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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 11:55 PM - Thread Starter
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Case Fans Help What are good these days.

Hi all,

I am after 2 case fans one 120mm and one 140mm for a NZXT H510i case as exhaust fans. I have been looking at the Noctua NF-S12A & NF-A14 PWM Chromax fans, are these any good.

I have not bought fans in years as this is my forst build in about 10 years and bought a H510i case and read that this case is a waste of time with intakes and needs good echaust fans. The fasn i was looking at are the Noctua but are there any better fans or are these about the best you can get, I was also looking at the NF-F12 but was told there more a heatsink or rad fan than a case fan and not to use them.

Now i am not to bothered about RGB fans but i am thinking about it as i never had a Window case before but not to sure if RGB fans are any good or better than the Noctua.

so the question is what do i need to look for can, any help would be great

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I have 5x NF-S12A chromax in my S8S. Absolutely the best fans I have ever used, dead silent even at 12v, I run them at 5.5v yet! pushing huge amount of air
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RGB - either ML series or Noctuas + Phanteks Halos. If budget is not an issue, then go for Noctuas, if you want to spend the least money then Arctics P series is a way to go. But judging from Gamers Nexus video, H500/H510 is a waste of time completely.

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Check the Arctic thread if you want to know more.

Otherwise Arctic P12 PWM and P14 PWM.


Noctua S12 is a slow airflow fan so of course it's quiet lol. It will choke at any slight resistence such as case meshes, filters, poor openings behind angles etc.
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Quote: Originally Posted by JackCY View Post
Check the Arctic thread if you want to know more.

Otherwise Arctic P12 PWM and P14 PWM.



Noctua S12 is a slow airflow fan so of course it's quiet lol. It will choke at any slight resistance such as case meshes, filters, poor openings behind angles etc.
Dealing with many different brands of fans this is just my humble opinion.

As far is Noctua S12 choking when facing restriction, not true. I have 2x 4 HDDs and these fans running at 5.5v and the amount of air you feel on the other side of HDD's which btw. are set the long way is almost as if there was no restriction. I agree, these fans are strictly case fans but tbh. they are doing great job even with restrictions.

Now! them being slower...they might be slower but the speed will have nothing to do with the amount of air they pushing. Noctua fans are $$ but if you compare many other fans they have to run much higher RPM to produce the same air Noctua fans produce at half the speed

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The best fans are likely either 120x38/32 or 140x38/32 server fans. The best "consumer" fan depends what you're using the fan for.

Arctic P120/140 fans are cheap and work "good enough." Bitfenix Spectre 120/140 fans are also cheap and "good enough" but they also have either LEDs or RGB. Noctua A12/A14, NB eLoops, and EK Vardars are popular for more money but are notably better.

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my forst build in about 10 years and bought a H510i case and read that this case is a waste of time with intakes and needs good echaust fans.

that makes zero sense. a case with bad intakes needs to be fixed to have better intakes. adding a bunch of exhaust fans isn't going to fix a restrictive case, it's just going to make a bunch of noise.

same reason why I ditched my P400S, restrictive front panel and it had horrible temps even with two industrial Noctua iPPC-3000 fans as intakes.

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For the cheapskates of the world:

Rosewill RFA-120-BL occasionally go on sale for like $3 a pop on newegg. I believe there is a 140mm model too. I own about 20 of them and only had a couple of them fail after over 5 years of 24/7 use. They top out at 2000 RPM / 75CFM (rated) and are nice and quiet with a fan controller. Not bad luck for a sleeve bearing. Don't pay $12 or whatever they ask though, just wait for a sale. Great fan? no, but for $3 they're a steal. Cut the LED if you don't like em.

Another favorite of mine is the Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 120x38mm. They're only $11 on newegg if you can deal with the "asia first" slow shipping. 5200RPM / 241CFM.. Make SURE you have a good controller, but nothing will touch those fans in price / performance IMO. They're the only performance fan I really bother with anymore and I have yet to have one fail or so much as rattle.

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Since you are interested in RGB and already have the "i" version you could just get the NZXT AER RGB fans. I replaced my noisy EK vardars with the stock X62 AER P models and they work just as well. Thermalright fans are nice as well and are 140mm with 120mm fan holes so you can get two of the same and use them in both positions assuming the 140 top still has 120mm holes like the S340.

Fans are one of those things that you can really get obsessed over but in the end it can be just a small difference between most options outside of the super cheap ones.

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Hi all thanks for the input, I have been looking at a fre types now and got it down to this,

None RGB

Rear of Case Noctua NF-S12A Chromax
Top of case NF-A14 PWM Chromax

or

Rear of Case ML120 Pro
Top of Case ML140 Pro

For RGB

Rear of Case NZXT AER RGB 2 120mm
Top of Case NZXT AER RGB 2 140mm

I did look at the Corsair ML120 & ML140 RGB fans but i did not realise you needed a different fan RGB controller as i thought all RGB devices could work with each other, thats a pain. The controllers I would have are the NZXT and RGB Fusion 2 as i am thinking of getting a gigabyte Master x570 motherboard.

All the combos above are about the same price point as theres not much in it which would be better for cooling and noise levels.

I am not to sure which combo would have the best cooling and best noise level for the H510i case.

What do you all think ?

I did look at the Arctic P12 PWM - Pressure-optimised 120 mm fans but these are for static pressure more for heatsinks not case fans.
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