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Can't get Noctua fans, so what would you buy?

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I'm looking for some case fans. I really want the Noctuas....but lets pretend that I can't get them....then what is the next best "go to" fan? Remember, I'm looking for case fans....intakes, exhausts, etc etc....non of that static pressure stuff. So which one would you go and why?
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Good case fans do need decent static pressure readings as well as a decent cfm readings.

We do not use our fans at 0mm H2O... because just running a fan at full speed on open table creates a pressure differential between the intake side and the exhaust side of fan... pulling air in lowers pressure... and pushing air out increases pressure.

By the same token we will never use a fan at it maximum static pressure rating.. because it is moving no air.. static.. stopped.. still..

Pushing / Pulling air through a case is not without added resistance to the airflow either.. and that resistance is what static pressure reading are all about.. how much resistance (mm H2O) the fan can deal with and still have good airflow (CFM).
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You use a "Cooler Master HAF X"?

The front 230mm intake has massive restriction due to the HDD cage. Filters and grilles add restriction to intake flow too.

Also there's no 230mm Noctuas ,even if 200mm ones are in the works.

Quote:
Front:230x30 mm red LED fan x 1
Top:200x30mm fan x 2 (one is optional)
Side:200x30mm fan x 1
Rear:140x25mm fan x 1
VGA card fan duct:120x25 mm or 120x38mm fan x 1 (optional)
VGA card holder:80x15mm fan x 1 (optional)
http://www.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/case/full-tower/haf-x.html

The odd thing is the HAF XM actually has better fan swap options: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
120mm x 2 on front intake (instead of 200mm stock fan)
140mm x2 side (instead of 200mm stock fan)
200mm x 2 top
140mm rear

As far as 200mm fans go, most people I've seen recommend the Coolermaster Megaflow. I haven't seen any 200mm fan roundups though.

The recent NZXT FZ-200 got a review but no comparisons were made:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/nzxt-fz-200mm-high-performance-fans/7/
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinks/35358-nzxt-fz200?showall=&start=2

For 140mm and 120mm, the Arctic F14 and F12 are options you can go for. The quality control is less though.

There's also Gelid Silent series 140mm and 120mm.
Edited by AlphaC - 9/29/13 at 6:12pm
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You use a "Cooler Master HAF X"?

The front 230mm intake has massive restriction due to the HDD cage. Filters and grilles add restriction to intake flow too.

Also there's no 230mm Noctuas ,even if 200mm ones are in the works.


http://www.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/case/full-tower/haf-x.html

The odd thing is the HAF XM actually has better fan swap options:
120mm x 2 on front intake (instead of 200mm stock fan)
140mm x2 side (instead of 200mm stock fan)
200mm x 2 top
140mm rear

As far as 200mm fans go, most people I've seen recommend the Coolermaster Megaflow. I haven't seen any 200mm fan roundups though.

I'm running a HAF 932 side panel....so 4 x 120mm fan mounts. Also the top and fronts I can put 140mm's. I already have some temporary fans in there.
Edited by steven88 - 9/29/13 at 5:51pm
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