I've recently purchased a case that was advertised to have three Cooler Master Ultra Silent fans preinstalled. They operate at 11.2 cfm
When I opened the case I found three Vantec Stealth fans that operate at 27. cpm.
Along with being irritated about the switch of fans, I'm wondering about the value of cfm vs. quiet dbs. The case also has a 'custom' installed sound package to help reduce noise levels.
So, do I go after the fans I ordered, the Cooler Masters or simply keep the Vantecs' because they move more air? What some high quality fan brands?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks for your response. You certainly gave me alot to choose from. Just talked with the retailer about the fans and he stated the Vantec Stealth fan should be considered an upgrade as to its cooling abilities and they had been included because the Cooler Master fans hadn't come in as promised.
Sooo...guess I'll try'em out and see what happens. He offered to send free of charge a fan speed control if the noise level bothers me.
Ya just don't know who you're dealing with sometimes with online purchases, do ya?
I think you got a good deal too if he's throwing in a controller.
I prefer variable speed fans so I can minimize the noise. My system doesn't get over 41c even after hours of Guild Wars, so the low settings are obviously working. The stock fan on my 7600GT is probably the loudest fan in my case; not quite ready to spend $30+ for a Zalman VF.
I also prefer ball bearings to sleeve bearings. I remember from the old days how often those cheapie sleeve bearings would bind. I think I've been getting mostly Thermaltake 120mm or Arctic Cooling 80mm fans.