Originally Posted by PhantomTaco
I don't have any benchmarks to show you, but you can take a look on martin's liquid lab he did some recent testing with them. Temperatures are a few C lower both idle and load (though a portion of that may also be due to my case change), and they're orders of magnitude quieter than the stock fans. Not to mention they look dead sexy.
Below is why I was asking for details, because I really like the "Looks" of the eLoops but at $5 more than the GT AP-15's it's hard to recommend them over the GT's. But I "might" recommend them over the over-rated especially concerning price(?) Noctua's F12 if we get some more real world feedback with details. I'm also assuming you have the B12-3 1900rpm eLoops not the B12-4 2400rpm's ? Without more specific details to your overclocks/operating tests/conditions, and after reading Martin's review I find it hard to honestly believe the eLoops are ..."orders of magnitude quieter than the stock fans".
They may be "slightly" better for you in your setup, but I also highly value Martin's reviews and have so for quite some time now
Reading in detail for the 2nd time Martin's Fan Testing Round 12 [HERE]
combine this with all the real world user feedback @ OCN (+my own experience) and I'm going to stick with my original recommendation of the GT AP-15's as the only real significantly improved upgrade over the Corsair Stock fans for noise improvement with the H100/i for a well ventilated case, @ moderate/high OC's (Intel 4.4-4.6), with average ambients (appx 22c) and average fan speeds of appx 1800rpm. AND for those with higher/hotter OC's and conditions the Gentle Typhoon AP-45 2150RPM are looking really promising for "noise" improvement in those conditions
Martin does like the noise "Tone" of the eLoops but from his video's and statistics he doesn't see much difference in performance and noise levels between the Corsair SP120 HP vs the 2x's more expensive Noiseblocker E-Loop B12-3 1900RPM @ THE SAME OPERATING RPM's! ... I know the stock H100i fans are slightly different than the SP120 HP's but if you match the RPM's I doubt you'll see much difference noise wise, and they will outperform them at higher overclocks/rpm's if noise isn't a concern during benching or 5.1 sound gaming
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone read "In Detail" Martin's review above Some Quote's from Martin's review ...
@600FPM air flow levels
*[Most common for high quality static pressure fans operating @1800-2000rpm's ...
The eLoop B12-3 1900rpm only make it to 560FPM but still is OK for moderate overclocks ]•The two GT fans continue to have legs to get to this point and at their trademark low noise levels although not what I would call great noise quality. There is a rather dominating bearing noise without much air noise to mask it. Regardless, it is hard to argue with the low 46dBA noise level at these speeds.
•The Corsair SP120 would take second lowest noise level at this point with about 54dBA. It is considerably higher than the GTs, but still seems to be in it’s game without any unusual noise quality issues, fairly smooth for the speed.
•The B12-4 higher speed Noiseblocker E-loop also makes it this far, but noise quality dramatically reduces with a higher whine developing. Noise level is a similar 54dBA, but it sounds louder than that by ear.
•The Piranha also has legs to get here, but it’s the loudest of the bunch at 58dBA and also has some noise quality issues with an undulating low frequency and some motor tick.
•The Noctua and Cougar fans are not capable of this much air flow.
BEST FAN 600FPM & 700FPM (>1500 RPM)
While the noise blocker is really nice at slower speeds, the Gentle Typhoon rules the high speed area. I wouldn’t call either one silent or perfect in noise quality, they do produce a different tone which seems slightly more whiny with bearing noise than others, but the noise level is remarkably low in comparison. The Corsair SP120 is actually not too bad at higher speeds as well, but it does have a slightly lower maximum where the GT AP-45 is doing just a bit better.
King of “BEST NOISE LEVEL/AIR FLOW THROUGH A RADIATOR”
The Gentle Typhoons retain their crown on this criteria and really shine at very high speeds, but that differentiation does drop off as speed decrease. The Noiseblockers e-loops also have an interesting noise quality and perform really well at speeds below about 1500RPM. At the 400FPM and 500FPM performance levels by ear I have a hard time telling the difference between the GTs and the Noiseblocker B12-3. The smoother noise quality of the Noiseblocker almost seems to make up the difference in noise level. The Corsair SP120 also does fairly well on noise level and consistently so throughout it’s speed range, it’s just not as smooth in noise quality as the NBs are at slower speeds, but it does hold it’s up at higher speeds. None are even close to the GTs at really high speeds though where the GTs have upwards of a 10dbA noise level advantage.
Originally Posted by Devildog83
Both Corsair and Notua have great fans for a radiator, get SP 120 performance PWM fans if you want to go Corsair. No need to get quiets for this because they just run slower. The Gentle Typhoons (AP15) are still the best for noise to airflow you can get, it's just a fact.
I still bought the SP120 perf. PWM's because the noise difference doesn't mean much to me because I have Tenitus and fan noise is soothing to me. My H100i keeps my FX 8350 very cool @ 4.8 Ghz and that's all that matters too me along with the looks of the fan.
... see aboveEdited by TomcatV - 8/3/13 at 4:31pm