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Well, generally scythe gentle typhoons are recommended because of how quiet they are and how much air they move. While Xigmatek's crystal series is cheaper, moves more air and are more quiet.

Do they perform differently then how they are marketed? Are they just not as well known?

Xigmatek's 1500 rpm <20 dba, 61.375 cfm $10

Scythe's 1450 rpm 21dba, 50 cfm 15+ and sold out for under $17
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You also need to look at the AP15's they push out more air than the 1450rpm variant.
1,850 rpm
28 dBA
98 m³/h
0.083

Personally, these are my favs as they still are extremely quiet. Also, whats the static pressure on the xigmateks? The AP15's make decent rad fans on low fpi rads from their respectable static pressure.
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And Scythe is sold out because it sells to industry. Those specs are honest - they have to be: the customers can measure the fans they receive and would demand an adjustment or a return if they weren't up to spec.

Other companies sell to consumers, who usually have no way to measure a fan's output or its SPL (sound output). So, given our collective experience with false or misleading ads, which specs would you trust? As an example, one company advertises a fan with 69 cfm and 19 dB. Well, at minimum rpm's it might get down to 19 dB.

Another: a nine-bladed 1900 rpm 120x25mm fan that allegedly puts out 110 cfm. A 120x25mm 9-bladed NMB fan (sold to industry) rotates at 2700 rpm and puts out 100 cfm. A 120x38mm 7-bladed San Ace runs at 2600 rpm and puts out 99 cfm. Which two specs would you trust?

Go ahead, get your Xiggy. I'll keep my GT's.
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Agreed with ehume. Those Xigmatek's have nothing over Gentle Typhoon's, no matter what the specs list. Gentle Typhoon's are one of the best heatsink/radiator fans you can get for 25mm thick.
    
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