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I'm thinking of building a custom water cooling loop with 120mm radiators, and I was wondering on you guys' input on what fans would be the best for the job. I'm looking for a high-performing fan with quietness in mind, and so far have been looking at either the NB-Eloop B12-3/B12-4, or Scythe GT AP-15/AP-45. Any other fans that I should consider?
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I do not have experience with NB-Eloops, but I can tell you that AP15s are the bee's knees. They are just incredible fans. At 100% fan speed, you can hear them, but it is a nice low-pitched hum versus some fans which have a high pitched hum which is just down right annoying at any volume.
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Hmm they are about the same. But noiseblocker is more expensive. Get the cheaper one
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What is your opinion on Noctua?
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Just no
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Just no

Agreed, they are overpriced for what they are. Much better fan options in the same price range.
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You could also look at swiftech's 120mm fans. Personally I haven't used them, but they looks very similar to the ap-15's and are about $6 cheaper per fan. I own the ap-15's and they are just as described above.
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You could also look at swiftech's 120mm fans. Personally I haven't used them, but they looks very similar to the ap-15's and are about $6 cheaper per fan. I own the ap-15's and they are just as described above.

Swiftech's Helix's do look like Gentle Typhoons, but they sure don't measure up to them.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/04/24/fan-testing-round-11/
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Swiftech's Helix's do look like Gentle Typhoons, but they sure don't measure up to them.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/04/24/fan-testing-round-11/

Very interesting results. I do agree that at max fan speed the sp-15's are definitely smooth with a very soothing hum unlike some fans I've had in the past. I guess just because they look almost identical doesn't mean they are. I can say that in the reviews I've read that I've never heard anything negative about the helix fans and users actually say they would buy more of them. If I had to buy fans all over again I would definitely consider them especially at their price point. I usually only run my fans around 1000rpm - 1200rpm max while gaming so noise really isn't terrible especially because I wear headphones.

If he absolutely wants the best my vote would go to the scythe AP-15's.
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My 2150 RPM GT´s are totally awesome for my computer, even with all fans on full tilt the noise is reasonable, but when i turn off all but the top two, and undervolt them, my rig is practically silent, the only thing you can hear is the faint hum of the pump.

I have a couple NB's on my HTPC for case cooling, and while they´re more silent, they also spin a lot slower and are more expensive. I'd stick to GT's.
   
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