Best 120mm Fan?

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=N82E16835185006
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I ended up buying 4 of these for my Stacker.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185006

    Anyone have them?
  5. What I bought: SilenX Fan Ixtrema Pro 11dBA 120x120x25 42CFM (IXP-74-11)

    Very, very quiet..... http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=2000&cat=0&page=1
  6. 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.
  7. MasterPJ said:
    What I bought: SilenX Fan Ixtrema Pro 11dBA 120x120x25 42CFM (IXP-74-11)

    Very, very quiet..... http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=2000&cat=0&page=1

    SilenX Fans are expensive and totally not worth the money. All the specs they list are lies as well.
  8. 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.
  9. The Blackfire4 is another good fan. 77 CFM @ 28dBa.

    or the Xilence Pro Fan 120L 68CFM @ 21dBa.
  10. yate loons are FTW, 4 dollars each and the mid speed one is absolutely quiet.
  11. I prefer to get the high speed fans and use a fan controller to lower the speed. They do undervolt very well.
  12. 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=N82E16835185054
  13. 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=N82E16835185054

    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.
  14. Wouldn't it just be better to get the 90 cfm medium speed kaze?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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=N82E16835185054. 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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