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Old 06-04-2010, 06:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

I recently purchased a computer case that permits the installation of seven 120mm fans. I am looking for a good price on a quantity of 120mm fans that are quiet, effective [specifically in the area of excellent fpm airflow], and long life [longevity].

Has anyone any good recommendations for me?

Thanks,

Soar

EDIT: I just looked more carefully and discovered that the two areas on the top of the case permit the 140mm fans. So, I am also interested in some good, quiet, effective 140mm fans as well.
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Nexus Fans are my favorite "Silent" fans
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Noctua.
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i just got 4 of these for my case and i really like them

for the price/noise/cfm ratio they cant really be beat. i would defiantly buy them again.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan

if you want to see what they look like when they are on, go to my thread about putting them in my case here:
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Noctua.
Kmote,

Thanks,

I checked their website out...very impressive. Six year warranty! Wow, I do not think anyone goes that far.

They appear to be built just like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his younger days!

Have a good one!

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Nexus Fans are my favorite "Silent" fans
Slay,

I checked their website out and they boast of the quietest fan in the world....wow!

"The Nexus 120mm Real Silent case fan produces only 18 dB(A)* measured in a chamber with 15 dB(A) background noise. We have compared this case fan with the quietest case fans available and we simply cannot find another one this quiet!"

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i just got 4 of these for my case and i really like them

for the price/noise/cfm ratio they cant really be beat. i would defiantly buy them again.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan

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Sean, those pics look cool! Thanks for your input!

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I have 3 arctic cooling pwm fans in my case and they're pretty silent and keep things very cool (which, living in florida, is quite an accomplishment!). Things would get pretty expensive if you bought seven of them though.
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One thing to understand about fan ratings is that manufacturers almost always lie about them.
They may technically measure a noise level of X - but only at some stupidly large distance, or inside a case which reduces the noise, etc.
Really, you want to look at an independent test where all the fans are tested exactly the same way.
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One thing to understand about fan ratings is that manufacturers almost always lie about them.
They may technically measure a noise level of X - but only at some stupidly large distance, or inside a case which reduces the noise, etc.
Really, you want to look at an independent test where all the fans are tested exactly the same way.
Apok,

Wow, that was an eye opening post! Sure makes a lot of sense too....

Ok, now the million dollar question:

Has any company done an independent test in which all the fans were tested in exactly the same way?

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