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Best 120mm Fan?

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April 12, 2008 5:52:51 PM

Anyone have an opinion on the best case fans for under $20 bucks? I was looking at the: Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b K Overclocking
April 12, 2008 7:02:09 PM

Here's a basic review:

http://www.pro-clockers.com/review.php?id=111&page=5

Scythe Fans are generally very good and quiet, my Scythe Ninja Plus came with a 120mm fan (scythe of course) which runs at full speed and I don't hear it. I sit right next to my PC mid-town (on the floor) and overall my PC is very quiet.
April 12, 2008 11:00:59 PM

i have the sycthe pwm fan. its awesome. my computer is dead silent at night when im in bed. i have a fan bay to turn off all other system fans.
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April 12, 2008 11:08:15 PM

What do you mean by "best"? The most powerful fan with no concern for noise? Or the quietest fan that offers the best cfm/noise? Or a balance of both?

For the most powerful and well balanced, there are quite a few out there, but I think Scythe's Ultra Kaze is one of the best. You can use a fan controller to make it near silent.
April 13, 2008 3:02:46 PM

I don't have any but I would be extra careful to keep all wires and fingers away while they are on. I know this sounds like a no brainer but it happens. Anyway, I heard that it doesn't take a lot of extra tension on the blades to cause the motor to throw oil all over the inside of you case. :ouch: 

That would suck.
April 13, 2008 10:59:55 PM

According to one of Germany's more respected hardware magazines, the Scythe S-Flex SFF21E is the best (Note the "E" at the end), followed by the new Noctua NF-S12-1200 and then a Yate Loon (forget the model number). The Aerocool Turbine 1000 came fourth I think.

The SilenX is apparently really bad at what it does and the testers couldn't find any reason behind the price tag. Perhaps "really bad" is the wrong phrase, but not good enough in any way.
April 23, 2008 12:01:48 PM

The Blackfire4 is another good fan. 77 CFM @ 28dBa.

or the Xilence Pro Fan 120L 68CFM @ 21dBa.
April 24, 2008 11:50:44 AM

yate loons are FTW, 4 dollars each and the mid speed one is absolutely quiet.
April 24, 2008 11:53:57 PM

I prefer to get the high speed fans and use a fan controller to lower the speed. They do undervolt very well.
April 25, 2008 12:00:37 AM

Evilonigiri said:
I prefer to get the high speed fans and use a fan controller to lower the speed. They do undervolt very well.





Exactly, at 133.6cfm, one of those moves the same amount of air as 3-8 of your fans. With a controller, you have peace and quiet when you want it, power if you need it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 25, 2008 12:02:54 AM

dagger said:
Exactly, at 133.6cfm, one of those moves the same amount of air as 3-8 of your fans. With a controller, you have peace and quiet when you want it, power if you need it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hehe, great minds think alike, eh?

I'm planing exactly that, the Scythe Ultra Kaze with the Sunbeam Rheobus fan controller. This combo can't be beaten.
April 25, 2008 12:08:37 AM

Wouldn't it just be better to get the 90 cfm medium speed kaze?
April 25, 2008 12:10:24 AM

Asian PingPong said:
Wouldn't it just be better to get the 90 cfm medium speed kaze?

No, because you can always lower your high speed fan down to 90cfm, but you can't up your low speed fan to 133cfm.
April 25, 2008 12:22:08 AM

Of course there's a valid argument of against getting a 133cfm fan, since more often than not I won't be using full speed. But seeing that the price is a bout the same and all, just in case my cpu starts overheating or global warming hits us hard, I have the potential to increase my fan speed.

Also, higher speed models are usually better at undervolting.
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a b K Overclocking
January 4, 2011 3:05:14 AM

Just a note to whoever will be reading this thread. I have ordered few of the 133.6cfm fans. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Performance wise the fan is great, really loud at full speed. So I decided to get a controller HOWEVER if voltage and current drops (from fan controller) the fan will be giving an irritating humming noise. It's very annoying, my advise to you is think twice before you order them.
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