Originally Posted by doyll
Contracting to buy thousands of Nidec Sevros' GTs model line requires a much greater commitment than buying a few fans for resale. The quantities involved require many times the expense and commitment needed to buy a hundred Vardar or other fans for resale. I don't know about you, but if I spent many thousands on GT fans and a fraction of that on some Vardars, even with very accurate and honest test results I would certainly prefer the GTs come out looking as good or better than others. I'm sure Dazmode is no different. It's very easy to slant the bias of a review toward one or the other when their respective performance is so close. Face it, few if any reviews of single products are not biased toward the product being reviewed .. and this is just as true when several products are reviewed. We are all biased regardless of how 'neutral' we try to be. "There has never been an objective Being.
Knowing this, the rest is known."
Agree with your point and I've slammed Daz for the terrible audio quality of his videos which makes the comparisons near useless.
As I had already invested in quite a few Vardars, my bias wanted them to be as good or better. However, in the interests of fairness and boredom, purchased a few Darkside PWM GTs to conduct my own comparo.
The results were stunning to my ears. The GTs performed a little better at a given rpm, but their sonic signature is far more innocuous than the Vardars. The GTs exhibit a very smooth broadband noise profile. In comparison, all my Vardars have a rougher noise character with low frequency peaks and midrange buzziness while being a few dB louder. (And these are the ones with the good bearings! RMA'd a few with nasty scraping bearing noises) And the Noctua F12 is a noisy cacophony while performing worse than the Darkside PWM GT.
For me, Daz's alleged Darkside GT bias is fully warranted. They really are better to my catitical ears. After all these years the Nidec design is still the performance-to-noise standard - when soft-mounted. Hard mounted, not so much.
However, in the interests of fairness and boredom, I will purchase a some ML fans once the initial price-gouging early adopter binge is over. For possibly the first time in history, Corsair's over-priced fans might be worth the premium.