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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Oubadah View Post

The Nexus/Yate Loon D12SL-12 used to be the gold standard, but there are probably better options these days. However, the D12SL-12 is very cheap compared to the Noctuas etc, at least where I am.

EDIT: Read this: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1266-page7.html
+1 The roundup 6 reviews a lot of good fans, specially Noiseblocker M12-S1 and Scythe Gentle Typhoon 12, both came better than their reference Nexus Basic. But the Noiseblockers are very expensive and the Scythe Gentle Typhoon 12 are extremly hard to get, maybe discontinued for the lack of low rpms fan now a days.

Since the OP wants cheap, I also second Oubadah suggestion, and also can be viewed in the same roundup 6, Nexus BASIC D12SL-12 120mm $11.99 free shipping, very good fan for a long time has been used among SPCR members with great results, even before all this new gen of fans. The fan undervolts very well.

Another really good cheap option are Scythe Slipstreams, their sound signature / tone is very good, Scythe Slipstream 800rpm SY1225SL12L $9.95 + shipping is a good choice, also works well undervolted. There are other versions if you find 800rpm too low, but for me its ideal, anything over 800rpm for me starts to get noticeable, but really comes down into how much cooling your need.
Edited by Abula - 9/6/13 at 9:31pm
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I'd vote Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-13 or AP-14 (depending on target dB) for silent at full speed. but it's all relative, e.g. it might sound silent during the noisier day while dead in the night you will say it's not anymore LOL since background noise will be extremely low too.

I personally use AP-15 and AP-45 fans on fan controller, 40% setting of that is what I consider "silent enough", turn it up when needed.
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I hope the AC F12 is nothing like the F12 Pro, because that thing produces a fair bit of vibration when it's running. The only reason it's usable is it's excellent decoupling system, and since the F12 doesn't have that I'd be very wary of that fan.
They are a cheap fan and batches very in quality. Here they are £3.32-4.16. If they are similar price for OP that makes them very cost effective.
post #14 of 18
For silence, the Enermax T.B. Silence fans are unbeatable.
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post #15 of 18
Another useful site to compare noise, price and CFM
http://www.quietpc.com/120mmfans
post #16 of 18
Here another good fan review using heat and noise reading on cooler for comparisons. Has 140mm fans and 120mm fans.
http://www.xtremehardware.com/cooling/air/xtremehardware-presenta-iv-roundup-ventole-120-140mm-giugno-2013-201306178781/?start=20
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Gelid Silent 12
Another vote for Gelid. I love their fans!

They're extremely quiet (in my experience Silent 12s don't even make audible motor noise until ~1150-1200 RPM) and come in PWM models so manual fan controllers aren't even necessary. They're also not priced too steeply, depending on where you shop.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

Depending where you live Arctic F12 fans can be found cheap and are very good.

review in threadlist says arctic cooling lies about pwm. theyre really rifle bearing. At the price though you can almost just replace them occasionally
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