Best Case Fan??

I'm trying to choose what I should get out of these or any others that are real quite and perform. My main goal is silence with good airflow. Here are my choices as of right now.

Arctic Cooling Case Fan 56.3 CFM 24.5 dBA $7.99
ENERMAX UC-12EB 44CFM 17DB $10.99 +4.99 Shipping
Global Win 41.70CFM 19 DB $5.95
Nexus 36.87CFM 22.8 DB $13.95
SilenX 58CFM 14 DB $29.95 +$6 Shipping
Yate Loons 47CFM 28 DB $5.95


Ill probably get more then 1 of the best 1 or 2, or a few different of them.

What ones should I get?
And also can someone find me a nice fan filter and a fan Grill? Thanks alot

Thanks for any suggestions / opinions. Storm~
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  1. I believe Noctua owns the award for best quiet/airflow fans, as well as the most xpensive.

    $20 a fan anyone?
  2. lol, Tacos ur 1 min ahead of me posting these answers.

    ;(
    hahah
  3. take a look at scythe s-flex. 3 models, each at different speeds/cfm and sound. Slowest 800rpm at 8db, fastest 1600rpm at 20+. I use different fans in different locations. e.g. front intake low rpm/silent. mid case intake mid rpm, still cannot hear it and exhaust 2 high speeds but venting location rear makes them almost inaudible.
  4. you evil taco :twisted:


    ill eat you up xP
  5. Scythe SFlex 800rpm
    Look. No. Further.
  6. Well which one should I get exactly, or ones that I should try out. According to my picks from dba and cfm ratings the SilentX wins but it also costs 36$ for 1.
    So I'm not sure what to get if there the best I dont mind 36$ to try em out.

    Can someone provide me with a link to a website with a Noctua in-stock, iv'e looked on sites that I know.

    And also could someone give me a link to good fan grill's & 120mm Fan Filters.


    Very much appreciated. Thank you Storm~
  7. Don't know about the other fans, But I have 3 Silenx Ixtrema installed in my case and they are very, very quiet fans and move lots of air. Great fans, expensive tho.

    They are in stock @ Frozencpu. $19.99.

    Silenx @ Frozencpu
  8. One of my fans I will be modding on my case side panel so I can do without the filter as u suggested, but I need something to attach it to, probably a grill in less u have a different idea.

    Thanks for any suggestions or ideas. Storm~
  9. They're not in your list, but personnally I've been pretty satisfied with Akasa PaxPower fans. they're certainly not the best fans available, but they are almost inaudible, and their pricing is quite interresting.

    On the other hand, I've been very disappointed with Noiseblocker fans : I bought two 8cm S2 fans, and one of them was vibrating from the beginning, and the other one became noisy after only a few months. Maybe I was just unlucky, but given the price of noiseblocker fans, I expected something better.

    anyway, the Akasa fans I bought to replace them were far better, and also 3 times less expensive...
  10. Quote:
    I'm trying to choose what I should get out of these or any others that are real quite and perform. My main goal is silence with good airflow. Here are my choices as of right now.

    Arctic Cooling Case Fan 56.3 CFM 24.5 dBA $7.99
    ENERMAX UC-12EB 44CFM 17DB $10.99 +4.99 Shipping
    Global Win 41.70CFM 19 DB $5.95
    Nexus 36.87CFM 22.8 DB $13.95
    SilenX 58CFM 14 DB $29.95 +$6 Shipping
    Yate Loons 47CFM 28 DB $5.95


    Ill probably get more then 1 of the best 1 or 2, or a few different of them.

    What ones should I get?
    And also can someone find me a nice fan filter and a fan Grill? Thanks alot

    Thanks for any suggestions / opinions. Storm~


    I am by no means an expert on silent cooling, but I think the S-flex deserves a look as well. 63.7 CFM at 28 db is good, and they're 15 bucks at newegg
  11. Quote:


    Yeah I got 4 x Noctua fans, they are awesome.
  12. I tried a couple of 120mm Noctua fans and yeah, they're quiet, but they exhibit really weird behavior when anything, even a mediocre grille, is placed too close to either the intake or the output side of the fan. When I tried them I initially thought maybe I had them in backward, the air flow was so poor. Go ahead and use 'em if you want but you may have to remove or cut out your fan grille(s) completely and take care not to have obstructions or perpendicular airflows too close to the intake.

    On my newest system I ended up yanking the Noctuas and replaced them with a couple of Scythe S-Flex S-FDB fans instead, and I'm quite happy with the results.

    -Brad
  13. Scythe S-Flex (F-grade at 1600rpm) coupled with an RPM regulator (fanmate for instance).

    Scythe Minibea are equally as good, and may be even better.
  14. i have Noctua NF-S12-1200 and it pushes the air pretty good and is very silent even with my fan grill :b so i cant see what the problem is? unless u bought the 800 version
  15. Nope, I definitely the 1200 version (NF-S12-1200), and those two Noctua fans I bought performed identically. It was the darnedest thing I've ever seen. They did seem to push air fine until they were mounted, then it went to hell. Motherboard confirmed no problem with rotation speed, just something about that nifty quiet fan blade design that doesn't take well to the slightest obstruction.

    If you want to try a very un-scientific experiment, take a Noctua and something else fairly competitive for RPM and airflow, just connect them to a 12v source and leave them standing on edge on a desk. Spread your fingers across the width of the fan frame and move them to within an inch or so of the intake on one, then feel the output air flow. Then try it on the other.

    The Scythe fans seemed to be much better performers when mounted. I also have a set of Artic Cooling fans (the new PWM+PST units) that I've been fiddling with, that seem to be excellent performers and are not bothered by minor obstructions.

    The Noctua fans are now in my "to be eBay'd" box. If you think they're great then go right ahead and bid on 'em when I post them next week.

    In the interest of science, if someone can tell me how to CHEAPLY build an apparatus to reliably measure air flow for a 120mm fan, I'll do it and show everyone in nice clear numbers, exactly what I'm yakking about. I have a good Fluke DVM, a freshly charged motorcycle battery and lots of duct tape. If I can't build a test rig I could at least make an interesting movie...

    Until then, you can find a lot of articles that discuss the frequently disappointing relationships between the free flow air measurements that fan manufacturers proudly tout, and static pressure.

    -Brad
  16. @ Taco's

    So if you had to choose 2 fans for silence which one's would you choose?

    Thanks very much Storm~
  17. I would add that even at the same noise level, it depends on the kind of noise the fan makes. some noises are more disturbing than others.

    And the simple fact of having a grill near the fan will change its noise.

    The noise level of a PC is something very subjective... generally, you're OK with your computer, until the day you work on something more silent... after that, your computer's noise becomes unbearable, even if it didn't disturb you at all before.
  18. From the cheapskate's point of view:

    I would get the Yate Loons... often available at $3 shipped or less. If you go to silentpcreview, you'll see that the Nexus fan and the Yate Loons are *the same* fan, except that Nexus has been engineered to run at lower rpm/sound. You can undervolt the Yate Loons and lose a little CFM and be as silent as just about any fan listed.

    The Global Win is probably the best value of the bunch... if you can find them.

    The Noctua and Scythe are just too expensive. I could outfit three computers with two Yate Loons each for the price of one Noctua


    BTW, I went with Yate Loon 120s in case exhaust and PSU, Scythe Minibea in 92mm intake, and Scythe Mini Kaze on NB.
  19. The absolute best case fan is the Noctua 120mm. It also just so happens to be one of the quietest.
  20. Hahahaha! Touche. But they are almost silent and move much more air than you would expect. They are just all around, great quality, low noise, high flow, fans. Its so hard to tell what is quality now with all these freakin' colors and LEDs and $hit. The Noctua stuff is quality.
  21. One thing I'm not getting is that Antec TriCool fans on high push 79cfm and are rated at 30dba. Yate loons are rated 47cfm and 28 dba.

    So either the ratings don't mean anything, or the yate loons aren't better, cause i have 2 Antec TriCool fans and they are loud!! on high.

    According to all that, yate loons are only 2 dba quieter but push 30cfm less.


    So are they really gonna be better then my Antec TriCool's?

    Thanks Storm~
  22. Have you looked at yate loons blade shape? Thats sorta whats unique about noctua. IMHO it doesnt matter if theyre made at the same factory in asia if they aren't the same design. Noctua FTW or for cheaper Scythe. EDIT Antec Tri Cools suck I hate mine EDIT
  23. Quote:
    I'm trying to choose what I should get out of these or any others that are real quite and perform. My main goal is silence with good airflow. Here are my choices as of right now.

    Arctic Cooling Case Fan 56.3 CFM 24.5 dBA $7.99
    ENERMAX UC-12EB 44CFM 17DB $10.99 +4.99 Shipping
    Global Win 41.70CFM 19 DB $5.95
    Nexus 36.87CFM 22.8 DB $13.95
    SilenX 58CFM 14 DB $29.95 +$6 Shipping
    Yate Loons 47CFM 28 DB $5.95


    Ill probably get more then 1 of the best 1 or 2, or a few different of them.

    What ones should I get?
    And also can someone find me a nice fan filter and a fan Grill? Thanks alot

    Thanks for any suggestions / opinions. Storm~


    Use the 56 CFM but remove any fan guard on the case for 100% airflow...also no restriction means less noise no matter what fan you use.

    I always remove case fan guards (up to a 70% more airflow) and use Silverstone 110 CFM fans as well......hearing the fans lets me know they are working lol!

    Why would you put a filter on the exit fan?
  24. Quote:
    have 2 Antec TriCool fans and they are loud!!


    It is not the fan that is loud....it is the air from the fan hitting things as it moves that make the noise.
  25. Quote:
    I wouldn't be concerned about noise level with a grill, I'd be more worried about the amount of airflow that is getting restricted, thankfully on the p180b, the grills have larger than normal spacing, so the airflow doesn't suffer all that bad, though it could get some extra umph by removing them


    On cases that you can't unscrew the fan guard I use a metal nibbler and CUT the damn thing away.
  26. Quote:
    Have you looked at yate loons blade shape? Thats sorta whats unique about noctua. IMHO it doesnt matter if theyre made at the same factory in asia if they aren't the same design. Noctua FTW or for cheaper Scythe. EDIT Antec Tri Cools suck I hate mine EDIT


    On low they are not bad at all(for the cfm).
    And as said the case makes more noise. run them outside and the sound is cut down allot. So if you want quiet cut away the guard and watch your fingers.
  27. Silverstone FM-121 by a longshot.... 112 cfm @ 30-35dba...I have 4 of them and my speedfan reads 42@full load and 29@idle...I can't hear it at all...
  28. You can't trust a newegg review, google it man. Its very quiet (cfm to noise ratio that is), I'm not even running them full blast and my cp stays cold to the chill. I sware I don't hear them. I mean they stay at 25% load, they get loud when you crank them up past 70 or so. Though I have customized case. Case wiring to reduce wires and such to get better airflow, Mid tower, I bought for 30$ that I have modded to the max. So i'm getting great cooling. I have one fan front, one fan back, one fan on the bottem, one on the top. That works extremely better than one fan on the side, though if you try that you might want to invest in a filter for the bottem fan and just raise its power to make up for cfm lost due to the filter. Also you can drill a hole in the motherboard tray and put your cords through their and wrap them around so you get less interference with your air.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999344

    I would suggest them to anyone that is into OCing to the max without upgrading to water cooling. Or to anyone that wants sufficient cooling for a less noise ratio...Just look at the specs you can't beat them.
  29. XClio/Aplus has great cases with 25cm fans. XClio has high-end cases ($100+) with two 25cm fans while Aplus should have the lower-range case (~$50) with one 25cm fan. The XClio A380 or XClio Windtunnel are great for cooling.
  30. Quote:
    I have an antec p180 that I'm in the process of modding where I'm drilling a hole in the back for the cpu rail and cutting holes in the back to wire the cables behind the mobo to seriously increase airflow, so I have basically perfect airflow right now (just can't close the right side panel because I haven't cut the holes just yet), and my case is still very noisy with my thermaltake fan, it pushes tons of air, and you can't tell the air isn't hitting anything besides the cpu cooler which is a good 6 inches away, so it's the fan's turbine that is extremely noisy, I am using speed fan to controll it, but speedfan only works when you're in windows, and I can't control it any other way that won't keep it only at a quiet settings, so what I'm wondering about is how loud is the actual turbine of the fan, I know not to trust newegg reviews, but sometimes they are accurate, and when a bunch of people describe the same issues, it generally means problem


    Yes but read some more reviews on there. They said, Loud at full load, and its better than most 120mm fans on low rpms (when its quiet). To adjust your fans outside of windows buy a fan controller.
  31. @ ZOldDude

    Ya I wont be putting a filter on it, but I need the grill only for one that I'm going to mod on my side panel. I can't think of any other way to attach it.

    @ I_Love_Tacos

    That 250mm case fan looks awesome, might try it myself.


    It'll be about 3-4 weeks before I get to try out my mod and what not. I have a spare Antec Sonata 2 side panel on the way from Antec soon. And I'll be around more tools in 3-4 weeks, which is when I will try everything out.

    Ill be buying the fans I wanna try out probably in the next few days tops, maybe tonight.


    Thanks Storm~
  32. Could you recommend a good fan controller.


    Thanks alot appreciate it. Storm~
  33. Aero Cool Gatewatch 2
  34. heh 60$!, I wouldn't really mind spending 60$ if it was like really good for the money, but I dont have 2 open 5.25 drive bays.


    Any others in mind?


    Thanks alot. Storm~
  35. If you want ease of use, pick Antec Tricool fans because they have a built in fan controller. For idiots like myself, this is the way to go. Unless you overclock, leave it set at low because you want it quiet.
    If you are an advanced user I would go to Silentpcreview.com and pick one from their recommended list. I personally do not have experience with any of these, though. You will need a fan controller with any of these and I do not know much about fan controllers. All I ever used were Zalman Fanmate 2 because they are easy enough to use and very cheap but they only control one fan. Does anyone have info on good multi-fan controllers they like?
  36. Quote:
    Does anyone have info on good multi-fan controllers they like?


    I use a Vantec Nexus fan controller. It can control 4 fans (7V-12V ... couldn't find one that went down to 5V). It is in my 3.5" bay which was free because I do not have a floppy drive.
  37. K Here it is broken down. I have 60$ give or take to spend, and I think this is what I'm getting.

    Performance-PCs 250mm Silent Case Fan - Sleeved $26.19 @Performance-PCs
    Shin-Etsu X23 Thermal Compound 1 Gram $12 @Performance-PCs

    Arctic Cooling AF12025 Case Fan 56.3CFM 24.5db $5.99 +$5Ship @ Newegg

    YateLoons 47.0CFM 28db $5.95 @ Coolerguys / or Nexfan.com


    ~~~~~~~~~ here's what I chose from ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    AEROCOOL SILVER LIGHTNING 65 CFM 26.58 $14.99 +$7.39 Ship @ Svc.com
    Arctic Cooling AF12025 56.3CFM 24.5 DB $5.99 +$5Ship @ Newegg
    ENERMAX UC-12EB 44.0 17 $7.99 +$4.99 Ship @ Newegg
    Global Win 41.7 19 $5.99 +$7.39 Ship @ Svc.com
    Nexus 36.8 22.8 $14.95 @ Coolerguys
    Noctua NF-S12-1200 47.7 17 $24.99 +$6.35 Ship @ FrozenCPU
    SilenX 58.0 14 $19.99 +$7 Ship @ FrozenCPU
    Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 49.0 20.1 $19.98 Flat 1200 RPM @ Newegg
    Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 63.7 28 $19.98 Flat 1600 RPM @ Newegg
    SILVERSTONE FM121 110.03 17-39.5 dBA $21 Flat @ Newegg
    Thermaltake A1927 78.0 21 $7.49 +5 Ship @ Newegg
    YateLoons 47.0 28 $5.95 @ Coolerguys


    I think I'm going to try these 2 120mm fans, and the 250mm fan along with this thermal compound that I've read is the best out of all of them.


    Be very much appreciated for any feedback, probably gonna order tonight.
    Thanks allot, Storm~
  38. About the 250mm its also 20, the 26 is including the shipping, and the frozencpu one is the same just not in stock at the moment.

    About the arctic cooling fans they actually have the same characteristics as seen here.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000573%201372726538&Description=arctic%20cooling&name=120mm

    And about the arctic ceramique this what you talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100009


    Thanks allot, still open for any suggestions or opinions. Storm~
  39. OK, now this is fresh off the market...
    Pushing an amazing 90CFM.. yes thats right.. 90 CFM!!!!
    and at ONLY 19dBA!!

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=8022

    Silent Blue LED Fan 120mm!!!

    -Timmmay
  40. I have one, at full speed it's a vacuum, definitely not 90CFM at 19 dBA. At 7v it's decent, not sure about 5v.
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