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Best 120mm cpu fan

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Easy Rhino, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Easy Rhino

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    the cpu heatsink fan is making loud noises and needs to be replaced. i need a new 120 mm fan to stick on the heatsink block. any suggestions on one that is silent and will last me a LONG time? mine all seem to wear out after 6-12 months.
     
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    If you're running that many into the ground you should consider a fluid dynamic bearing fan.

    Honestly though, that short of a life points to either 24/7 use, or poor power regulation. Have you tried an in-line resistor to decrease the voltage to the fan?
     
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    Yes 24/7 use as it is a server. Possible poor power regulation as the board is an old 775.
     
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    Well my go-to is usually a GT but you need a cooler that clips from the front of the fan for those.
     
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    Nidec Servo Gentle Typhoons 1850 rpm, they produce an almost unhearable sound that it is not even high pitched, they last a lot and push tons of CFM for a 120mm medium RPM fan.
     
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    The heat sink is positioned horizontally so I can just rest it on there
     
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    It needs to be silent? Well, scratch out the Sanyo Denki and Delta fans then. :laugh:

    Maybe a Yate Loon?

    EDIT: Hmm, maybe the Silverstone Air Penetrator AP121 would be a better choice, or the Thermalright FDB-12. No PWM though.
     
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    So....
     
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    The cooler is mounted horizontally? Im sure you know that sleeve bearing and similar types wear out quickly in that position. Ball bearing fans would last longer but they are noisy though. How about a Noctua NF-F12 PWM? The gentle typhoon is a really popular choice too.
     
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    These. Most shops list them as Scythe fans though (which is their distributor).
     
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    Noctua nf f12, yeah they are bit expensive but they are so damn good, silent high quality, high airflow and pressure, awesome for cpu coolers
     
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    I am really liking the Couger fans, I use 3 on my GPU and 2 on my CPU and their silent to the point that you only hear the air flow they push and are the 800-1500RPM version.
    cougar
     
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    Guys, he is needing ball bearing fans here because they will be mounted horizontally. Decent CFM and silence are important too so the Servo Gentle Typhoon should be decent choices (and probably cheaper than Noctua and Noiseblocker). The model mentioned by radrok has been rated at ~70cfm @ 12v by Hardware.info (I did not verify that with other review sources though).
     
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    Noctua's SSO bearing should take care of the orientation problem.


    One thing I like about noctua, despite their color scheme which i do not really hate, is their dedication to R&D giving us supreme quality products.
     
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    Currently using some 140mm Silverstone AP's as case fans which move a decent amount of air not super silent at full bore but they more then acceptable if you can throttle them down just a tiny bit.

    otherwise I use to use Akasa Apache's on my old TT Frio.
     
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    I agree. The noctua fans look like I have spinning penises cooling my rig.
     
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    I second themailman78, Noctua fans are THE best period.
    The color scheme may not appeal to everyone, but who cares? They cool very well and make basically no noise, WinWin.
     
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    Yeah the price stings a little but you do get what you paid for. I have been putting off ordering 3 for my rad. It Stings!
     
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    well it is worth if it lasts me a couple of years i guess.
     
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    I really like the cougar fans. Quieter than noctua in my opinion. I have both. Cheaper. I would go with the cougar again over the noctua. Especially on price for performance.
     
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    You will see. The build quality is awesome and it makes ZERO sound.
     

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