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    WANTED : Quiet fan

    I have a Xigmatek Thor's hammer cooler


    I am after a 12cm fan that is fluid bearing, has a high CFM and a low db. Any ideas ?

    I did a bit of research and this seems ideal to me
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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nanoxia-12...25.m3641.l6368

    What do you think my fellow Hexites

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    I think for that you'll want one with a high static pressure (mm/H20) rather than a high airflow (CFM)... I also think 60CFM is pretty naff and that particular seller needs to spell-check a bit more.

    Consider something like the Noctua NF-F12 fans, the Blacknoise NB e-Loop series or the EK Varder fans.
    Decide also if you want more cooling performance, more silence, or a balance between the two.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    I'd consider one of the 140mm fans that have fittings for 120mm - extra flow around the edge of a tower stack is also beneficial for cooling and silence.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    I've had some success with Noctua fans at lower RPMs and the weird looking be quiet ones like this:

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/120m...e-100-98-db(a)
    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/120m...-100-179-db(a)

    Depends what you call quiet really - as per my post in your other thread it's mostly about RPMs though you can minimise noise by soft mounting and removing obstructions such as grills and filters (if you can live with dust busting your PC)

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Go Oilsheik!!


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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Noctua with one of their inline resistors to slow the fan further.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Just to throw a curve ball in there, I really rate the high end Be Quiet Silent Wings fans. I got one of the Black Rock coolers for my CPU and even when its spun up and blasting a load of air, its still impressively quiet. I also have some of the 120mm Noctua PWM Redux fans in the case and they are loads noisier. I know the Redux ones are the older models, but I dont think the newer models are THAT much better.

    To throw another curve.... erm... perhaps a spinner into the mix, if you are looking to go for something more 'bargain' then the Arctic F12 is a fairly decent punt. For a 3rd of the cost of the high end options it has pretty impressive acoustics for the airflow.

    Inbetween these there are things like Phanteks and Akasa Apache that are worth considering.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    I should have some http://noctua.at/en/nf-p14-flx.html of these stored as I changed to PWM, let me know if you want a 2nd hand one and we can sort a price and post it up in the for sale section, I may have some of the speed reducers knocking about but I will need to go digging in the "bits box"

    like all Noctua, they are really quiet as I run a near silent water cooled games rig that is drowned out by my gen8 microserver!

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    I'd go for a 14cm fan for the reason Kalniel states. The offer above bears investigating, as the Noctua NF-P14 is an excellent fan.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    I'd consider one of the 140mm fans that have fittings for 120mm - extra flow around the edge of a tower stack is also beneficial for cooling and silence.
    I never knew fans could do this. Interesting concept. What fans do this?
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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Quote Originally Posted by deejayburnout View Post
    I never knew fans could do this. Interesting concept. What fans do this?
    http://noctua.at/en/nf-a15-pwm

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Looks like I might buy a few of these for my cooler. Thanks
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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Quote Originally Posted by deejayburnout View Post
    I never knew fans could do this. Interesting concept. What fans do this?
    Any fan with a larger height/width than the heatsink it's supposed to cool.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    I should have said WANTED Silent fan in the title

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Quote Originally Posted by deejayburnout View Post
    I never knew fans could do this. Interesting concept. What fans do this?
    There's quite a few. I use Thermalright TR TY-140s. You may need to check clearance if you have tall RAM close to the socket and a large tower cooler, but they do an amazing job.

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    Re: WANTED : Quiet fan

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    I should have said WANTED Silent fan in the title
    Edit the title in advance then

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