Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3
There is no motor noise from either NF-A14 PWM or NF-F12 PWM. Then you did not own or tried them. Please tell the truth.
NF-F12 PWM has wind noise is based on how the fan is placed and the design of the wind channels.
NF-A14 PWM have a stronger SP and airflow than the Gelid Silent 14. Which all the Gelid Silent 12/14 produced the annoying PWM tick at low levels. The Noctua did not produce any of that annoying noise.
Fooled by Noctua Packaging? What is that suppose to mean. They say 6 years is fine, other companies give different warranty. Noctua confident that 6 years is good to use long term.
I've had my NF-P12 PWM fans for 4 years now and still working great.
My many other fans are not doing so well after 1-2 years.
Noctua fans may be price higher, and for that it does have a good reason to do so.
That is the truth. I'm not here to waste my time spread misinformation. I never mentioned the GELID Silent
, I'm not sure why you brought it up. My entire discussion and comparison has been about the GELID Wing 12 PL.
The GELID Silent PWM is a completely different fan than the PWM GELID Wing 12 PL, the Silent uses hydro bearing and the Wing 12 PL uses nano bearings, therefore the sound signature and performance is completely different. Also, the low rpm "tick" you mentioned on the Silent does not exist on the Wing 12 PL.
I had both fans connected to a BitFenix Hydra Pro controller and the Noctua DOES have motor noise, although slight, but it's there. Until you've compared the GELID Wing 12 PL and the Noctua NF-F12 PWM side by side, you have no idea what you're missing in terms of silent performance. My only gripe with the Wing 12 PL is that it doesn't come in a non-LED model.
My Wing 12 PL has a 5 year warranty. 5yr, 6yr, 7yr is all irrelevant to me. It's just a marketing tool. It's like giving a PC case a 10yr warranty.
Like I said in my previous post, most people I've spoken to only experienced 1 type of fan and 1 type of bearing, because either don't have the time/finances/resources or just don't want the hassle and fuss of going through different types of fans from different manufacturers. Here is a the list of fans I tried before settling with the Wing 12 PLs:Noiseblocker M12-P, Cougar CF-V12HP, Noctua NF-F12 PWM, GELID Wing 12 PL, Scythe AP-15 & AP-45 and bequiet! SW1 (2200rpm)
, they all have their strengths and weakness and none are particularly bad, it just didn't meet my criteria of high static pressure AND
near silent performance.
I'm not here to bash on Noctua, I'm just here to share my objective experience but most replies so far have been very closed minded and I sense a level of brand loyalty.