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I have an Antec P160w case. It's pretty but not amazing for cooling, or noise.
It only has a single 120mm intake and exhaust fan.

I was considering getting a couple of gentle typhoons to replace the antec fans

I see that cooler master has a fan that looks pretty promising but I'm worried the specs aren't correct...


Specs:
ModelR4-C2R-20AC-GP
Dimension120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Speed (R.P.M)2000 R.P.M
Air Flow (CFM)Up to 90 CFM
Air Pressure (mmH20)2.94 mmH20
Fan Noise (dB-a)19 dB-A

So I guess my question is, does this mean it'll get 90cfm @ 19db....

Cooler Master's website says Up to 69CFM (maximum RPM)

Is this fan any good??? The specs look fine.
Edited by [\/]Paris - 1/1/11 at 9:21pm
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post #2 of 14
you can get something like a gt-ap13 or ap14 which is pretty good with the noise to airflow ratio

with two fans i wouldnt really bother with a fan controller unless the noise really annoys you that much i got like 6 fans and just let them run

you can always get one of those volt lowering cables instead of a fan controller
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Ok, thanks for the recommendation.
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post #4 of 14
Definitely save yourself the money if you are only going to be using 2x GT AP-14s, I have these myself and they are very silent at max rpm.
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post #5 of 14
A pair of Gentle Typhoon AP-14's would be your best balance of performance and non-noise. Check out item 1 in my sig for comparisons with other fans.

Normally I would recommend you get a case more amenable to airflow, but I can understand why you keep this one. Depending on your modding skills, you could consider cutting an intake fan hole in the bottom of your case (practice before you try, of course). If you cut a hole for a bottom fan you would then find it beneficial to cut out the rear grill and do without any fan there. But as long as you have only a single intake fan you will need that exhaust fan.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by ehume View Post
A pair of Gentle Typhoon AP-14's would be your best balance of performance and non-noise. Check out item 1 in my sig for comparisons with other fans.

Normally I would recommend you get a case more amenable to airflow, but I can understand why you keep this one. Depending on your modding skills, you could consider cutting an intake fan hole in the bottom of your case (practice before you try, of course). If you cut a hole for a bottom fan you would then find it beneficial to cut out the rear grill and do without any fan there. But as long as you have only a single intake fan you will need that exhaust fan.
Yeah I've considered cutting a hole, though I don't have any of the tools to do so.

This case is nice, though I've noticed that the aluminum that the PSU is mounted into is bending from the weight. Overall it seems like most of the case wasn't made with thick enough aluminum as several other parts have bent slightly over time. :/

I may get a Phantom in the future, just wanted a stop gap until then. Thank you for the suggestions.
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post #7 of 14
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Definitely save yourself the money if you are only going to be using 2x GT AP-14s, I have these myself and they are very silent at max rpm.
Thanks appreciate the insight.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
I've noticed that the aluminum that the PSU is mounted into is bending from the weight. Overall it seems like most of the case wasn't made with thick enough aluminum as several other parts have bent slightly over time. :/
Why am I not surprised? After buying an Antec for my first case (I was in a hurry; I trusted their rep) I have had a low opinion of their cases.
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Updated first post*

I'm looking at this cooler master fan, noise to cfm looks great but I'm worried it's too good to be true...


ModelR4-C2R-20AC-GP
Dimension120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Speed (R.P.M)2000 R.P.M
Air Flow (CFM)Up to 90 CFM
Air Pressure (mmH20)2.94 mmH20
Fan Noise (dB-a)19 dB-A

So I guess my question is, does this mean it'll get 90cfm @ 19db....
Edited by [\/]Paris - 1/1/11 at 9:19pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
I'm looking at this cooler master fan, noise to cfm looks great but I'm worried it's too good to be true...

Amazon.com: Cooler Master 120mm Case Fan - (R4-C2R-20AC-GP): Electronics

Model R4-C2R-20AC-GP
Dimension 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Speed (R.P.M) 2000 R.P.M
Air Flow (CFM) Up to 90 CFM
Air Pressure (mmH20) 2.94 mmH20
Fan Noise (dB-a) 19 dB-A

So I guess my question is, does this mean it'll get 90cfm @ 19db....
Of course not. When called on this, CM allegedly explained that you get 19 dB at its minimum speed and 90 cfm at max. M-a-a-a-y-be it will get 90 cfm at 2000 rpm. The Yate Loon highspeed fan's specs say 88 cfm at 2200 rpm, but it's a 7-bladed fan and the sickle-bladed fans have nine.

OTOH, that more gradual blade slope in the Gentle Typhoon means lower cfm for the same rpm's.

Ah, well. As they used to say, "First liar never has a chance."
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