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post #21 of 36
Dude - That's why there is fan controllers, so you can have them quiet while idling and performance when gaming. or the tricools of course.
    
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I don't know why people are recommending the Tri-Cool fans. I guess if you've never used anything but stock case fans and these they might seem awesome, but after you get some quality fans, the Tri-Cool fans are noisy, don't push much air, and let's face it, the look of LED fans is more played out than a bodykit on a '96 Civic.

Personally, my experience with Yate Loon hasn't been great. The High-speed version is very noisy, and doesn't quiet down until around 1100RPM, at which point it doesn't push enough air to stay competitive. On top of that, the way the mounting holes are designed prevents it from being mounted on most heatsinks that use clips or rubber nipples, which limits their use to certain types of heatsinks and case fan duty. I might have to give one of the medium-speed fans a go sometime, but as it stands, I much prefer the Noctua NF-P12 or Scythe S-Flex series to Yate Loon for case fan duty.

Oh, and my father uses those Enermax fans in his rig. They're mighty quiet, but mighty unimpressive in terms of airflow. They work great for him since he's not an overclocker, but if you're looking for airflow, look elsewhere. They're very easy to clean though, which is a plus.
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Noctua fans are quieter than than the YL... but just by a little bit. For cost/performance, YL win.
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post #24 of 36
Yate Loon high speeds for the cheapness, then spend what you saved on a Rheobus. That or the Scythe fan of your choise are my recomendations, but it really all depends on the budget. Noctua is the best performance ratio, with Scythe close behind for half the price. Then close behind Scythe are many others, although they aren't worth it since there's the Yate Loons that perform similarly for a lot cheaper. So Yate Loons for a tight budget, Scythes for low, Loons with Rheobus for medium, Scythe with Rheobus for high. (And Noctua for Bill gates)
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post #25 of 36
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Noctua fans are quieter than than the YL... but just by a little bit. For cost/performance, YL win.
Throw MTBF into the mix, and I'd say things come out pretty even.
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post #26 of 36
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I don't know why people are recommending the Tri-Cool fans. I guess if you've never used anything but stock case fans and these they might seem awesome, but after you get some quality fans, the Tri-Cool fans are noisy, don't push much air, and let's face it, the look of LED fans is more played out than a bodykit on a '96 Civic.

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I think LEDs can add a nice touch to a case, but yeah, you shouldn't over do it. Just like you shouldn't rice out your car. Just make it tasteful.

The problem with Yates is that there are too many distributors and manufacturers. The Yates are all different depending on where you get them from. There's a lot of inconsistancy from vendor to vendor. That being said, you can find Yates with open screw holes allowing you to mount on a heatsink. They come in both open and closed, even for the same model.

Yates are good fans, but the main appeal is the price. Nothing beats a Yate at that price level. You can definitely do better.
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post #27 of 36
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Throw MTBF into the mix, and I'd say things come out pretty even.
I've always questioned factoring in MTBF into the mix. Do people experience sleeve bearing fans failing at a high rate?

Definitely another aspect of a fan to consider, but I don't think it should carry equal weight. Most fans have a few years MTBF. I honestly can't see myself keeping a fan for 10 years or complaining that it failed after 3. Curious to know if people are having bad experiences with 30,000 hour fans, thus switching to 150,000 hour fans.
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If you possibly can, you want to see the fans first-hand... one of the deciding factors in fan-noise is the sharpness of the leading-edge; that is to say that the sharper the edge, the quieter the fan (A sharp-edge cutting through air makes a lot less noise than a blunt-edge SLAMMING through air). Other than that, take the opinion of the posters above
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If you possibly can, you want to see the fans first-hand... one of the deciding factors in fan-noise is the sharpness of the leading-edge; that is to say that the sharper the edge, the quieter the fan (A sharp-edge cutting through air makes a lot less noise than a blunt-edge SLAMMING through air). Other than that, take the opinion of the posters above
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yes, noctua.
Quality.
    
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