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Case Fans: Recommendations

How To: Properly Plan And Pick Parts For An Air-Cooled PC, Part 2
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The Right Fan for the Right Purpose

This page isn't intended to drive your purchasing decision in the way one of our detailed reviews would. We have a very comprehensive case fan round-up in the works right now that should help there. But we have tagged the following fans based on their quality, suitability, and recommendations from Tom's Hardware staff and our forum members. You can browse this table, look at the data, and pick a fan that suits you. Or, simply wait for the upcoming round-up, where we put a wide range of models to the test.

60 mm Fans

Make/Model
Technical Data
Picture
    Noiseblocker BlackSilent Fan XR2
  • Size: 60 x 60 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 60 g
  • Sound level: 15 dB(A)
  • Speed: 2200 RPM
  • Airflow: 24 m³/h
  • Start-up voltage: 6 V
  • Nominal voltage: 12 V
  • Power Consumption: 0.9 W
  • Connector: Three-Pin
  • Expected life: 30 000 Hours   
  • Warranty: Three Years

        Scythe Mini Kaze
  • Size: 60 x 60 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 48 g
  • Sound level: 19.99 dB(A)
  • Speed: 2500 RPM
  • Airflow: 20.09 m³/h
  • Start-up voltage: 9 V
  • Nominal Voltage: 10.8 - 13.2 V
  • Connector: Two-Pin/Three-Pin
  • Expected life: 30 000 hours   


80 mm Fans

Make / Model
Technical Data
Picture
Enermax T.B.Silence PWM Fan UCTB8P
  • Size: 82 x 82 x 25 mm
  • Color: Black (frame), Anthracite transparent (fan blades)
  • Sound level: min. 8 dB(A)
  • Speed: 500-2200 RPM
  • Airflow: 19.32-59.65 m³/h
  • Air pressure: 0.517-2.394 mm-H2O
  • Voltage: 12 V
  • Power Consumption: 3 W
  • Connector: Four-Pin PWM/Four-Pin Molex Adapter
  • Expected life: 100 000 hours

Noctua NF-R8
  • Size: 80 x 80 x 25 mm
  • Bearing Type: SSO-Bearing
  • Speed: 800/1300/1800 RPM
  • Sound level: 7/10/17 dB(A)
  • Air Flow: 26/39/53 m³
  • Blade Geometry: Straight-Blade Design
  • Power Consumption: 1.44 W
  • Operating Voltage: 4-13 V
  • MTBF: > 150 000 hours


120 mm Fans

Make / Model
Technical Data
Picture
Scythe Slip Stream SY1225SL12L 800 RPM
  • Size: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Weight: ca. 115 g
  • Speed: 800 RPM
  • Airflow: 67.32 m³/h
  • Power Consumption: 1.2 W
  • Sound Level: 10.7 dB(A)
  • Connector: Three-Pin/Four-Pin Adapter
  • Bearing: Sleeve
  • Expected life: 30 000 hours

Scythe Slip Stream SY1225SL12SH 1900 RPM
  • Size: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Weight: ca. 115g
  • Speed: 1900 RPM
  • Airflow: max. 186.86 m³/h
  • Power Consumption: 6.36 W
  • Sound level: 37.0 dB(A)
  • Connectors: Three-Pin/Four-Pin Adapter
  • Bearing: Sleeve
  • Expected life: 30 000 hours

Noiseblocker Multiframe S-Series M12
  • Size: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Weight: ca. 155 g
  • Material: Plastic, Silicone
  • Sound level: 7-23 dB(A)
  • Speed: 600-1500 RPM
  • Airflow: 40-100 m³/h
  • Startup voltage: 5.5 V
  • Power Consumption: 1.56 W max.
  • Connector: Four-Pin PWM
  • Expected Life: 130 000 Hours
  • Warranty: Six Years
Enermax T.B. Vegas Trio UCTVT12P
  • Size: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Black transparent (frame), transparent (rotor)
  • Material: Metal (fan blade leading edge)
  • Sound level: 14 dB(A) min.
  • Speed: 500-1600 RPM
  • Airflow: 34.7-114.65 m³/h
  • Air Pressure: 0.618-1.912 mm-H2O
  • Voltage: 12 V
  • Power Consumption: 8.4 W
  • Connector: Four-Pin PWM
  • Expected Life: 100 000 Hours
  • LED: 54x (18x Blue, 18x Red, 18x Green)


We tried to pick quiet fans, which include powerful coolers, inexpensive ones, high-end models, plain fans, and colorful models. There should be a fan here for every need and taste.

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