careful with the 3$ knock off yates. They rattle after a while. try to get the real ones, they last quite a bit longer.Scythe Gentle Typhoon from www.svc.com (These fans are never in stock anywhere)
Scythe S-Flex from www.svc.com (These fans are never in stock anywhere)
Yate Loon from www.petrastechshop.com (Petra and Sidewinder are the same company and one of the only place to get non-knock off Yate Loon fans)
The Scythe can be mounted horizontal and verticle. The Yate Loon fans can only be mounted vertical due to their inferior bearings. Yate Loon uses sleeve bearings that can wear out. Scythe uses fluid bearings. Basically anything but sleeve bearings are good. But the Yate Loon fans work just fine and are DIRT CHEAP. I currently use one Scythe S-Flex for my top blow hole (horizontal) and Yate Loon for my front intake and rear fans (vertical).
For Scythe and Yate Loon buy whatever fans fit the bill. None of the these three models are excessively loud. If so you can always throttle their speed in your bios as long as you have 3 pin headers connected to the mobo and your mobo is capable of throttling. If you buy a low CFM fan there is no way to get more out of them. You can only throttle them from silent to dead silent.
I think it's Jab-Tech that you're thinking of with the knock-offs.If its from PPC's its real. The knock offs only come from that one site where they cost like 2$ afaik.
Nothing to list/compare.Someone should make a website listing fans (with pics) by CFM:dBa ratio. Would be a very excellent way of determining the best fan for airflow with the least noise. I could easily get this done . . . : o
Wrong.careful with the 3$ knock off yates. They rattle after a while. try to get the real ones, they last quite a bit longer.
However, if you run them at half speed, then you don't have to worry.
thanks for the linkage. had no idea.Wrong.
www.petrastechshop.com is selling REAL Yate Loons. Actually one of the FEW doing so.
CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW IN REGARDS TO YATE LOON KNOCK OFFS
FYI I hear that SVC has recently become aware of the issue and will soon be only dealing with Yate Loon directly.
Something else that stands out like a sore thumb is the single hole per corner (4). Real Yate Loons have 3 per corner(12).thanks for the linkage. had no idea.
it appears the YL's 120mm x 20mm (D12SM-12C) i bought from performance PC's are knock-offs. the stickers on them are a little light on info;
a little annoyed.
Oh don't feel bad, I didn't google it. I mean I kind did. I was looking for reviews on the silverstone AP141 and it popped up.Exactly like that. I just could never figure out a keyword to use to find a website like that through Google.
Regardless this is not what he ordered.Not "knock offs" just cheaper spec'd version of the same fan.
As with anything, you get what you pay for.