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BootlegUsher July 16, 2010 08:51 PM

Are these fans any good?
Hey there, I am going to be getting an FT02 case with a Zalman flex cooler, and I am going to be doing push/pull. I am trying to figure out what fans to get. I have heard that you don't want sleeve bearing fans in a horizontal position, correct? If I don't go with sleeve bearing fans that eliminates quite a few options. Noctua fans are probably a safe bet, but I am going for aesthetics as well and it doesn't really jive.

Does anyone have these fans?


I like the idea of white LED fans in a black case, and these seem to be rifle bearing fans spinning at 1500 RPM. Good plan? I am looking for something not crazy loud as well.

jcmaz July 16, 2010 08:56 PM

Why don't you try the GELID fans, specifically the WINGS Series? They have those "Nanoflux Bearings".

BootlegUsher July 16, 2010 11:15 PM

Good idea, thanks for that. Does anyone have any opinions on Xigmatek fans in general?

ilya July 17, 2010 03:10 AM


Originally Posted by BootlegUsher (Post 404267)
Good idea, thanks for that. Does anyone have any opinions on Xigmatek fans in general?

I haven't tried them for HSF scenarios, but they were the higher cfm lower static pressure model that I used. They weren't bad, but they honestly didn't impress me, they felt like the pretty versions of the Noctua's with no static pressure.

Stick with the safe bet, Noctua. If you want you can try the Silverstone AP121, I got one of those as a side case fan for my GPU and it dropped NB/GPU temps while making less noise than my previous NZXT fan at the same RPM. Plus it can be had for ~$13 after PM.

Otherwise Gelid is always a good budget-esque solution if you don't want to spend a lot.

The Thermalright x-silent series is supposed to be "optimized" for HSF applications, but strangely enough it only seems to be that way for the 140mm version. The 120mm does alright in a high static environment, but I would only consider it as another budget solution. It's ~$6 after PM.

BootlegUsher July 17, 2010 08:21 AM

Thanks for the info.

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