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I just purchased a new chassis. It comes with three fans I want to immediately replace. I am looking for high (est. 100) CFM airflow fans with low/acceptable noise levels. These fans will be used in the future for a front radiator. Delta fans are way too loud. I would go crazy listening to them run. I have a Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 that I want to stay cool. There are no full cover water blocks available for it. frown.gif It will remain in my system until something significantly better comes along. Liquid cooling the CPU and chipset down the line is still in my planning notes. Any suggestions would be helpful and most appreciated. biggrin.gif



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Edited by Geek Branden - 3/27/13 at 11:11pm
post #2 of 19
Check this thread for more info:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1321074/tator-tots-big-quiet-120mm-140mm-fan-round-up/0_20

I personally just use regular fans that came with it and my 7970 doesn't go over 65c full load.
post #3 of 19
You may consider AVC, SUNON, Nidec, Foxconn, etc...

J/K, they're just as noisy as a Delta.

Problem is, you're not really going to get 100CFM unless you venture into the 'so-so' zone which involves fans that are audible at seating distance and maybe just slightly audible from a few metres away.
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post #5 of 19
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Here are a few I have found thus far:

Noctua NF-A14 Airflow: 115,5 m³/h Static Pressure: 1,51 mm H2O Noise: 19,2 dB(A)
Phobya Nano-G 14 Silent Waterproof Airflow: 107,76 m³/h Static Pressure: 1.85mm H2O Noise: 25 dB(A)
Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK-3 Ultra Quiet Airflow: 153 m³/h Static Pressure: 1,781 mm H2O Noise: 27 dB(A) Might be too loud.

Any other contenders you would all like to mention? I am still in the process of sifting through all that is available.
post #6 of 19
If you don't mind the price the Noctua NF-A14 FLX is the best case fan you can get, along with the Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 but that one isn't available in the US.
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post #7 of 19
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I am leaning toward the NF-F120. Nothing is official yet. thumb.gif
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Geek Branden View Post

I am leaning toward the NF-F120. Nothing is official yet. thumb.gif

The NF-F12 is meant for heatsink, the A14-FLX would be a better choice for case fan.
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post #9 of 19
I run "heatsink/cooler" fans for all my case fans.
Reason is the resistance on a front grill, than a filter, than fan, than HDD cage, add cables, etc and you got as much resistance as a heatsink/cooler.
*CFM rating of fan is with no resistance.
*Keep in mind static pressure is the pressure point the air stops moving..
*As pressure increases CFM decreases until it stops when fan reaches static pressure. Static = still, at rest, stopped, no movement.
*Fans designed to to perform with some resistance still perform at rated CFM at low resistance.
post #10 of 19
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I plan to install a 280mm radiator both in the front and top at a later date. I am upgrading my mobo, CPU and RAM first. A high manufacture CFM airflow rating does not necessarily mean that it is the better fan. It could have very low static pressure. Any resistance will bring its actual airflow down. You cannot trust their ratings anyhow. If only I could live with a Delta fan. The noise is too horrific. lol There are sound dampening pads, grilles and fan filters that it has to overcome. Please do not take my post offensively. I know you are trying to help.


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Edited by Geek Branden - 3/31/13 at 8:56am
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