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What's the Best Case Fan?


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#1
VOTE! Best Case Fan?

As a general hunt for the best case fan. I wanna make this into a poll, so make your nominations, one for each category. In general this is considering a 120mm, but the question applies to all fan sizes.

PLEASE VOTE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA::

Performance: Just as much wind blown as possible.
Silent: Nice and quiet, while still putting out some good airflow.
LED: Has nice colors, good airflow, and not too noisy.
Cost: Not too expensive for the quality.

PLEASE VOTE FOR MAX. TWO (2) FANS, thank you.

The poll is live, so let's duke it out, and see which fan wins.
 
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size is also a big factor. do best fans in each size range..because if you determine that some 90MM fan is the best in the world, you havent helped the guy looking for a 80mm fan
 

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I'd say Noctua have the best fans,they give quietness and performance.

for leds I give antec tri-speed a thumbs up, thier good fans.
 

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I have to say the ANTEC 3 speed switchable fans ROCK.....79CFM on High speed , silent on low speed ....enough said, enjoy! (120mm)
 
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hmm i see there is no mention for price, value for money is an important aspect , no? i would never pay over £5 for any fan regardless of noise or whatever, i mean, its just a fan!!
 

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go with arctic cooling for a cheap good fan.. especially thier rubber mount fans.
 
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#7
Tater, You're definitely right, I put that in my edit. Thanks.

Choppy, I did mention price as a concern also, "--All take into account cost also."

I think you guys have the right idea so far tho, a general model will be good in any size, or especially a make, e.g. - Noctua, Antec, Scythe...
Keep It Coming! :D

So Far for the List I have:

-Noctua [1 nomination]
-Antec Tri-Speed [3 nominations]
-Scythe S-Flex [1 nomination & Other Post Recommendation: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showpost.php?p=412728&postcount=5]
-SilenX
-Thermaltake
-Arctic Cooling: Rubber Mount [1 nomination ]
-Apevia
-Vantec
-Silverstone FN & FM [1 nomination]
-Aerocool
-KingWin
-Enermax
-AeroCool
-CoolerMaster
-Rosewill
-MassCool
-Zalman
-Logisys
-EverCool
-Dynex [1 nomination]
-Bgear
-Dynatron
-Hiper
-Rexus
-Sunon
-NoyseBlocker [Recommendation From Other Post: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showpost.php?p=159066&postcount=25]

-The Cheapest Thing I Can Find! [1 nomination]

EDIT: It will take at least one nomination, or a recommendation of it somewhere else on the forums, for a fan to make it to the poll.
 
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oic! its rather late over in uk...can i use that as an excuse? :eek:
 

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hmm i see there is no mention for price, value for money is an important aspect , no? i would never pay over £5 for any fan regardless of noise or whatever, i mean, its just a fan!!
good point , no one wants to put out loads of cash on a fan...but they are NOT created equal. Ask any overclocker on air only if a fan is just a fan, they will agree with me ....PERFORMANCE outways COST!
 

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Silverstone FM and FN series fans are great, but a little pricey. Cheap Dynex fans that you can get at Best Buy are decent (79cfm), but can be a little loud for some. My vote however, goes to the Antec 3spd. w/l.e.d.'s, they look good, don't cost too much, and are versitile.:D
 
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you also need a compramise of performance and noise.

my pc runs 24/7 so it needs good cooling but also i dont want to live with wind turbine in the corner.

for that i chose the 1600rpm scythe sflex as they shift a fair bit of air but arent too noisey and i dont need to open the case to flick a switch as they run 100% 24/7.
 
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SilenX??

Ok a few more nominations and I'll start the poll later today. Thanks guys!

I'm wondering about these SilenX fans; they boast 90CFM @ 18dBA which seems absolutely amazing, but maybe overstated. Plus they're a little expensive... Anyone have any experience with these fans?
 

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Arctic cooling fans are the best IMO. They don't move as much air as their competition, but they are SOO quiet.
 

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Try the new Enermax Marathon fans. A magnetic bearing, no contact between the fan hub and the frame, it floats by magnetic fields. Similar to Sunons maglev fans, but these are more widely available, and slower spinning, so not only do they lack bearing noise, they wont make much noise by turbulence(1000rpm @12v). Cheaper than the Scythe S-Flex, which are arguably as quiet as a Nexus.
 
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For 120mm, I've been really happy with Thermaltake for price/performance/noise/control

All of these have both thermistor control (auto temp), or 3-way manual:

I have two of these, one in each of two computers, I use the manual switch
On medium, you can barely hear it, high is bearable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999122

These also look good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999145

For smaller fans (80mm), I swear by Panaflo, the ones I've used are by far the quietest.
 

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For 120mm, I've been really happy with Thermaltake for price/performance/noise/control

All of these have both thermistor control (auto temp), or 3-way manual:

I have two of these, one in each of two computers, I use the manual switch
On medium, you can barely hear it, high is bearable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999122

These also look good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999145

For smaller fans (80mm), I swear by Panaflo, the ones I've used are by far the quietest.
ugh...thermaltake makes incredibly shoddy products. Panaflo's are amazing fans, but nowadays there are much quieter alternatives. The panaflo isn't very quiet, users who say they are have a much higher tolerance for noise, I know because I once found my Panaflo to be quiet, I've bought better fans, and I now know better.
 

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I like Noctua fans. They are quiet and they blow a lot of air (81 m³/h at 17 db)
 
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ugh...thermaltake makes incredibly shoddy products.
Of the two I'm using, they're great - speaking from experience. I do however see others on Newegg with crappy ratings (and large sample size, save one). Two of the ones listed have large review sizes and overall very good ratings >70% positive.

The panaflo isn't very quiet, users who say they are have a much higher tolerance for noise
A subjective comment. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure there are better out there.
 

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ugh...thermaltake makes incredibly shoddy products. Panaflo's are amazing fans, but nowadays there are much quieter alternatives. The panaflo isn't very quiet, users who say they are have a much higher tolerance for noise, I know because I once found my Panaflo to be quiet, I've bought better fans, and I now know better.
Not true, i currently have 5 120mm Thermaltake blue LED fans in my rig and they are best case fans i ever owned. i also own a couple of other TT products and can't compain about them so far. I'm taliking about these fans right here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999127

These have the best noise to airflow ratio at 21dba and are moving 78 CFM, i simply can't hear them at all and they move a ton of air. When i was doing my build i was looking for a nice blue LED fan and i was considering getting the Thermaltake A2018 120mm mentioned by 2 posters above but eventually went with this one and have no regrets. Antec Tricools are also very good, my friend has 3 of those, they are bit louder at full speed than my TTs and they move the same amount of air however they have a nice 3 speed switch and can be toned down.

From what i've read there are other very quirt fans out there such as Yate Loons, Coolermaster, Scythe, Noctua and so on but those are relatively low RPM fans that don't move as much air as fans i mentioned above. So i vote my Thermaltake fans as first choice and Antec tricools as second.

By the way, where's the poll?

Edit: In regards to SilenX fans, i tend to agree with boogerlad, i don't have firsthand experience with them, however i inquired about these fans at jonnyguru.com and a few members who actually owned SilenX pointed out that these fans are way louder than advertised.
 
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Id have to say thermaltake 120 mm fans too, can get them in al sorts of colours