I am looking for a 120mm x 25mm fan which will look decent and move a ton of air while not being excessively loud(under 40DB). They will be on a controller and running lower/quieter most of the time but I want the option to crank it up(80-120CFM) without going deaf. What I need is basically this fan:
Get a permanent marker and colour them black?
Mind you, they're only at 17dB on low settings, having it on max may or may not bring it past 40dB. I have one 2k RPM Ultra Kaze, and two 2k RPM CM Sickleflows. They both say they're 32dB, but sometimes I can hear it over the gunshots when I'm playing F.E.A.R..
Thanks Lmeow... I had searched newegg by selecting the 80+CFM category... went back and realized there was a "variable" category where I could look as well. I found several options which fit my criteria and seem to be fairly good quality:
I want to know your idea about Ultra Kaze 3000 RPM? Is 45.9 dB so loud? What happen if I use three of them in a case? I read a post in the other forum that said if we use fan controller in Ultra Kaze 3000 and reduce the speed, it would become louder .(is this correct?)
They will be on a controller and running lower/quieter most of the time but I want the option to crank it up(80-120CFM) without going deaf.
Yes, this is what I do too... I am in a Push/Pull configuration. I have the PUSH in PWM control while the PULL is connected to 3PIN header so control is manual. When I am testing some OC, I set the PULL fan max. TOgether with the PWM controlled fan, it cools my CPU to lowest possible temperature. The noise is loud but I don't care because during actual gaming, I set the fan to 50% and still does the job to keep temperature at target.
they are 37dB @ ~110 cfm, and black! these are the best cfm/dB ratio I have found anywhere.
as a side note, its 'dB' not 'DB' or 'Db' or 'db', it is a scalar prefix (one tenth of a 'Bel'), I know in this case I'm just being picky, but you wouldn't want to confuse say mW (milliwatts) with MW (megawatts)!
I hope (at least the first part) of this response has been useful!