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I've been reading a few things and I'm stuck.
I'm after 4 new 120mm fans.

I'd like 4 of the Noctua fans but I'm not keen on paying $120
I'd like the Jetflo fans but they're basically a downgrade.

2700 RPM @ 32 - 38dBA doesn't really bother me. I'd be happy with 3000 RPM or higher. I think 45 dBA would be my limit.

Here's a photo of my current setup with text showing what I'd like, case is a Corsair 650D.
I usually keep my side panel off and it drops temps on my gpu by about 12c so I'd like new fans for the front.


Jetflo:
+Cheap / LED / More CFM
- Less SP / Less RPM

Noctua:
+Gorgeous / Higher CFM / Huge SP / Higher RPM
-Expensive

Current: Stock Fans (Corsair H100i) - $0.00
Fan Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x25mm
Fan Airflow: 77 CFM
Fan Noise: 37.68 dBA
Fan Speed: 750 - 2700 RPM
Static Pressure: 4mm/H20

Jetflo: - $15.00
Fan Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Fan Airflow: 95 CFM
Fan Noise: 12 - 36 dBA
Fan Speed: 800 - 2000 RPM
Static Pressure: 2.72mm/H20

NFF12-3000 - $34.00
Fan Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Fan Airflow: 110 CFM
Fan Noise: 12 - 36 dBA
Fan Speed: 750 - 3000 RPM
Static Pressure: 7.63mm/H20
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Sadly , trying to make H100 perform is not going to happen.
Take a look at Phanteks fans. I prefer PWM fans, but have PH-F140SP in 3 systems (Phanteks cases w/ PWM controlled variable voltage fan hub) and am happy with them The PH-F140XP is PWM version of F140SP. The newer PH-F140MP are even better.. Don't know what prices are there, but most place they are much lower priced than Nocs and similar performance makes them a much better value. .
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Sadly , trying to make H100 perform is not going to happen.
Take a look at Phanteks fans. I prefer PWM fans, but have PH-F140SP in 3 systems (Phanteks cases w/ PWM controlled variable voltage fan hub) and am happy with them The PH-F140XP is PWM version of F140SP. The newer PH-F140MP are even better.. Don't know what prices are there, but most place they are much lower priced than Nocs and similar performance makes them a much better value. .

One wonders on the profit margin of computer fans, surely the most expensive noctuas don't even exceed 3-4$ manufacturing cost.
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One wonders on the profit margin of computer fans, surely the most expensive noctuas don't even exceed 3-4$ manufacturing cost.
I seriously doubt they cost $3-4.00 to make. Obviously R&D and tooling up raise prices, but the biggest increases are profit .. for everyone in the chain from manufacture to end retailer. $4.00 manufacuter + 50% profit =$6.00, plus Noc 50% mark-up & 50% for name = $12.00, plus distributer 50% = $18.00, + retailer %50 = $27.00

If we take the $3.00 Noctua is adding for their name (and gets increased by each additional midldle-man), the retail price drops $6.75 to $20.25 tongue.gif
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The glossy cardboard box, low speed resistor wires, rubber silencers, manual rolleyes.gif

Its all marketing. Just get some Gentle Typhoons and a fan controller.
    
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post #6 of 62
It's also what the market will bear. Noctua sells tons of fans at $25-$30 a pop, and as long as the keep selling the price will stay there.

That 200mm fan is probably what's killing you, they don't move much air. Putting 120s there should go a long way to helping. Any good $10-$15 fan will probably give much better results.
 
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post #7 of 62
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I usually keep my side panel off and it drops temps on my gpu by about 12c so I'd like new fans for the front.
Probably should have a side intake. If the case doesn't have one, cut one and mount a side fan. It will lower the GPU temps. Throw a rad grill on it to make it look good and cover up any bad cuts.

Keep in mind the stock h100 fans are pretty good performers compared to most fans, just loud.
    
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post #8 of 62
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Quote:
I usually keep my side panel off and it drops temps on my gpu by about 12c so I'd like new fans for the front.
Probably should have a side intake. If the case doesn't have one, cut one and mount a side fan. It will lower the GPU temps. Throw a rad grill on it to make it look good and cover up any bad cuts.

Keep in mind the stock h100 fans are pretty good performers compared to most fans, just loud.

I would almost try a bottom intake before a side intake, but another intake definitely wouldn't hurt either way.
 
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post #9 of 62
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Originally Posted by Vario View Post

The glossy cardboard box, low speed resistor wires, rubber silencers, manual rolleyes.gif

Its all marketing. Just get some Gentle Typhoons and a fan controller.

+1

GTs will outperform anything except the Vardar 140 (maybe)
They're not that loud at 1850rpm, and can go down to a whisper quiet 350rpm
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One wonders on the profit margin of computer fans, surely the most expensive noctuas don't even exceed 3-4$ manufacturing cost.
High-End fans (be quiet, Noctua, Noiseblocker,...) are always expensive. Especially Noctuas because they constantly put a lot of effort into improving their products. Just take a look at their Computex presentations and you will see what I mean.
Some of the features praised might appear very aggressive in marketing, of course. But its not that you are only paying for the resources and their final assembly.

That said, pretty every manufacturer claims his margin in some way...
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