Best 120mm fan!

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Could anyone tell me what 120mm fan that is the best? :) I am going to use 2 of them on a TRUE, currently I have a Noctua-S12B and it sucks :cry: Price doesn't really matter but what matters is that it can't be too loud, it's ok as long as the sound is the same or lower than my Gainward GTX 260s fans(quite noisy)
 

freezed1

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Hi, wow you are asking for a lot......if you want something that is not noisy and still moves a lot of air look at these...http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=49&products_id=4073

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I use these on my Core Contact and S1283:
Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185054
Used it on S1283 dropped my temps by 6-7C on a Q6600 @3.6
Note: The KAZE is 38mm thick, normal ones are only 25mm max thick. So it MAY or MAY NOT fit depending on your motherboard and RAM (as in height of RAM).

Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185060
Dropped my temps on S1283 by 8C on a E5200 @3.8Ghz

Note: These fans are pretty loud. But in my case, my GPU fan is louder. I can live with it.

If you want quietness for good airflow:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa1.html
Go YateLoon.
 

BongoKongo

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Most of the super quiet fans have sleeve bearings which don't last & can become rattly very quickly if you run them on max. Fluid bearing fans are quiet & they last longer & stay quieter longer than sleeve bearing fans.
If you can put up with 1 or 2 decibels in extra noise then nothing beats the old ball bearing type for longivity.
 

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I think your reading that chart wrong, I don't think it means with no one in it talking, it means like the normal living room, you sitting in it talking.
I'm guessing this because 40-50dba fans are not quiet (like the chart says). They sound like vacumes.
 

huntsman

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yyup and i have 2 silenx iextrema fans that supposobly push 72cfm and are 14dba both are in the front of an antec 300 case and when on full its pretty quiet but still are heard unless on lower rpms plus the grill in front of the case make it way louder. But i have them running on low rpm so my pc is silent, hard to tell if its on when sitting next to it and pc is at head level.
 

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40-50 dBa can be audible to a point of distraction, but is certainly not as loud as a vacuum cleaner. Your point about the chart being misleading is valid, as "Public rooms in hotels" is a very vague category when defining sound levels.

However, I disagree on 35dBa being as loud as someone talking or normal conversation. Remember that noise levels fall exponentially over distance and AFAIK there is no standard noise measurement distance for case fans, so noise readings can be very misleading.

For example, this Apevia fan is rated at 24.7 dBa, but I found it considerably louder than my Antec 900 fans set on medium which produces 27dBa of noise @ 1 meter. After that, I've always taken sound levels of fans with a grain of salt.
 

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I want to make my case like that.
I have my coolermaster 1000 which isn't as quiet as I'd like it to be, but I just got a fan controller from newegg today and I'm going to tone down my 19dba fans though they won't move any air at all (44 cfm @ 19 equals ? at 12 dba)
 

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Hmm I have been wondering this myself Im looking for 2 good fans for a push pull config for a termalright true black 120 Im looking for something quite yet moves a good bit of air I figured with a push pull config both fans could have lower rpms and cfm. I was thinking of going with two of these but im not sure if that would be the sweet spot or not. Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm
 

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Yeah I was exagerating on the vacum cleaner, though they are loud. As far as 35dba being as loud as someone talking, I was just trying to prove the chart wrong, saying that a "working living room" was what it was talking about not a empty living room. And know that I think about it I should have known that 35dba wasn't someone talking (i had some fans @ 40dba), but like you said loudness is exponential and maybe your right next to the person talking or 10 feet away it's hard to explain. (I actually found a really good chart once that rated noises at distances to how a fan would sound at a couple feet away)

I completely know what your talking about, saying that the 25dba fans are louder than the 27's manufactureres and their false advertising.
 

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let me state first that I have no experience in a push pull setup. Although speaking from a merely better fan standpoint those fans aren't great (at least the posted noise and cfm specs, the fancy magnetics and bearings might make them quieter, but I would think that would also lower the dba spec)

Those cooler masters i recommended earlier are 19dba and 90 cfm and cheaper :)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103061

I've been looking for fans and those are the best noise to cfm ratio I can find (under 20$), though they aren't super fancy, with special features and such, they are cheap and come from a reliable brand.
 

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Thanks I bookmarked it I plan to purchase In a few days unless someone suggests something better I will go with the cooler master fans I have some in my case now their ok
 

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+1 to freezed1

Fixed Link to performance-pcs
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=49&zenid=3f0fa0bc4b97869d4927f36488e18ce2

I generally use Scythe Kama for CPU Cooler, Scythe Slip Stream for the case and also Yate Loon for both in Builds' that I put together. :sol:
 

huntsman

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in my opinion anything over 20 is loud

20 and under is good although 19 and 18 wont be complete silent, for silence id go with 16 and under But thats just wat i think. pluse depending on how many fans you got the sound will add up if you got more fans running.

i bought a enermax fan pushes 52cfm on full and its 14dba when regulated its between 8-14dba i got 3 fans with 14 dba max but are running on low rpms as my room is not hot. Also my cpu fan is around 50% i would say and everything keeps my pc idle at 27- 34 but its pretty toasty in my room today as no a/c is on, gpu on idle is 44-47, gpu fan is on auto and running at 760rpms, also got 2 stock antec 300 case fans running on low, wen the room temp is decent as in im not sweating or being uncomfortable the temps are 20-26 idle for cpu and stuff like that, as long as the caase has good airflow its all good.
 

tkgclimb

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^ those silenx fans you have are pretty awesome, but expensive. As for extremely quiet fans but still with good ariflow and price i would reccomend the sytcthe slipstreams.

But for me, I just put high cfm fans and normal noise on a fan controller, and tune them up and down for the conditions. I don't think my case has quiet as good ariflow as yours but still reletively good.

plus I 'm going to do a sweet gpu cooling mod soon, that will lower that fan speed and hopefully cool it better, will post pics if it works.