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Fractal R2 vs Artic Cooling F12

post #1 of 17
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Long story short, I have a Fractal Midi R2 that came with some Fractal R2 Silent fans. I am only using one right now (as an exhaust), and it doesn't seem to be pushing a lot of air.

I have it hooked up to my molex power, so it's at 100% every time the PC is on. According to the specs, it's supposed to push around 66CFM, but it sure doesn't feel like it.

I was thinking about switching it out for a Artic Cooling F12 (non-PWM, it's around $7.50).

I didn't want to spend a good deal of money for a fan that is going to be strictly exhaust, so I was wondering if this would be an improvement, and maybe get some more hot air out of my case, and cool my H100i a little bit.


Edit: Both fans - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050014581%2040000573&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=573%7C35-186-079%5E35-186-079-TS%2C35-352-007%5E35-352-007-TS&percm=35-352-007%3A%24%24%24%2411%24%24%24
Edited by xTank Jones16x - 6/3/13 at 11:43pm
post #2 of 17
Why are you downsizing from 140mm to 120mm fans?

You can go F12 PWM for $8.59 and have much more versatility in the future.

I use PWM splitter with molex power and run my case fans on PWM same as my cooler fans. wink.gif
post #3 of 17
^ I agree with doyll, why go for 120mm when a 140mm fits there?
Fractal spins up to slower max RPM (Click to show)
Arctic F12 120 mm, = 1,350 RPM http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CA-F12PWM , 10% OFF your order (up to $10) w/code: TECHPOP, (ends 6/10)
Arctic F14 140 mm = 1,300 RPM http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CA-ACF14PW

Fractal R2 120mm= 1200RPM
Fractal R2 140mm = 1000RPM

That's why they don't push as much air tongue.gif

People also recommend Gelid Silent 14s (spin up to 1200rpm)
GELID Solutions Silent 14PWM FN-PX14-12 140mm Case Fan

Thermalright TY-147 (up to 1300RPM) , 140mm with 120mm fan mount

Corsair AF140 is supposed to be decent but it's pricy at $18 or so. (see http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1346-page6.html)


Edited by AlphaC - 6/4/13 at 6:53pm
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post #4 of 17
Had the F12s. They are pretty quiet but I dont think it will be an upgrade. You could try some other fans. The F12s are cheap, but they are by no means a blower. They push about the same air as a stock cooler master case fan. You could try some higher RPM fans and then down volt them when not under load. Heard Cougar fans are great. Read some reviews. Also, most of the time, the vendors specs are off. Go off by reviews and RPMs. Fans at the same RPMS generally sound about the same in my experience. thumb.gif
post #5 of 17
As AlphaC suggested; the TY-147 is a very good fan. I use the TY-140 which is same fan just different colors. You might have to mod the by making them square to fit as they are 151x140mm. This is easily done with a good power miter saw with a good fine tooth carbide blade and trim the round sides. I used felt marker to blacken housing on TY-140 fan. wink.gif
post #6 of 17
Link to the graph AlphaC posted from. You can click on different fans to put their graph line up.

Here's link to 120mm fans. The first fan in list is reference in both graphs. wink.gif
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions/help guys.

I went ahead and scratched the idea of the F12. Only reason why I chose it was because it was cheap, and it was white (having a Fractal Midi R2 with a black/blue/white theme, I wanted to keep the rear exhaust fan white).

I think I will take a look around, and pick up something that is more suited to exhausting a lot of air. Just spent a good amount upgrading my rig, and I find myself getting cheaper and cheaper by the day.

Will I see much of an improvement upgrading the rear exhaust fan with my current sig rig? (Push/pull H100i is mounted at the top) I already have a Aerocool Shark 140mm in the front which pushes a lot of air, so I'm only really worried about rear exhaust.
post #8 of 17
Which direction is H100i moving air? In or out of case?
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Which direction is H100i moving air? In or out of case?

Out. 2 intake in the front, 1 exhaust in the back, 1 intake at the bottom (in-front of PSU), push/pull exhaust at the top for the H100i.
post #10 of 17
So 3x 140mm in and 1x 140mm & 2x 120mm out. I would think that should cool nicely. Are you having a problem with something being too hot?
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