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01-23-2020 04:07 PM
deafboy
Quote: Originally Posted by sakete View Post
That's more about the general design and development process of the A12x25. But you'd think just giving it another color wouldn't be such a big deal, as they already have the design. Chromax is the exact same design, but in black.
If I recall correctly they were having issues with getting the right dye to behave with the sterrox material used for the blade.
01-23-2020 11:39 AM
sakete
Quote: Originally Posted by glocked89 View Post
Supposedly this https://noctua.at/en/nf-a12x25-technical-backgrounds is what makes it hard to make it in black. But it is coming!
That's more about the general design and development process of the A12x25. But you'd think just giving it another color wouldn't be such a big deal, as they already have the design. Chromax is the exact same design, but in black.
01-22-2020 03:21 PM
J7SC I also find Noctuas to be fairly unobtrusive 'noise'-wise which is why I have a lot of them (some painted, most 'au naturel' ). That said, the brushless 120mm semi-transparent InWin fans below are very quiet and surprisingly effective re. cooling. I am not even sure if they're still on the market as we bought a pile on sale some years back.

For outright cooling performance, GentleTyphoon (3K rpm) are hard to beat (here in a push / pull config). 3K rpm is all my ears can stand, though, over longer periods (there are even faster, louder ones... ). I suppose all this leads right back to the upcoming black Noctuas...
01-22-2020 03:19 PM
ttnuagmada
Quote: Originally Posted by vagrant View Post
The only SW3 120mms on NewEgg for that price are non PWM. And through a third party seller.

They're 25 on amazon.

Give it some time, they'll be back on newegg for 20ish with bulk purchase just like the 140mm.
01-22-2020 03:15 PM
vagrant
Quote: Originally Posted by ttnuagmada View Post
SW3's are like 22 bucks on Newegg, I can't find the A12x25 for anything cheaper than 29.
The only SW3 120mms on NewEgg for that price are non PWM. And through a third party seller.

Quote: Originally Posted by glocked89 View Post
Supposedly this https://noctua.at/en/nf-a12x25-technical-backgrounds is what makes it hard to make it in black. But it is coming!

I don't think the fan blades are what people hate the color of though.
01-22-2020 03:14 PM
glocked89
Quote: Originally Posted by sakete View Post
It's interesting it'll take them that long to release it. It's the same design as the current version, but in black. How hard can it be?

I'm probably over simplifying, don't know much about production / supply chain management.

Supposedly this https://noctua.at/en/nf-a12x25-technical-backgrounds is what makes it hard to make it in black. But it is coming!
01-22-2020 03:13 PM
ttnuagmada
Quote: Originally Posted by glocked89 View Post
I know that many consider Noctua fans to be a waste of money, but I'm pretty sensitive to weird pitches of noise that many fans emit.


One to thing to consider is the type of noise emitted by the NF A12x25. The dba could be similar to another fan, but the pitch is typically so much better and thats what makes it worth it for me. They also come with a gasket to seal against your radiator which makes sense because it is a $30 fan..



In regards to actual performance, I don't think there is a better 120mm x 25mm class fan better at 2000 rpms. In my opinion they perform better than the static pressure fans even though their static pressure is supposedly worse.
SW3's fall into this same category. They do not make motor noise. It's nothing but air-movement, even if the fans are maxed out (on the 120mm at least).
01-22-2020 03:13 PM
ttnuagmada
Quote: Originally Posted by sakete View Post
The main issue I have with SW3's is that they cost the same as Noctua A12x25
SW3's are like 22 bucks on Newegg, I can't find the A12x25 for anything cheaper than 29.
01-22-2020 03:13 PM
vagrant
Quote: Originally Posted by glocked89 View Post
I know that many consider Noctua fans to be a waste of money, but I'm pretty sensitive to weird pitches of noise that many fans emit.


One to thing to consider is the type of noise emitted by the NF A12x25. The dba could be similar to another fan, but the pitch is typically so much better and thats what makes it worth it for me. They also come with a gasket to seal against your radiator which makes sense because it is a $30 fan..



In regards to actual performance, I don't think there is a better 120mm x 25mm class fan better at 2000 rpms. In my opinion they perform better than the static pressure fans even though their static pressure is supposedly worse.
Well it depends on what you are doing with your PC. If mine is idle my fans are low RPM. If they aren't it means I'm gaming and don't hear the fans regardless.
01-22-2020 03:10 PM
glocked89 I know that many consider Noctua fans to be a waste of money, but I'm pretty sensitive to weird pitches of noise that many fans emit.


One to thing to consider is the type of noise emitted by the NF A12x25. The dba could be similar to another fan, but the pitch is typically so much better and thats what makes it worth it for me. They also come with a gasket to seal against your radiator which makes sense because it is a $30 fan..



In regards to actual performance, I don't think there is a better 120mm x 25mm class fan better at 2000 rpms. In my opinion they perform better than the static pressure fans even though their static pressure is supposedly worse.
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