Re: Are these fans quiet?
theres no standard ( agreed way to measure ) on dba for fans... a general rule of thumb tho is to use the biggest fans you can... the 200mm fan is going to be dead quiet. it only spins at about 800rpm, but moves the same amount of air as a 120mm fan spinning at 2,000 rpm, thats just comes down to surface area of the blades, bigger blades, more surface area = profit. also, since its spinning slower, you dont have the sound of the blades cutting though the air as much.
on my new build ( whats in my sig ) i am going for absolute silence, so i have a 200mm fan in the front, a 200mm fan in the top and a 140mm fan at the back. the 200mm fans spin at 800 rpm @ 12volts and the 140mm fan spins at 1,200 rpm, whats more they are all linked to a fan controller so when im just surfing the web i can slow all the fans down to about 300rpm, darn near inaudible.
so in conclusion, bigger, slower fans = moar better...
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