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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 08:05 AM - Thread Starter
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Which intake fans for R6? 3x120 or 2x140mm?

I am waiting for a Define R6. After reading on this forum I have decided to replace the stock fans.

So now I am wondering if I should go for 3x120mm or 2x140mm in front and if it is needed to add fans to top/bottom and back. Also, what fans is recommended to use?

The case will be filled with 8x3.5" drives and 4xSSD drives, so I want a proper cooling setup without to much noice.
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Depending on the brand of the fans. Some 140mm fans e.g. Corsair make humming sound opposed to their 120mm that are quieter, but that's just one brand for example.

over the years I have try # of brand e.g. Corsair, Gelid, Cooler Master, GentleTyphoon and other but making long story short and I can't emphasize enough on how great Noctua's 120mm fans are, this is my pick and I have ton of them and now they are the only fans I would use.

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Go for two 140 intakes. The hubs are dead spots and the 120s need to spin faster/be noisier to move the same amount of air since they're smaller.

I've got 2 Noctua NF-A14 iPPC-3000 intake and 4 Phanteks PH F140 XP as exhaust. Not a cheap fan setup but it's basically silent and cools well.

I run the Industrials in pull on my radiator in the front of my case at 20% until the CPU hits 70c and then they go to 33% and the Phanteks fans stay at a fixed 65%.

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I am waiting for a Define R6. After reading on this forum I have decided to replace the stock fans.

So now I am wondering if I should go for 3x120mm or 2x140mm in front and if it is needed to add fans to top/bottom and back. Also, what fans is recommended to use?

The case will be filled with 8x3.5" drives and 4xSSD drives, so I want a proper cooling setup without to much noice.
Basic rule of thumb is 2x 140mm fans will flow about the same amount of air as 3x 120mm fans of same style. Phanteks PH-F140MP are quite good but not as good as be quiet! Silent Wings 3. But SW3 are very expensive while PH-F140MP on special in 2-pacs for about $20.00.

Basically you want fans with higher static pressure rating to overcome the resistance of grills, filters, HDD cages, etc. In R6 I like using 2x front and 1x bottom intakes and remove all back PCIe slot covers to improve front to back airflow around GPU and thus lower airflow temps to both CPU and GPU cooler intakes.

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Quote: Originally Posted by NewUser16 View Post

Case fans: NF-S12A PWM chromax.black.swap they are absolutely awsom.
For rads: NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap superior quality and dead silent
Is there a similar fan to those in 140mm? based on the other answeres here it looks like 2x140 in front is the way to go. These will do well with the dustfilter on R6?


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Go for two 140 intakes. The hubs are dead spots and the 120s need to spin faster/be noisier to move the same amount of air since they're smaller.

I've got 2 Noctua NF-A14 iPPC-3000 intake and 4 Phanteks PH F140 XP as exhaust. Not a cheap fan setup but it's basically silent and cools well.

I run the Industrials in pull on my radiator in the front of my case at 20% until the CPU hits 70c and then they go to 33% and the Phanteks fans stay at a fixed 65%.

Quote: Originally Posted by doyll View Post
Basic rule of thumb is 2x 140mm fans will flow about the same amount of air as 3x 120mm fans of same style. Phanteks PH-F140MP are quite good but not as good as be quiet! Silent Wings 3. But SW3 are very expensive while PH-F140MP on special in 2-pacs for about $20.00.

Basically you want fans with higher static pressure rating to overcome the resistance of grills, filters, HDD cages, etc. In R6 I like using 2x front and 1x bottom intakes and remove all back PCIe slot covers to improve front to back airflow around GPU and thus lower airflow temps to both CPU and GPU cooler intakes.
The Phanteks PH-F140MP is not avaliable in bundles where I live and they cost around 23£ a pice. Shippment for the bundle from Overclockers GB is around 35£ so these will actuallt be the most expensive one.

It is for my server build, so I really need all 10 drives to hold a nice temp so it is important that all of them benefits from my setup of 3x120mm or 2x140mm in front.

Here are some fans that are avaliable where I live and at what cost. They probably do a great job no matther which one i pick out of them, or is any of them a no go for my setup?

- Phanteks PH-F140MP 21£
- Noctua NF-A14 chromax 24£
- Noctua NF-A14 22£
- Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM 140mm 22£
- Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 High PWM 140mm 23£
- Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 140mm 27£
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Any will be fine.

For the Phanteks fans, MP ≥ XP > SP.

XP has slightly higher CFM with slightly less static pressure than the MP.

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Here are some fans that are avaliable where I live and at what cost. They probably do a great job no matther which one i pick out of them, or is any of them a no go for my setup?

- Phanteks PH-F140MP 21£
- Noctua NF-A14 chromax 24£
- Noctua NF-A14 22£
- Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM 140mm 22£
- Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 High PWM 140mm 23£
- Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 140mm 27£
be quiet! Silent Wings 3 High PWM 140mm would be my choice from your list.

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Thank you.

If none of them stands out as a "best" pick I will buy Noctua NF-A14 chromax or Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM 140mm. They are sold where I get free shipping, so that is around 20£ saved compared to the other models.
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Is there a similar fan to those in 140mm? based on the other answeres here it looks like 2x140 in front is the way to go. These will do well with the dustfilter on R6?
I have several of these: NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swap

Again, they are superior performers, built quality is outstanding, the blades, the whole fan construction is very rigid and they are unbelievably quiet .

My son have them on his NH D15S to cool his 6950X and I'm telling you, if I didn't have to cool several of my bloody hot GPU's (4Titans) I would switch to Noctual all together, CPU cooler and all their fans.

Noctuas fans are one of those things that I can say with full confidence ...they are worth every penny.


Also, one very important aspect of all Noctuas products, their customer support is beyond exceptional, they are excellent at keeping their customers happy.

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I have several of these: NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swap

Again, they are superior performers, built quality is outstanding, the blades, the whole fan construction is very rigid and they are unbelievably quiet .

My son have them on his NH D15S to cool his 6950X and I'm telling you, if I didn't have to cool several of my bloody hot GPU's (4Titans) I would switch to Noctual all together, CPU cooler and all their fans.

Noctuas fans are one of those things that I can say with full confidence ...they are worth every penny.


Also, one very important aspect of all Noctuas products, their customer support is beyond exceptional, they are excellent at keeping their customers happy.
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