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Noise Comparison of Fans I Own

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I recently started a CaseLabs Mercury S5 (with pedestal) build. The only fan type in this build is the CRYORIG QF120 Balance 120mm PWM Fan. I have 6 in the pedestal (2 x 3 on my 360 radiators in push) and a couple in my case (standard air flow).

@Dimensive PM'd me about my opinion on these fans. I don't have one as yet (build still ongoing) but I did agree to dig out all the fans I own and put them through their paces (noise only).

Disclaimer: This is a thoroughly unscientific comparison. No attempt was made to simulate real world fan location situations. Your mileage may vary. No recommendation, implied or otherwise should be inferred (or any other synonym that I can't think of at the moment). Blah blah blah, yadda, yadda, yadda (the last two comments are general catch all comments and the reader should fill in anything that I may have missed out by way of disclaimer). I am fully within my rights to come back and add additional disclaimers as and when. In fact, all readers should understand that any future disclaim that I may (or may not) add has already been added and should treat this post as if it had been added.

Comments on Video ...
  • I put the mic at 12", 6" and 1"
  • In situations where the fan was loud at max RPMs, I include results at other RPMs

That said ... here are the fans I included ...
  • Cryorig QF120 Balanced
  • Noiseblocker NB-eLoop Series B-12-2 120mm Bionic Loop Rotor Fan, 1300rpm, 17 dBA
  • Noctua 120mm, 3 Speed Setting Anti-Stall Knobs Design SSO2 Bearing Case Cooling Fan NF-S12A FLX
  • Noctua SSO2 Bearing, Retail Cooling NF-F12 iPPC 2000 PWM
  • Noctua NF-A8 FLX Premium 80mm Fan
  • Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 140mm Case Fan

The only comment that I will had is that I think the horrible hum from the noiseblocker at 1" is an artifact. I couldn't hear that while recording.
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Awesome, thanks a lot. I think I'll check out those CRYORIG fans soon.
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