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[not needed anymore] Cheap, good, silent case fans? (120mm)


#1

So, one of my case fans in the NZXT H440 (assuming FN V2) just had one of the blades snap after I slightly touched it with the dust filter. I’m still waiting for a response from NZXT on the ticket I opened. Bought the case a little over a year ago but just in case they refuse to replace it I’d like to ask you guys for recommendations.

I know Noctua are considered the top of the line but I’m not paying 20€ per fan (if I have to buy one I’m replacing all 3 front intake fans).

Does anyone know what the difference between all the be quiet fans is? (Silent Wings, Shadow Wings, etc)?

Requirements are as stated in the title: cheap, good and silent, and 120mm (I can mount 140mm too but they don’t cover the whole front/HDDs).

For now I have a 120mm Corsair SP installed but even with the resistor added it’s way louder than the fans that came with the case and temps are meh).

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#2

The included 140mm fans in my Fractal define R6 seem decent.

Fractal fans seem cheap.

I’d give their 120mm fans a go?

That said, i think you’re only likely to meet two of your criteria out of 3.

I have noctua nff12s in my old box and they’re definitely great.


#3

BeQuiet PureWings2, not the cheapest fans but good and silent.

NoiseBlocker fans are also relatively cheap.


#4

No, no… They are cheap, they are nice… But we are talking NZXT H440 case. You want good static pressure to pull air inside the case. Owning a bunch of Fractal Design fans - no… They barely push through my front dust filter alone…

Same thing… 800rpm or 1000rpm won’t push any air through that very very limited intake…

Cheap and good fans - nothing beats Arctic F12… 6$ a pop, fluid dynamic bearing, 6years warranty. I own a bunch of them as well…
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qCH323/arctic-cooling-case-fan-afaco12000gba01

I would even say if you can find the new Arctic P12 fans - use them. They are specifically static pressure optimized.

PS: fuck me, Arctic are really pricy in US for some reason… I have F12 here for 4€ and there you have them 8$ and up…


#5

Like @thro suggested I would try the Fractal fans. I’ve haven’t used them myself, but many have praised the price-performance ratio of those Silent Series fans. Especially if you can use some fan controller etc. to adjust the fan speed.

There’s also EK-Vardar. I have two of these in my DYI case atm. They are model F2-120 1450rpm versions, non PWM if I remember right… They are ok, I bought them for radiator use originally, but due to some design mistakes in my case they now act as 2 intake fans and they seems to do their work just fine. 100% the sound is noticeable, but not bad. Then again, due to the mentioned design mistakes in my case I have to quite loud extra fans to help cool the CPU, so tbh currently I can’t say how silent the Vardar fans are.

And here is the link for the EK fans I mentioned. I didn’t find the model I have, maybe they have discontinued them…

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vardar-evo-120s-bb-600-1150rpm


#6

The case comes shipped with 3x 120mm & 1x 140mm NZXT FN V2 fans. They’re not for static pressure and so far the temps were absolutely fine. The Corsair SP I use as a temporary replacement is way too loud and the temps weren’t good enough to justify the noise.

For that price I’d probably just go with Noctua.

Also 20€+.

The two being? I’m assuming good and silent but not exactly budget-friendly.

They’re way overpriced here. (20€+)


Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like this is one of the “choose 2 out of 3” situations. I’ll think it over and keep your suggestions in mind when browsing.


These are the HDD temps with the 2x FN V2 (100% rpm) + 1x SP (50% rpm) now.

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Static pressure sounds like the way to go in theory as the HDD bays block like 80% of the front intake, but CPU/GPU temps are very good regardless (40-44°C on the CPU, ~50°C VRM and ~40°C on the GPU while gaming). The CPU and VRM temps only go up while transcoding videos but they’re of no concern (~70°C on both CPU and VRM).


#7

What about no case fans and a set of fans somewhere else that pulls air through the case and out a tube to another room.


#8

Not an option with my setup. Interesting suggestion, though.
The temps were fine with the fan config so far and I want to keep the cost down to a minimum.


#9

You can try this one:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FBx9TW/cooler-master-masterfan-pro-120-air-pressure-621-cfm-120mm-fan-mfy-p2nn-15nmk-r1
Just don’t run it at full speed…


#10

Nice price in the US but not here. There gotta be better alternatives and for 20€ I’d just get Noctua.

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#11

Well, just get arctic then… They should be cheap in Germany…


#12

They’re cheap, no doubt about it. 4x for the price of 1x Noctua. But reviews suggest getting the PWM version as they non-PWM are noisy at 100%, which is what I’d use them at. Just straight plugged into the fan hub of my case which goes directly to the PSU.


#13

maybe several scythe kaze flex 120 pwm 800rpm (SU1225FD12L-RDP) they’re around $10, maybe less


#14

Where in the EU are you?


4.40€

Suggestion: Ditch Amazon for PC parts. Their prices are inflated beyond anything.
Retailers:
https://www.mindfactory.de
http://reichelt.de/
http://www.caseking.de/
https://www.conrad.de (among the more expensive)
https://www.alternate.de/


#15

Eh, only on some stuff.

Regarding Noiseblocker, aren’t the eloop the ones to get? The Blacksilent are cheap, though.


#16

Good and silent
OR
Cheap and silent
OR
Good and cheap (but not silent)


#17

I was hoping there’s kind of a “one fits all” solution, especially as I haven’t seen any fan reviews lately (which had me thinking “I guess there are a few go-to fans by now, so new ones aren’t worth reviewing”).
Just like some time ago when people asked for recommendations for a cheap CPU cooler for mild OCing on an i5, they were told to just buy the Hyper 212.


#18

Yeah, usually people just say “Buy Noctua”…


#19

First: there’s no cheap and good. If you want good (Noctua and Noiseblocker are my recommendations) you’ll have to pay.
Second: that tower is chocked for air, the front panel is solid and there’s only a narrow strip open on the right side. The intake fans have to spin like crazy to compensate, it’s stupid. Instead of buying fans I’d buy a new tower.


#20

No, definitely not happening. Just bought it last year. And as I mentioned before, the GPU and CPU temps are fine despite the HDDs and front panel blocking air flow, even during heavy loads.