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So I bought a couple of Gelid fans for my current build and I'm a bit disappointed with them. They seem a bit noisy and don't really pull/push enough air at the level I have them at. I use the motherboard to regulate their speed and they are at around 900-1000 rpms.

I had a set of cougars in my old build, but they were the orange ones. Which over time, started making noise while they were on my 360mm top rad pushing air. So since I already spent like 60 bucks on fans... I don't want to choose the wrong fans again.

What I need, is to get the quietest fan, that pushes the most air at low RPMs. I have one 360mm rad that will need 3x120mm fans and also 2x 140mm rads.

These are the fans I'm looking at right now...

Cougar CF-V14HB
Cougar CF-V12HB

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Someone needs to tell Noctua that flesh colored fans aren't the way to go.
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I don't know. I see you are using mobo to control speed. from what I understand, that is not the best route. I got a fan controller and the yate loon high speed fans. They are running at 50% and are quiet.
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I don't know. I see you are using mobo to control speed. from what I understand, that is not the best route. I got a fan controller and the yate loon high speed fans. They are running at 50% and are quiet.

Can you explain why? That doesn't make sense, since each fan is controlled to exactly the rpm I want. Makes no difference that im using an app and you a knob. I know each fan is being controlled, in case you're thinking that they are not all really being controlled. I run my 120mm fans at 33% and the 140s at 45%.

And yes, the flesh colored fans turned me off and that's why I went with what I'm using right now.
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Can you explain why? That doesn't make sense, since each fan is controlled to exactly the rpm I want. Makes no difference that im using an app and you a knob. I know each fan is being controlled, in case you're thinking that they are not all really being controlled. I run my 120mm fans at 33% and the 140s at 45%.

And yes, the flesh colored fans turned me off and that's why I went with what I'm using right now.

I read somewhere that mobo utilities do not actually control them correctly. I.E. they are not actually running at the rpm that the mobo reports. Have I expired it myself? Not really sure. Used to always connect fans to the Mobo and do not recall any issues. Just doing research I found that, supposedly, you get better control. Not sure how true it is.
post #6 of 8
I will just say, I have Noctuas (NF-F12s), and they are DECENT. I use the low noise adapter and run them at 1100 rpm and they are quiet.. not noticeable with ambient room noise, if it is silent.. you can hear them just barely.

They ARE NOT what I wanted.. I wanted high rpm and quiet, but it seems my request is far fetched.. rolleyes.gif
They are pretty good though, I will say for 22 a pop, not worth it. I would rather have noisy high rpms than quiet low rpms, to the point where the loud ones cool 5C better.
And I am a silence freak.. I can deal with some noise, not much. I use speedfan personally and no problems with the NF-F12s.
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I run cougars personally, and most reviews put them about on par with noctuas (a hair louder, and a hair cooler) at almost half the price.
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I run cougars personally, and most reviews put them about on par with noctuas (a hair louder, and a hair cooler) at almost half the price.

I ended up going with these. thumb.gif



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