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Enermax probly has the best LED effects of any fan manufacturer. I personally don't know enough about the performance of em to recommend em.
    
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post #12 of 19
I don't like LED fans but i couldn't pass on those Cougars
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553012
Also comes in green and red.
post #13 of 19
I'd like to add to the suggestions bathe new Xigmatek line. I just put their 120s and 140s in my new build with great success on noise/cfm balance. They use color translucent fins with white LEDs that create a much cooler visual effect and color distribution than even I expected.

The Cougars do sound great, though, too. Good luck!
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I'd like to add to the suggestions bathe new Xigmatek line. I just put their 120s and 140s in my new build with great success on noise/cfm balance. They use color translucent fins with white LEDs that create a much cooler visual effect and color distribution than even I expected.

The Cougars do sound great, though, too. Good luck!

Are you referring to the XAF series? If so, those are the ones I'm looking at getting too, and I'm finding it hard to see any that compare aesthetically and in terms of performance.. The white LED effect looks like it would be pretty top-notch. Do you have the pwm models or the 3pin?

The only other ones that look like they might compete with those, in my eyes, are the AeroCool Shark series.
post #15 of 19
I looked at the Xigmatek fans too but went with the Aerocool fans.

All I can really compare them to performance wise is the Arctic Cooling F12 @ 74cfm, and they move a bit more air and are not quite as quiet.

Aesthetics is a personal thing and mine are all behind filters and are hard to see anyway. I can say they are not bright which suits me fine.

I should mention that they are made out of a soft plastic and it is easy to strip them out by over tightening the self tapping screws, but they do also come with those rubber thingies, as well as an extension cord and adapters.
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Yes, I have the XAFs in my Corsair 540 build, both the 120mm 3 pins and 140mm 4 pins, all running off PWM through a fan controller. They aren't the absolute quietest, but still very quiet and move a ton of air and look good doing it. You can see them in my posts on the Corsair 540 case forum, if you want a view of how they look in action.

Hear you on the soft plastic and know that might be a problem in the future, but the brackets should help address if it happens.
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post #18 of 19
Generally with fans, you end up needing to find a middle ground you're happy with between looks and performance. If the fans you need are just for chassis fans to add airflow to your case, you can generally go for the best looking fans you want. It's when you need them to cool a radiator or heatsink that you really wanna start leaning more towards performance. Also, ALWAYS keep in mind that the stats you see listed in a fans "specs" column are always gonna be exaggerated. If you find a fan you want, that's when you research further on OCN, martinsliquidlab, and similar sites to find out how they perform in real world situations. Don't ever buy a fan based on the manufacturer specs.
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Yes, I have the XAFs in my Corsair 540 build, both the 120mm 3 pins and 140mm 4 pins, all running off PWM through a fan controller. They aren't the absolute quietest, but still very quiet and move a ton of air and look good doing it. You can see them in my posts on the Corsair 540 case forum, if you want a view of how they look in action.

Hear you on the soft plastic and know that might be a problem in the future, but the brackets should help address if it happens.

You're fans might be running a little loud because you're PWM'ing the 3-pin fans. PWM is generally a quieter way of controlling fans, but only with actual 4-pin PWM fans. PWM'ing non-PWM fans causes clicking and other noises. You'd be better off just Voltage Controlling the 3-pins. Fans don't like to have their +12v power supply line "pulsed"
    
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post #19 of 19
To be clear, mine are being voltage controlled via a fan controller using a PWM signal to indicate the correct voltage to pass through. And they really are quiet, just not totally silent. No clicking or any sort of discernible noise.

Agree with you on the balance, which seemingly becomes a very personal thing, from the passion on the many forums of the subject.
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