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Which fans should I run in pc to keep it quiet, but also cool?

#11PraetorXynPosted 12/10/2013 8:52:57 AM(edited)
Snuckie7 posted...
PraetorXyn posted...
If the fan is going on a radiator:
Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 1850 (the 2300 or so RPM ones are just as good if not better as they can be throttled down with a fan controller, but they are discontinued so you'll just be buying from stock).


>quiet
>AP-15

lel


They are by far the best performing fan that is quiet enough not to be heard for radiators. I don't like the quality of their noise (at very low RPM you can hear like a whine), but it's foolish to say they aren't quiet.

If you don't have a fan controller to lower the RPM's to 750-1000 you have no business having a radiator.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/04/24/fan-testing-round-11/
EDIT: Here's the correct link, though the other is still useful.
http://martinsliquidlab.org/category/fans/

Not sure why Martin didn't plot the results like he usually does, but he gives a thorough analysis of the results and provides videos for each fan tested so you can hear them all running at various RPM levels.

The only fan that really comes close performance wise is the NoiseBlocker E loop, but those fans can't be used in pull.
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#12Snuckie7Posted 12/10/2013 10:37:17 AM
I have AP-14's and they're nowhere close to being silent. Why would you even get an AP-15 just to lower the RPM?
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#13PraetorXynPosted 12/10/2013 11:17:37 AM
They're meant for radiators.
. When you have a 480mm rad with 8 fans in push/pull, you don't need to run them at 1850 RPM.


GT fans aren't silent at full speed, but for radiators no 120mm fan even comes close in the perfoemance/noise ratio.

I wish this wasn't the case, as I'd prefer more attractive fans.

For case fans though there are better options that move more air; GT fans just excel at pushing air through rads.
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#14Snuckie7Posted 12/10/2013 11:31:15 AM
My AP-14's are on a rad. Again, I don't see why you would buy 1850 RPM fans just to undervolt them. You know that there are GT AP 11, 12, 13, and 14 models right? That don't run at a loud 1850 RPM?
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#15PraetorXynPosted 12/10/2013 12:34:55 PM
Because when the load demands it you can't overvolt the lower models. Fan controllers are just standard fare and they give you headroom and flexibility.
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#16Snuckie7Posted 12/10/2013 12:54:21 PM
PraetorXyn posted...
Because when the load demands it you can't overvolt the lower models. Fan controllers are just standard fare and they give you headroom and flexibility.


Then they'd be loud, which isn't the point of this topic.
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