Originally Posted by Atokade
The Scythe GentleTyphoons AP-15 do have good static pressure, and are class leaders in dB/CFM. ehume has certainly written about them, as well as martin's liquid lab.
From personal experience, the High perf edition SP120s are pretty darn loud. I have mine set up with the step-down adapter. Also, the addition of the filter increases the sound coming from the intake system. There is certainly something to be said about fan reviews where the fans are tested alone for sound level measurements, rather than with a filter, rad, or anything else. I think it causes lower measurements and makes the fans seem quieter than they would be in actual working conditions.
Because that's the proper way to measure fan noise. Not literally right next to the fan or even 5cm away nor should you have it enclosed. I think fan reviews should include a frequency plot-graph because IMO no matter how quiet a fan can be if it ticks or makes a high-pitch turbulence sound it still annoys the hell out of me ... That's why i'm entirely not a fan of CM fans, they're just crap.
Originally Posted by SupahSpankeh
5 SP120 PWM Quiet Edition
1 SP120 PWM High Pressure Edition
Is there a good fan with great static pressure and better dB/CFM than the SP120? Given they'll be sucking through a filter I'd like them to have a decent static pressure.
Of course. Delta WFB1212M (Can be had cheaply for some strange reason ... There are so many 4U servers or rack enclosures that uses many of these, seems to be the de facto standard for 120mm fans on servers)
In fact the EFB-series has even better CFM/db and BETTER static pressure with a much more calming sound pitch than the WFB. That said the WFB is still very non-intruding. I can leave 5 of them running full blast and i can even sleep next to it.
The same can't be said for the Corsair fans, it utterly annoyed the hell out of me when i got a few for testing ... Sold it to people who didn't want a Delta. It did cost me some money though ...
Still it's a bad idea to use a QE, since they are PWM so why not get the full-out version and let speedfan do the work for you?
My 45.5dB EFB1212VH set as exhuast is only noticeable at full chat