Originally Posted by Imitationcrabme
2 shades of grey? looks like..
they're about 48 short.
My fiancée will love that one.
I was a huge Noctua fan, haha, from 2009 to 2013, using various Noctua fans from the now famous NF-P12, the NF-S12ULN 6decibel max, the first round-framed 140mm that came with my NH-D14, 4 NF-F12 focus flows which I still have on the shelf, along with various voltage attenuators, splitters and extensions. Always enjoyed the premium packaging, the direct customer service with Jakob of Noctua and I took advantage of the 6-year warranty a few times getting one brand new fan, bags of Noctua dark brown grommets (Vibration Kompensators), and new silicone dampers for the heatsink, all sent at no cost via airmail directly from Austria, outstanding. They even helped me set up my first PWM array using a single channel PWM controller for four NF-F12s communicating back and forth via email, great people, great company, and the cooler mounting system is far superior to what I’m using now with an H100i.
How many years did I wait and hope and curse Noctua for not placing black dye into the fan molds? Even thought they could produce a black frame with a red impeller for ROG builds. Writing so many emails “you do know you could sell so many more fans if you offered different colors, all black and alpine white would sell extremely well.”
After all that time I just wanted a build without the awful flesh tone and burnt red-brown I don’t even know what to call it. Long story short, I loved the silent operation of the fan in my Corsair AX850 (Seasonic) PSU. Looked it up on Johnny Guru, found it was a Sanyo Denki SanAce Silent Type 9S. Couldn’t find any retailer that sold them in the US. Ended up purchasing five of them from a US distributor called Newark-Element14.
Just search “9S1212”.
They have a flat shipping rate of $25 whether you’re ordering one fan or many, which adds to the cost as does the fact they arrive red, black, yellow wired and need to be sleeved. If you have your own sleeving equipment great, I don’t so Performance-PCs did mine (I’m within driving distance) adding more cost. Overall my two orders plus sleeving came to $38 each for the first three fans and $42 each for the last two fans. Yup it was painful, luckily I only needed five fans for my build. They replaced Noctua NF-F12s on my radiator and chassis. 8months into the mix I would wholeheartedly recommend them over Noctua fans for cooling efficiency per decibel. The Noctua NF-F12s get comfortable at around 700rpm and go dead silent inaudible around 500rpm, at least to my ears. In comparison the Sanyos get comfortable around 1100rpm and inaudible at 800rpm (run mine at 5volts, 750rpm per the Lamptron controller). Running four as intake and one as rear exhaust for positive pressure with outstanding results. Delta T of 2.5C at idle with an H100i is pretty good, using custom TIM application for the cold plate, not the pre-applied. And the Sanyo-Denkis only come in black, no LEDs.
So thank you Noctua for many years of silent computing and amazing support, but on this fade to black you’re just too damn late.