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Trustworthy Benchmarks for 140mm (Air-Cooled) Case Fans?

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I need to pick up some 140mm case fans for my Fractal Design R5. Looking for something quiet but not silent at normal operating temperatures that won't jump past slightly noticeable but not distracting during gaming.

Can't seem to find a lot of great resources for 140mm Case Fans for exclusive air cooling.

I know looking for the "best" is a subjective term - just looking for options.

(Build progress: i7-5820k, Asus x99-m WS, G.Skill 32gb Value Series, MSI 970 100mil, RM750i, undecided on CPU cooler)
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ThermalBench is good. Not too many 140mm fans but some good ones listed.
CoolingTechniques is also good.
Hardware.fr has too.
ehume here has done some on Vortez
Cyclops here has done a bunch too.

Key is select fans that have a good P-Q curves .. a high enough pressure rating to overcome grill & filter resistance (similar to radiator or cooler resistance) with a decent flow rate.

I prefer data with rpm range from idle to full speed because I always run cases fans on a heat to rpm curve like CPU and GPU have. This means they supply airflow as CPU and GPU need it instead of usual constant speed which means way more air than needed at idle and not enough at full load

My favorite 140mm fans are Thermalrighrt TY-14x series fans. Problem is they are not square. I do a simple modification to make them 140x140mm (actually 141x141mm) square. I also make a 105mm to 124.5mm mount adapter plate for mounting where 140mm fan mounting pattern is needed. You can find guides for these in "Ways to Better Cooling" thread linked in my sig. 1st post is index that links to posts.
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I recommend this test:

http://www.hardwaremax.net/reviews/luefter/521-test-be-quiet-140-mm-luefter.html?showall=&start=5

Lets you hear the fans instead of just dB measurements which say nothing about buzzing or other side noises.

(Identische Kühlleistung = Identical cooling performance)
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

ThermalBench is good. Not too many 140mm fans but some good ones listed.
CoolingTechniques is also good.
Hardware.fr has too.
ehume here has done some on Vortez
Cyclops here has done a bunch too.

Key is select fans that have a good P-Q curves .. a high enough pressure rating to overcome grill & filter resistance (similar to radiator or cooler resistance) with a decent flow rate.

I prefer data with rpm range from idle to full speed because I always run cases fans on a heat to rpm curve like CPU and GPU have. This means they supply airflow as CPU and GPU need it instead of usual constant speed which means way more air than needed at idle and not enough at full load

My favorite 140mm fans are Thermalrighrt TY-14x series fans. Problem is they are not square. I do a simple modification to make them 140x140mm (actually 141x141mm) square. I also make a 105mm to 124.5mm mount adapter plate for mounting where 140mm fan mounting pattern is needed. You can find guides for these in "Ways to Better Cooling" thread linked in my sig. 1st post is index that links to posts.

Thermalrighrt TY-14x series seems to be really popular around here. I'm guessing for good reason.
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Originally Posted by julizs View Post

I recommend this test:

http://www.hardwaremax.net/reviews/luefter/521-test-be-quiet-140-mm-luefter.html?showall=&start=5

Lets you hear the fans instead of just dB measurements which say nothing about buzzing or other side noises.

(Identische Kühlleistung = Identical cooling performance)

This is amazing! Do they have one for Air Coolers?

I've been going between the Noctua D15 and the Cryorig Utlimate R1 for some time now.
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