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Yate Loon Low (D12SL-12) vs Medium (D12SM-12)

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Hi everyone,

I'm in the process of purchasing some new fans for my PC. I've been doing some research and I've decided on the Yate Loon LED 120mm fan (seems to be the best as far as LED goes).

Does anyone have any experience with both the Low (D12SL-12) and Medium (D12SM-12) versions of the fan?

D12SL-12
47 cfm @ 28 db, 1350rpm

D12SM-12
70cfm @ 33db, 1650rpm

Specifically, I want to know if the added air flow of the medium model is worth the sound increase, and how much louder the medium version is over the low. I know many people will just say get the medium and undervolt, but I plan on running them at full speed all the time, no fan controller. I like quiet, but I'm not looking for silent.

Since sound is subjective, to get an idea of what my limit would be for loud, I find the S-Flex F @ 1600rpm a little too loud. I run it @ 1450rpm right now and it's perfect. Amazing airflow btw.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 13
if you have a fan controller you can always get the medium speed fans and if they're too loud lower the voltage.

The sl are the ones that have been widely hailed as some of the best fans and are what I use.
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I bought the D12SM-12s for my radiator, and for the front of my case after reading reviews and hearing what they could do. At ~1600rpm, I can notice the sound from the fans in the case, which is sitting on the floor next to me. I use a fan controller, and turn them down to about 1400rpm. At that point, my other fans in the case totally drown them out. If you planned to run them at top speed full time, the noise wouldnt be totally unpleasant. You would be able to hear them in a quiet room, but amount of noise they make isnt excessive. The difference between 1400rpm and 1600rpm is minimal. I personally say go for the D12SM-12, as I need more airflow and dont mind (at all) the noise they make. I sleep in the same room as the fans, and my PSU fan totally drowns them out, regardless of the RPM.
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post #4 of 13
It depends on where your going to put the fan in the case. The fans themselves(Mediums) are inaudible in open air, but once you put them next to a vent, mesh, fabric, or a dust stopper, the noise will increase greatly. Air traveling through constricted areas is where most noise comes from.
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I have a Thermaltake Armor case and I plan on placing two Yate Loons in the front as intakes. I've removed the filters from the front. My case is pretty tidy as well so there's plenty of open space.

I have a Scythe Slipstream Medium 1200rpm in the front right now, but I wanted the LEDs in the front. Hoping that the mediums would provide similar noise levels to the Scythe.
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post #6 of 13
Thats really not alot of sound increase for the amount of airflow you'll get.

Worth it!
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post #7 of 13
The 47 cfm @ 28 dba one doesn't sound too attractive to me...most fans have at least 65cfm at that noise.

The medium one seems better, although slightly behind in cfm as well. It still has a MUCH better ratio. If you're looking at the loons for the price, go for the medium, if not, there are better contenders.
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post #8 of 13
question what about the Xilence Red Wing 120mm it's 68 CFM @ 21db, moves more air and makes less noise ... fans i was looking at over yate leons
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post #9 of 13
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Yeah, I don't want to go by the specs too much because I find them inaccurate. That's why I wanted to hear some personal experiences/comparisons.

My S-Flex F is rated @ 63cfm and my Slipstream M @ 68cfm, but I find my S-Flex pushes a lot more air (even when running at 1200rpm). I also find the S-Flex F @ 1600 louder than the claimed 28db.

I'm going for the Yates for the LEDs and the price.
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post #10 of 13
Can't beat the Yate Loon's (I personally buy all Medium's and adjust them accordingly)

I find the SL's just a bit on the weak side..
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