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I want to quite things down a bit..

At the moment I'm using 5-141cfm, 52 dba Delta fans that do a good job at cooling, but after 5+ years of listening to a blower on my desk I think it's time to tone it down.

I looking at these 2 fans

Gentle Typhoon's in a pull setup. Well known for cooling and quite operation, ok cfm, double ball bearing. But at $16 are they worth it over other fans?
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/scge120mmsic2.html

Or

XSPC Xinruilian's in a push/pull setup. Low dba, sleve bearing, ok cfm, cheap.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsxi12mm29db.html

On a lower fin count rad I should be able to keep things cool with either of these fans.

Would like to hear your thoughts on one or both of these fans.

Thanks
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There are a lot of sleeve bearing fans that you would think would do great for watercooling. However, most people have their radiators placed horizontally, something that causes clicking noises and fan failure in sleeve bearing fans. You either need ball bearing (like the gt) or hydrodynamic/fluid dynamic bearing (kama flow 2).
If you are using all radiators in a vertical position, then sure, go for the XSPC fans you posted or something similar.

I recently put together my own loop and was in the same spot. I wanted a lot of fans, and going with GTs was just too much money for my taste. I ended up going with Arctic Cooling F12 PWM fans. These are fluid dynamic bearings, rated at 500,000 hours, or something stupid, and come with a 6 year warranty. Cheaper than scythe products. The fan's fins are thinner compare to a GT, but this lowers noise as well as saving costs. I don't have equipment that measures static pressure, but I have built loops with GTs. The AC F12 offers comparable static pressure, less noise than an AP15 and longer life. PWM is another advantage. Remember that the same fan with PWM as opposed to voltage control will push more air.
The only disadvantage is short cabling. If you are using a radiator placed above your motherboard like most people do, it will be perfect. The first fan attaches to your CPU fan connector, and the rest of the fans daisy chain off that, so the cabling length is a non issue. You won't need a fan controller using F12s in this manner. I would highly recommend these. thumb.gif
Edited by jesh462 - 11/8/13 at 6:53am
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Both my rads are mounted horizontally with a 360 at the top and the 240 at the bottom of the case. I'm not going to be using a controller on which ever fan I buy, just going to connect them to power from the PSU and run them full speed.

Thanks for the link to the Arctic Cooling F12's. They look very promising...


Are you running the F12's with shrouds?
Edited by By-Tor - 11/8/13 at 10:56pm
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No, I don't have room for shrouds. The F12s are almost silent up to around 900rpm. Around 1300 rpm is max, and it's a whooshy air noise, not disruptive and inaudible above your average GPU fan. If you want to run them full speed, there is a non-PWM version that is like a dollar cheaper.


I'm not sure if I was clear on this but here is what the site says:

Patented PWM Sharing Technology (F12 PWM)
It shares the same PWM signal as other PWM fans being used in the system so that they all run at optimal speed based on the CPU load.

The fans can plug into each other so if you have even 1 chassis fan spot open on the motherboard then all your fans can run off that. There's not really a reason not to run the PWM version that I can think of. Speedfan makes them even quieter.
post #5 of 6
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I'm looking at buying 10 fans and setting them up push/pull on my rads.

How many can you plug into one MB header?

Do you have your fans pushing or pulling on your rad?


Edit: The patented PWM Sharing Technology (PST) regulates the speed up to 5 fans via BIOS.
Edited by By-Tor - 11/9/13 at 7:43am
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IMO stick w/ the GTs. They are king for noise to air flow though a radiator ratio. They will also last a long longer than most other fans.
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