Originally Posted by Pinnacle Fit
Thanks. That’s very helpful. I’ve been looking on extreme rigs for reviews but I think a few of Martin liquid labs links are down.
My first concern isn’t necessarily the amount of static pressure or rpm because I’m using black ice gtx and gtr rads and they don’t seem overly obstructive in their fpi. I am concerned about noise though and noctua seems to be the quietest. If that’s incorrect please let me know.
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Strictly answering this: "I am concerned about noise though and noctua seems to be the quietest. If that’s incorrect please let me know."
I can only tell you what my ears hear. To me, eLoops and Piranhas are louder at the same speed than GTs, Vardar and Noctua. Noctuas are quieter than Vardar. An anechoic chamber is the only environment that can deliver a definitive answer as to absolute sound produced by any fan. Noctuas and GTs have a gentle whoosh to my ears at comparable speeds, although the Noctua gets the edge for lower sound overall to my ears.
Now my perspective on buying: The difference isn't enough for me to jump out and always pay the extra money for the Noctua brand. They are all great quality fans and they all do a solid job on radiators or as case fans in terms of performance and keeping noise down. If after reading articles, reviews and chatting around, like here, you are leaning toward Noctua, buy them. Whether the beige, redux or industrial, no matter, you most likely won't be disappointed.
Keep in mind if you ramp up the speed over 1800 RPM, they will make noise and you will hear it.
Partially off-topic - I just bought four Vardar 120 ER PWM fans for an upcoming SFF utilizing two Hardware Labs 240 GTS rads. I can't wait! Unfortunately it's a multi-month build since I am waiting to see what Ryzen 3rd gen and Navi turn out to be.