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October 15, 2011 7:05:17 PM

Case: NZXT H2

Current fans:
Stock 120 mm NZXT fans x2 at front
Stock 120 mm NZXT fans at back
Stock fans with Noctua NH-D14

I have one empty slot for a 120 (140) mm fan and one for a 140 mm fan.
I am also considering to add a third fan to my NH-D14 as well as changing the cooler (reference) for my XFX 6970.


1) Which 140 mm fan should I get? I've been looking at Noctua's NF-P14, any other suggestions?
2) Apparently the NF-P14 fits in the bottom 120 mm slot, so I guess I'll use the same fan there as the answer for 1) (unless a 120 mm does a better cooling job?).
3) According to others with the H2, they've gotten better temps and sound levels when they've traded their front stock fans to other fans. Question here: what's better, Noctua's NF-P12 or Scythe's Gentle Typhoon? I know the GTs are good with heatsinks, but what about sucking air into a case?
4) Like I said, I have the stock fans with the NH-D14, do you think I will have any benefit from changing the NF-P12 there to, say, a GT?
5) I read a thread about adding a third fan to a NH-D14,, do you think it's worth it?
6) What do you guys think about changing my reference cooler on my 6970 to an Accelero XTREME Plus II? Can you recommend a better cooler?

I know it's hard to say that one fan is better than another, but considering I'll add five of the fans to a fan controller, I'll go for the one with superior cooling.

Thanks in advance!

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October 15, 2011 10:57:43 PM

I just bought the accelero I havent mounted it yet but it is the #1 VGA cooler for air. It beats the Gelid Icy by lower noise and cooling levels. You would have to go water for more cooling.

I just bought two of these

For my case, they are loud if you hook them up to just a power supply because they are 2000 rpm. But if you hook up to Mother board they can run 1400rpms and be almost silent. They move a TON of air. Plus they are cheap. Then you can buy a Y splitter like this

And run the pair off one 3 prong on the MB.
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October 16, 2011 11:38:20 AM

Better fans then overpriced Noctua.
Scythe Kaze Maru 2 Slip Stream SM1425SL12M
Thermalright TR TY-140
Thermalright X-Silent 140mm
I seriously doubt you need a 3rd fan to cool a SB CPU.
Top tier coolers like the D14/SA/Genesis were developed to cool i7 9xx series.
Don't get me wrong Noctua fans are top quality but pricey compared to other top tier makers.
November 12, 2011 6:47:54 PM

So I've followed pretty much everyone's advice on the Thermalright TY-140, however, it only fits 120 mounting holes. Does anyone know if it fits the bottom 120 mounting holes of a NZXT H2-case (hard drive bay next to it)? I'm not sure about the measurements.