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Hey guys, over the next few months I'm going to be upgrading my rig (case included). I'm going to be getting a Fractal Define R4.

In my current case, I have three Noiseblocker fans (one 120mm and three 140mm). They're extremely quiet and move a lot of air.

But here's the thing: I absolutely LOVE the look of Corsair's fans and I'm looking for any possible excuse to put five AF140s in my R4. I'll be getting two SP120 PWM fans for my new heatsink, so it'd be awesome to have matching fans throughout the whole case.

Do you think there'd be any real world benefits from this, or should I just reuse the Noiseblockers for front intake/rear exhaust and use the two stock fans for top exhaust?
    
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The noiseblocker fans do have way better airflow.
I think you could easily keep 2 NB's for front intake.
They'd be sort of hidden away inside the R4 case anyway.
But hey, who am I to tell you. If you really are looking for any excuse possible,
and aesthetics are your thing, go with the AF140's thumb.gif
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The noiseblocker fans do have way better airflow.
I think you could easily keep 2 NB's for front intake.
They'd be sort of hidden away inside the R4 case anyway.
But hey, who am I to tell you. If you really are looking for any excuse possible,
and aesthetics are your thing, go with the AF140's thumb.gif

I do care about aesthetics, but not as much as performance and silence.

At 7v, the Noiseblockers are the only fans I've ever been able to describe as "silent". I literally cannot hear them unless I put my ear right up next to them.

I was just wondering if the Corsair fans are able to match this kind of quality. If not, I'll gladly stick with the Noiseblockers.

Are the stock R4 fans anything to write home about? I'd like to use them somewhere in the case rather than buying more Noiseblockers (the only reason I have these ones is because I bought the case used and it came with them)
    
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Stock R4 fans are quite noticeable. At least compared to the corsair fans. I think it has to do with the profile of the fan tiself. Rather passive, so you have to run at higher rpm for it to move as much air. They don't do much in terms of vibration though. They are pretty balanced. An I have to say that to me,the upgrade from stock to corsair was worth it.
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