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I'm just going to keep renaming this thread to get threw all of my questions!! Seems like a better way to go. See the latest post for the latest questions. First up:

I googled away all day and found little on this subject:

I currently have 5x120mm Gentle Typhoon AP-15 fans. My build calls for 20x120mm fans or a 5x120mm fan + 12x140mm fan combo. This count provisions one extra of each fan type in case of a fan failure.

I've long held that the GT AP-15 fans are unsurpassed in performance and durability. Yet I have also long wanted a fan equal to the GT AP-15 in those respects with a better looking design (IE not grey) and LEDs. Everyone has nice things to say about the Phanteks PH-F140SP LED with its blue LEDs, white fan blades, and great performance. The Phanteks fans also come with black cables and a nice black extension cord. But are they better than the GT AP-15s in performance and durability? Its also 120mm vs 140mm. If silence (run by a fan controller) and great rad performance are my goals which is the better fan? I should also note that the GT AP-15s are almost twice as expensive. To purchase enough GT AP-15 fans to complete my build will run $315 delivered at FrozenCPU (15 more GT AP-15 fans). To do the same with the Phanteks fans will run only $175 delivered at Phanteks direct (12 Phanteks fans - less are needed to fill the case due to the 140mm size).

Any thoughts? Or other fans to consider?

Product Links:

Phanteks:

http://www.phanteksusa.com/products/phanteks-ph-f140sp_led

GTs:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10323/fan-674/Scythe_Gentle_Typhoon_120mm_x_25mm_Fan_-_1850_RPM_D1225C12B5AP-15_Hot_Item_.html
Edited by Neo Zuko - 3/4/14 at 10:03pm
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I don't think it's really fair to compare a 140mm fan to a 120mm fan.

They're both the best of their class.
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I get that but I do have to pick one path or the other nonetheless. Unless I find other worthy fans to chose from. My Case Labs Merlin SM8 case can do both fan sizes no problem. With the 140mm option I do have to spend $20 to get another drop in mount however. The other fan mount adapters I have not purchased as of yet so no loss there. Of course the Black Ice SR-1 Rad configuration changes (I'm getting four rads either way):

120mm Fan Rads: 360, 480, 480, 480

vs

140mm Fan Rads: 280, 420, 420, 420

I wonder which actually has more rad space between the two. I would guess the 140mm Fan Rads by a smidgen.
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Akasa Vipers are cool; they're yellow. redface.gif
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I can't rock the yellow biggrin.gif
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Akasa piranha are good too. Almost same as vipers. Their awesome little fans for $10.
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While I don't mind spending money to get nicer things for my PC, if all things are equal, I don't mind saving money either. that's the scenario the Phantek fan pricing puts me in.
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Originally Posted by Neo Zuko View Post

While I don't mind spending money to get nicer things for my PC, if all things are equal, I don't mind saving money either. that's the scenario the Phantek fan pricing puts me in.
If it goes with your scheme, you're okay with the price, and can't find anything better then just go for it. It's one of my favouriteIt's my favourite 14cm besides the Vipers... Cuz they're yellow. tongue.gif It's good noise to performance and price to performance. Doo ett
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I was kinda hoping for more tie breaker info. If I can't break the infinity loop of indecision I'll just play it safe with what I know - The GTs. Ah well. I do like my GTs.
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I have PH-F140XPs and AP15s w/ 140mm adapters in my system. The XPs should be the same just w/ PWM. I can't comment on performance. But in terms of noise the GTs are superior. Both of my F140XPs growl. If I slow the GTs to 1200 to match the F140XPs the GTs have a better noise profile.
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