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Does anyone know where 38mm closed-corner rubber fan mounts can be purchased? I've saw types available for 25mm fans, but not 38mm. I'd rather not use bolts & nuts for this, a rubber fan mount would ease installation and provide anti-vibration properties. Thanks.
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Just where are you going to put a San Ace that you need to do this?

I did a tutorial on converting a San Ace 9G1212H101 to a 9G1212H1011.Works just as well for an -M101 (I should know; see item 1 in my sig).

The extra-long rubber fan "screws" I have found break when you try to re-use them. For blind corners I used these: stick one end of each on the fan, put the fan up to the rear of the case, then pull the ends through. Worked fine.

And then I discovered the glories of positive pressure cases:



You will note that I have zero case exhaust fans. Instead, I cut out my rear grill and let the collected intake fans gently and quietly blow the air out of my case. In fact, a vigorous heatsink fan will exhaust the case on its own (see item 2 in my sig). For a while I had my daughter's rig running with a single San Ace 9S1212L401 on a Megahalems. No case fan. Just the vidcard and the psu.
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Just where are you going to put a San Ace that you need to do this?

I did a tutorial on converting a San Ace 9G1212H101 to a 9G1212H1011.Works just as well for an -M101 (I should know; see item 1 in my sig).

The extra-long rubber fan "screws" I have found break when you try to re-use them. For blind corners I used these: stick one end of each on the fan, put the fan up to the rear of the case, then pull the ends through. Worked fine.
I'm putting an M101 on my CPU heatsink, which I have a clip for, but I need to mount two more M101s on the front and rear of my case (I'm replacing the existing H101s). I looked around at 25mm San Ace fans, the H4011 is good, but slightly too noisy, and the F401 doesn't seem to push much air.

I'm not comfortable sawing into fans of this price, so they'll need to stay closed-corner for now. So those Mechatronics Fan Mounts, they work fine for closed-corner fans? For open-corner fans I have plenty of rubber/silicone mounts, but these fans are not open-corner.
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BTW, very nice article on the 65-fans test, I've referred to it many times. I was surprised to see the San Ace M101 noise as close to the noise of a San Ace H4011, considering the two fans are 4 dBA apart - on the graph where it's ordered by cooling temperature. Also nice article on de-ribbing a San Ace fan, looking at the steps it seems quite a fast operation.
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For removing installation tubs (aka ribs, closed corners, etc) I now use this:



And indeed, it goes very quickly.

Yes, those double-ended vibration isolators work fine for blind corners. I used them when I too had an Antec tomb for a computer case. I know it's small, but there has to be a better case for you. Good cases are cheap these days, especially small one. You are fighting with your case to get cooling done. You have to use two strong fans to do the work that most of us do with quiet ones.

Seriously. My Beta Evo cost me $30 with shipping. My Antec tomb cost me $100 plus shipping. You can see what I'm using now. Get a new case.
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A new case is not an option, not after the time and effort put into it, maybe on the next build I'll look at other options.

So those "Acousti AFM03B-8 Ultra Soft Black Noise Reducing Silicone Fan Mounts", actually stretch for a 38mm fan? On the product page it says they are only for flange type fans, meaning ribless.
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Just where are you going to put a San Ace that you need to do this?

I did a tutorial on converting a San Ace 9G1212H101 to a 9G1212H1011.Works just as well for an -M101 (I should know; see item 1 in my sig).

The extra-long rubber fan "screws" I have found break when you try to re-use them. For blind corners I used these: stick one end of each on the fan, put the fan up to the rear of the case, then pull the ends through. Worked fine.

And then I discovered the glories of positive pressure cases:


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If you have a lot of dust in your house I can understand why you might need this setup, but negative pressure will ALWAYS produce cooler temps than positive. You are creating a multitude of invisible hot spots by not having any exhaust, I guarantee if you flip your fans around you'll see a decent decrease in temps.
    
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