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    120mm fans.

    Hi there,

    I have recently purchased a Silverstone TJ10B-W and I need 3 fans to fill the extra slots. What's recommended?

    I'm not bothered about silence but I don't want them to be uber loud either. I have been recommended the Yate's, but are they any good?

    I'm tempted to add a bit of colour to the inside of my case, so are the LED fans any good or should I just buy a neon for that purpose?

    At the moment I'm air cooling (and will be for the foreseeable future) and use the Thermalright U120E/Scythe S-Flex 1600rpm, so air flow needs to be decent.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    I'd go even cheaper with the 120mm Akasa AK-174BK-S Black Case Fan, good work-a-day fan for the money, quiet enough for most purposes.
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    Re: 120mm fans.

    I'd recommend against the asaka ambers, I have two of them myself and they both make a lot of noise. I'm going to replace them, probably with yate loons, as they seem to be highly rated around here.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    I like ambers.. I have them in my Eclipse which ironically is Akasa too.. and they're very quiet IMO.. certainly not in the region of Yate Loon or SilenX but close enough; also they pull more air I think..

    The only bit I sort of dislike about ambers are the body's a little brittle on screws and doesn't go too well with screwing mechanism.. you're bettwe off with rubber washers to install them
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    Re: 120mm fans.

    Complete agree with Sawyen's comments...but...Akasa fans seems cheap to me, I have an Akasa case for one of the PCs and that feels somewhat cheap too which has dampened my thoughts on the company as a whole.

    My voite would be for Arctic Cooling fans, the type shown here:



    These things are incredibly quiet (1000rpm) and come on their own rubber mounts. I got mine from Ebuyer for £3.70ish when they had stock, having trouble finding the link now for the 120mm

    92mm version here for £2.50

    Ultra cheap, and I'd bet my last dollar they're as good as Yate Loons, if not better.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    The key things to look out for here are speed and cost

    If you happy with your S-FLEX you could put thoes in your case, not the cheapest of options

    most fans give almost the same air flow vs speed there are some differnces but they tend to be rather minor.

    You key issuse are
    Speed:
    - faster = more air volume but more sound volume
    Bareing:
    - Sleeve = quieter, shorter life, cheaper
    - Ball = longer life, more expensive
    - Other = depends, tend to have the longer life of ball bareings but less noise and arevery expensive
    Fan blade shape&pitch:
    - hard one to gauge here, however it does effect overall performance
    A sub section of this is fan surround, combined with the blades has a major impact on "Buzz" caused by fan vibration.

    For LED fans, they don't generate any major problems, the main thingI've found here is to advoid the really cheap ones.
    I got some of these Xcilo fans Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK and I'd like to say, DO NOT get these, they might be cheap but they show it, the blades are flat unshaped and unballenced, the surround is not made out of great plastic, which lead these to be
    extremely buzzy, I've had to fully suspend them and they still manage to buzz a little.

    I can say that the coolermaster 1200rpm LED fans are not too bad, not too noisey with decent air output
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    I don't know what the LED one is like however the normal Sharkoon golfball 1000rpm is highly rated (and my general experience is there's often not much differnce between LED and non-LED versions of the same fan.
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    Re: 120mm fans.

    Hmm...I guess the sharkoons don't shift too much air though?

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    Well as I said more speed = more power = more noise
    If you want air moved, get your self some sharkoon "power" system fans.

    With half a dosen of thoes, a bit of felexable tube and a nosel
    Hey presto you can use your pc as a vacume cleaner
    However it will also sound like one.


    For an LED fan with a higher air output you could try the Akasa clear crystal LED fans
    They are basically the same as the ambers but spin faster and have LEDs

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    Well I can get the yate loons from OCUK for £21 or I can get the Scythe Sflex fans from Scan for £31

    Hmm.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    Yep the yate loons are cheaper, but they just use a standard ball bareing (as apposed to the fancy fluid bareing of the S-Flex) I think I can safely say it probably has a lighter slightly more flexable suround.

    I'm baseing that mainly on the fact that Scythe did go over board on the S-Flex, I'd guess they are around 50% heavier than any other 120mm fan I've yet used and that the weight comes mainly from the denser less flexable plastic used the in surround.

    I'd say the yate loon 1650rpm or 1300rpm should be ok
    Sharkoon Golfball 2000
    Xigmatek 1800rpm

    All are under £7 and should be fine without being too loud.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    I'm using some 88CFM Scythe sleeve bearing fans (1600rmp with a smaller diamiter hub/motor), I'm amazed at how silent they are for the air they move.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    the noctua 120mm fans are really good, almost silent. Though they are about 12 quid each

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    My Akasa ambers are all pretty quiet but then I do have them spinning at ~1100rpm rather than the standard 1400, then when playing games I turn them up for extra cooling which is obviously not needed during normal operation.

    My suggestions would be to get some reasonably quiet fans which are rated to 1600 - 2000rpm and get a fan controller so that you can adjust them to a cooling/noise balance that you are comfortable with. Better to buy some that will go a bit faster and turn them down than getting slow and then wanting them to go faster!

    So I would say,

    Scythe S-flex 1600
    Sharkoon Golfball 2000
    Sharkoon System Fans Mid range (1800rpm)
    Silverstone FM12x series (these come with fan controllers)
    Zalman ZM-F3 (comes with a resister cable to reduce the speed and silicon fan mounts)

    Plus an appropriate fan controller(s) if required

    Hope this is helpful

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    Quote Originally Posted by godsdog View Post
    I'd go even cheaper with the 120mm Akasa AK-174BK-S Black Case Fan, good work-a-day fan for the money, quiet enough for most purposes.
    I bought one of those fans and was quite impressed with the noise. Cooling wasn't too bad either.

    If you're not in to super silent fans then I think Yate Loon D12SL/M will be your best bet. IMO good cooling and they undervolt well as well.

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    Re: 120mm fans.

    S-Flex's are those kind of fan's you would only install on say an HTPC.. I find them to move far too little air, I know they're rated fairly similar to Ambers but it just feels rather slow..

    I had 2 S-Flex pairs and in general my core temps goes up 4-5C between them and my 2 pairs of Ambers.

    My current system splits between Ambers and S-Flex's as on places where I can't be bothered to install fan controllers I'll stick in S-Flex's

    Don't get me wrong, S-Flex are very quiet.. they're as good as SilenX on the acoustics.. but it seems they're stating far too high on the CFM front..

    Coolermaster fans are pretty decent too.. not too noisy and moves quite abit of air..

    You want outright airflow, get those Silverstone's that shoves 120cfm.. but you'll notice that once you get pass that 50-60cfm mark, its all diminishing returns..
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