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Long story short I want to know what the best 140mm case fan is. I see more and more cases supporting 140mm case fans. Not sure if 140mm is necessarily better than 120mm, but that is not really the question here. My parameter for "best" is good airflow while remaining fairly quiet.

I have done some searching on previous threads all posted in early to mid 2010. Given the time frame from then to now prices, stock, and options may have changed. That being said these are the fans I noticed to be the most mentioned.

Thermalright X-Silent-140 (@ $12.99 on FrozenCPU)
Noctua NF-P14FLX (@ $29 on Newegg)
NoiseBlocker BlackSilentPro PK3 (@ $24.95 on FrozenCPU)
Yate Loon 140mm (@ $9.99 on FrozenCPU)
Xigmatech XLF (@ $12.99 on Newegg)
GELID 140mm (@ $19.99 on Newegg)
Scythe Kama Flex ($20 @ Newegg)
Prolimatech Vortex($10.95 @ PerformancePCs)

As a side note how easy is it to add sleeving to case fans? And where can I buy it (link please). Thanks.

EDIT: This review may give some light that I just found. Seems the X-Silent 140 is the best of the bunch in their eyes.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/25/11 at 12:25pm
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Add the Scythe Kama Flex ($20 @ Newegg) and Prolimatech Vortex($10.95 @ PerformancePCs) to that list.

FrozenCPU and PerformancePCs will sleeve the cables for you for a small fee, $5.99 and $3.00 respectively.
Edited by spaceballsrules - 3/25/11 at 12:20pm
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Add the Scythe Kama Flex ($20 @ Newegg) and Prolimatech Vortex($10.95 @ PerformancePCs) to that list.

FrozenCPU and PerformancePCs will sleeve the cables for you for a small fee, $5.99 and $3.00 respectively.
Will do. Any favs on that list and I hear for around $10 you can get a roll of sleeving and do it yourself. Is it that hard?

The second fan you mention reminds of the DeepCool UF140 fan.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/25/11 at 12:27pm
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Just a forewarning. You're asking a forum of opinion-as-fact pushers and loyalists what the "best" fan is. In most cases, any or all of the fans you've listed will be more than adequate for your needs.

Here are a few of ehume's threads for a few of the fans you've listed. ehume does a pretty good job trying to attach quantitative data to a fan.

Thermalright X-Silent
Yate Loon D14
Prolimatech Blue Vortex
Thermalright TY-140 (another popular 140mm fan)

Hope these links help!
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Sleeving is quite easy. Here's the thread on sleeving -> http://www.overclock.net/other-hardw...iscussion.html

You should check out Furryletters over at ebay and get yourself a TechFlex cleancut sleeving, and some heatshrink which are pretty good priced. Link -> http://stores.ebay.com/FURRYLETTERS

For the 140mm fans, I would go with the Yate Loon Mid speed; High speed is pretty a bit loud.
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Originally Posted by Xyxyll View Post
Just a forewarning. You're asking a forum of opinion-as-fact pushers and loyalists what the "best" fan is. In most cases, any or all of the fans you've listed will be more than adequate for your needs.

Here are a few of ehume's threads for a few of the fans you've listed. ehume does a pretty good job trying to attach quantitative data to a fan.

Thermalright X-Silent
Yate Loon D14
Prolimatech Blue Vortex
Thermalright TY-140 (another popular 140mm fan)

Hope these links help!
Anytime I ask for an opinion or what "the best" may be I know there will be heavy supporters, fanboys, those with limited knowledge other than what they have owned, skewed data, and more.

However, I try to provide what I qualify as "the best" or give specifications for a situation. Even then you will have people that never read the OP and just post "Get X, Y sucks." I dislike that as much as anyone else, but it is inevitable in a non scientific/professional community forum. Even then there can be bias. I like the review I posted in the OP because it seems fairly unbias as far as gathering data and putting them into different categories and what situations certain fans may suit. A very practical approach that also considers price as a secondary thought.

Personally I like Gentle Typhoons for 120mm category as they push a lot of air while remaining on a low level of noise. Admittedly I have a lack of knowledge up until recent research regarding 140mm fans. High amount of air pushed per decibel while maintaining high quality is key.
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for the price the prolimatech ones are excellent, oh and i probably wouldnt use the noiseblocker pk3 as casefans, rather the pk 1 or pk 2

my favourite 140 casefan: BeQuiet SilentWings USC 140
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for the price the prolimatech ones are excellent, oh and i probably wouldnt use the noiseblocker pk3 as casefans, rather the pk 1 or pk 2

my favourite 140 casefan: BeQuiet SilentWings USC 140
Will have to check those out as well tonight. I hope to find a good deal of comparisons and narrow it down to 3.
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I run a single Noctua NF-p14 and three NF-s12 fans. Super quiet and good flow for my case. They are fairly pricey(and ugly) but I like Noctua's products, so I stick with them.
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Will do. Any favs on that list and I hear for around $10 you can get a roll of sleeving and do it yourself. Is it that hard?

The second fan you mention reminds of the DeepCool UF140 fan.
I have also been looking to add a 140mm, and from what I can tell, the Prolimatech and Thermalright X-Silent are REALLY good.

I would have mentioned the Thermalright TY-140 and the Deepcool UF140, but those have 120mm mounting holes, so I wasn't sure if that would suit your needs. Plus, I haven't read anything on the Deepcool to know whether or not it's up to snuff, and I would not want to spend that kind of $$ on a relative shot in the dark. The TY-140 has done well in all reviews, including Ehume's.

I haven't found anything about the Scythe Kama Flex either, but I do know Scythe fans, and they are top notch and worth the price.

I wish I could say the same for the Noctuas. Those are just grossly overpriced.

So for me, it would be between the PT Blue Vortex, the TR X-Silent, the Scythe Kama Flow (low or medium speeds), and the TR TY-140 (if you have 120mm mounting holes).
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