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i and thinking about it in terms of air flow, it might hit the sides of the shroud and deflect into the rad, making for better air throughput

kind of why shrouds are used anyways, i don't think it matters much about the depth, well to an extent
since i doubt most people will use shrouds, while if they are going to use 120mm fans with a 140 rad, they have to use a fan adapter so the tests aren't exactly fair

since one is optional and the other is required
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Wow I must have a knack for picking good fans by eye. The GT and Aerocool shark were my favorite fans even before this test. I'm glad this test only confirms my opinions. An aerocool shark resides inside my power supply. The stock fan had a little noise and instead of doing the whole RMA thing I just opened her up, and swapped out the fan myself. I'm happy with the aerocool since it is a better fan and quieter than the stock POS fan that came in my otherwise awesome psu.

One thing that really struck me about the aerocool shark when I held it in person was how thin and sharp the blades are, especially compared to the rather thick and blunt blades of the GT.
    
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After watching the aerocool shark video I do notice that rubbing sound. I can honestly say that the 2 that I bought do not make this sound. Strange.
    
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After watching the aerocool shark video I do notice that rubbing sound. I can honestly say that the 2 that I bought do not make this sound. Strange.
Yeah, I get alot of that with this microphone and silent test environemnt. These tests are all ran in ultra silence (31dbA or lower) with ultra sensitive microphones (Zoom H1 at 100% manual gain). It's really extreme and picks up everything. It's perhaps a bit too sensitive, but I'd rather that than the other way around.

What I always suggest is to take a fan that you have on hand, listen to it in your current environment. Now listen to the same video, and adjust the noise level of your speakers to match what you perceive in your normal test environment. If you do that, it'll sound much more realistic.

Kind of like a monitor color calibration, you should calibrate your speakers accordingly..

That and I've also seen a few examples where two or three of the same fan do behave differently...good old sample variance.

As always, consider looking at other reviews in addition to get not only multiple test beds, but also multiple samples..
    
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I personally use your D12SH-12 video to tune my speakers before listening to videos as I have plenty of D12SH-12's to compare against.

There was talks of me making a hover-craft with them once.
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I personally use your D12SH-12 video to tune my speakers before listening to videos as I have plenty of D12SH-12's to compare against.

There was talks of me making a hover-craft with them once.
I want to see the hovercraft PC build log please...
    
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Well, this is two reviews (the other is here) that confirmed my seat-of-the-pants assessment that the TR X-Silent 140 is a sweet fan. Also, when I was doing some testing with single 140mm fans on my D14, the X-Silent 140 cooled 1c worse than the NF-P14, but at 9dBA quieter.

The TY-140 is impressive, but I have not tested it yet.

Most interesting is your findings with the 120mm fans. Perhaps the flow resistance of the rad forms a plenum with the shroud, so the rad ends up like a bagpipe. Hmm. 120mm's for rads, 140mm's for cases. And for heatsinks? Gotta test some 120's on the D14 . . .

BTW - the Evercool Red Scorpion RSF-14 comes with a 140-to-120mm adapter:



It's almost worth buying a fan to get an adapter.
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Well, this is two reviews (the other is here) that confirmed my seat-of-the-pants assessment that the TR X-Silent 140 is a sweet fan. Also, when I was doing some testing with single 140mm fans on my D14, the X-Silent 140 cooled 1c worse than the NF-P14, but at 9dBA quieter.

The TY-140 is impressive, but I have not tested it yet.

Most interesting is your findings with the 120mm fans. Perhaps the flow resistance of the rad forms a plenum with the shroud, so the rad ends up like a bagpipe. Hmm. 120mm's for rads, 140mm's for cases. And for heatsinks? Gotta test some 120's on the D14 . . .

BTW - the Evercool Red Scorpion RSF-14 comes with a 140-to-120mm adapter:



It's almost worth buying a fan to get an adapter.
Yeah, I do like the sound of the 140's at lower speeds. I just didn't find a dramatic difference in noise level on the rad so far. I suppose it could have been the adapter skewing the comparison though, so I'll run at least one 140 on a shroud just to be sure.

I also have a couple more 140's and several more 120's coming. The odd part of this is how we see more dense finned 140mm form radiators, yet the fans all fairly slow speed. Some of the few higher speed fans like the yate high speed had trouble at high speeds.

Maybe that'll go away with a shroud..

As usual...needs more tinkering..
    
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