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I'm starting a new build this week after waiting what seems like forever for my new Caselabs case to arrive, and some of the components I'm moving to the new case and some things I'm completely redoing, like the cooling. In my old case, I was using the Aerocool Dead Silence 120mm fans as my case fans and my rad fans, but in my new build, I'd like to get some good fans for my rads with a high static pressure using a push/pull configuration. My case will be white and I'll have blue accents, so of course I'd not only want decent rad fans, but I'd also like them to go with my color scheme.

They all need to be PWM fans, and they'll all be run off my Aquaero. From what I understand, the Aquaero should be able to run about 10 fans per channel. To save myself a little time, I thought I would just post here to see if anyone might have some suggestions to narrow down my search. So, if anyone might have some suggestions, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
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Hi there tongue.gif

Well there are many good high static pressure fans for 120mm but the options are too many.

IMHO i really like the SP120 line from corsair, they come in a few colors, but since there are many good high static pressure fans, i think you should take a look at this thread which is really good thumb.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1274407/fans-the-most-complete-and-comprehensive-array-of-tests-and-benchmarks

They pretty much cover all the fans on the market for PC tongue.gif

I hope that helps, Cheers rolleyes.gif
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Gentle Typhoons and Vardars are generally considered the best radiator fan, but it really depends on what your rad space is. If your using minimum rad space then you should get the best fans, but if you have plenty or more than enough rad space then realistically you can use any fan you want because of diminishing returns with overkill rad space, especially in push/pull.
 
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just use the search feature of the site. this question has been beat to death because people feel their time is too valuable to research or they feel theyre just too damned special to research. you are not special and you are not a special case.
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EK Vardar 3000rpm for AP-60 lookalikes. If you don't mind noise then Delta PWMs QFR1212GHE-PWM. You can also try the Noctua F12s 3000RPM industrial one.
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EK Vardar 3000rpm for AP-60 lookalikes. If you don't mind noise then Delta PWMs QFR1212GHE-PWM. You can also try the Noctua F12s 3000RPM industrial one.

That's 1200 RPM at the minimum which could be considered loud in some scenarios. They made a lower RPM "ER" version that goes from ~550-2200 RPM (some reviews have shown this to be closer to 400 RPM) and is the same price (and all black): http://www.performance-pcs.com/ekwb-fans/ek-vardar-f4-120er-2200rpm-high-performance-liquid-cooling-fan.html Since his chassis will be white, the white version may match it better: http://www.performance-pcs.com/ekwb-fans/ek-vardar-f4-120er-2200rpm-high-performance-liquid-cooling-fan-white.html especially with white radiators (would look SICK).
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EK Vardar 3000rpm for AP-60 lookalikes. If you don't mind noise then Delta PWMs QFR1212GHE-PWM. You can also try the Noctua F12s 3000RPM industrial one.

That's 1200 RPM at the minimum which could be considered loud in some scenarios. They made a lower RPM "ER" version that goes from ~550-2200 RPM (some reviews have shown this to be closer to 400 RPM) and is the same price (and all black): http://www.performance-pcs.com/ekwb-fans/ek-vardar-f4-120er-2200rpm-high-performance-liquid-cooling-fan.html Since his chassis will be white, the white version may match it better: http://www.performance-pcs.com/ekwb-fans/ek-vardar-f4-120er-2200rpm-high-performance-liquid-cooling-fan-white.html especially with white radiators (would look SICK).

If they only made a 140 version in white, /drool!
 
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I've been wondering how well EK's new Vardar fans work, and I did see they sell them in all black and all white. I haven't looked into them enough to see if they had LEDs or not, but considering EK likes to stick to the basics, but make a high quality product, I would think they don't have LEDs. I ran across some fans the other day that were all white, but the fins were blue, which would look awesome in this build. I've seen people paint the fan blades, but it seems like that might hinder the performance some.

I'll have plenty of room in my new Caselabs TH10A, and I'm going to be running 2 loops, one for my GPUs and 2 x 480mm rads and one for my CPU, VRM, and chipset waterblocks with a 360mm rad. I read a report not long ago where someone ran multiple tests on a watercooled system (same parts, but one was setup with a push system on the rads and the other was setup as push/pull). I've never setup a push/pull system before because I didn't think the price of additional fans (twice as many) plus the extra space being used up in the case could quantify any incremental cooling, but the results were a whole lot better than I thought they would be. I should have bookmarked it, but I might try to find it again. From what I recall, the delta was cut in half with a push/pull system, and if that's accurate, then I might go with a push/pull system. I also learned that the Corsair fans require more power, or so it seems, because using an Aquaero to run your fans, each channel of the Aquaero can't operate as many fans as other brands.

And yes, I did search the forum for best rad fans, but nothing was up to date, and it seems like more fans have been hitting the market lately. I want good fans, but if the good fans are all black with no LEDs, then I would rather use average fans, if the color of it and the color of the LED matched the rest of my build.
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EK Vardars are considered some of the best, but they don't do LED's, they are performance driven not ascetic. It sounds like your going to have plenty of rad space and with push/pull like I mentioned you can pretty much run any fan and be fine. Corsairs are popular because they have decent performance, they don't break the bank, AND they look good in just about any build. You might also check out thermaltake's new riing fan, those are pretty sweet looking too, and although i have no data my guess is they perform about as well as the corsairs.
 
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EK Vardars are considered some of the best, but they don't do LED's, they are performance driven not ascetic. It sounds like your going to have plenty of rad space and with push/pull like I mentioned you can pretty much run any fan and be fine. Corsairs are popular because they have decent performance, they don't break the bank, AND they look good in just about any build. You might also check out thermaltake's new riing fan, those are pretty sweet looking too, and although i have no data my guess is they perform about as well as the corsairs.

I had SP120s, were awful compared to Vardars and GTs. They looked cool before I bought them but after having used them, every build I see that has those fans looks cheap. I switched them out for Vardars (1850 RPM) which were really nice but had the ugly grey color blades and weren't 3 pin controlled. The all black GTs came out and I switched to those (am currently using them) but the Vardars were better IMO. Even at 5v where they spin at like 600 RPM they make an annoying noise while the Vardars didn't. Granted, I have my chassis open since I've been swapping stuff out so much so it may not be that bad. At the faster RPMs, the Vardars were a bit louder but have a better sound signature. If I could go back I wouldn't have switched to the GTs, Vardars were great.
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