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Wich case fans are better, sleeve, ball, SSO, rifle, superflo, etc.

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July 8, 2010 6:24:56 PM

I everybody I've just finish my new system, but I don`t have case fans because I want the best performance (the noise is not a problem, but i don's want very much noise anyway), and in newegg are much brands but i want the best, because my case is NZXT ans the two NZXT 120mm fans doesn't work well, they stops randomly and i need to hit to make them work, and i have other two Coolermaster 80mm blue led but barely move a paper sheet so i want to know how i have to choose the right fans.

My case is a NZXT ZERO 2 it can hold two rear 120mm, one top 80mm, one floor 80mm, one front 120mm, and four side panel 120mm.

Which technology is the best for moving air? sleeve, ball, SSO, rifle, superflo, etc.

Note: I don't want led fans and the noctua fans neither because of the color

More about : wich case fans sleeve ball sso rifle superflo

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July 9, 2010 5:23:02 PM

well lets see here:
ball bearing: last long, a little noisier
sleeve: cheapest, quieter than ball, dont last long
rifle: patented, long-lasting
thats all i know about :) 
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July 9, 2010 8:55:14 PM

Since noise is not an issue, go with double ball bearing fans. The rifle bearing is a long re-circulating ball type of bearing - similar to bearings used in linear slides.

I would go with price.
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July 9, 2010 9:49:11 PM

i agree i have had very good luck with the ball bearing fans and they are similiar to the rifle bearing fans. I use alot of the cooler master fans that use the sleeve bearings and they are fairly quiet and have very good life and good cfm especially the 120mm's
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July 9, 2010 9:55:18 PM

The problem with comparing bearings is that it tends to have much less to do with the quality of the fans than the actual build quality and design.

Case in point, you will be hard pressed to find better fans than Yate Loon or Scythe fans, and they are mostly sleeve.

Also my 110 CFM Scythe fans are quieter than my Antec tri-cool fans at high, which produce only 79 CFM.
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July 9, 2010 10:22:17 PM

Sleeve bearings, including the oil-impregnated (trade name "Oilite") are great for super quiet applications such as ceiling fans, where ball bearings are not a viable option.

Double ball bearings (different from double row) are fine for fans.
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July 10, 2010 3:44:52 PM

AMW1011 said:
The problem with comparing bearings is that it tends to have much less to do with the quality of the fans than the actual build quality and design.

Case in point, you will be hard pressed to find better fans than Yate Loon or Scythe fans, and they are mostly sleeve.

Also my 110 CFM Scythe fans are quieter than my Antec tri-cool fans at high, which produce only 79 CFM.


Well i think i will go with scythe fans but now the question is wich ones (lol) i gonna buy 4x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for my side panel, because with my coolermaster v8 only left a little bit space between the cooler and the panel, i hope this fit, so i only gonna buy one first and for the rear and front 3x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., and for the up and bottom 80mm fans i don't know wich of this 3:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - moves some air and make some noise
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - moves a lot of air and make a lot of noise
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - moves less air than the others but the noise is a lot lower too

but since the noise is not a problem i think the one who moves some air and make some noise is the choice.

I only have to know how to broke the blue led light in front of the case (lol) i don't want any light.

Well again AMW1011 thanks for your help this gonna be the end of my build, maybe in the future I gonna want to change my case for a mid tower case but that other stuff, have a nice day
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July 10, 2010 4:10:53 PM

Best answer selected by jenkas.
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