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post #31 of 36
For price, Yate Loons.

For performance, Scythe.

For the rich, Noctua.

For the clueless, SilenX.

For the overclockers, Ultra Kazes.

For everyone, fan controllers.
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Oh, As a recommendation, Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000s push a lot of air at max, and quieten down nicely without inproportionate air flow loss with a fan controller.
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Hmm... that Enermax Twister-Magma series fan looks really impressive. I think I'm gonna get one and see how it fairs in my never-ending quest with finding a fan that can pull air into my damn case.
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Originally Posted by Adrienspawn View Post
For price, Yate Loons.

For performance, Scythe.

For the rich, Noctua.

For the clueless, SilenX.

For the overclockers, Ultra Kazes.

For everyone, fan controllers.
LOL nice description
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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.
I've noticed (especially on hot things like heatsinks) that the motor on a sleeve bearing fan tends to seize up a lot quicker than most other types of bearings. MTBF is also just an indicator of the mean time, not guaranteed lifetime. Remember, on a 30,000 hour fan, half of them likely failed before 30,000 hours (of course, half of them lasted longer).

For case fans, I'd say it's not a big deal. They usually won't be running in an environment hotter than 35-40c at the most, and if they fail, nothing is in serious danger of immediate failure. For a heatsink fan however, I'd definitely prefer to spend a little extra for peace-of-mind. It's just like how most of us buy high-quality power supplies - even if the difference in failures is numerically not that big, thinking about it as being three times less likely to fail is definitely worth a bit extra.
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I've noticed (especially on hot things like heatsinks) that the motor on a sleeve bearing fan tends to seize up a lot quicker than most other types of bearings. MTBF is also just an indicator of the mean time, not guaranteed lifetime. Remember, on a 30,000 hour fan, half of them likely failed before 30,000 hours (of course, half of them lasted longer).

For case fans, I'd say it's not a big deal. They usually won't be running in an environment hotter than 35-40c at the most, and if they fail, nothing is in serious danger of immediate failure. For a heatsink fan however, I'd definitely prefer to spend a little extra for peace-of-mind. It's just like how most of us buy high-quality power supplies - even if the difference in failures is numerically not that big, thinking about it as being three times less likely to fail is definitely worth a bit extra.
I agree with you on the motor heat. I do find sleeve bearing fans run hotter than the ball bearing fans I've tried. I haven't had any fail on me yet though.
Duly noted for the peace of mind part. Understandable.
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