1 120mm exhaust. Does this mean I need two SP120s for intake and One AF120 for exhaust? I'm not sure whether I should be purchasing quiet or performance editions either.

If anybody has some cheaper alternative options I'm open to them.
post #2 of 20
I have some Corsair AF 140mm fans in my case, and they work really well. I can't recall if they are the Quiet or High Performance editions, but either way, they are really quiet. even at max RPM. Unless they are really, really churning at the highest RPM (or higher than the "rated" RPM), I can't hear them above the air they move. I have some Cougars, as well, and they run extremely quiet, as well. They are a great cheap alternative to Corsairs/Noctuas.
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post #3 of 20
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I'm still not sure whether I should get AF or SP's for my case. SP120s on the intakes and AF120s on the exhaust? Not only that but Performance or Quiet Editions? :3
post #4 of 20
Always SP120PE over AF120, static pressure is just as important for case cooling as it is for rads/HSF's. The Performance Editions are better since the Quiet ones just limit the max speed but are otherwise identical. You have a built in fan controller, so utilize it.
   
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post #5 of 20
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I just figured I wouldn't be needing SPs for the exhaust. I believe SP120s are also more expensive than AF120's.
post #6 of 20
I recommend them even for exhaust, the exception being if you should choose to cut out the integratedfan guard and use a wire fan ggrill instead. This reduces the restriction from 48-64% to around 5%, making static pressure much less important. I actually recommend this regardless as any fan will move vastly greater amounts of air, irrespective of the pressure it produces, and the case temp will drop a few degrees due to the fan being able to evacuate the hot air so much faster, preventing the hot air from recirculating and allowing greater volumes of cool air to actually contact the components insteadof bbecoming mixed with the heated air immediately and having the cooling ability diminished.
   
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post #7 of 20
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I'm still looking for more people's opinions so if you're looking please give me your two cents. Not sure if I should be using either the performance or silent edition fans. My Phantom 410 has a fan controller.

I've got more people saying to use AF's on exhaust so I think I'm just going to use AF's on exhaust regardless.
post #8 of 20
I'd been giving this a lot of though lately myself just as a thought experiment and really it depends on one thing.

Are you going to have many HDDs?

If you're going to end up using even 1 or 2 extra HDDs and end up keeping that middle bay, the effective cooling capacity being provided by your front intakes is probably being halved, if not moreso. So essentially what matters for you is the bottom 120mm by the psu, the pivot mount one beside the gpus on the bay, the side panel 120/140mm, exhaust and the top 120mm/140mm. Since I'm assuming you're not liquid cooling your GPUs and you haven't actually listed your pc specs (really helpful to know btw) your card/s are either blower or custom. If they're blower and they're pulling air out the back of the PCB, then you'd want the side panel, bottom, and pivot to all be pushing cool air into the case and into the blower. If it was a custom one (like a MSI lightning model for example), it just displaces the heat into the case, in which case I'd probably have the side panel be an exhaust to pull out the warm air (as it's closest to the GPU) and the bottom and pivot pushing air. As for the top, if you aren't using a liquid cooling solution you probably want it to be an exhaust along with the rear. If you have liquid cooling, then you'd want the rear to be an intake and the top to be exhausts.

Going back to the fans, all of these are things that require a good amt of static pressure. You're trying to either force cool air into your GPU (blower) or pull out some of the excess heat (custom design), and exhaust the heat from the CPU. I'd definitely go with the higher static pressure corsair fans, or possibly cougars (which I personally use and love). You don't want low airflow ones at the minimum for the GPU zone because it will get toasty, and it may give you more OC headroom (potentially).
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post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr240sx View Post

I'm still looking for more people's opinions so if you're looking please give me your two cents. Not sure if I should be using either the performance or silent edition fans. My Phantom 410 has a fan controller.

I've got more people saying to use AF's on exhaust so I think I'm just going to use AF's on exhaust regardless.
What nleksan said. thumb.gif

I could write it all out but my opinion is pretty much the same.
Often no exhaust fans are needed if the grills are removed.

I will only add that putting exhaust duct on CPU cooler can also make a huge difference in case temp by making sure all the hot cooler exhaust goes out of case.
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post #10 of 20
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Hmm, I thought I made a rig in the rig builder but its not appearing in the signature place.

My specs are:
Phantom 410 Gunmetal Grey
i7-3770k @ Stock
Asrock Z77 Extreme6
8GB Ripjaws X @ 1600 CL8
Xigmatek Dark Knight II
GTX 660 Ti (Msi Power editiion)
TX650v2 PSU
128GB OCZ Vertex 4
500GB Caviar Blue HDD

I may replace my Dark Knight CPU cooler with a Corsair H100i, my case with a corsair 600t, and my power supply will be replaced with something modular but I haven't decided yet. I had figured only purchase 3 fans due to their price tag.
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