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Corsair AF and SP Series Fan Review - PAGE 1

- Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 Like Share



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deeplove Aug 9, 12
Oh hell. So a fan controller is needed basically. Is that how some people have those Corsair water coolers with if they have these fans connected?
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harbin Aug 9, 12
TBH I do really hope Corsair does a PWM version of both. If they did, then I'd probably have the fans set out, unless I saw something better elsewhere. If they did PWM fans, then I might even be tempted to get a fan controller fitted.

How loud roughly, is 24dB and 31 dB? What are they equivalent to? I can hear the fans in my current PC (not too loud), but if I have sound coming out of my TV, then I cannot notice any noise from them.

In the case of mine though (I plan on modding the case at some point) but at the moment, I have a Bitfenix Shinobi. Two fans are front of drive cages, with the bottom having two HDDs in front... so static pressure should be place on them, along with two static pressure fans on the heatsink (an NH-D12). The bottom fan and the rear exhaust fan (which has a heatsink placed just behind) should be pure CFM then, because air is currently being pushed towards it? Even then, how does that work with the case vents (those honeycomb meshing things that cover part of the hole, or with dust covers), would that restrict airflow enough to require SP fans instead of CFM fans? Might just be being pedantic about the whole thing.
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Randome Aug 10, 12
I have 3 of the SP120 quiet edition. They all come with little diodes (or whatever those things are) that can be placed between the 3-pin on the fan and the 3-pin plug you're connecting it to. That little thing will slow them down, but I don't know by how much. I'm sure all versions of their fans come with those.

I haven't actually been able to turn them on yet. I'm still waiting for a fan controller and I don't want to use them before I get a controller. I'm going to keep 2 of my case fans with blue LEDs.


The difference between the fan blades is that the large number of small blades will move air faster, but that can't create all that much pressure. The bigger blades will create better pressure, but they'd have to spin a lot faster to move the same amount of air.

They have been tested by the experts at Corsair and by multiple people who've bought both types.

The SP fans are for radiators only. AF fans are for everything else. Somehow you shouldn't even use an AF fan as a radiator pull fan. I don't know how that is, but it has been tested.

I'm pretty sure that the only reason they didn't give those fans 4 pins is to make people buy more fan controllers. Extremely few people would ever buy one if these fans had 4 pins.

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How loud roughly, is 24dB and 31 dB? What are they equivalent to? I can hear the fans in my current PC (not too loud), but if I have sound coming out of my TV, then I cannot notice any noise from them.
My previous CPU cooler DBX-B is rated to be at 20 dB and it was as loud as a microwave oven. I mean like pretty loud.

dB is not what humans define as loudness.
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