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September 20, 2010 7:54:06 AM

Hey everyone. I recently built my first computer and used the Antec Three Hundred Case. It comes with an option for adding 3 120mm fans and I was thinking about one or two fans to increase airflow to keep my system cooler. I was wondering if anyone can recommend good 120mm fans that are quiet but still provide good airflow? I am open to any suggestions since I no almost nothing about these fans. Thanks!
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September 20, 2010 8:35:18 AM

I use CM 120mm, 90CFM low noise fans. They are good, quite and the LED looks nice as well.

Just make sure they are more than 90CFM. Higher the CFM the better.

Just look at the noise RPM, CFM and Noise values of the product you buy.
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September 20, 2010 8:41:39 AM

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September 20, 2010 9:21:15 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
I use CM 120mm, 90CFM low noise fans. They are good, quite and the LED looks nice as well.

Just make sure they are more than 90CFM. Higher the CFM the better.

Just look at the noise RPM, CFM and Noise values of the product you buy.


I read somewhere that the Enermax UC-12EB provide adequate airflow while also adding little noise. I was wondering what you're thoughts were since it does have a much lower CFM of 44. I did notice the CM fan you are talking about and was wondering how much sound do they actually make? Is it that noticeable? Thanks for your help.
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September 20, 2010 9:32:56 AM

44CFM is not good enough. 90CFM or more is something which you should be looking at when you want adequate cooling.

At least a bare minimum of 75CFM should be good.

Here's a discussion from out own forums:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257363-28-what-120mm-...
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September 20, 2010 9:43:08 AM

thanks for your help
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September 20, 2010 9:43:17 AM

Best answer selected by kosaku30.
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September 20, 2010 5:38:10 PM

I can recomend Arctic cooling f12 pro PWM fans (120mm)

These fans are very silent and have a PWM share system which lets you connect up to 5 of them to 1 4 pin pwn slot on the mobo.
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September 20, 2010 6:07:16 PM

hell_storm2004 said:
44CFM is not good enough. 90CFM or more is something which you should be looking at when you want adequate cooling.

At least a bare minimum of 75CFM should be good.

Here's a discussion from out own forums:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257363-28-what-120mm-...


ive yet to to see one fan state realistic CFM
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September 21, 2010 7:26:19 AM

ct1615 said:
ive yet to to see one fan state realistic CFM

Ya that is true. Mainly i think its coz they are rated under test conditions. And test conditions are a whole lot different that normal day to day working.

Generally they would be lower than what they are rated. So better get the higher rated one's so that at least you can get more out of it. :) 
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September 21, 2010 1:19:33 PM

the enermax CFM is probably more realistic then most fans that state 75 or 90 CFM, in fact I would state at those CFM the fan would sound like a hair dryer. 44CFM is the real world is more then enough for any case fan. Much like a PSU, its better to go with a fan considered to be a "quality" rather then one based on stats.

few web sites review fans but here are some of the better ones
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/09/28/wha...
http://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/zardon/enerma...


as you can see most CFM and DB stats are complete BS and buying a fan just because it states 75 or 90 CFM is pointless.
i actually had this CM fan in my case once, it lasted one day. It did not run at 69CFM (in the 40's most likely) and it DB was far from 19 (closer to 30db)

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

I also had this fan, at 3x the cost of the CM it gave the exact same performance in CFM (probably in the 50's but states 72) and DB (states 14dba but actually double that).
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I've used antec tri-cool fans ever since.
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September 21, 2010 2:20:39 PM

Yateloons, Enermax and Noctuas are generally the only fans that list their rating in an actual real life scenario, and all are good.
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