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Hey guys!
So I want to buy three fans for my 360mm radiator. What are my best choices for best static pressure and silence? I also have the NZXT SWITCH 810 case in white and am looking for a decent fan controller in white that will match it.
Lastly what are the best choices for temperature monitoring of the cpu and graphics cards for windows 8?
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The gentle typhoons are probably your safest bet.

As for the fan controller, I use an aquaero (although one aquaero and can easily handle 3 fans) and some poweradjusts.

As for temperature monitoring I use MSI Afterburner for the GPU's and Realtemp for the CPU. They both work in windows 8.

Forgot to also mention that with an aqauero setup correctly, you don't even have to monitor your temps all that much. Put a temp sensor in and you can have it dynamically control the fan speed, set off alarms or even shut ur pc down if temps are too high.
Edited by pphx459 - 4/20/13 at 9:50pm
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thank you however that controller is more than I want to spend. Are there any cheaper options?

Also for the gently typhoons which speed should I get? I want them as quiet as possible while still giving good performance. I know I can controller them with a fan controller but I thought I read somewhere that still the highest rpm ones didn't perform the best when lowering them.
And what about the corsair sp120
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the gentle typhoons are arguably the best fans price/performance you can get. i prefer to spend half or less as much and buy yate loons.
if you go with gt's, buy the ap-15 fans. plenty of rpm when you need it. yate loons 1650 rpm are quiet and push good air(i use 1350s right now). swiftech also makes 2 different fans that are good on rads, the helix 120 which are also available in pwm version and the low cost rdm1225s. forget the corsair fans. the high performance edition are the only 'good' fans pushing enough air to cool and most people say they are loud.
as far as a fan controller in white, i dunno. i dont have a white case tongue.gif hulk complains his bit fenix fan controller acts 'stupid'. its switching between 1400 and 1600 rpm when its set to run 1500rpm. most controllers are black or silver that i know. you could always paint its housing.
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the gentle typhoons are arguably the best fans price/performance you can get. i prefer to spend half or less as much and buy yate loons.
if you go with gt's, buy the ap-15 fans. plenty of rpm when you need it. yate loons 1650 rpm are quiet and push good air(i use 1350s right now). swiftech also makes 2 different fans that are good on rads, the helix 120 which are also available in pwm version and the low cost rdm1225s. forget the corsair fans. the high performance edition are the only 'good' fans pushing enough air to cool and most people say they are loud.
as far as a fan controller in white, i dunno. i dont have a white case tongue.gif hulk complains his bit fenix fan controller acts 'stupid'. its switching between 1400 and 1600 rpm when its set to run 1500rpm. most controllers are black or silver that i know. you could always paint its housing.

Thank you!
Do you know anything about the Corsair sp120? I just like the looks if it performs anywhere near the GT.
Also I would settle for silver. I just realized my xspc res is silver anyways.
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martin reviews the sp120
http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/05/07/fan-testing-round-12/

" The corsair SP120 fan also surprised me a bit. It did seem to do a little better in noise quality than the H100i fans, but it’s not as strong a performer in noise level as many forum recommendations seem to convey."
"The Corsair SP120 also does fairly well on noise level and consistently so throughout it’s speed range, it’s just not as smooth in noise quality as the NBs are at slower speeds, but it does hold it’s up at higher speeds. None are even close to the GTs at really high speeds though where the GTs have upwards of a 10dbA noise level advantage."

forum members recommend corsair sp120hp fans and martin wont. the gt ap-15 perform slightly better with less noise at the same price.
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As martin says himself in the testing, the pure noise meter numbers are not telling the full story.

In the 500 and 600 FPM air flows the Corsair is consistently the second lowest sound meter reading. Now play the video's for the SP and the Typhoons at those flow levels. At 500 FPM the Typhoon has a pronounced whine that may not measure high on a sound meter but it sure does on your ears. Moving up to 600 FPM the whine increases in frequency and noticeability. I have had experience with the Typhoons and that whine noise carrying a lot further from the PC than just a rushing or roaring air noise. Across the room from my pc all I could hear was that whine.

This video testing has been the best thing to happen for a long time. Now we can directly compare sound levels as well as sound quality.

To my mind the most over rated fans are the Cougars. I have seen people recommend them a fair bit and I can't understand why.
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