Originally Posted by Leethal
Are they really? What fans do you suggest?
Originally Posted by snipekill2445
Are you talking about the SP and AF series?
I have five SP120's, and they are very quiet. I have them set to 800rpm, but they are pretty much silent until around 1200
I'd suggest the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s. They only go up to 1850RPMs, but they have proven themselves very well. They hold their CFM through barriers better than fans with higher static pressure (Martin's Liquid Lab testing, not just saying this out my you know.) They run at 28DBa max, while the SP run at 2350RPM and 35DBa at 75% fan speed, they are dang near silent. which equates to almost 1400RPM. Even at full speed, they aren't that loud. Compared to the SP which are loud and whiny. I forget who tested this, but they said the AP-15s had a pleasant hum to them while the SP sounded harsh. I can confirm that the AP-15 have a nice sound to them, even at full blast. However, I can't comment on the SP since I do not own a pair. There are drawbacks to both, and it really depends on your ears and how sensitive they are to each sound. I'm running AP-15s all the way around, but that's because I'm switching to liquid cooling fairly soon. Well, I have Noctua A14 PWMs on my Corsair H110 right now, but will be full AP-15s when I switch.
Those Noctua's are great fans, too. Very quiet even at almost full speed. If you don't like the look of them, they are coming out with black in Q1 of next year.
Just about any aftermarket (non-case fan) fan will do, to be honest. the stock fans are just absolutely horrid. You probably won't see a major difference between the two, and it's really up to you. The Corsair's look a heck of a lot better, but since, I'm masking them with 60MM rads, it's fine to me.Edited by jameyscott - 10/11/13 at 9:00pm