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120mm x 25mm

Open air flow
NFB1212M from Delta Electronics

https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/76....jpeg?odnHeight=450&odnWidth=450&odnBg=FFFFFF

Semi-restricted air flow
Nidec Servo GT D1225C12B7AP-29

http://www.scythe-eu.com/uploads/tx_cfamooflow/GentleTyphoon-120-mm-High-Speed-Front-View_01.jpg

Restricted air flow
AFB1212VH from Delta Electronics

http://i.pchub.com/i/Delta-Electronics-AFB1212SH-Server-Square-Fan-AFB1212SH-1-84215.jpg

Very restricted air flow
NF-F12 IPPC 3000 PWM from Noctua

http://www.coolingtechnique.com/img...octua/ippc_3000/noctua_nf-f12_ippc-3000_4.jpg

120mm x 32mm

Very restricted air flow
V12C12BS1M3 from Nidec

https://image.pushauction.com/0/0/d...94a0/4c869dff-ee46-4d96-87be-492d519f91dc.jpg

120mm x 38mm

Open to semi-restricted air flow
AFB1212HHE from Delta Electronics

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/Bd0AAOSwD8BZb8O-/s-l640.jpg

Restricted air flow
V12E12BS1B5 from Nidec

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB179mE...0-38mm-four-wire-with-temperature-control.jpg

Very restricted air flow
V12E12BHM9 from Nidec

http://www.nidec.com/product_modules/asset/fan/P2000429_01.jpg

120mm x 50mm
GFB1212VHG from Delta Electronics

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1QQmZ...ter-fan-violence-120-120-50mm.jpg_640x640.jpg

140mm x 25mm
NF-A14 IPPC 3000 PWM from Noctua

https://www.regard.ru/photo/shop/165580_1.jpg

140mm x 28mm
NB-eLoop B14 PS

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/media/image/thumbnail/FG065NB_166005_800x800.jpg

140mm x 38mm

Standard uses
Sunon EFE0381B1

http://www.primelec.com/media/catal...5fb8d27136e95/e/f/efe0381b1-q000-f99-pic2.jpg

Extremely restrictive uses
PFM1412DE from Delta Electronics

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/122255473135-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

Most of these are for server-like uses.

I will add more later
 

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The best according to what? What makes them the best?
 

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For CPU cooler i use 3 x noctua nf-f12 ippc-3000 pwm on a Noctua NH-D14. I chose those for different things. Desent wide RPM range from 750 to 3000 RPM gives a good range from silent to max performance and they have a high static pressure that is great for air coolers as well as radiators for water cooling.

For case fans i use purely Corsair ML120/140. Those fans can operate from 400 til 2400 RPM so again a wide range on RPM so they can be dead silent at ilde and light load aswell as high performance then needed.

For me a perfect fan is a fan that has a wide RPM range so it can be bofh silent and move tons of air when needed, but also have a high static pressure for when used on cooler or radiator. Price also have something to say, but less than the other things i meantened. Long life bearings is also something i think is importent so that they can work over a long time, cause i keep my pc´s for years as i still have my X58 system as my main rig.

All that LED or RGB is not importent for me. For some maybe but not me.
 

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What Lettuceman said.

Looks more like a list of extreme application fans where noise is not a consideration rather than what are best fans. :p

To me best fan is one that has vest airflow against resistance while maintaining a quiet noise level .. as well as being reasonably priced. That is my criteria, not which fan spins the fastest making system sound like a Chinook or Huey coming in to land in combat zone while B-1Bs' are dropping GBU-38's, B-52s are carpet bombing .. all while slower/lower flying AC-130 gunships and Warthogs are strafing the enemy. :D
 

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Colour me whatever you want, but I wouldn't trust this list one bit. Major alert, there is going to be some heat lol.

OP has been here since 2016 and only posted 64 times?
The majority of the fans on this list are delta server fans. 100+cfm, 3000+ rpm, extremely high DB.
Even the Nidec Servo GT D1225C12B7AP-29 which is a Gentle Typhoon and NF-F12 IPPC 3000 from Noctua are 3000rpms and are know to scream when running.

I'll be the first to say this, list is complete trash.
 

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For me a close call between Noctua and be Quiet (love both but I think be Quiet takes it)
What Lettuceman said.

Looks more like a list of extreme application fans where noise is not a consideration rather than what are best fans. :p
Colour me whatever you want, but I wouldn't trust this list one bit. Major alert, there is going to be some heat lol.

OP has been here since 2016 and only posted 64 times?
The majority of the fans on this list are delta server fans. 100+cfm, 3000+ rpm, extremely high DB.
Even the Nidec Servo GT D1225C12B7AP-29 which is a Gentle Typhoon and NF-F12 IPPC 3000 from Noctua are 3000rpms and are know to scream when running.

I'll be the first to say this, list is complete trash.
I'll be the first to agree with your assessment.

Maybe re-title the thread "Best Fan for Every Application For Hard of Hearing Users That I Happen To Have Tried Or Like The Reputation Of"? Or maybe just "A Random List of Fans"?
 

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Colour me whatever you want, but I wouldn't trust this list one bit. Major alert, there is going to be some heat lol.

OP has been here since 2016 and only posted 64 times?
The majority of the fans on this list are delta server fans. 100+cfm, 3000+ rpm, extremely high DB.
Even the Nidec Servo GT D1225C12B7AP-29 which is a Gentle Typhoon and NF-F12 IPPC 3000 from Noctua are 3000rpms and are know to scream when running.

I'll be the first to say this, list is complete trash.

The NF-F12 at 3000rpm is silent compared to those old Gentle Typhoons. I have a 5400rpm AP-31 somewhere, its an absolute beast and not for use in an HTPC despite the vast airflow lol
 

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The NF-F12 at 3000rpm is silent compared to those old Gentle Typhoons. I have a 5400rpm AP-31 somewhere, its an absolute beast and not for use in an HTPC despite the vast airflow lol
Sorry if I'm being a little "direct" but are you def by chance?
NF-F12 industrialPPC 3000rpm produce 43.5 dB when running @ full speed
D1225C12B7AP-29 produce 36.5 dBA when running @ full speed.
These speeds are in open air. Would be even louder for both if ran through a radiator.

If your comparing your old 5400rpm AP-31 to the NF-F12, that's completely irrelevant as it spins at an extra 2400rpm and it's not even on the list.

EDIT: Changed 1400 to 2400 as my math is ****e! lol
 

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The NF-F12 at 3000rpm is silent compared to those old Gentle Typhoons. I have a 5400rpm AP-31 somewhere, its an absolute beast and not for use in an HTPC despite the vast airflow lol
Sorry if I'm being a little "direct" but are you def by chance?
NF-F12 industrialPPC 3000rpm produce 43.5 dB when running @ full speed
D1225C12B7AP-29 produce 36.5 dBA when running @ full speed.
These speeds are in open air. Would be even louder for both if ran through a radiator.

If your comparing your old 5400rpm AP-31 to the NF-F12, that's completely irrelevant as it spins at an extra 1400rpm and it's not even on the list.
To add to that, the iPPC NF-F12 is one of the most irritating sounding fans at lower speeds that I have had contact with.
 
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