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Corsair SP120 vs Noctua F12

HotShot_01

8 months ago

So i currently am using a 6700k (normal clocks) cooled with a refub H100i V2. The standard fans are ***, and im looking to replace them. Im thinking at the very least i want something quieter but can still push a lot of air. I know Noctua is amazing but im not enthusiastic about spending the "big bucks" just yet as im tight on money and also wanting a new monitor and mouse (Threads for them will also be posted as i need help with that too!)

I know there is a third fan manufacture that is praised quite highly but i really cannot remember who they are. I know that their fans get really loud at 3000rpm though. But that does not worry me because i will probably run at 2000 rpm max.

Im really just wanting to know the comparison between sound and cooling. I dont care for the colour at the moment as i have a full tower sitting on the floor.

Thanks for the help!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

When it comes to fans you can go with noctua or bequiet which are both great. Probably the best 120 fan right now would be the noctua NF-A12x25 PWM but its extremely expensive.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/zxx2FT/noctua-nf-a12x25-pwm-601-cfm-120mm-fan-nf-a12x25-pwm

The standard non industrial NF-F12 will do perfectly and there is a black version of it..

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/cFwqqs/noctua-nf-f12-pwm-chromaxblackswap-550-cfm-120mm-fan-nf-f12-pwm-chromaxblackswap

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much! I'll take a look at both as well as the be quiet fans and probably look at replacing them in the next week or so.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The Noctua runs at a lower rpm, has greater airflow but lower static pressure and are 4 pin PWM fans.

The Corsair has a greater rotation speed, has lower airflow but higher SP rating and are 3 pin only. (so they will work on DC mode)

The native fans of the H100i v2 have the best SP rating of 4.65 mm-H2O.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair has a greater rotation speed, has lower airflow but higher SP rating and are 3 pin only. (so they will work on DC mode)

All corsair AIO come with 4pin pwm fans..... The 100i V2 comes with SP120L PWM fans. This fans spin at 2435 rpms at max speed but any fan at 2000 rpm is going to be loud. The standard Nf-f12 would do a great job. :)

The native fans of the H100i v2 have the best SP rating of 4.65 mm-H2O

Remember that you will need to run fans at full speed to get that amount of SP. And at full speed this fans are extremely loud.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

All corsair AIO come with 4pin pwm fans

Hmm...i mean the Corsair SP standalone fans, as the OP wants to replace the native ones with either the Noctua F12 or the Corsair SP120.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/dZNp99/corsair-case-fan-co9050007ww

And according to Corsair these should be 3 pin DC regulated fans, not?

https://www.corsair.com/eu/en/Categories/Products/Fans/AIR-SERIES-LED-CONFIG/p/CO-9050008-WW#tab-tech-specs

  • <Look at the specs of the fans: Operating Voltage 7V/12V>.

Remember that you will need to run fans at full speed to get that amount of SP. And at full speed this fans are extremely loud.

Yeah i know, these SP numbers are always at full throttle. lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

And according to Corsair these should be 3 pin DC regulated fans, not?

Yes.. this fans are available PWM and non PWM (3 pin).. BUt this fans are crap..... He wouldn't be improving compare to the ones provided with AIO.

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Fans/AIR-SERIES-LED-CONFIG/p/CO-9050008-WW

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Fans/AIR-SERIES-LED-CONFIG/p/CO-9050014-WW

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

He wouldn't be improving compare to the ones provided with AIO.

Most probably. But i would still use (buy) the same fans that this AIO comes with.

But this fans are crap

Well, the OP just stated SP120 Corsair fans. So, i went with these.

Of course there should be better fans around.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Using them I would agree, but buying them again with so many other better options no... Remember this are cheap fans unless you buy the OEMs only available from corsair store. The biggest problem is when you run them at lower speeds then this fans are not so efficient producing static pressure. I have compared them with noctua NF-F12 non industrial and noctua is so much better.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a test online of fans someplace, the vardar came out best but other top fans were very close like noctua and corsair. Of course vardar are not cheap either. I was looking for a higher rpm (than is on it) cpu air cooler fan.

Another point is maybe you can change up your setup and get cooler air into the cooler or case, and reduce its speed/noise that way. Or move the cooler for less noise, etc.

Maybe here: http://thermalbench.com/2016/09/05/be-quiet-silent-wings-3-120-mm-fan/3/ scroll down he compares a lot of fans.

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