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Hello, I just ordered a H110 and I want to know which fans I should get for better noise and performance. I also have a fan controller, so noise levels are controllable.

I was looking at the Akasa Apache Black 140mm, but I'm not sure what's what when it comes to 140mm fans.

Thank you for the help.
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Hello, I just ordered a H110 and I want to know which fans I should get for better noise and performance. I also have a fan controller, so noise levels are controllable.

I was looking at the Akasa Apache Black 140mm, but I'm not sure what's what when it comes to 140mm fans.

Thank you for the help.
well i am going to buy 2 CoolerMaster 1800rpm BC 140mm and 4 aerocool sharkfans. I am going to do Dr. EVIL surgery on them and put the sharkfan impellers on the 1800rpm motors and use those as push and use standard sharkfans as pull
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I've heard the Aero Cool Shark fans are supposed to be good or Static Pressure, but haven't tried them out on a rad yet.

^ You posted that as I was writing my response. +1 for Aero Cool tongue.gif
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I just checked the Aero Cool Shark fans and they seem weak on the static pressure side. Any other suggestions? I am looking for very high performance.

What about these?
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fans&type_sub=PWM%20Control&model=AK-FN063
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We just did the 140mm rad fan discussion yesterday smile.gif

Don't trust manufacturer specs, static pressure is tested at 0 airflow. This is kinda useless because a radiator, while restrictive, is not a brick wall.

I tested Akasa Apache and Viper, Bgears B-blaster, Silverstone AP141 and Noiseblocker PK3 and PK-PS fans. Ran them all at 1100rpm which seemed to me to be a good compromise of power and noise. Noiseblockers came out best of temps and noise, even tried all the other fans using the Noiseblocker decoupler. PK-3 with a fan controller was quieter than PK-PS on the motherboard PWM connector.

My son has those led Shark fans upstairs on his rig, they are very noisy as case fans - I didn't even consider them for on a rad. Maybe I should test it one day smile.gif
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I just checked the Aero Cool Shark fans and they seem weak on the static pressure side. Any other suggestions? I am looking for very high performance.

What about these?
http://www.akasa.co.uk/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fans&type_sub=PWM%20Control&model=AK-FN063

You said you were using a speed controller. Wouldnt putting PWM fans on a speed controller severly shorten their lifespan?

I got a couple of Noctua 120's for my radiator and never looked back. They are silent and deadly thumb.gif

Here is a link for the 140's
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=52&lng=en&set=1
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We just did the 140mm rad fan discussion yesterday smile.gif

Don't trust manufacturer specs, static pressure is tested at 0 airflow. This is kinda useless because a radiator, while restrictive, is not a brick wall.

I tested Akasa Apache and Viper, Bgears B-blaster, Silverstone AP141 and Noiseblocker PK3 and PK-PS fans. Ran them all at 1100rpm which seemed to me to be a good compromise of power and noise. Noiseblockers came out best of temps and noise, even tried all the other fans using the Noiseblocker decoupler. PK-3 with a fan controller was quieter than PK-PS on the motherboard PWM connector.

My son has those led Shark fans upstairs on his rig, they are very noisy as case fans - I didn't even consider them for on a rad. Maybe I should test it one day smile.gif

How exactly did you test the fans? There are too many variables here;)
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You said you were using a speed controller. Wouldnt putting PWM fans on a speed controller severly shorten their lifespan?

I got a couple of Noctua 120's for my radiator and never looked back. They are silent and deadly thumb.gif

Here is a link for the 140's
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=52&lng=en&set=1

Can't afford those, because I already purchased 6 NF F12's.
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How exactly did you test the fans? There are too many variables here;)

I tried to minimise the variables by putting rpms exactly the same for each fan. This way I could judge by comparing CPU core temperature over a 30 minute period. CPU was i7-3770K and had a mild overclock 4.2GHz and load was prime95. GPU was running at stock with burn in test of Furmark. Radiator is from XSPC AX series, quite high restriction.

I also used a decibel meter app on my phone to try to compare noise, but it was prone to positioning and it doesn't take subtleties of tone into account.
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