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Windows 7: 120mm 3 Speed Fan

22 Nov 2010   #41
seekermeister

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

I was going to order one of these:

NOCTUA NF-P14-FLX 140MM SSO BEARING ULTRA LOW NOISE FAN - eBay (item 170538381364 end time Dec-08-10 21:52:21 PST)

but ran into problems with eBay processing my order properly. Maybe that is good, because it forced me to focus on the item photos, which display the accessories. This is a 140mm fan, that is supposed to adapt to a 120mm hole. The little extension arms would be to reach the extra distance from the case holes and the mounting holes on the fan. It would seem that these clips would be flat against the case, and where they reach the mounting holes would be solid case metal. Thus the rubber mounting pads would have no place to fit. I suppose that one could drill new holes, but then there would be no need for the mounting clips in the first place...what am I missing?


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22 Nov 2010   #42
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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seekermeister,
If you have clearance you can also use one of these if the other isn't what you want?
Bitspower 120mm to 140mm Fan Adapter - Clear
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22 Nov 2010   #43
seekermeister

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
seekermeister,
If you have clearance you can also use one of these if the other isn't what you want?
Bitspower 120mm to 140mm Fan Adapter - Clear
Maybe I'm looking cross-eyed at it, but it looks like that is for fitting a 120mm fan into a 140mm hole. I need to fit a 140mm fan into a 120mm hole.
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22 Nov 2010   #44
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I think you can use it both ways 120mm to 140mm or 140mm to 120mm. I'm thinking for you it could just be easier to drill 4 small holes.
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23 Nov 2010   #45
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The screw holes on that fan will line up the with screw holes of a 120mm fan. Don't forget I have that fan on my CPU cooler, and I checked the holes for alignment awhile back and they lined up.

Here's a video review - YouTube - Noctua NH-P14 FLX 140mm Silent Computer Cooling Fan Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips

Here's another video where the reviewer shows the holes lining up with a 120mm fan. The video is kind of long and dry, but the hole test is about 3:23 minutes in. Noctua NF-P14 FLX Round 140mm - the video is at the bottom of the page.
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23 Nov 2010   #46
seekermeister

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
The screw holes on that fan will line up the with screw holes of a 120mm fan. Don't forget I have that fan on my CPU cooler, and I checked the holes for alignment awhile back and they lined up.

Here's a video review - YouTube - Noctua NH-P14 FLX 140mm Silent Computer Cooling Fan Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips

Here's another video where the reviewer shows the holes lining up with a 120mm fan. The video is kind of long and dry, but the hole test is about 3:23 minutes in. Noctua NF-P14 FLX Round 140mm - the video is at the bottom of the page.
I appreciate that link, it clears up the question regarding how it would fit a 120mm hole. When eBay fixes their website, I'll order one.
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23 Nov 2010   #47
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Not a problem. If your ebay issue doesn't clear up you could aways look to Amazon. They have it for 25.01, it's only 6 cents more than ebay. Amazon.com: Noctua Ultra Silent 140mm Fan NF-P14 FLX (Brown): Electronics

Either way you go good luck with it, It is a good quiet fan.
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23 Nov 2010   #48
seekermeister

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

Thanks, I usually prefer eBay over Amazon, but if they don't get squared away real quick, I will go with Amazon.
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16 Dec 2010   #49
seekermeister

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

After a lot of delays enroute, the fan finally arrived and I popped it in. It obviously moves a lot of air comparatively, because I could feel a definite difference, but I don't know that it made the rig run any cooler. I ran the cable straight, without any resistors, so it is at full blast. I thought that I would see at least a couple of degrees lower.

I didn't use the rubber mounts, because they didn't seem to match with the holes in the case, but it is still very quiet. I didn't realize just how much dirt had collected on the old fan, until I removed it. I'm going to try it again, because I have a hunch that the dirt was throwing it off balance, causing a lot of racket.
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16 Dec 2010   #50
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

The dirt also impacts the amount of air the fan will throw. It's just like the room fans we use in summertime. Clean them and it's like new, don't clean them and they just don't throw air.
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