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3.0charlie July 17, 2008 08:21 PM

Fans for PA120.2?
Which fans are recommended in push/pull config. for a PA120.2 cooling dual 4870s? I have found the following:

Scythe SFF21-F
Scythe SFF21-G
Scythe Slip Stream 88 CFM
Noctua NF-P12
Yate Loon D12SL-12
Zalman ZM-F3
Silverstone FM-121


freakgeek1337 July 17, 2008 08:29 PM

Are these fans mounted horizontally or vertically?

Just a few notes for now. The Slip Streams don't actually deliver 88CFM. The Noctuas don't perform that well with a radiator, good but not as good as others. Don't get Yate Loons, only get them if you're willing to get them from Petra's Tech Shop. The Scythe S-Flex is good, but the "G" is too loud. Don't get the Silverstone fan, the Zalman performs better and is cheaper. Two options are left. Go with the Zalman if you're mounting them vertically. Go with the Scythe S-Flex if you're mounting them horizontally.

Scythe S-Flex-F
Zalman ZM-F3

Mibs July 17, 2008 08:32 PM

I've got 4 NF-P12s in push-pull and could not be happier. I haven't benchmarked all those fans but I'm willing to bet you will only see very minor differences between the Noctuas and some of the other higher quality fans. The beauty of these is the low noise.

Cptn Vortex July 17, 2008 08:41 PM

John, the Zalmans are a killer fan. Very nice sound to them as well. They have grunt, and undervolt great as well. All in all a great contender. The Noctuas are ok for Rads, but Vapor from XS got better results from the Yates or the Zalmans on his radiator testing.

freakgeek1337 July 17, 2008 08:44 PM

Cptn Vortex, exactly what I was thinking. I would have gave him the link but XS is broken.

Cptn Vortex July 17, 2008 08:45 PM

Yup! I got myself 6 for my Rads, and now I am thinking of getting more! (on a side note John, I have a pair of Yates if you want me to ship them with the Rad ;)

freakgeek1337 July 17, 2008 08:46 PM

Here ya go 3.0.

Fan Mini-Review: Battle of the Big Name ~50CFM Fans - XtremeSystems Forums

BTW Cptn Vortex, you should call your case "The Mountain Mods Wannabe".

Cptn Vortex July 17, 2008 08:54 PM

It will be....sooon....I cant wait to get it done. Oh, John, I also just found 4 Scythe UltraKaze fans, 2000RPM..... Pretty loud, but wow do they ever move the air... I dont have a need for them anymore, and I didnt pay a cent for them, they were demo products from Scythe

Dashock July 17, 2008 09:02 PM

I got 6 Noctua Nf-p12s on my Swiftech Triple rad on Push/pull and could not be happier myself i didnt want to undervolt and the noiseless application is perfect.

Even if it doesnt perform as good as the Zalman perhaps or the Yates both of these are louder and most of the time people will undervolt it soo the difference is even and if they dont well they do not care about sound i wanted as close to a silent pc as possible, the Noctuas Deliever it and temps are exxelent soo i love em go with what your money can buy you as the Noctuas are the most expensive of the bunch.

If you want silence then Noctuas are King i remember someone saying the increased number of silent fans in your rig will result in higher sound well then thats probably true as going from 4 Noctuas to 6 Noctua did make a siiilent increase but thats because i love putting my ear to my case lol as i had to because i have to make sure its the fans are running sometimes.

Anyways im a Noctua Fan boy after getting the P12s so ill shut up aboot it.

JD July 17, 2008 10:28 PM

I just want to say that NCIX Yates are not the same quality as the one's Vapor uses. He uses the ones from Petra's. I ordered some for CanadaRox from Petra's and I already had a Yate from NCIX. They had different numbers (model maybe? It was a 3 digit number) on them so there must be a difference.

Vapor himself compared a bunch of Yates from various retailers and found they all performed differently.

So unless you're going to buy them from Petras, I think the S-FLEX or P12s are the best bet, unless you have a controller/volt mod, then the Zalmans are worthy too.

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