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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 09:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Suggestions on Fans

I'm looking for suggestions on both 120mm and 80mm Fans for Rads such as the Noctua NF-F12 (1500rpm) pwn with high static pressure.

The 80mm Fans I'm looking at (different build requirements) are the Noctua NF-R8 1800rpm

Any suggestions on better fans easily available in US appreciated

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As for 120mm. I'd prefer the Noctua F12 chromax or Industrial for the black color scheme. Some other fans you can look into are the Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 High Speed. Corsair ML120 twin pack. Arctic P12 - value pack might be a better option depending how many you need. Phanteks PH-F120MP. These are the ones most will mention.

As for 80mm. I can't help. Haven't bought a 80mm or more so 92mm in years.
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Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 3000! I've got the 140mm versions and they're great. They're deafening at full tilt but they're dead silent and move a ton of air at ~20%. Useful that I can crank them up when needed when benching

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KD5151: Found an online conversion calc that shows the Noctua IPPC 3000 is actually worse then the 2000 (have to convert from m/s to cfm due to numbers given in m/h instead of cm/h) https://www.engineering.com/calculators/airflow.htm

Strangely the numbers for the F12 1500RPM match in the m3/h to stated figure from Noctua so it looks good to me.

Been very happy with noctua fans over the years so I'll stick with the F12 I've selected (good price per fan) even though it's the normal "Brown" Noctua. Inside the case and not visible so don't care.

Guess the Noctua NF-A8 is the go to for 80mm Fan and it's their default "Brown" color instead of the grey of the R8 Redux

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If money is no objection, then noctua A12x25 PWM.

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...x25_PWM/5.html
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Quote: Originally Posted by fastturtle View Post
KD5151: Found an online conversion calc that shows the Noctua IPPC 3000 is actually worse then the 2000 (have to convert from m/s to cfm due to numbers given in m/h instead of cm/h) https://www.engineering.com/calculators/airflow.htm

Strangely the numbers for the F12 1500RPM match in the m3/h to stated figure from Noctua so it looks good to me.

Been very happy with noctua fans over the years so I'll stick with the F12 I've selected (good price per fan) even though it's the normal "Brown" Noctua. Inside the case and not visible so don't care.

Guess the Noctua NF-A8 is the go to for 80mm Fan and it's their default "Brown" color instead of the grey of the R8 Redux
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If money is no objection, then noctua A12x25 PWM.

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...x25_PWM/5.html
I have to agree with @Ricey20 regarding the NF-A12X25. The performance is significantly better through the low and midrange rpm, which is where you will be using it 99%+ of the time.

The NF-F12 is a dated design, and while once a top choice has been well passed by others as you can see below. It is, unfortunately, one of the worst fans in these tests among current designs:



A good low priced alternative is the Phanteks F120MP, which is a very strong rad performer:

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@Ricey20 : Thanks for the link as it doesn't show the F12 in a good light. Much louder then the A12 for lower performance

@ciarlatano : Actually the F12 is still relevant, just not as effective as the A12 as the lists show.

Looked at some of the others and was surprised how noisey they were even with better air flow. Guess I'll go with the A12 due to quality of the noise (very important when it's noticable)

Now if I could find similar reviews for 80mm Fans.

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Have to add that the NF-F12 has been retested and the conclusion remains the same: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...chromax/5.html


Your money is better spent elsewhere such as the Phanteks PH-F120MP or Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 HS.


The NF-A12x25 is a good fan though.

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Quote: Originally Posted by fastturtle View Post
@Ricey20 : Thanks for the link as it doesn't show the F12 in a good light. Much louder then the A12 for lower performance

@ciarlatano : Actually the F12 is still relevant, just not as effective as the A12 as the lists show.
Relevant in a well made and packaged, but pricey and underwhelming performance kind of way?


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Have to add that the NF-F12 has been retested and the conclusion remains the same: https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...chromax/5.html


Your money is better spent elsewhere such as the Phanteks PH-F120MP or Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 HS.


The NF-A12x25 is a good fan though.
Very much agreed. You look at those tests, and the NF-F12 is consistently among the lowest airflow with the most noise when tested against more recent designs.

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