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July 12, 2013 10:34:46 AM

I am going to replace both my 120MM fans on my H80. I have read and heard a lot of good things about the Corsair Air Series SP120 120MM 2350RPM 62.74CFM. I was wondering if there are any fans that are better at cooling than these. Noise isn't an issue with me as I only use my rig for gaming.

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July 12, 2013 10:54:21 AM

Sorry, I have no other fans to recommend. But I will confirm the Corsair SP120's will be a very good match.

SP is short for static pressure which was their goal in designing those fans. Static Pressure is what you want for radiator setups. I'd also recommend a fan spacer and rubber or foam gaskets to ensure you get a good seal. Helps get rid of the dead spot in the middle of the radiator caused by fan motor obstructing even flow across all fins.

Also, mounting the fans in a pull config will make the radiator a LOT easier to clean as dust builds up. No disassembly required, just hit it with some air or a vaccuum and you're done.

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July 12, 2013 11:00:43 AM
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Oddly enough, another site did a review on a number of fans using the H80 radiator. The stock fans won out against what was tested. The Corsair Air Series SP120 high performance (what you listed) got second place, losing only by a couple degrees. It was almost 10 db quieter, though.

Other contenders were the Noctua NF-F12, Enermax Magma, and a number of Coolermaster fans - all of them nothing to sneeze at.
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July 12, 2013 11:08:21 AM

Calculatron said:
Oddly enough, another site did a review on a number of fans using the H80 radiator. The stock fans won out against what was tested. The Corsair Air Series SP120 high performance (what you listed) got second place, losing only by a couple degrees. It was almost 10 db quieter, though.


I saw that review and was quite surprised. The problem I'm having though, is the stock fans are flinging grease out of them. So it's time to replace.
July 12, 2013 11:23:26 AM

Oh wow! Those are some serious fans
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