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post #11 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-11-2020, 03:26 PM
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They are both high quality fans

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/n...nf-a12x25-pwm/

https://proclockers.com/reviews/cool...2-p-fan-review

Have only used the noise blockers see what the reviews say. I can only speak to my experience with them. I’ve never had a issue. Noise level is subjective. My main gaming/encoding water cooled computer is in our media room. I don’t have to run the fans at max. When the fans spin up to 80% I still hear the isolated d5s over them. This is when watching tv/movies. When my computer is at idle the case fans stop and the rad fans spin around 400.

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I recommend the Be Quiet! SW3 fans. Have a bunch of them on my radiators, no complaints with them.
Pick whichever speed & 3/4pin you want for your preference.

I just went for the high-speed ones as you can run them silent if you want anyway and have 2000+ rpm when you want. Gives you the best flexibility.

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Any issues running rad fans for a while if air cooling a system at first? I'm going to be putting together a new system, but won't be purchasing my rads or blocks right away.

I was looking at the ARCTIC P14 PWM PST and ARCTIC P12 PWM PST as an option.

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You should be fine, so long as your are getting air movement, just check your temps.

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I can only add my personal experience here and it should only be taken as such; my current fans are Noctua F-12 industrialPPC-2000 fans which I have on my radiators (with fairly thin cores, moderate fin density), which I run quite slowly (just sub-1000RPM). They're effectively inaudible without any tone or noise that I find annoying. I'm rather sensitive to the noise. My priority was good cooling with low RPM, decent static pressure fans with enough air moved. I'd love to use the Noctua A12x25 fans but I can't justify the replacement cost. I've used NoiseBlocker fans before however and I have a friend that uses them for his watercooling and whilst they're definitely efficiently, I personally was not able to tolerate the noise, even at a lower RPM.

If you end up getting Noctua A12 fans, I'd love to know how it goes and how they are.

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Be Quiet SW3's are fantastic. Best combo of price/noise/performance IMO. I tried out a bunch of difference fans when i built my loop and they impressed me. Picked them out over GT's/ML120's/Vardar's. NF-F12's were slightly better all-round, but not for the price at the time.


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Quote: Originally Posted by LOKI23NY View Post
Any issues running rad fans for a while if air cooling a system at first? I'm going to be putting together a new system, but won't be purchasing my rads or blocks right away.

I was looking at the ARCTIC P14 PWM PST and ARCTIC P12 PWM PST as an option.
great fans and highly recommended.
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given the cost of them they are not worth it.
I think that would depend on how much you value cooling + silence. Totally worth it to me.

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I think that would depend on how much you value cooling + silence. Totally worth it to me.
they are very quiet and cool great. hence my suggestion to use them.
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+1 for SW3. Only issue with the E-Loops is they aren't so great for pull setups/having a restrictive intake.

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