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I use 6 sp120 High Performance versions on two rads (on in push and the other in push/pull) and run them at "quiet" version RPM levels unless I feel the need to crank up the RPMs. Speaking of that, I don't get the point of the quiet version if you use a fan controller... is there any difference other than max RPM? Slightly OT, I know...
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I use 6 sp120 High Performance versions on two rads (on in push and the other in push/pull) and run them at "quiet" version RPM levels unless I feel the need to crank up the RPMs. Speaking of that, I don't get the point of the quiet version if you use a fan controller... is there any difference other than max RPM? Slightly OT, I know...

the quiet versions will spin around 350rpm at their lowest speeds while the performance versions spin around 700 rpm at their lowest speeds. I have a pair of quiet versions i bought early on in my build to try out and they are noticeably quieter at the lowest speeds over the performance versions which i am currently using.
    
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the quiet versions will spin around 350rpm at their lowest speeds while the performance versions spin around 700 rpm at their lowest speeds. I have a pair of quiet versions i bought early on in my build to try out and they are noticeably quieter at the lowest speeds over the performance versions which i am currently using.

Ok, so then my assumption is that it has a different motor. Any idea if the blades are different such that it's more efficient at lower speeds?
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Indeed, LED ones are 1.46mm/H20 at 26.4 dBA and SP120 quite are 1.29mm/H20 at 23dBA if Corsair website can be trusted.
I'm actually just asking if they are any good myself because slowly I'm gathering the parts for a custom loop for my new build and at one point I will need decent fans.

if performance and noise is an issue i'd suggest staying away from led fans. I originally used them in my first water loop. I did not like them at all from a noise and performance standpoint. They do look cool though. I found the sp120 non led performance pwm edition fans to be far better in quality, noise, and performance. They have rubber noise dampers for the screw holes, a better bearing design, and they sit flush against the radiator instead of leaving a small space like the led ones. I have 12 of the performance pwm ones in push my new build and couldn't be happier with the noise levels and performance. About to add 8 more of them next month for push/pull when i upgrade some more things.
    
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Ok, so then my assumption is that it has a different motor. Any idea if the blades are different such that it's more efficient at lower speeds?

everything is exactly the same aside from the speeds at which they operate. I even ran the quiet edition next to a performance edition at the same speed and they sounded exactly the same to me. Granted this was an ear test with no real equipment measuring db levels.
    
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if performance and noise is an issue i'd suggest staying away from led fans. I originally used them in my first water loop. I did not like them at all from a noise and performance standpoint. They do look cool though. I found the sp120 non led performance pwm edition fans to be far better in quality, noise, and performance. They have rubber noise dampers for the screw holes, a better bearing design, and they sit flush against the radiator instead of leaving a small space like the led ones. I have 12 of the performance pwm ones in push my new build and couldn't be happier with the noise levels and performance. About to add 8 more of them next month for push/pull when i upgrade some more things.

I don't really plan to use LED ones was just pointing to the performance. I used to have Antec 902 back in a day and I am way over LED fans tongue.gif
 
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Corsair SP120 fans are decent fans, but I personally haven't liked them for a few reasons.
1. Some of the fans would have a noise if mounted vertically or horizontally, one set of SP120 red LED fans that I had made noises in both orientations.
2. Lack of RPM speed options (some people do like the higher RPM fans)
3. Aesthetically to me the blade on too plain.

Honestly, besides the ones that made noise, the only reason I'm not using them now is because they aren't aesthetically pleasing to me.
For LED fans I'd rather use the Cooler Master SickleFlow Fans, and for quieter fans I'd rather EK, Scythe or Noctua.
It's mainly personal preference, but after how much I hate fans making noise (#XFX), I'd rather not go back to fans that I've had problems with
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post #18 of 21
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Corsair SP120 fans are decent fans, but I personally haven't liked them for a few reasons.
1. Some of the fans would have a noise if mounted vertically or horizontally, one set of SP120 red LED fans that I had made noises in both orientations.
2. Lack of RPM speed options (some people do like the higher RPM fans)
3. Aesthetically to me the blade on too plain.

Honestly, besides the ones that made noise, the only reason I'm not using them now is because they aren't aesthetically pleasing to me.
For LED fans I'd rather use the Cooler Master SickleFlow Fans, and for quieter fans I'd rather EK, Scythe or Noctua.
It's mainly personal preference, but after how much I hate fans making noise (#XFX), I'd rather not go back to fans that I've had problems with

Valid points it seems.
Quick question though - for EK it is obvious, I assume Noctua NF-F12 but which Scythe ones do you mean? Gentle Typhoon or any other ones?
 
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Valid points it seems.
Quick question though - for EK it is obvious, I assume Noctua NF-F12 but which Scythe ones do you mean? Gentle Typhoon or any other ones?
Gentle Typhoons are their most well known ones yes, but their Grand Flex series is actually decent. I've caught a few of them on sale for 7$ each, and then I used their higher rpm ones as well.

Honestly the reason the Sp120s are loved and hated is because they are at the sweet spot, two of the fans for ~27$.

If anyone was lucky enough, the GTs were 30$ per set on NCIX for awhile.
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Gentle Typhoons are their most well known ones yes, but their Grand Flex series is actually decent. I've caught a few of them on sale for 7$ each, and then I used their higher rpm ones as well.

Honestly the reason the Sp120s are loved and hated is because they are at the sweet spot, two of the fans for ~27$.

If anyone was lucky enough, the GTs were 30$ per set on NCIX for awhile.

I looked at Grand Flex some time ago. Love the design and specs seem decent but they really aren't any better than SP120, no?
 
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