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post #1 of 6
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I am looking to change out the front fans on my Corsair Air 540. I have narrowed my choice down to the Corsair SP120 fan but I am not sure whether I want to the Quiet Edition or Performance Edition.

SYSTEM
- Reference GTX 780 Ti SLI not overclocked and staying on air
- 4930K on Sabertooth X79
- H100i that is going to stick around at least for the near future

ME
- Quietness is VERY important. I have rid myself of motherboards and PSUs in the past for squealing, etc.
- I live in MN where summer is hot (90*+ with high humidity is not out of the question)
- AC is used only when the going gets tough

Right now I am thinking that I could go with the Performance Editions and then use the Sabertooth to dial down the speed when not needed. If it's 83* in the house this summer I can kick the fan profile up and let the fans spin up closer to their potential. Can the Sabertooth lower the voltage to the 7V range?

Is there any reason this would be inadvisable?

Thanks thumb.gif
post #2 of 6
If you care about a quiet PC then the quiet editions would be a better choice.

If you are not OCing the hardware then low RPM fans sub 1000RPM should be fine for 24/7

The saber tooth will have a header that is voltage controlled which can be adjusted in speed fan if it is anything like my RIVE.

The stuff has made sense, you have not said anything silly.... yet tongue.gif

I do fine corsair fans to be a bit average in terms of noise and cooling, is that OK?
post #3 of 6
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Thanks mam72

I have to be real honest - I do like the looks of the Corsair and since my case has such a large window I want everything aesthetically fit together. Either way, which fans do you prefer?

The only caveat here is the fans must come from Micro Center. I have a gift card to burn smile.gif
post #4 of 6
Take a look at this link here.

I think that those charts and videos can help you.
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I agree with Mam72... I have both the SP and AF edition Corsair fans. The SP's are LOUD when at full RPM, where as the AFs (quiet edition) are very do-able even maxed out. I have also found the SP's to be "clicky" when undervolted... just a faint clicking sound. I have not tried the PWM version of the SP's... so no info there.

The PWM version of the quiet editions are very nice... and work well with either PWM or undervolting. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-SP120-Quiet-Edition/dp/B00C249PEO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395852496&sr=8-2&keywords=corsair++pwm
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by MNiceGuy View Post

Thanks mam72

I have to be real honest - I do like the looks of the Corsair and since my case has such a large window I want everything aesthetically fit together. Either way, which fans do you prefer?

The only caveat here is the fans must come from Micro Center. I have a gift card to burn smile.gif

Since you are getting the fans more for aesthetics my opinion doesn't matter.

Normally i would go for GT-AP-15 and run them a 5v or if I am tight for cash I would go for Gelid Silents at 12v, Nexus Basics, Zalman F3 at 5v or Yate Loons. The reason I go for those (aside for the GTs), is that they are unoffensive colours like black and white and no silly colours like brown. To be honest I wouldn't get to stressed out about finding "the best fan" out there, all good ones sound very similar under 1000RPM.
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