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Windows 7: What is the best Noctua Fan?

24 Mar 2012   #1
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
What is the best Noctua Fan?

All Noctua fans boast great silence and performance, but as far as wanting a nice balance between silence and airflow, what of their fans does this best?

On a side note does anyone know of fans that perform with similar silence and airflow but come in black?


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24 Mar 2012   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I only know about Noctuas, as far as the quiet category goes. I have several different Noctuas in my desktop and each seems as good as the other. The choice has more to do with getting the right size and type of fan for the exact application it is to be used for.
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24 Mar 2012   #3
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Right, I was kind of looking at some of the descriptions and thinking... "well this cpu cooler fan here has high airflow...but wouldnt I want that in a general case fan too?" I suppose price will play a part, they arent cheap :P. Anyone know what their 140mm fans are like? There are 3-5 slots I would like to put noctuas in, and they can be either 120 or 140mm. Obviously 140mm would provide better airflow, but at what cost of sound?
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24 Mar 2012   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

If you click on my specs, you will see that I have a combination of 120 and 140 case fans (the 200s are Cooler Masters, because Noctua doesn't make that large of fan), along with a NH-D14 HSF for the processor, and I can't tell a lot of difference in the sound of any of them. I would go with the largest size fan that will fit the slot in question for airflow purposes, and the processor HSF that I mentioned, if you can afford it, and you check to make sure that it will fit over your RAM. In my case, it was a tight fit, but I managed by offsetting the outer fan slightly to clear the RAM.

The loudest fan I have is on my external case, and it is loud enough to totally drown out all of the other fans when running, when it isn't there is just a very low hum to be heard, and I never hear it, unless I listen for it. Actually, the one that I do hear is not a case fan, but the little fan on the chipset that came with the motherboard.
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24 Mar 2012   #5
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm aiming for a Corsair Hydro cooler, I bought Corsair Vengeance ram with this intention, and as a result many tower cpu coolers wont fit over the ram.
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24 Mar 2012   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm not familiar with Corsair Vengeance RAM, so I don't know if they are higher than my Patriot PGS34g1600LLKA or not, but mine certainly are not short.
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24 Mar 2012   #7
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Vengeance is quite tall, ram don't get much taller :P

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24 Mar 2012   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Tomha,

It sounds like you have exactly the same problem I had : I wanted to install the same RAM but it wouldn't fit under the Noctua NH14, so i went with....you guessed it, the Corsair H60 water cooler. Works a treat.

Regards,
Golden
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24 Mar 2012   #9
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Precisely what I am thinking :P
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24 Mar 2012   #10
DaGooN

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1, VMware Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1
 
 

I think you will find this of help. tom did a nice review on the new NF12 PWM

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